Tea Vacation with Agatha Christie

Lately I have been armchair-traveling around the world, planning tea vacations. Tea vacations? you say. The fact surprised me, too, but given second thought it is a perfect idea—a vacation for people who love to travel and love to drink tea. At the moment, I prefer the comfort of my armchair, tea in hand, and …

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The Mysterious Errant “S”

It started out as a simple perplexity. Instead of the printer ink I ordered from an online store, I received a postcard from UPS telling me that they could not find my address. This brought up all manner of questions: UPS delivers to my home all the time. Now they can’t find me? My address …

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Intaba Rooibos, Cold on a Hot Day

I first learned of rooibos tea—sometimes called red bush tea—in reading the novel The Ladies No.1 Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith. It is the first novel of a series set in Botswana, South Africa; you may have seen the HBO movie by the same name. The heroine of the novel, one of my very …

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The Little Tea Book

Compiled by Arthur Gray and first published in 1903, The Little Tea Book is a most delightful little book of history, information, and odes to the precious brew. In the introduction, Mr. Gray tells us: “A glance through this book will show that the spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and …

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Traveling Light

I am one of those people who cannot survive without the pleasure of a good cup of tea. This attitude on my part can make traveling the highways and by-ways of average America, as well as visiting most of my coffee-drinking friends and relatives, something of a trick. For example, whenever we start out early …

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Taylors of Harrogate Know Tea

I have in the past few years been enjoying widening my tea horizons. But I continue, like an old lover, to return time and again to the Taylors of Harrogate brand. Taylors of Harrogate is one of Britain’s, and the world’s, leading merchants of tea, not surprising since they have been blending and selling it …

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Tea with Betty Crocker

As all good things, my tea cake came out of a moment of desperation. Those of us special tea drinkers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance (termed coeliac disease in Britain) cannot simply run down to the corner bakery for something to go with our cuppa, or grab a delectable fresh package off the shelf. …

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Ntingwe Kwazulu Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Let me say instantly, for those who like to get to the point: I really like Ntingwe Kwazulu tea from Taylors of Harrogate and recommend it highly. The blurb on the package says: “This tea has a fresh, brisk flavor and a bright liquor.” I say yes to the fresh and bright liquor, however I …

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Tea and Gluten-Free Muffins

I decided mid-morning to give lessons in enjoying teatime to my three-year-old grandson. I had found no advice to aid me in this endeavor—I did actually look around on the web. But all of the tea blogs I read spoke of the glories of adults sharing tea, or the quiet contemplative moments over tea, or …

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Ceylon Tea and Honorable Women

For the past year I have grown to favor Ceylon Tea, and most recently the loose leaves from the Lover’s Leap Estate. The leaves that made the hot tea in my cup near at hand have been grown on moist mountainous land more than halfway around the world from me on the small island nation …

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