Was today not a beautiful and almost perfect day? Warm enough to wear sandals but cool enough to need a little sweater. It was an absolutely ideal transition day, the kind that makes you think Summer is really laying out the welcome mat for Fall. Since I'm still trying to kick this under-the-weather feeling that I've been having, I'm making sure to drink a lot of hot tea and oj and water, but mostly hot tea (hot whiskey tea would be even better but I have to work.) And as you may remember from the other day, I sometimes need a little more kick than plain old tea. And since today was a much more seasonally appropriate day, I decided to opt for one of my favorite seasonal beverages - a spicy, peppery chai. Since this was an extra special treat (I don't often get more than one fancy beverage a week,) I wasn't about to settle for any old chai. No no no, it had to be the best chai. A quick search through a few trusted internerd sources and I found the perfect place - OST Cafe. Just a few blocks, and a lovely walk from the library, this is the perfect East Village cafe. And the advise of my fellow food bloggers was absolutely right! This may be the best chai latte in all of NYC. Made with real black tea, the combination of creamy, barely sweetened milk with the layered flavors of anise, cinnamon and cloves was oh so balanced and rich. It was the perfect cuppa for a perfect day... and it was extra swirly, fancypants!