Posts Tagged ‘tea and sympathy’

Full of the sense of possibility, of positive “can do”, and wide eyed perfect smiles, the American dream is captivating, nevertheless, it was proving rather tricky to find a decent cup of tea in the good old USA.

Quite by accident, just when I had given up if truth be told, we found it – Tea and Sympathy, it’s name betraying its purpose – a perfect tea sanctuary. The essence of a British tea room found right in the heart of TriBeCa NY city. If you are a Brit in the US who like me felt the need for a feeling of home, this is the place for you. And if the leaf tea alone does not suffice, proper puddings are included too.

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It is early but she is already wide awake. Bells in the distance indicate the hour – she knows it is too early to rise but she is restless. A decision needs to be made and she is unable to remember a time when she is so unsure of what step to take.


It’s springs to her mind in a rush of consciousness. The noise of the kettle boiling, the hard ceramic contours of her favourite tea pot – already she is starting to feel better.

One choice comes easily – Assam, bright and bold. The water hisses on the leaves. I hold the warm cup inhaling the distinctive aroma – perhaps this choice is meant to savored. Tea and sympathy – all is well.

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