Polly Put the Kettle ON

The kettle is back on the boil! It’s been way too long since I last posted! I confess I have been happily enjoying life with tea and not sharing it with you, dear readers. Watch for new posts, and maybe even a new look for this venerable old tea blog.

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….

Brahmin’s Choice

Brahmin’s Choice from Steven Smith Teamaker! So glad to see my favorite tea for sale here in Vancouver. It seems a little pricier than it was down in Portland, but that’s because its in the twist-wrap box. Oh and it’s in Canada. It must also be available here in food stores, but I was pleased…

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…

Shaktea in Vancouver

I’ve recently had two lovely and inspiring conversations over tea at Shaktea, one of Vancouver’s pleasant tea shops. Casual and welcoming, they sell a wide variety of loose tea, offer an extensive tea menu, as well as an afternoon tea – something I must try someday. I’m a big fan of their French Earl Grey…

World Tea Party at Centre A

After watching the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies on telly at home, James and I stepped out to see what was going on in the neighbourhood. We saw the large projections on the Centre A windows right away: tea pots,  an Asian woman having tea, other tea images. Yes, it was the opening night for…