Tempest in a Teapot: Tea & Politics & Health

According to one educated guess from a fairly reliable source there may be as many as almost two million new web addresses registered every year. While web sites come and web sites go, every now and then you run across a golden oldie that probably should have fallen by the wayside by now. Take Tempest …

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My Gongfu Tea Time Is Missing Its Chahai!

Acquiring some Yixing teapots started me looking into the whole Gongfu Tea Time thing, except that there was a part that hubby and I overlooked: the chahai! Unbeknownst to us, though, we had come up with our own version without even realizing it. First, we need to back up a bit. What’s a chahai? Well, …

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Tea Appreciation Classes with a KISS

In my former life as an IT trainer, I remember the first few days of training to become a certified Microsoft Applications trainer.  Every class started with KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.  The premise behind the acronym is when delivering a training course to ensure that you speak in layman’s terms: speak in a language that …

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How to Get a Good Cuppa Tea at a Coffee Shop

Some of you are probably thinking right now: “Gee, she’s making a really big assumption here. That it’s possible to get a good cuppa tea at a coffee shop.” No assumptions being made here, since I have experienced this seemingly impossible feat. To some, the very thought of getting tea in a coffee shop is …

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Travels with Tea: Adventures in Tea Shopping in Bucuresti, Romania

As I detailed in the first posting of this series, my long-time favourite bookstore tea room is now closed. The shop, Carturesti, still sells dry leaf – in fact, they were the first company in Romania to carry higher-quality teas, and for many years they have been my main source when I travel there. Alas. …

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Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (and Tea)

The other day I was drinking tea (as always) and thinking of chocolate (also as always). Then, I had some chocolate and started thinking about tea! It seems to be a fairly common occurrence, as a bit of online searching revealed. Awhile back, Lainie Petersen, well known to readers of this blog, had a chocothon …

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Tea in Minneapolis: Part I

If you happen to be wandering around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul and find yourself in need of some tea, I can direct you to The Tea Garden/The Steepery Tea Bar. This tea bar, or tea café, has 3 locations within the Twin Cities and 2 more in the greater metro. I …

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When a Little More Gives You a Lot More Tea

With tea, more can be less or it can be more, depending on how you approach it. More tea leaves can give you a truer and more robust flavor in your cup. Fewer tea leaves will give you a lighter flavor, especially if you are having pu-erh, a nice white like Silver Needle, or a …

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Another Round of Tea Gadgets

It seems like only yesterday that we last ventured into the great wide world of tea gadgets. But of course the good people who bring us these fine gadgets have not been twiddling their thumbs in the meantime. It would seem that they've been working overtime, turning out what appears to be an ever increasing …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy ― Odd Sizes

Waiting for the water in a tea kettle to boil tends to lead one’s mind down all sorts of pathways. Add to that the coming of Summer, the Memorial Day Weekend, and cookout fever. This led me to start thinking about how odd some sizes are, primarily in packaging. A classic example is the hotdogs …

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