Mahalia Tea

Ten minute tea with Afternoon Tea. Spend ten minutes with Afternoon Tea. In the time it takes to boil one kettle, and let one cup of tea steep, we will have your daily art + music fix covered. Take your afternoon tea break with our Afternoon Tea curators. 

Today’s tea + soundtrack + visuals are curated by Sarah Segal-Lazar. Folk femme fatale singer and theatre actress Sarah Segal-Lazar has been making music since before she could talk. Folks say she took her first steps in ¾ time. 

She wrote “Even Miami Is Cold” after a trip to spend time with her long-distance boyfriend, but within two days she realised it was like a romcom gone wrong. The line that started it all – Baby when I’m with you even Miami is cold – feels like something Katharine Hepburn would fire back at Cary Grant. It’s a good reminder that even the most specific and personal stories can still live in poetry.

Take a listen to “Even Miami Is Cold” now: 

“I was so stressed that I spent a good chunk of the trip shivering, even though it was 30 degrees out,” Sarah explains. “Needless to say, by the last night, we had called it quits. I flew back to Montreal, half heartbroken and half bewildered.”


Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m a Theme Queen. Pink glitter eyeshadow on Valentine’s Day, nothing but fiddle tunes on St. Patrick’s Day, I even got a Miami themed manicure for the release of “Even Miami Is Cold.” So there was only one choice for my Ten Minute Tea track: my producer Matthew Barber’s song “Green Tea.” It gives 21st century Simon & Garfunkel vibes and, not only is it thematically on point, it’s the perfect cozy sweater to accompany a cup of afternoon tea.


I love tea—I have a whole shelf dedicated to it. For this, I decided to brew up a cup of, what I call, Mahalia Tea—so named because it was given to me by my dear friend Mahalia. It’s a blend that she makes herself of Earl Grey, rose petals, and a few secret ingredients. It’s the perfect twist on a classic and every time I look at the jar, it’s a reminder of all the love that I have in my life.


Years ago, I was perusing Drawn & Quarterly, an independent bookstore in Montreal. Bookstores are one of my happy places, but as someone with a book collection rivaling the Library of Congress’, I try to be cautious about new additions (a losing battle, to be sure.) When I stumbled on “Les coquins” by Marion Fayolle, though, I knew that we were destined for each other. I got home and put the little book of drawings on a gold display stand, where I can look at the cover and chuckle daily. Marion Fayolle has a one-of-a-kind mind; “Les coquins” is filled with absolutely brilliant and hilarious drawings and is one of my most favourite things.

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