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?
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
Almost a thousand years ago, a Chinese emperor made white tea, whose frothy foam . . . was said to resemble the moon and stars. (Barnes 2014:18) Clearly, things have drastically changed because (1) when we want frothy tea, we're whisking matcha green tea rather than white tea, and (2) we expect our white tea … Continue reading What Is White Tea?
Concerned about how many disposable items you use in a day? Or the ridiculous over-packaging that's rampant in our stores? Or the mountains of plastic accumulating in our oceans? Want to make a bit of a difference with minimal effort? If you drink mainly teabag tea, just switch to loose leaf. Besides having a dramatically … Continue reading Be Kind to the Environment When Making Tea
We are halfway through National Iced Tea Month. Did you notice? Do you care? Between doing your job while maneuvering office politics, paying bills, making sure your family is fed, tracking social obligations, and repairing car and house, simply keeping up pretty much consumes June! Yet, here we are in mid-June, with summer officially arriving this week, making this, actually, … Continue reading What Teas Make Great Iced Tea?
Eating matcha cookies lowers stress! This is according to bona fide scientists. Yeah yeah we all know that tea can reduce stress, but did you get the cookies part?! When I'm stressed, I eat cookies. Lots of cookies. Especially my own made-from-scratch cookies. Usually with a cup of tea. But now I have scientific proof to … Continue reading Lower Your Stress: Eat Matcha Cookies
The NRDC claims that "up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten," which is staggering, especially when you consider how many people worldwide, including in the U.S., don't have enough to eat. We ought to emulate those cultures that avoid waste as much as possible, either by necessity—such as … Continue reading What Is Japanese Kuki Hojicha?