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…

Sawa Tea Lounge

I love independent tea shops (not chain affiliated) that have the stamp of the owner’s personality and generosity. Once again it is the positive nature of the tea culture, in all its moods and shades. A few weekends ago I met a friend at Sawa Tea Lounge in the Waterfall Building just by Granville Island….

L-theanine, I am your Fan!

Why? Because it induces alpha brain activity, creating relaxed alertness. And because it is such an important ingredient in the relaxation effect of a good cup of tea – black or green. That “matcha buzz” isn’t only the caffeine, but also the L-theanine. Why ever take supplements? Just google L-theanine and you’ll see hundreds of…

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…

Exquisite: the Naked Leaf

Walking on 10th street in Calgary the other day I was delighted to see the Naked Leaf Tea Shop. Jonathan Kane, the owner,  generously showed me around as I recorded this Flip video of the shop, something very special in Calgary’s Kensington area (on 10th St. NW). Naked Leaf also has a beautifully designed website…

Matcha at Ooh Cha Teahouse

A couple of weekends ago, I went with a local meetup group to taste tea at Ooh Cha Teahouse on Kingsway, here in Vancouver. We settled in as proprietor Karen Duffield took us on a beautiful and informative tour of teas. Karen is an independent owner and tea lover who spent many years in Japan,…