16 April 2009

Thursday Tea (April 16)

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea

I'm drinking Stash Tea's Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea. Green tea is good for you (lots of anti-oxidants), and I love the flavors of pomegranate and raspberry. And I drink this tea black (or would that be green?) with no sweetener.

The Book

Deadly Nightshade is the first in the Martha's Vineyard series by Cynthia Riggs. The protagonist is ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull. It's summer, and Victoria's granddaughter Elizabeth, newly divorced, comes to the island to work for the harbormaster and to stay for a while. Victoria and Elizabeth soon discover a dead body, and the two women are involved in solving the crime. Although the community is small, it is a vacation destination, so the list of suspects can be far-reaching.

The Assessment

First the tea: This is one of my favorite teas, very yummy hot and equally good as sun tea in the summer. Pomegranate raspberry isn't as good of a match as cranberry would have been, but the pairing isn't bad. Actually, the tea is the better of the two.

I'm only three chapters into the book (which I've started twice), and I'm not sure how much more time I'm going to give it. Tune in next week for either a full review or a mini-post explaining why I'm not finishing the book.


bermudaonion 4/16/09, 7:53 AM  

I've never seen pomegranate raspberry tea, but I love both of those things, so I may have to look for it.

Julie P. 4/16/09, 9:00 AM  

I love, love, love tea. Are you familiar w/ Adagio? I buy it loose from them and use their awesome little tea maker in the microwave. I'm not a big fan of green tea, but I'd be willing to give this one a try.

Beth F 4/16/09, 9:04 AM  

Julie: No I'm not familiar with Adagio. I'll be checking it out right now! I don't normally like green tea either, but this is good as is a ginger-peach tea I have (forget the brand at the moment).

Thanks for the tip about the Adagio and the gadget (I love kitchen tools!).

Anonymous,  4/16/09, 9:18 AM  

Sounds like an interesting plot, but there are just some books I can never make it through. Uncle Tom's Cabin would be one. I fall asleep every time I read it.

teabird 4/16/09, 10:15 AM  

How about pomegranate and raspberry sorbet? New from Haagen Dasz and wonderful!

Beth F 4/16/09, 10:19 AM  

wormandflowers -- some books just don't work no matter what.

teabird -- wow!! I know what my next treat from the grocery store will be! Yummmmm.

Bermuda/Kathy: take note of that sorbet flavor!

Dorte H 4/16/09, 11:12 AM  

What a sad thought that there might be a boring book behind such a pretty cover.

No tea here, I am too well for that today, but just for once I am reading two books. One is for my Bait-in-the-Box review tomorrow so top secret; the other one is an enjoyable Martin Edwards crime novel.

Robin M 4/16/09, 11:33 AM  

I love lipton's green tea, very light. However, I'm on a vanilla kick right now. My sister introduced me to ceylon vanilla tea years ago. Haven't been able to find it since, but enjoying the flavorful search.

Sorry you are having a hard time with the books. I'm having the same difficulty with Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Illych. Can't get past the first chapter.

Margot 4/16/09, 12:16 PM  

Your tea sounds good enough for me to try even though I don't care for green teas. The combination of pomegranate and raspberry is what appeals to me. Sorry about the book.

Kim 4/16/09, 2:38 PM  

I have such a hard time giving up on a book, but over the last year I have gotten better at it. My rationale: too many books, too little time to waste on a bad one. Still...it is hard to know when I have given it enough time.
Your tea sounds yummy and I am not even a fan of green tea!

Whitney 4/16/09, 3:01 PM  

I've never tried Stash Tea before but pomegranate green tea sounds yummy! That's a bummer about the book, {at least tea was good}. I have a 50 to 100 page rule, {depending on how long the book is} if it still sucks after that I give up guilt-free because at least know I tried. Besides, life is to short to read bad books.

Sandra 4/16/09, 8:31 PM  

I love both raspberry and pomegranate flavours but never tried a combination. It sounds good. Sorry the book's not doing it for you. Maybe it will take an exciting turn that will interest you. I've learned to quit a book and not feel bad about doing it. My Tea post is up.


Becca 4/16/09, 9:14 PM  

Yum! I would love to try this tea! And I like the idea of a 92-year-old being a detective. Great choices!

Here is my own post: http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2009/04/thursday-tea-04-16-09.html

John 4/16/09, 9:40 PM  

I would love some tea (Earl Grey or English Breakfast are my favs) and a good book. Unfortunately, I'm still at work, writing scripts for tomorrow's video shoot. Too many 16-hour days. Envious of everyone.

Anonymous,  4/16/09, 10:19 PM  

the tea sounds yummy--and summer's around the corner so i have to start thinking about sun-tea! i think i'd rather visit martha's vineyard...not read about it. :) looking forward to your final words on the book.

Anonymous,  4/19/09, 2:46 PM  

I love pomegranate tea as weel. I might need to go make some :)

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