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…

Tea Tasting in Cuba

I really enjoyed sharing the teas I brought with me with Cuban friends, who mostly liked to drink it with lots of honey. By the way, the best honey I have ever tasted was in Cuba. Sometimes they would use sugar, in great amounts by North American standards. On a rainy November afternoon in Camaguey…

Loose Tea Freedom with the Libre Tea Glass

Wendy Weir came by with her Libre Tea glass last month, and left two with me to try. One, all glass, and the other, a little lighter, with a polyproylene exterior and glass interior. I took the poly one and have been using it non-stop for three weeks now. It’s fantastic and I can’t imagine…

Promoting Tea Culture

Last week we met to begin discussing our new tea group, founded to promote tea culture in Vancouver. Karen Duffield from Ooh Cha, Fionna Du from Aura Teas, and Liz Bandelin, from Tega Teas smiled quickly for my camera just as they were leaving. We had sat up on the roof, sipping honeybush/rooibos that Liz…

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…