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Nov 15, 2009 06:18 AM

Sundial Gardens (Higganum, CT): Special Teas and German Specialties

I've not seen Sundial Gardens mentioned on this board, and as it's a local treasure, I wanted to share it--especially with the holiday season approaching.

It's currently (for fall) open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Thanksgiving, they'll be open daily (except Mondays and Tuesdays)--same hours.

I've been visiting this store for years--all the way back to when I first began to appreciate loose leaf tea vs. "tea dust." Ragna Tischler-Goddard possesses a wealth of knowledge, appreciation and passion for fine teas and fine foods, particularly such treats as Niederegger Marzipan from L├╝beck, Germany, chocolates filled with pear brandy ("Good for digestion," she explains) and several new Italian specialty items. Her husband Tom is a pastry chef and offers classes from time to time. They stock an assortment of Yixing teapots and cups among other beautiful tea accessories.

Sundial Gardens is the only source I know of for some truly special teas. Two of my personal favorites:

"A very special oolong from China's Wuji Shan region of Fujian Province."
This is the most exquisite tea I have ever tasted. It is currently sold out and due back in the store next weekend.

I have enjoyed three cups of this delicious tea since replenishing my supply yesterday afternoon.

I love this place and think my fellow food (and tea) enthusiasts will, too. If you find yourself anywhere near Higganum, CT (just south of Middletown) on a weekend in the near future, I love this place and think my fellow food (and tea) enthusiasts will, you'll want to visit Sundial Gardens for some holiday shopping--even if the shopping is just for you!

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