Cupcakes at Tea Time

Sweets at tea time are a natural. Scones, cookies, those finger-sized sandwiches, and, of course, cupcakes! The thought stirred my inner tea poet and inspired this ditty: (Sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”) Oh, I love a cupcake With icing so sweet. Without it my tea time Is just not complete! …

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Winding Down Summer with Tea

Another trip around the sun, another Summer winding down, and another occasion to celebrate with tea: the Autumnal Equinox rolls around once more. For those of you who don’t pay a lot of attention to the various phases of our journey through this solar system, I’ll give a brief rundown of what “Autumnal Equinox” is. …

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My Favorite Herbal Tisane: Rooibos

While I definitely prefer true teas made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, I also enjoy other infusions made from various herbs, spices and fruits. Since tea has caffeine, I have to limit how much I drink during the day and typically don't drink it at all in the evenings. So when I can't drink tea, …

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My Favorite Oolong: Ti Kuan Yin

Mmm, oolongs! I love all types of tea, but oolongs have a special place in my heart. The art and craft of semi-oxidization creates some amazing flavors that other types of tea just don't have. While I love both dark and green oolongs, it is Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) that is my …

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Tea and Health — Who Can You Trust

Tea and your health is a topic that abounds, both online and in print. The Internet, in fact, has led to an explosion of health sites, some legitimate and others — well, let’s just say that you need to be cautious and look at who is behind the site. Tea and health claims are fairly …

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The Teabag Holder — Unsung Hero of Tea Time

Teabag holders are unsung heroes of tea time, along with those hardworking cream pitchers. They sit by, all humble, and await your pleasure, like a butler or the server at a really nice restaurant or a loving spouse. Every self-respecting tea hostess/host needs a few dozen on hand for tea party propriety. Let’s face it …

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Taking Black Tea Seriously

Is black tea the Rodney Dangerfield of the tea world? One could make that argument. Dangerfield, you may recall, was a popular comedian best known for his self-deprecating humor and the catchphrase, "I don't get no respect." So why doesn’t black tea get the respect it sometimes deserves? Unless you're in Asia or a few …

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Favourite Tearooms in Australia – Part I

In keeping with a current theme, my previous two posts talked about my favourite tearooms in the UK.  Having moved over to Brisbane last year, I naturally had to check out the tearooms here and two places spring to mind! The Tea Centre is rapidly growing having just opened a new place in Chermside, with …

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My Favorite Black Tea(s)

I'm in a quandry. Asking me about my favorite black tea is like asking me about my favorite wine. While I enjoy both black tea and wine on their own, I really enjoy both paired with food. Trouble is that some pairings are better than others. While I can say without a doubt that my …

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The Color Purple (of Tea)

Of the six main categories of tea, four are commonly associated with a specific color. There's black and green, of course, and there's also white, a variety that has become more popular lately. Yellow tea is lightly processed and is more or less produced along similar lines as green tea. Yellow tea is not nearly …

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