Teaware Patterns: Royal Albert Old Country Roses

Certain patterns used in pottery have quite a history. Old Country Rose from Royal Albert is one of them. It is one of a bunch of patterns, mainly florals, that the company has produced for the past 118 years, and it is the best known. The Royal Albert pottery, established in 1896 in Stoke-on-Trent, pays …

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Who Was Okakura Kakuzo (The Book of Tea Guy)?

Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad tea, as we have good and bad paintings--generally the latter. There is no single recipe for making the perfect tea, as there are no rules for producing a Titian or a Sesson. (Okakura …

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5 Signs That You’re “Going Santa” at Tea Time

The countdown to Christmas in on, and your time to assume the role of Santa Claus (or one of his helpers) is drawing near. It may even be affecting your tea time. How can you tell? Here are some signs to look for: 1 Vocabulary Morphage This can be a bit deceptive where you think …

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Tea Review – English Tea Store Gyokuro

It's hard to say what the world's best green tea is. In fact, I'll go one step further and say that it's probably impossible to say what the world's best green tea is. After all, it is a matter of opinion and tastes differ and we all like what we like and so on. But …

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Tea in the Movies: “All That Heaven Allows”

Time to look at another movie where a tea reference pops up — actually, it was a teapot, a Wedgwood teapot to be precise. The movie this time around was All That Heaven Allows (1955) with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. I’ve seen it a time or two before but hadn’t noticed the teapot or …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 13

There are a couple of themes that seem to crop up now and then when it comes to gimmicky tea-related stuff. One is using tea in one way or another to make some sort of art and the other is using tea to make or flavor beer or spirits. The latter is a topic I …

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Why Tea Is Like a Jigsaw Puzzle

Over the past few years I have discovered that tea is like a jigsaw puzzle. “Why is that?” you ask. Well, read on to find out! When you start delving into tea, you may start out in a simple manner. Most folks new to tea start with cheap black tea in those string-and-tag bags. Or …

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Recipe for Tea Spirited Cake Parfait

We have all had those days when we want to make something special but either lack the time or our efforts have been expended elsewhere. Most of us have recipes in our book that require less effort but still look amazing, this is one of those. The beauty of this recipe is it can be …

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The Tea Princess Travels: Tea and the Card Game in Tucson, Arizona

Traveling for us Tea Princesses can be quite challenging with various alterations in our preparation of teas being required due to the change of venue. Fortunately, the basic principle of tea enjoyment remains the same regardless: tea goes with anything, including a card game with friends in far off places. And thus it was with …

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Do Tea Pods Have a Future?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll start by saying that I've never had a cup of tea that was prepared using a single cup brewing system. Which seems to be the preferred terminology used by some of the manufacturers of these devices. In the case of tea (coffee too), if you're not in the …

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