Anita Gordon, a.k.a. Kathleen Kirkwood
English Tealeaves is a local treasure--a touch of England in Parker. My writer friends and I have made it our favorite gathering place, the experience being a world apart from the noise, bustle and rush that typifies most establishments. This modern tea cafe is light-filled and airy and possesses a casual, yet elegant, ambiance. Shelves upon shelves hold a diverse offering of premium teas, as well as accessories, collectibles, and fine English bone china. As we began our adventures into the realm of tea, we relied upon the owners' expertise to make our selections. We then navigated the menu through an assortment of savory English pasties and pies, soups and sandwiches, scrumptious scones with clotted cream, and an out-of-this-world Chocolate Toffee Mousse, not to mention other equally knee-weakening desserts. Several of us ventured beyond our daytime visits to the evening tea-tasting events, learning the basics of tea and its sources and varieties worldwide. We were even treated to special pairings of tea and chocolate, and, one Christmas, a traditional British dinner with each course accompanied by an appropriate tea. One of the things I continue to love about the cafe is that, in the owners' quest to stock the finest products, new and different selections are constantly brought in such as the fun, iced 'bubble' teas, and a growing line or organic teas, added in response to customer requests. Our local writers continue to frequent English Tealeaves, with new authors ever joining us in what we've dubbed the 'writers' corner.' Personally, a trip to the cafe is the highlight of my week. It would be difficult to find a more refined or relaxing place to recharge. As I begin penning my next tome, I fully intend to curl up in the 'writers' corner' with unlimited pots of tea and to cherish my time in this wonderful establishment.