I'm not sure what draws me to French things...maybe I was French in another life?
Anyway, I was very pleased to come upon this blog, Paris Breakfasts, a beautiful blog with lots of watercolor painting by the author, Carol, and lots of beautiful photos of Paris and everything French. She has a "Things I Love" list on her sidebar, which gives me insight to books and some food items.
One of the food items, Kusmi Tea, caught my eye. I had seen this tea in Dean & Deluca when I visited Tokyo last year and on my host-sister, Tomoko's website. Kusmi Tea or Kousmichoff Tea originated in 1867 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Kousmichoff family fled to France when the Bolshevic Revolution took place and have continued to blend their teas ever since. The Russian blend canisters are pre-Bolshevic designs and very pretty.
I bought two teas from the Russian Blends line in Caramel and Spicy Chocolate and can't wait to try them.
Another item, which was on one of Carol's posts was Hediard tea. These little red cans are eye-catching. I got the Melange Hediard--a blend of Chinese tea with bergamot, lemon and sweet orange oils. This one sounds delicious too.
Carol listed most of these items from Amazon.com, but since they won't deliver these items to Hawaii, I went to Amazon's source, Cybercucina. Although shipping was pretty expensive, I still think it was a good buy.