Tea and Wine Taste Descriptions: Fact or Fiction?

Tea and wine taste nothing alike. Yet are these wine or tea descriptions? lush, buttery floral and vanilla notes floral aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and honeysuckle flavors of spiced plum and dark cherry, notes of cocoa leather, tobacco smoke, and dried cherries velvety mouth feel and subtle and lightly smoky notes of cocoa and leather … Continue reading Tea and Wine Taste Descriptions: Fact or Fiction?

Gratitude

Memorial Day 2020-style may look much different from previous years. Perhaps a little more about gratitude and a little less about those Memorial Day sales.Like too many holidays, Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, began with the truest of intentions and then warped into something else. Immediately after the American Civil War ended, people began to honor … Continue reading Gratitude

My Year So Far Requires a Cup of Tea

My year started out with a bang. Literally, when in January an inexperienced driver ran a red light and totaled my car, breaking my husband's rib in the process. February began with my husband and I making a rather treacherous drive north for a family emergency, a drive that took nearly three hours longer than … Continue reading My Year So Far Requires a Cup of Tea

“Tea”—May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

It's interesting, although rather unfortunate, that "tea" means so many things in English—and I view our often limited choice of words as one of the (many) downfalls of our language. (For example, I can think of several words and descriptions for "snow" but the Sami have 180 and the Scots apparently some 421!*) The Oxford … Continue reading “Tea”—May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

The Perils of Incorrectly Having Tea!

Guest post by Alissa, of Lettered Madness Having been called away this week for pressing family matters, my lovely daughter kindly stepped in for me, sharing some tea superstitions that she dug up—perfect for October when we begin fashioning costumes and picking up our favorite Halloween candy! Tea ⁠— warm, comforting, calming. Or is it? … Continue reading The Perils of Incorrectly Having Tea!

Tea on the Road: The Tea Cart

Having left the Japanese teahouse and garden (see previous post) at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, we continued on through rose, Italian, blue and white, pansy, moonlight, and old fashioned gardens to the mansion part of the estate. As mentioned in my last post, this 1886 Queen Anne-style building was a summer home for New York … Continue reading Tea on the Road: The Tea Cart

Tea on the Road: A Japanese Teahouse and Garden

There's something extraordinarily peaceful about meandering through a Japanese tea garden.Thomas Heyd (2002) aptly captures this feeling: In the tea garden, the express intent is to induce reflection and thoughtfulness on the way to the teahouse and its ceremony. . . . [the] ideas behind the history of Japanese gardens crystallize in the notion that … Continue reading Tea on the Road: A Japanese Teahouse and Garden

Tea on the Road: Herkimer Diamonds and Improvised Iced Tea

Leaving wine country behind us (see previous post), we continued our road trip, traveling east to Herkimer, a small town along the Mohawk River in upstate New York, and named after Nicholas Herkimer, a general in the American Revolutionary War. With Herkimer, we have a link to both tea (the Boston Tea Party of 1773, … Continue reading Tea on the Road: Herkimer Diamonds and Improvised Iced Tea

The Royals: Do They Really Drink Expensive Tea?

When you read a headline like this: Meghan Markle and Kate's tea costs two thousands times more than the average cup* you kinda think these UK royals are drinking some really incredible tea! Exquisite, rare, containing gold specks (yeah, that exists). But, no. The Tea and Its Cost They are drinking teabag tea, with Meghan … Continue reading The Royals: Do They Really Drink Expensive Tea?

July 4th Musing: From the study of war to that of the arts

To take a Walk in the Gardens of the Palace of the Tuilleries, and describe the Statues there . . . would be a very pleasant Amusement, and instructive Entertainment, . . . But to observe the Objects with Taste and describe them so as to be understood, would require more time and thought than … Continue reading July 4th Musing: From the study of war to that of the arts