So, if you haven’t read before I am IN LOVE with tea. I am the biggest hater of anything coffee. I can’t even understand how people drink that stuff. XP It has the terrible bitter flavor and the taste lingers for the longest time. I am baffled by the thing called coffee. Nasty stuff. However, tea on the other hand is my gasoline. If I need a little caffeine my first stop is always a caffeinated black tea. Or maybe I can’t sleep its Sleepy Time filled to the brim in my Tinker Bell mug. (Another love of mine.) Of course, this rambling does have a point. Whenever I go to L.A I got to The American Tea Room. The smells in there are amazing and the tea is always served with some kind of chocolate piece that melts in your mouth. It is lined with every tea imaginable and the staff are well-educated about their tea. Then, my trip would end and I would come back to the everyday tea of the grocery store at my local farmers market. But, my wishes have been fulfilled for a tea shop has come to the small corner of Del Mar Highlands and the Leaf & Kettle has been born. Though I haven’t been there enough to really form a solid opinion. My hour long conversation there with my mom over a nice kettle of blood orange tea was pleasurable in itself. Though smaller then the other tea room I enjoy, it has an adequate amount of tea and the atmosphere is peaceful. The staff were also well-educated about their own tea selections and were able to help us sample teas to find the one our outing needed. I am happy to say that Del Mar is complete.