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

The banana is every slapstick comic’s friend, a delight for the chimpanzee set, the foundation of a favorite Summertime treat, an ingredient in numerous delectable desserts, and chock full of nutritious stuff like fiber and potassium – yum! It’s also part of the cliché “going bananas” – a phrase that indicates you’re…uh, well…anyway, you may …

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Comfort Foods for Your Autumn Tea Party

Awhile back I wrote about comfort foods and teas to go with them (see the article here). Some comfort foods are just right for your Autumn tea party. Time to focus on those. Top of the list: Pumpkin Pie – oh yeah! You can buy one at the grocery or the local bakery, bake your …

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London Tea Spots: Drink, Shop & Do

“Café by day. Bar by night. Fun things to do.” This is how Drink, Shop & Do describes itself, and this London tea spot certainly does offer a wide variety of entertainment. As well as serving food and drink, it hosts a range of events from dancing, to poetry readings, to arts and crafts activities, …

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A Nation of Tea Drinkers? Us?

Is the United States a nation of tea drinkers? Most people who know anything about the topic would probably say that we are not. While we drink quite a bit of iced tea, at least relative to the hot kind, our overall consumption doesn't rank us among the world's great tea-drinking nations. In fact, our …

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Tea Time Memory: Getting Caught at the Office Playing a Computer Game

It’s amazing the memories that a cuppa tea can evoke. This time it was when I got caught playing a computer game at the office. I must have turned 10 shades of red. But it’s not all you would think it is. I’d better start at the beginning. Once upon a time, I was able …

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If Great Books Were More About Tea

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." ― C.S. Lewis The great works of literature are the ones that withstand the test of time. They have probably done so for a reason, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't stand some improvement - if …

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A Cuppa Tea with Lord Peter Wimsey and Dorothy L. Sayers

The other day (or month) hubby came home with an amazing book: Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. I pounced. Literally. Snatching the book from his hands I exclaimed “Lord Peter Wimsey! Where did you find this?” It had been donated to the local book drop …

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The Original Social Media: Tea Rooms

The infusing of those magic leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush has been going on for a long time – over 5,000 years according to some historical records and archeological digs. They were not only capable of transforming water into a cup of flavorful aromatic liquid, but they brought folks together in a very social …

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Some Thoughts on Tea Awards

Awards are great…sometimes. And other times they serve other purposes. It’s true just about everywhere, including in the world of tea. So I present here a few personal thoughts on these tea awards and welcome yours. Awards for tea are a sign that someone thinks that the time and effort invested in the award-winning tea …

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How to Relish the Last Hurrahs of Summer with Tea

Some parts of the U.S. have seen snow. And unseasonably cold temperatures. (There was also an early snowfall in northern India around the beginning of September.) And too much rain. And flooding. With such events going on, some of us are prompted to relish the last hurrahs of Summer with some suitable tea moments. I’m …

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