Warm Up with Argo Tea

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By Emily Paster

Today's post is sponsored by Argo Tea. Argo Tea has a special offer for West of the Loop readers to warm up this month: receive a free oatmeal with purchase of a signature drink at any Argo Tea cafe location. Argo Tea is also giving away a special gift to two West of the Loop readers: a tea gift set and a $50 gift certificate to its website. See below for details.

Do you have a warm mug of something sitting on your desk as you read this? I sure do. During the recent polar vortex, my pre-WWII furnace could not keep up and the temperature in my house fell to 56 degrees. 56 degrees! We got through it with extra sweaters, lots of blankets and mug after mug of tea. My husband and I are both tea drinkers. My tea habit is bad enough that when I saw a new dentist recently, as soon as I opened my mouth he said: "Tea drinker?" (I have since purchased a whitening toothpaste, so no worries.)

Our favorite local source for delicious tea drinks is Argo Tea. When my husband needs to meet with someone outside of his office, his go-to location is one of the Argo Tea cafes in the Loop. He's had a lot of important conversations over mugs of white peach tea during the past decade. My favorite drink is a hot mug of sweet and spicy chai.

What I love about Argo Tea, besides the wide variety of teas, are the healthy food options. At breakfast, Argo Tea has delicious muffins and pastries, but also hot options like quiche — made with egg whites — and oatmeal. For lunch, I love how Argo Tea offers grains and salads with healthy whole ingredients like quinoa, lentils, chick peas and brown rice. These are especially helpful options for people on special diets, like vegetarians and those who are gluten-free. Argo Tea also creatively incorporates tea into a lot of its menu items, like Chai Chicken Curry and Quinoa or a panini with brie, spinach and chai-infused cherries.

Argo Tea's loyalty program, the LoyalTea Club, offers lots of perks for regular customers, like a free drink on your birthday, a free drink with every ten drink purchases, discounts on food and drink combos, and a $5 bonus for every $50 loaded onto your LoyalTea Card. You can purchase or reload a LoyalTea Club card at any Argo Tea cafe or online. To get all the advantages of the LoyalTea Club card, you need to register your card, which will also help protect your balance in the event you lose your card.

Argo Tea wants to help you stay warm up this January and to that end, has an incredible offer for West of the Loop readers. With this coupon, you can receive a free oatmeal with the purchase of any signature drink. Whether you are tempted by the chai oatmeal with cherry and apple — definitely my pick — the matcha vanilla oatmeal with banana and walnut or the classic oatmeal with cherry and walnut, I can't imagine anything more comforting than coming in from the cold to a cozy Argo Tea cafe and relaxing with a hot mug of tea and a hearty oatmeal.

If you don't live near an Argo Tea cafe, you can still sample the company's delicious loose-leaf teas, bottled tea drinks and stylish tea ware by ordering from the company's website. To pique your interest, Argo Tea and I have a terrific giveaway: Argo Tea will send TWO West of the Loop readers a beautiful Argo Tea gift set and a $50 gift certificate to the Argo Tea website. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on West of the Loop telling me your favorite kind of tea. Is it black, green, herbal? Let me know!

You can also earn additional entries for the Argo Tea giveaway in the following ways:

Be sure to let me know in the comments how many of these extra entries you have earned. All entries must be received by Sunday January 26.

I am so excited to be partnering with Argo Tea, a Chicago-based company that sells healthy and delicious food and beverages. For my local and New York readers, I hope this coupon for a free oatmeal with purchase of a signature drink will provide you incentive to give Argo Tea a try. For those of you who do not live near an Argo Tea cafe, be sure to check out the Argo Tea website and try some of the company's exquisite loose-leaf teas and stylish tea accessories.

Full disclosure time: This post was sponsored by Argo Tea and I am being compensated for my work. As always, all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

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