Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lido Gallery and Jane Austen Tea

It's been on my "to do" list for a few weeks now to drive to the upscale city of Birmingham, MI, and I finally got there this week.  Lido Gallery, located in Birmingham, is where a friend told me I could find some special teas.

They offer five categories of "Steep Show Teas."

Literary Collection [Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, and Walt Whitman].

Royal Collection [Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon Bonaparte]. 

Artist's Garden Collection [van Gogh, Bruegel, Klimt, Henri Rousseau, Monet, Gaugin, Hokusai, and Da Vinci]. 

Tea Notes Collection [Bach's Symphone in Strawberry - herbal, Beethoven's Honey Spice Sonata - herbal, Mozart's Almond Marzipan - green tea].

The Body, Mind & Spirit Collection is their largest with 11 tea selections.

The teas range from $13.50 per 2.25 oz. bag to $16.00.  Mugs accompany each tea for $12.00 each.

Jane's Regency Rose Green Tea

Tea Description:  "Green tea leaves flavored with garden rose petals evoke a proper cup of 'sense and sensibility.'"

I purchased this unique "sugar spoon" at the gallery for $3.50.  It looks like a small ladle.  I had never seen a sugar spoon shaped like this before.  Have you?

In addition to rose petals, the tea also contains Egyptian calendula petals, chamomile flowers and sweet leaf.  The tea leaves have a floral aroma both dry and wet, and a delicate floral taste. It needs no sweetening, and is a lovely dessert tea.

The Jane Austen mug has a quote on the reverse side:  "We have all a better guide in ourselves if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."  ~ from Mansfield Park

Lido gallery was a fun place to visit, and I will probably return for other teas.


  1. Very unique place and contemporary.

  2. Dear Phyllis,
    Is that your teapot and saucer? Love them.
    Looks like an interesting place to go. Fun graphics on their packaging.
    Like the quote too.
    Happy tea drinking, Ruthie

  3. That teapot looks like one Jane would love!

  4. Looks like a great place for a tea lover to visit. I like the mug and tea you chose. My first time to see a ladle sugar spoon, but it makes sense because it might not spill sugar on the table like a traditional sugar spoon.

  5. Looks like a fun place! Great you had a lot of fun! I really don't think it is a sugar spoon...but that doesn't say you can't use it as such! So glad you got to visit such a fun place!

  6. The tea sounds delicious and the place sounds delightful.

  7. Lots of tea to choose from! Sounds like a fun place to shop. You live near so many great places to visit! Darling teapot in the picture and your new Jane Austen mug so pretty!

  8. That indeed looks like a fun place to visit, and as an Austen lover I thoroughly commend you on your purchases! I've never seen a sugar spoon like yours -- just lovely. I wonder if this is a new thing and we'll be seeing more of the shape? I'll be on the lookout!

  9. Interesting way of categorizing teas. I have not seen a sugar spoon like that one either.


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