Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tea For Two (or three?) at Cafe K'tizo

Last month I went to Illinois to visit my children for a week.  Every day we tried to get out and do something fun, even if it was just shopping or out to eat.  That is no easy feat with a eight month old!  

On Tuesday, we went to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry during the day and at night we went to see "The Greatest Showman".  Even though I already saw the movie, my children had not, and I was more than happy to see it a second time because it's one of my favorite movies that came out this year.  Because we had such a full day on Tuesday we were pretty exhausted on Wednesday so we decided to do something a little more low-key and relaxing;  like visiting a local tea shop!

Cafe K'tizo is a posh and modern shop specializing in tea but they also offer coffees, soups, salads, sandwiches, sweets, and "breakfast bites".  


I really enjoyed the open, modern look of this tea shop.  It had two levels, with plenty of seating and also different types of seating ranging from comfortable lounge chairs to more standard tables and chairs.  

Isn't that tree picture just gorgeous?  Ashley and I stared at it for quite some time trying to figure out if we could ever to attempt to paint that on our own.  We decided we could, but neither one of us had space for it in our own homes.  haha!

And aren't these light fixtures fabulous?  You'll see more of Cafe K'tizo's unique light fixtures in the pictures below.  They remind me of what you would see in a IKEA store.


The menu was a beautiful display of colored and white chalk artistically written on a chalkboard framed in red wood trim.


Alethea and Ashley waited comfortably in one of the lounge chairs while I placed our order.


 I absolutely LOVED the red shelving unit on the side wall.  It held all the cafe's unique blend of teas.

They have a huge selection of fine looseleaf teas for sale and also tea ware.


I really enjoyed the open, bright, spacious dining area.  


The staff was very courteous, helpful, and nice.  One of the employees even offered to take a picture of the three of us.  That was so nice, as we don't get a lot of pictures of the three of us taken because one of us is always taking the picture ourselves.


Ashley ordered a Chai Tea Latte and I tried the "Pangea Celebration" at the recommendation of the server.  I am so glad I listened to her, because Ashley and I thought it was amazing.  Although Ashley enjoyed her Chai, she wished she had ordered a "Pangea Celebration" too.  It was so good!  It is a blend of black tea, rooibos, coconut, vanilla, and chocolate.  Yum!  What's not to love with those ingredients?


 But of course the company was my favorite part of going out for tea.  Any moment I have to snuggle with my sweet granddaughter Alethea is precious time to me!


Here are more pictures of the fun light fixtures in this tea shop.  I think Alethea enjoyed watching the fans spinning.


The cafe also had these fun pendant lights as well.


I bought some loose leaf tea to take home to make as well, but I've never been able to make it taste as good as the cup I had in the store!

Cafe K'tizo is open every day except Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m.  Be sure to check out their event schedule!  They have a lot of fun events where participants learn  about tea, art, world cultures, and people living in their own hometown.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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32 comments:

  1. What a nice cafe, the lamps do look gorgeous and remind me of IKEA as well. Your tea sounds really interesting, although I'm a plain person when it comes to tea (and coffee)... I might need to step out of my "comfort zone" sometime and give this one a a try.
    You all look so cute and enjoying a relaxing day! Definitely what would be needed after a day in the big city!

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    1. Thanks Elli! We needed a day of rest after all we did the day before!

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  2. It's so precious to see you with your granddaughter, Amy!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you, it's always precious time every time I am with her!

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  3. I love seeing photos of you with Althea! It sounds like you had a fabulous trip.
    --Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

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    1. Thanks Roxanne! I love to take hold her and take pictures of her. Those beautiful blue eyes melt my heart.

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  4. Oh these teas look delicious! What a cute little shop!

    Brooke
    http://pumpsandpushups.com

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  5. What a fun day. My you two are precious!

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  6. Your granddaughter looks like a little sweetie! I am sure you guys had a wonderful day together :)

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    1. Thanks Cherie, she is my little sweetie!

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  7. I'm a tea drinker -- chai is my favorite. And I'm actually in the market for pendant lights, so the ones at this cafe really caught my eye.

    www.ohtobeamuse.com

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    1. Chai is usually my favorite too, but I wanted to try something different, and I'm glad I did. If your looking for pendant lights, be sure to check out IKEA! They have so many interesting hanging light fixtures.

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  8. Spending time with family is so important Amy and I love your photos - you have a beautiful smile and it is even bigger holding your granddaughter. I recently went with my MIL's aged care home to see The Greatest Showman and we all loved it. But who doesn't love Hugh Jackman??? I also love tea and the teashop would be a perfect place for me to visit Thanks for linking up at #MLSTL and sharing your week with us.

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    1. Awww, thanks Sue! You are so sweet! I loved The Greatest Showman and saw it twice, bought the CD, the book, and I can't wait till the DVD comes out in April! Yes, I love Hugh Jackman! He should have won an Oscar for his performance!

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  9. What a lovely time you had - mother, daughter and granddaughter - a perfect combination. The only tea I drink is Chai, but yours sounded worth a try if I ever see it anywhere.
    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx

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    1. Thanks Leanne, I do usually only order Chai Tea Latte myself, but I wanted to try something different and I'm glad I did!

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  10. First saw pics of this cute establishment on your Insta feed. Had to come here for a closer look. Cannot believe how Alethea is growing. And I think your daughter looks more and more like you! What a trio of beauties.

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    1. Thanks so much Leslie! Yes, Alethea is growing up so fast. She is turning into a little girl!

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  11. Oh Amy, you girls look so cute. And I swear you're looking younger a prettier each time I see you! The restaurant looks amazing. Hugs, x.

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    1. Thank you, I think the joy of being with Alethea just radiates from within an makes me look younger!

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  12. First of all - how cute is your granddaughter - and she looks a little like you, doesn't she? Secondly - I will certainly visit this very cool cafe should I visit Illinois. In the meantime I'm enjoying your fabulous photos of the lamps and your lip smacking description of the beverages. I'll share your post on my social media.

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    1. Thanks so much! Your the first person to say she looks a little like me.

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  13. What a fun day, there is nothing like our grandchildren. I love to go to tea shops but you are so right they never taste as good at home as they do in the shop.

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    1. Thanks Victoria! It was fun, and relaxing, especially after the long day we had the day before!

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  14. Amy, how wonderful to find a shop specializing in tea (I'm a lifelong drinker of loose leaf black tea). Your "About Me" says you are a lover of beauty, and I couldn't help thinking the photos in this post show three generations of beauty!

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    1. Awww, thank you Jean. You are so sweet! I just started drinking loose leaf tea. A good friend gave me a stainless steal tea bag for Christmas. It's hard to find though.

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  15. I love a nice chai! As my daughter is expecting her first baby this year, I am looking forward to going out on similar outings with them as a first-time grandmother! Lovely photos and cafe!

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    1. I love Chai too. How exciting for you! You will love being a grandmother!

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