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Exceptional Moments Call for Exceptional Tea

Tea Crystalized - Pique Tea

As many of you probably know already, I am a devoted tea drinker. Tea is an important ritual in my day. I begin with a cup while the house is quiet and my family is sleeping and I find other moments in the day to also enjoy a cup of tea: a mid-day pick-me-up, a cup while I prepare dinner, and often tea in a to-go cup for my daily walk with my son.

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In the past, I always used tea bags for making tea. The problem is that if I wasn’t careful, I would leave the bag in too long and it would be too strong for me. Discovering Pique Tea has completely changed all of that. I get a consistently perfectly brewed tea with their crystallized tea. Every cup I make turns out delicious and by the time I’m done with a cup, I’m ready to start another. The premium quality of Pique Tea has reached my high expectations for excellence.

Tea Crystalized - Pique Tea Tea Crystalized - Pique Tea

The great thing about Pique Tea is that it’s handcrafted from organic whole tea leave by a tea master with over 30 years experience in the art of tea. The company has trusted growers who go back over two generations and care about the quality of their tea. With a crystallized tea you get all of the antioxidants of tea bags without the bleached paper. If you want an exceptional tea experience (and who doesn’t), consider trying crystallized Pique Tea. Simply open, stir with hot water, and you’ll have a perfect cuppa – anytime and anywhere!

This post is a partnership with Pique Tea. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Images by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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High Tea: Celebrating Moms with Williams Sonoma

HIgh Tea with Williams Sonoma | Photos by Emily ScottHIgh Tea with Williams Sonoma | Photos by Emily Scott

Teatime has long been a tradition in my family. When Williams Sonoma told me about the launch of their new custom blended tea collection created by Five Mountains, which is based right here in San Francisco – I jumped at the chance to spread the news.

Now to the purpose of our afternoon – spending an afternoon celebrating our motherhood and enjoying some of the best tea I have ever had. I had the opportunity to host tea for an incredible group of Bay Area moms – a reprieve from the busy lives all of us are living today. While many are coffee drinkers these days, I have always been a tea drinker. I love the delicate flavor of tea and the soothing relaxation that pours over me when I sip a good tea. I have great memories of being offered tea in both Istanbul as well as in Marrakech by the owners of stores and markets I was visiting. Let me tell you, the new line of teas that Williams Sonoma has produced is like none other. The Peppermint tea is strong and smooth and the Earl Grey is one of my morning favorites. I think it’s time for us to bring back teatime to our homes. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that rejuvenates us to finish our day productively.

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The setting of our tea was in the lovely and historic Palace Hotel. I felt as though I were stepping back in time. And the tea service they provide in the Garden Court since the early 1900’s is beautiful. The old school elegance and charm in the heart of San Francisco just can’t be beat. Between the delicate tea sandwiches, homemade scones and Williams Sonoma’s Organic Tea – it was one of those afternoons that was truly magical.

HIgh Tea with Williams Sonoma | Photos by Emily ScottHIgh Tea with Williams Sonoma | Photos by Emily ScottHIgh Tea with Williams Sonoma | Photos by Emily Scott

Gathering this group of moms together that have both inspired me and provided support while being a new mom was icing on the cake. The day didn’t go off without a hitch – as I was getting all the last-minute details taken care of, including making small bouquets of spring flowers for each guest to take home, my nanny had to rush to pick up a sick daughter. As a new mother, I was momentarily panicked, but it quickly became apparent that I would need to bring Jackson with me.


It was a reminder for me that motherhood isn’t always smooth and there will always be times we need to place our child above our work. Jackson was a sweet boy the entire afternoon – it goes to show you that when you’re a mom you have to roll with the punches.

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After an incredible afternoon of feeling like we were transported back in time, I’m already wanting to plan another high tea. I’ve gathered all of the essentials you’d need to create and plan your very own high tea at home.

HIgh Tea Essentials with Williams Sonoma

The essentials you need for hosting a High Tea:


Peppermint Tea Sachets | Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Glass Teapot

Apilco Gold Rimmed Cups & Saucers | Apilco Gold Rimmed Salad Plates

Tonal Edge NapkinsMeyer Lemon Poppyseed Scone Mix

 Meyer Lemon Curd | Honey Pot with Wooden Dipper

 Orange Blossom Honey

Remember to celebrate being a mom everyday. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy the joys of motherhood!

This post is a partnership with Williams Sonoma. A huge thank you to both Williams Sonoma & Palace Hotel for having us. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Images by Emily Scott 

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I’m Loving . . .

The perfect ensemble to run around town.

Stunning blooms are popping up at flowers shops and the flower market. These in particular are drop-dead gorgeous!

If only everyone could have a set of all white Le Creuset like the above. I think that’s what kitchen heaven would look like.

I’m all about cuffed jeans.

In my quest to try different black teas – this one is being added to my wish list.

What are you loving this week?

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a brand new week . . .

Happy Monday lovelies! The sun is shining warm and bright here in the city by the bay, which feels delightful. We arrived home late last night after spending the weekend with family and close friends – the weekend consisted of lots of down time talking with my mom over cups of tea (no computers were turned on), watching our high school friends tie the knot and of course I spent yesterday with my wonderful mom. Seeing everyone completely rejuvenated my soul and I’m ready for the busy week ahead.

I hope all of you had a lovely relaxing weekend. And to all of you moms out there – I hope you were pampered and got lots of hugs this Mother’s Day!
Images: unknown and Mikkel Vang
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tea time

Since I’m addicted to tea, this image rang true to my heart. I love sipping tea out of antique teacups I find at the flea market. Each one has itsown personality.

Now, I’m craving a cup – I think I’ll go get myself a cup of English Breakfast!

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