May 2011

We are thrilled to announce our newest creation, Boat Tea just in time for the summer boating season.  Our Boat Tea was created to celebrate one of our local treasures here in Sarasota, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival.  This is the 27th year for these rockets to race just off our shores, but there is so much more involved with the festival.

Local Coffee + Tea will be donating at least 20% of all revenue generated by Boat Tea to the event beneficiary, the Suncoast Charities for Children.  This special charity has been serving children with special needs since 1985 and has constructed $14 Million in facilities with a combined total of 73,000 square feet.  The Suncoast Charities for Children provides funding towards the maintenance of these facilities, allowing non-profit agencies to focus funds on programs and services.

Caffeine free and sugar free, Boat Tea is a fruit and herb tisane with apple, peaches, hibiscus, rosehips and elderberries.  All the evidence has not been verified, but it seems that when Boat Tea is consumed on board, your boat goes faster.

Each packet contains 2oz of loose leaf Boat Tea for $10 and can make more than 25 cups of tea.  And please remember, at least 20% of the sales revenue of Boat Tea will go to the Suncoast Charities for Children.

Boat Tea will be available from all our shops and online, as well as at some of the festival events.  The list of events is truly incredible and includes:

  • a golf tournament June 25th at Heritage Oaks,
  • a festival Kick-Off party at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium June 25th,
  • a car show at Lakewood Ranch June 26th,
  • a fashion show at the Hyatt on June 29th,
  • a Parade of Boats in downtown Sarasota June 30th,
  • a celebrity “Meet & Greet” with the Deadliest Catch guys at the Broadway Bar June 30th,
  • “Friendliest Catch” fishing tournament July 1st,
  • World speed record trials July 1st,
  • Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park July 1st & July 2nd with a long list of entertainment,
  • “Meet & Greet” Who’s in the Seat at the Hyatt July 1st,
  • Pre-party Race Team Corn Hole Competition / Casino Night at Hyatt July 1st,
  • High Heel Hike July 2nd,
  • “Bags by the Bay” Corn Hole Competition July 2nd,
  • Motorcycle “Speed Card” ride & pancake breakfast July 2nd at Applebees,
  • “Ms. Super Boat Grand Prix” bikini contest July 2nd,
  • 27th annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix boat race July 3rd,

The festival ends with a firework display over Sarasota Bay on the evening of July 4th.    Here is a link to the official event schedule.

Come sample this wonderful new tea and join in this awesome festival of events benefiting a wonderful charity.





This is a lovely quote (author unknown) that came to mind this morning.  I was actually making some Lemon Curd at the time but I also had a visitor in the Carriagehouse Tea Room at Selby Gardens that told me he would not drink tea because his mother always made him have toast and tea when he was sick!  Of course she would, mothers know what is good for you.

I also felt sorry for him!  Toast and Tea is a custom most of us have such good feelings about and I for one can sample this pairing at any time of day.  There is nothing as simple or as tasty as toast and tea, unless you add a little lemon curd that is!

Lemons are in abundance here at the moment and as they keep arriving by the bagful at my house I just keep churning out the Lemon Curd!  I got myself a cup of jasmine tea and Lemons at the ready.  Want to have a go too?

This is a very easy recipe and method to follow.  You will need preserving jars which have been sterilized in boiling water.  I put the lemons in same water as it makes the juice release easier.  I usually double up the recipe, but to make one batch you will need:

Juice and Rind of 1 lemon (I have been adding rind of an extra lemon too!), 2 eggs, 2oz unsalted butter, and 3oz sugar.

  1. Place sugar and rind in large bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs and lemon juice together.  Add to bowl.
  3. Cut butter into small chunks.  Add to bowl.
  4. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until butter melts and whisk lightly over heat until mixture thickens.  (It may seem like mixture is never going to thicken but it will.)

Place in jar and refrigerate.

It tastes delicious and is so worth the effort.  I love giving to friends and of course, the suppliers of all my Lemons!  Lemon Curd is also the perfect accompaniment to scones, so maybe next time we will make scones.

I recommend putting on the kettle and making a pot of Yorkshire tea and sit down to enjoy some toast and tea.  Mmmm!


The TeaLady