Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival

Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival 2017 Recap and Thoughts

November 10, 2017 in Tea Events

The 2nd annual Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival took place this past weekend. The gardens is located in Burlington, Ontario, close by Hamilton, Ontario. I actually lived in Hamilton for a few years when I went to school there, so it’s always nice to have an excuse to head back that way. An excuse that has to do with tea is even better! Last year the festival was a one-day event, but with the popularity it increased to all weekend long. I had the chance to attend and give a presentation on the Sunday. Here is how everything went. Read more…

this month in tea

This Month in Tea // October Blog Round Up

November 1, 2017 in Monthly Round Up

I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween, tea friends! I’ve been a bit behind on writing some blog posts as I have been busy working on my “Behind the Scenes of Tea Blogging” presentation for the Royal Botanical Gardens’ 2nd Annual Tea Festival this weekend. If you’re in the Hamilton, Ontario area and are interested in attending, get your tickets here (admission to the beautiful gardens is included in the price!) and you can also check out the full list of speakers and vendors. If you have a tea blog or are just interested in learning more about tea blogs, I’ll be speaking the Sunday at 2:30pm, so stop by! On that note, let’s jump into some of my favourite blog reads from last month, shall we?! Read more…

afternoon tea party

Afternoon Tea Party Planning Guide (+ free printable checklist)

October 19, 2017 in Learn

If you’re a fan of going out for afternoon tea, then you might be excited to learn that it can actually be pretty easy (and super fun!) to create your own afternoon tea party at home. With my birthday less than two months away, I started to think of how I wanted to celebrate. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful selection of teas, teacups, teapots, and other lovely tea accessories that I decided on hosting an afternoon tea party at home. Birthdays are a perfect excuse to make all your friends and family drink tea with you, right? I’m equally excited to plan an afternoon tea party as I am to actually host it so I have been in planning mode for some time now. After setting the budget, here are some things I have done so far and a few more things that will be done prior to the day. Get ready to host your own tea party! Read more…

Tea Happiness

At the Tea Table with Sara Shacket from Tea Happiness

October 17, 2017 in At the Tea Table

Sara Shacket is the blogger behind Tea Happiness, a wonderful tea blog that features tea industry interviews, tasting reviews, tea and food pairing notes, and much more. Some of her fun and educational content is also inspired by NYC tea spots and the tea sommelier program she is currently enrolled in. The mother of two budding tea aficionados describes herself as a tea evangelist and definitely earns that title thanks to her tea blog, but also her Office Tea Club where she introduces her coffee loving co-workers to new teas from around the world. At the tea table, we talked more about this weekly tea get together, sharing tea with her children, tea education and beginner tea advice. Read more…

Tea Infused Desserts

Tea Infused Desserts: Panna Cotta & Pots de Crème

October 10, 2017 in Dessert / Tea Recipe

I recently checked out a new cookbook and was excited when I stumbled upon tea infused desserts that were included in the collection of recipes. I don’t use cookbooks as often as I use food blogs for recipes but I enjoy finding ones by bloggers and if tea is featured some way then even better! Tracey Ceurvels, the blogger at The NYC Kitchen, is the author of this cookbook of the same name. She introduces tea as her afternoon beverage while sharing that Harney & Sons in SoHo, Kusmi Tea, and Mariage Frères are some of her favourite tea spots. The note and recipes below are from Tracey and her new cookbook. These tea infused desserts are my favourite from it and can be made with any tea. Read more…

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