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daily photo: Mar. 28th

a box of Safari Spice Tea

This is my favorite inexpensive tea. It’s hard to find in your (or at least my) average grocery store and I live in fear that it will be discontinued. The last time I found it in a grocery store on sale I bought a dozen boxes and the person ringing me up must have thought I was nuts. Then again, it is high time I embrace my role as The Crazy Lady. Does that mean I can start wearing sequins at unexpected times of day? Right on.

· comments [36] · 03-28-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

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  • 1 Meg // Mar 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    If you like rooibos and you can’t find celestial seasonings you may want to try Harney and Sons organic rooibos, it’s good and right now a box of 20 teabags is on sale for $4
    http://www.harney.com/Organic-Rooibos-20-Teabags-in-box/productinfo/30081/

  • 2 Carina // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Another recommendation comes straight from your city: WorldSpice.com (located below Pike Pl Market) has a loose “Herbal chai” which is really just a rooibos blend that is absolutely, positively DELICIOUS. You can order it online if you don’t feel like schlepping downtown.

    I’ve also seen a rooibos blend at Trader Joe’s.

    MMmmmm, it’s so good, isn’t it?

  • 3 Lenore // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    You know, amazon carries it, and Celestial Seasonings sells it online, too. Have you ever been to their factory in Colorado? The tour is great, especially the sinus-clearing mint room.

  • 4 Star // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m a big fan of writing companies, not just with complaints, but also with heartfelt compliments. You might think of writing to them, complimenting them for the tea…they might even send you a coupon for a free box! Not that that would make an enormous difference in the household budget, but it’s a nice gesture (and smart on the part of the company).

  • 5 Kim // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    QFC has it. As least the QFC stores here on the Olympic Peninsula do.

  • 6 Cinnamon // Mar 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I’m very sensitive to caffeine so Rooibos tea has been a heavenly for me. It give me that “tea” taste without the evil “keep you up all night” effects of my beloved morning cuppa Earl Grey. I like it so much that I’ve decided it is one of the things I can splurge on. However, I’m happy to keep my eye out for these teabags cause I like several of their other teas.

  • 7 betty // Mar 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Do you like vanila? My favourite tea is this: http://www.pompadour.es/producto-rooibos-con-vainilla.html and last time I bought 10 boxes.

  • 8 Lindsay Jewell // Mar 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Also one of my favorites.

    As for the sequins… :)

  • 9 Cindy // Mar 29, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I can totally relate. I horde Stash Ginger/Lemon tea. Can’t find it anywhere locally anymore. Drove two hours north last weekend to a large grocery/gourmet store, found it, bought the entire shelf.

  • 10 Meredith // Mar 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

    If you like sequins — you should check out the glitter toms. I just bought a gold pair and i am in love!

  • 11 Anna // Mar 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

    No worries. I started ordering Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy Herbal Tea from Amazon when I couldn’t find it in anywhere.

    And seriously, if you find yourself near Boulder, CO, go to Celestial Seasonings. Not to be missed.

  • 12 js // Mar 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

    My local tea shop (essencha.com) carries many different blends of rooibos teas, including a chai and blueberry. So wonderful!

  • 13 LR // Mar 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Hee. Sometimes I see my crazy lady rolls too. Like if my shirt’s too tight. But it’s not a role I really like to fill.

  • 14 Heather // Mar 29, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I am also the crazy tea lady who lives in perpetual anxiety that my flavor (Vanilla Chai Decaf – soooooo delicious!) will be discontinued. I have a stash at home, just in case.

    If you’re going to rock the sequins, we need photos.

  • 15 Bess // Mar 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

    My uncle does the art for Celestial Seasonings rooibos teas! (Apparently it’s a bit tricker to get a lion to hold a teacup than a monkey — http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/category.html/red-teas)

  • 16 Julia // Mar 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Celestial Seasonings makes a nice herbal decaf tea called ‘Bengal Spice’. I love it!

  • 17 Patsy // Mar 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Safari Spice is my go to evening tea. I been able to find it reliably at the West Seattle Thriftway.

  • 18 Nicole // Mar 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Don’t forget to wear a lampshade on your head!

  • 19 Miss B // Mar 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Market Spice (in Pike Place Market) has a rooibus chai over in one of the many jars on their bulk tea & coffee wall. It’s actually quite nice — and if you get a package of those cute Japanese fill-it-yourself tea bags, just as convenient as pre-bagged tea. And cheap, too.

  • 20 Eliza // Mar 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Embrace the crazy ladyness!

  • 21 Frances // Mar 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I know what you mean about being fearful of your favorite anything being discontinued.
    Celestial Seasonings used to have a tea called “Cranberry Cove”, I miss it so much. Or recently I found individual packets of instant latte, soluble in COLD water at the “99 cent” store. The cashier thought “I” was crazy when I dumped my found treasure on the counter!

  • 22 DJ // Mar 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I got another flavor of this brand at Walmart, but it wasn’t in the grocery department, it was next to the vitamins.

  • 23 Sarah // Mar 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I’m afraid to start drinking this tea because, while it sounds like I would love it, my last favorite CS tea was discontinued. Almond Sunset Dessert Tea. Oh was it awesome.

  • 24 JEnny // Mar 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Try the celestial Seasonings Green tea Goji Berry Pomegranate. It’s so good I thought I was in an alternate universe. Amazing Iced as well.

  • 25 megan // Mar 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for all the tea recommendations!

  • 26 Terry-Anne // Mar 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Now I am tempted to try this! There are a few African Tea varieties on Amazon by Celestial. They sell them by the case for under $20 but I am not sure they are of the right flavor? I’d love to know!

    http://amzn.to/fT5wrr

  • 27 megan // Mar 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Terry-Anne – The Safari Spice is the one I like. The Bengal Spice is similar but contains something that tastes buttery and I do not like that. I drink my tea straight, though, so if you add sugar and milk the Bengal Spice flavor might make sense.

  • 28 Shannon // Mar 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I live in Boulder, and so have been on the factory tour many times! The best part, though, is the store, where they have every flavor pretty much ever, including ones that rarely make it to wider distribution. And the tea is super cheap there too! You should definitely come see it sometime!

  • 29 LizP // Mar 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Republic of Tea also has a couple of varieties of roobios tea, just in case …

  • 30 Lauren // Mar 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    BTW, this makes a wonderful bedtime relaxer with just a bit of whiskey in it. They also make a Roobios Madagascar Vanilla that’s really really really good. ~ L

  • 31 Rachel // Apr 2, 2011 at 6:34 am

    When Candy Cane Lane comes out at Christmas time for a limited time, I buy every box on the shelf. Last year it was 15.

    If you’re crazy, at least you’re not the only one!

  • 32 Mandi // Apr 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’ll have to look for that! I really like Good Earth tea – Original (decaf), and it’s a roobios blend too. It’s my AM drink of choice, but I’d like to try yours too.

  • 33 Susan // Apr 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    An Internist told us he doesn’t leave home without drinking this tea DAILY. Said if he told his patients about it, he wouldn’t have patients – he insists it is great for your immune system and if you drink daily, you will have fewer illnesses! We get it at World Market.

  • 34 JN // Apr 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Rooibos is amazing! I’ve been drinking it my whole life. I was so happy to see Celestial Seasonings with a rooibos tea as it was so hard to get it from my family in Zimbabwe. They used to bring rooibos along with bovril whenever they visited to keep us stocked for a little while. They also brought all the amazing Cadbury chocolates from over seas, I wish they were more available here. World Market’s always good but isn’t always the best.

  • 35 Seanna Lea // Apr 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Celestial Seasonings used to have a rose tea (I think it was cinnamon rose, but my brain is full of weasels) and it was discontinued when I was in college. So, stock up without fear! Better to be the crazy lady than not have your favorite tea.

  • 36 Roxie // Feb 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I still miss Cinnamon Rose – wish I knew the ingredients so I could try to replicate it! Wanted to share that vitacost.com has LOTS of teas (along with LOTS of other things) – Celestial Seasonings, Yogi, Alvita and more – including Safari Spice. I think their prices are great, and they always have free shipping on orders over $49 – so I just wait and order a bunch of things about 4 times a year.

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