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All the Single Ladies (and Gentlemen) – enjoy Singles’ Awareness Day with tea!

Lonely Victorian love letter.  Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Lonely Victorian love letter. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s afternoon on Valentine’s Day, and many San Jose residents don’t have any plans!  San Jose-area singles aren’t necessarily in for an evening of depression and loneliness; there are plenty of things to do, that don’t require a partner, and getting together at home with some other single friends – or even just staying in by yourself – for High Tea and television or a movie this evening, can be a perfect way to spend the holiday.  Here are some ideas for things to do this afternoon and evening:

  1. Have tea at a local tea shop (advance reservations required).

A Fairy Tale Tea (through Feb. 28th), for $29.95 per person at Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell: 1875 S. Bascom Avenue #165, Campbell, CA 95008. (408) 371-7377

Tea with Love (through Feb. 28th), for $28.95 per person at Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Los Altos: 167 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022.  (650) 209-5010.

Be my Valentine Tea (Feb. 14th only), for $35 per person at Satori Tea Bar – 37 San Pedro St., San Jose.

A Victorian Valentine Tea Party (Feb. 14th at 3 p.m.), for $30 per adult/$20 per child, at The English Rose Tea Room — 163 West Neal Street, Pleasanton California 94566, (925) 462-6233.
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Have a Valentine’s Day tea for two

"I'm all 'steamed' up over you my Valentine -- you suit me to a 'TEA'!"  Image: Denise LeCroy/Tea in England

“I’m all ‘steamed’ up over you my Valentine — you suit me to a ‘TEA’!” Image: Denise LeCroy/Tea in England

Tea shares a few qualities with some popular aphrodisiacs, like chocolate: it’s got antioxidants that are good for you! It’s not too late to put together a romantic tea-for-two for your sweetheart. You can do a high tea instead of going out to an expensive and crowded restaurant for dinner, or have tea and sweets for dessert afterwards. Pull your nicest things out of the tea party pantry, cozy up with a pot of tea, and you’ll be well on your way to a private little tea party.

First, choose a tea: both Satori Tea Bar and Lisa’s Tea Treasures sell rose-scented and other floral loose tea blends that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day tea. Or, you can get some rose water or orange-flower water from the Middle Eastern food section of many local grocery stores, and add a teaspoon of that to your favorite black tea.  Next, put together some treats.  You can stir some chopped chocolate and dried cherries into your favorite scone recipe, or go to Nob Hill in Milpitas, or other higher-end grocery store and get a packaged scone mix, refrigerated pre-made scone dough, or even (at Bay Area Whole Foods stores), pre-made scones, as well as some cherry or raspberry jam to accompany them. Savories that include red foods, like roasted red peppers, are both tasty and festive. Chocolates, red velvet cupcakes (you can even buy red velvet cake mix in local grocery stores these days) and any other luxurious desserts are also welcome additions. Try making your own truffles, and infusing some chai spices in the cream, for a tasty twist!

Copyright 2013, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read? Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my other blog, The Cup That Cheers, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea or Pinterest!

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“Chocolate and tea: the perfect match?”
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“Review: Vital Tea Leaf Angel green tea and Siberian Rose tisane”
“Tea-table recipe: rose-petal jam desserts”
“Tea 101: what do we mean when we talk about tea?”
“Review: the Royal Wedding tea from Lisa’s Tea Treasures”
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“Bottled tea may contain fewer antioxidants than freshly brewed tea”
“San Jose’s newest tea shop: Satori Tea Bar”
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“Review: Original English Tea Scones from Sconehenge Bakery”
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Valentine’s Day 2012 tea events in San Jose

Happy Valentine's Day! Image: AntiqueClipArt.com

Planning some time away with a special someone for Valentine’s Day?  Can’t afford to go out of town?  Why not treat your love with a romantic afternoon tea in San Jose at one of these events:

1. A Celebration of Love: February 1 through 29, Mon – Fri 11 – 4;   Sat 11, 1:30, & 4;   Sun 12 & 2:30.  Cost is $27.95 per person.  Reservations highly recommended.

Lisa’s Tea Treasures
1875 S. Bascom Avenue #165
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 371-7377

2. Valentine’s Day High Tea: Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 6 p.m.  Includes champagne and a full tea menu.  Reservations required; cost is $55 per person.

Dreams Collectibles & Tea
1203 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
408-279-5800

3. Cupid’s Touch at Tyme for Tea & Co.: Sunday, February 12 at 11 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Cost: $32 per person, by reservation only.

Tyme for Tea & Co.
37501 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA
(510)790-0944

4. MATCHA Sensuality – featuring Tea Alchemy: Thursday, February 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Includes an intimate tea lounge, Maharaja fragrances, henna art, massage, and art.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square also has a romantic seasonal afternoon tea menu, but you’ll want to call far in advance if you want to reserve a slot.  Of course, you could always put together a little something romantic at home with the nicest items in the tea party pantry.  Perhaps indulge with some chocolate, Darjeeling tea (called “the champagne of teas”) and other treats?  Food grade rose petals, jasmine flowers, and lavender make a fragrant tisane that will create a romantic perfume in the room.  You could even win some tea in the Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes in the next week!

Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes: February 9 through 16.  Fourteen winners will receive a Valentine Gift Duet containing 2 boxes each of White Chocolate Obsession Tea and Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea.

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read?  Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my blog, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea!

For more information:
“Where to go for tea in San Jose on Valentine’s Day”
“Surprise your loved one with tea and romance”
“Chocolate and tea: the perfect match?”
“What should I keep in the pantry for tea parties?”
“How to use edible flowers for tisanes”
“Review: Vital Tea Leaf Angel green tea and Siberian Rose tisane”
“Review: Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell location”
“Use tea as a champagne substitute”
“San Jose area restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day 2012 menus, part 1”
“A Valentine’s Day tea party for kids” 
“Valentine’s Day gift idea: adopt a San Jose Heritage Garden rose”

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