Tea Room vs. Tea House vs. Tea Shop – What’s the Difference?

“Tea Room,” “Tea House,” or “Tea Shop” – what’s the difference? In the world of tea, words swirl and float and often have no firm shape. They are like clouds and mist instead of something solid and definable like a mountain or a car. As a result we have herbals being called “herbal tea,” Rooibos …

Continue reading Tea Room vs. Tea House vs. Tea Shop – What’s the Difference?

The Overuse of “Tea Room”

You know your inner “tea princess” is in full swing when you’re starving and parched so you stop in a place called “tea room,” are shown the tea selection (consisting of bagged teas from a couple of fairly well-known but not necessarily high-grade tea companies) and leave, still starving and parched. And disgusted. Since when …

Continue reading The Overuse of “Tea Room”

Organizing a Tea Room Crawl

Can you think of anything more fun than getting a group of tea lovers together to share a good cuppa? How about many good cuppas at several different locations? Yes, we’re talking about a tea room crawl! In the late 1800s, the term pub crawl was coined to described a bunch of “gentlemen” who’d start …

Continue reading Organizing a Tea Room Crawl

Is the Victorian-style Tea Room Obsolete?

I often receive reviews at TeaGuide where the reviewer notes that they’ve just made their annual visit to a tea room. Whether it’s a Mother’s Day theme tea or mom’s birthday tea with her three daughters who flew in from out of town, I always kind of cringe when I read this. Annual? As in: …

Continue reading Is the Victorian-style Tea Room Obsolete?

What’s in a Name: Tea Rooms v. Tea Rooms

Oh joy! A new tea room opened in your neighbourhood and you can’t wait to stop in for afternoon tea or a great cuppa. You make your reservation, grab a friend, and off you go. When you get there, you find that their idea of “afternoon tea” is what you call lunch, and the only …

Continue reading What’s in a Name: Tea Rooms v. Tea Rooms

Tea in Minneapolis: Part II

Tea in Minneapolis: Part I focused on a great place to stop for tea in Uptown Minneapolis, but unfortunately The Tea Garden/Steepery Tea Bar does not have a location in downtown Minneapolis. Luckily for us, downtown is not bereft of tea, and if in need of a cuppa, you can make your way over to The …

Continue reading Tea in Minneapolis: Part II

Taking Tea in Durham, UK: A Defensive Strategy

When visiting a new place, it can be hard not to become overwhelmed by the number of things there is to do and see. It is tiring to bounce from one thing to another, without a break, in an attempt to see as much as possible in your time there. My strategy for avoiding such …

Continue reading Taking Tea in Durham, UK: A Defensive Strategy

Boulder, Colorado, Tea Houses — Part II

The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House is the second tea establishment in Boulder that I visited during my time there. Several people had recommended it to me, describing it as one of the most notable places to visit in Boulder. It certainly seemed to be a popular spot! When we stopped by it was bustling and …

Continue reading Boulder, Colorado, Tea Houses — Part II