Old Delhi's mystical charm draws Skeeter to the kuchas and gallis of this part, time and again. This time around, it was in order to dig another gem. A different one from the chaat, kheer or the bedmi puri kinds. Skeeter's been visiting Aap ki Pasand tea boutique by San-cha since a few years. When Splenda invited Skeeter for a 'harmless sweet' afternoon to her favourite tea shop, she found yet another reason to visit her favourite part of Old Delhi. It is chaotic, it is dirty, but it all emanates from the mind. Once you look beyond such things which usually keep the well-heeled folk from visiting these areas, you discover the underlying charm, which needless to say is quite underrated. We prefer malls over culture. Meh.
A group of eight food and drink enthusiasts gathered to learn a thing or two about tea from the very experienced tea taster Mr Sanjay Kapur who also happens to be the owner of the shop. Skeeter's been meaning to hear him talk "tea" since a long, long time. And sometimes you get things you ask for without having to bat an eyelid like Skeeter did. Mr Kapur touched upon a few important points which the emerging category of health conscious Indians are curious to know. The average person may however go about drinking his cuppa without having to care much. Skeeter is enlisting a few points touched upon by Mr Kapur for those who'd like to dwelve deeper.
Tea and Caffeine
250mg of Caffeine is the limit beyond which the American Psychiatric Association (APA) draws a line.
How much tea is enough or good?
It can be concluded that the regular intake of five or more cups of tea per day facilitates healthy ageing - Dr H. Weisburger. Institute of Cancer Prevention, American Health Foundation.
The average tea cup
The black tea or green tea debate
More about Aap Ki Pasand
Santushti shopping complex
Gurgaon (coming up very soon)
Go to the tea boutique and taste your cuppa free of cost and pick what you like.
Besides the First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea, Skeeter recommends the ginger tea and the Jasmine tea pearls (a botanical blend).
Besides, there are several other blends that come packed beautifully, with a very Indian feel to them. They make for a great gift for the festive season or if you are travelling abroad and want to gift a something "very Indian" to your friends and relatives. Take your pick.