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The International Tea day, on December 15th, may have been initiated in 2005 by the world’s leading tea producing countries to draw attention to the problems of production and sale of tea, but popularising this beverage is definitely the raison d'être. Tea, the second most popular beverage in the world, has become fashionable again. With the resurgence in popularity, different ways of drinking tea, are coming to the fore. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, at a gathering with friends, or simply unwinding from a busy day, tea is a beverage that is highly sought after. Naturally then, this calls for celebrating International Tea Day in Mumbai at places which offer unique tea experiences. Let us drink to that.
• Sipping tea is always delightful but the experience is further enhanced when it is some of the finest green, blue or white teas at Yauatcha Mumbai you are served. As you bite into the delicately flavoured, intricate Dimsums, relish the dragon well, Green Tea and Tian Hong Black Tea, with their heart-warming flavours, will rejuvenate you instantly.
• It is all very well to enjoy fine teas but the quintessential Irani Chai in Mumbai is unmatched. So step into Britannia Café or even in SodaBottleOpenerwala - Powai or BKC - the modern Irani café with old world charm and relish the kadak but creamy Irani Chai with a Khari Biscuit.
• Catch up with a friend at Café Prato at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai over a cup of tea. Choose from blends sourced from India, such as Kashmiri Kahwa, Blue Mountain Nilgiri, or the Japanese Sencha, African Rooibos and herbal infusions from their exhaustive menu. Sit back and have a relaxed afternoon.
• You cannot possibly celebrate tea and not visit the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House at Bandra. With its colonial décor, sunlit patio and extensive tea offerings, this place is a haven for tea lovers. Enjoy your Oriental Jasmine and Rose Tea. You may also want to attend the exclusive tea mixology workshop, partake in the sought-after tea tasting ceremony, and indulge in a variety of tea-infused desserts, which are a part of the celebrations.
• Enjoy a first flush Darjeeling Tea or a Strong Masala Cha as you flip through the pages of your favourite book at Cha Bar, inside the warm and cosy Oxford Book Store near Churchgate. Relax in this unobtrusive ambience and savour your favourite teas.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.