Glass teapots are nothing new, and I know many of us have owned them over the years. On Saturday, however, I visited an antique mall in Bremen and came across a new style of glass teapot that appealed to me because of the bright cobalt blue infuser and knob on the lid. When I removed the infuser and looked in the bottom of the teapot, I saw the words "Easy Exotic Padma Lakshmi." A little online searching revealed she is either a swimsuit model or a serious cook. Possibly both.
At any rate I liked her teapot, and for $12.50 it came home with me. I've got a clear glass mug that has a very similar style of infuser basket. The slits are pretty much the same, but in my tea mug there are not the large holes. I wondered, won't some of the tea leaves slip through? The answer is yes, a few of them will.
I must tell you that I was concerned when I added the boiling water and saw it sneaking up into the teapot's spout. Can you carry this to the table without spilling the tea? Again, the answer is yes, IF you are very careful!
The other discovery I made: once your tea is brewed and you remove the infuser, you'd best hold on to the lid while pouring your tea, as it will bang around mercilessly. Perhaps this is why the teapot ended up in an antique mall!