essential tea tools

The 3 Essential Tea Tools For A Wonderful Tea Experience

October 26, 2016 in Learn / Tea Thoughts

There is no doubt I am addicted to tea ware as I have been known to be up all night looking for new teapots, matcha bowls, tea cups, etc. online. As I rearrange my tea stash and tea ware on my shelf, I notice that over time I have accumulated quite a bit of items. Everything from tea trays, infusers, scoops and even matcha sifters. I really love having pretty tea things that can add to my tea experience and be a beautiful display in my home. However, that is not always needed. I still enjoyed my tea immensely back when all I had were three essential tea tools. Read more…

homemade masala chai

Homemade Masala Chai

October 20, 2016 in Beverage / Tea Recipe

There is nothing I crave more than a warm and spicy cup of tea once the temperature drops and the flip flops are put away. Masala chai is essentially the fall season in a cup. Perhaps you may refer to this drink as “chai tea” but doing so is redundant as the word “chai” literally translates to tea and masala is the mix of spice used with the tea to create the delicious, traditional beverage. To make a homemade masala chai you just need a black tea from India, aromatic spices and herbs along with milk and sweetener. Read more…

Nicole Gulotta

At the Tea Table with Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem

October 11, 2016 in At the Tea Table

Nicole Gulotta is the writer behind the literary food blog Eat This Poem. The first time I ever came across her blog I was instantly pulled in with a subscription pop up that asked “Free for tea?” and felt connected. She is also coming out with an Eat This Poem book next spring. I found her post from this past summer, My Biggest Cookbook Fear, to be quite relatable with my book writing experience. I love that Nicole Gulotta’s upcoming book isn’t just another typical cookbook, but instead something that will celebrate food and poetry together by pairing her recipes with verses from poets. Given her enthusiasm for tea online, I wanted to see if Nicole was “free for tea” and discuss poetry and tea pairing, how tea plays a role in her writing, and much more at the tea table. Read more…

Canadian Tea Tasting

My Canadian Tea Tasting Experience

October 5, 2016 in Green Tea / Oolong Tea / Tea Review

At last, my tea life has been made. I have officially tasted three Canadian estate grown teas that Westholme Tea Farm has put so much time and energy into over the past 6 years. This Canadian tea tasting experience was worth the wait. If you haven’t heard about it yet, yes, tea can grow in Canada. There is currently tea growing in Canada and it’s available for anyone to try now. Often times when I chat about Canadian grown tea I find that people are just assuming I mean herbal teas like chamomile. I promise that when I say Canadian grown tea, I mean true tea from the Camellia sinensis plant. Read more…

september round up

What Blogs to Read this Month in Tea // September Round Up

October 1, 2016 in Monthly Round Up

The first day of October has arrived and it is slowly feeling more and more like fall. I always find myself leaning more towards black teas this time of the year. Assam, Golden Monkey, Keemun, Darjeeling, you name it – it’s in my cup. In fact, as I am going through this September round up I have the last bit of a Russian Caravan steeping next to me. It was gifted to me by Amy of The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy earlier this year when we swapped teas. It’s her personal blend that consists of oolong, keemun and lapsang souchong black tea. Slight sweetness with a malty taste that is really warming me up next to the breezy window as I catch up on some great tea related reads, recipes and a few YouTube videos from last month. Read more…

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