Fukushima Radiation and Tea

Some say that drinking green tea helps protect you against the effects of radiation, but what if your tea includes a dash of cesium? At a recent tea market I asked some questions about radiation in teas grown in Japan. But when I spoke with people from Aoi Tea and Rishi Tea, both indicated that…

Great Tea Shop on Victoria Drive

This is the image on the bag from Fidelis Tea at 5881 Victoria Drive in Fraserview. Beautiful teas and many different tea pots, cups, and other teamaking supplies. The owner knows his teas, and the fine shop is a delight! I don’t know what the Chinese characters on the bag are advertising – can you…

Moroccan Tea and Celebration

Celebrating the arrival of the book/CD project IN LOVE WITH THE MYSTERY, Peter Mortifee pours Moroccan tea for his wife, Nancy, his sister Ann Mortifee and guests James K-M and Carol Sill The tea glasses are on a fossil tray Then in a flip moment, Carol uses her flip to record Nancy using her flip…

Taking time for tea

I’ve been taking time for tea the last month or so, ending with a wonderful extravaganza Mothers Day Tea that my daughter and I whipped up frenziedly and enthusiastically. Normally we go out for a high tea and let it all be served to us. This year we shared tea with others, and invited mothers…

Inner Alchemy: Bespoke Tea Services

Artisanal Teas I came across Dawna Ehman’s beautiful display of artisanal tea blends at the Gastown Farmer’s Market recently. There is a beauty and rooted understanding of the refinement that is tea culture in her work. Her exquisite teas are all hand-blended with verve and panache – she takes the risk of blending high-end teas…

Hospital Tea

In the hospital they offer tea or coffee with every meal. If the tea is anything like the coffee, it may barely resemble the beverage you thought it should be. It comes in a teabag, beside a cup of hot water which is rapidly becoming tepid. However, there is also an endless supply of teabags…