The Twelve Teas of Christmas

Traditions have to start somewhere, and so it is with things like the twelve teas of Christmas. Now, the word “tea” can refer both to the beverage and to a meal (ranging from a few treats to several courses). With that in mind, I present my take on a well-established Christmas tradition — that almost …

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The Founding of Golden Moon Tea

What makes someone start a tea business? Especially in a day and age when we've seen a number of relatively big players elbow their way to the top of the heap, not to mention what seems like a never-ending stream of smaller merchants who have also tossed their hats into the ring? For Marcus Stout, …

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Tea Terminology — “Tea Soup”

Tea terminology can sometimes seem very fluid (pun intended), so when I saw the term “tea soup” being used, it was no surprise. Since this first sighting, I have seen other sites using this term, too. I suspect, though, that the term has come about based on an issue of translation. The site I originally …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report I

If you've been to this site before, you may have noticed that we've featured quite a few editions of gadget and offbeat news reports thus far. But since it's such a frequent feature, the Esteemed Editor decided to put one together every month, and this will be the first of them. So, let's get on …

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Tea Wares from Occupied Japan

During the post-World War II years, the USA spent a great deal of money and manpower to help our former enemies rebuild their economies. One of these projects in Japan was the re-establishment of ceramics production. While Japan had a centuries-old tradition of ceramics (stoneware, china, porcelain) ranging from functional to decorative before the war, …

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5 Tea Tricks at the Office

In my article Avoid the Strain of Tea Steeping with the 2-Teapot MethodI hinted at some ideas on how to use that method even at the office. One commenter on that article sort of beat me to one of those items, but I’m including it here anyway. There are other tea tricks that come in …

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Discovering the Tisane Called “Greek Mountain Tea”

Technically a tisane, the infusion made from Sideritis syriaca is the Greek cultural equivalent of English black tea with a dash of milk; when you say "tea" in Greece, this is what you are referring to. I recently discovered this culturally specific infusion after getting into a discussion about tea with some Greek friends of mine. …

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Tea and the Holiday Shopping List

Tea helps save your sanity while shopping — whether in actual physical stores or online — for whatever gifts are on your list. Scarf for your cousin Mike. Latest Taylor Swift CD for your sister Cassie (she’s off to college now, so Mom and Dad won’t have to listen to it). Cheese-and-crackers-and-beef-sausage gift pack for …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Nine Bend Black Dragon

You could probably spend a lifetime studying the topic of Chinese tea, if you were so inclined, and still not get to the bottom of it. All of the major types of tea are grown there and the sheer number of varieties that fall into those categories are enough to put a strain on your …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Cream-Style Corn Chowder and Kenyan Tea

Time for another recipe (the 8th in a baker’s dozen)! This is another that goes great with tea. Be adventurous and give her recipe a try with a pot of the tea named and assess the pairing for yourself. The recipe: Cream-Style Corn Chowder Your mom probably told you not to play with your food, …

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