Christmas swept like a whirlwind through our house this year. The seemingly endless supply of ribbons and boxes and sparkly things finally exhausted even our cat. But running like a theme through all the feasting and cookies and snacking in our home? Tea. Assam, brewed western style . . . Dragon Well in the petite … Continue reading A Holiday Filled with the Meaning of Tea
Clearance sale? Heck yeah! Years and years ago, when I picked up this tin filled with teabags, I did so only because I bought it for next to nothing!I think I liked the tea, but I do remember that I nearly tossed the tin—but then stuck it in with Christmas decorations because, well, it's not … Continue reading Elephant Tea Tin Helps Real Elephants
Picture any holiday and I'll bet that specific foods are part of that snapshot. After all, holidays mean gatherings of people—and festive gatherings of people mean food and drink! When you think about this, it makes sense from many standpoints. The very evolution of our species meant learning to cooperate and share resources to ensure our … Continue reading Christmas Tea: Why Does It Contain Oranges?
Wouldn't it be quite heavenly to live in a house that smells like tea? And by this I mean the fabric of the house itself. Tea offers an aroma that is generally delicate, often complex—perhaps faintly sweet or fruity or spicy or earthy or malty or a mingling of attributes. The fragrance alone seems to transfer … Continue reading A House with the Aroma of Pu-erh Tea
Tonight, there are only two things to consider for my perfectly magical Halloween potion. And make no bones about it—these are absolutely paramount: name of tea (must fit the holiday) color of tea (must fit the season) Of course some might argue in favor of more morbidly mundane considerations. You know what I mean—the usual … Continue reading What Tea Is Brewing in My Cauldron?
Konnichiwa! This is Alissa, otaku extraodinaire, here with a guest blog! As an avid anime fan, and as tea is big in Japan and commonly appears in anime, I often see something like this: (Above picture is from the anime Natsume Yuujinchou.) So of course when this tea blog started, I asked if Lisa or Jill knew … Continue reading Eh? Nani? Kore wa nan desu ka? Why does this anime have a stick floating in the tea?
If you live in Ann Arbor, you probably fall into one of two camps: the fully-embrace-love-love-love the Art Fairs or the avoid-it-at-all-costs. The latter is rather more difficult to do because this isn't just an art fair: it's a four-day marathon of four art fairs that spread amoeba-like across our city, consuming everything in their … Continue reading Enjoying Tea at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs