As everyone knows, May 12th is Mother’s Day A day to say to your mothers out there, “Mom, you went through hell and highwater for me and because of me, and I just want to tell you how much I love you and how much that means to me.”
Well, what better way than to treat your dear mommy to a cup of tea?
If you live in the New Jersey area, there are three tea events that you might be interested in attending:
Liberty Hall Museum‘s Afternoon Tea is the perfect place to sip tea, lunch on finger sandwiches, and nibble on delectable desserts while gazing at the formal English garden from the comfort of our glass-enclosed porch. A tour of Liberty Hall Museum will follow tea service.
Reservations required; $40 per person. Please call 908-527-0400, or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information.
The Ramapo Reformed Church invites mothers and their children of all ages to celebrate Mother’s Day with a Tea on Saturday, May 11th, from noon to 2PM. Sandwiches, activities, and a gift for “Mom” will also be provided. Cost is $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Please call the church office at 201-529-3075 for more information or to reserve a place for tea.
Treat your mother to something special and different this year! Special exhibits and themed items for all ages will be on display. Tea and desserts will be served; tours of the Hall will be available.
Enjoy! If anyone does attend one of these fantastic events, be sure to comment here and let us know how they were
Hello my lovely sippers! The famous Zagat came out with an intriguing article earlier this week, announcing the 8 Tea Hot Spots in NYC! For those who do not know, Zagat Survey, according to their Web site, “is based on the belief that the shared experiences of large numbers of users is inherently more accurate than the opinions of a few critics. Ratings capture the distinct qualities of an establishment on Zagat’s signature 30-point scale. Zagat editors summarize users’ feedback into concise reviews with high standards of accuracy.”
Zagat recommends tea houses that range from the edgy, stylish The Lambs Club, so named after drama critic and essayist Charles Lamb, all the way to the more traditional Afternoon tea served at the Crosby Street Hotel.
Currently, my friends and I are all a-twitter about heading into the City for a day and stopping at each tea shop and tea house on the list. But, that brings me to another question. Where would you rather go? Do you prefer more traditional? Or more of an updated look? Or maybe you would rather purchase the tea and head home to cuddle in a blanket and a nice book? Leave a comment here to let me know!
The idea of running out of tea, having tea shortages, etc, is simply horrific. After all, this beverage that is becoming a staple part of many people’s drinking diets is valued both for its historical capacity and its many health benefits.
Sadly, in Kalasa, India, there has been a lack of rainfall that has affected tea. The tea plant requires a hot, moist environment in order to grow, preferring an annual rainfall of 1800-3000 mm, or 72-100 inches. However, this year, the typical rainfall started in March but did not continue into April. On top of this, the temperatures are on the rise, which will result in a drier crop. Already, the crops are starting to show the reduced amount and quality.
Throw on top of this a pest problem and a labor issue in the area, and there’s going to be a problem with the Kalasa tea this year.
Now, the small town that relies heavily on agriculture is concerned over their crops. Darjeeling and Assam have already succumbed to the dry season and now, the issue spreads. Tea production is already predicting a huge hit this year due to the weather. Assam alone produces 13% of the world’s tea. Slowly, it seems that tea production will be struggling.
Therefore, the best to do is be ready for rising tea prices. With the weather conditions, sub-par tea might be pushed more in the marketplace, so be choosey about what you are looking at. Maybe even try your hand at growing your own tea, depending upon your region.
What do you plan to do to prepare? Or are you hoping this is worse than it sounds?
WOW! My first Tea Love seminar is almost upon us! I’ve written my notes, sent out my blasts, picked up the tea from the lovely Tea Spot, and am just so psyched!!!
Now what else do I need? I need YOU!
*Please note that, on the Patch, the date reads Friday, March 27th. It is actually Wednesday, March 27th. I apologize for the confusion*
Come out, have fun, learn more about tea and enjoy a cuppa with yours truly Hope to see you there!!!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
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An interesting method of interrogation. Rather than abide by the “good-cop-bad-cop” concept that has become popular in movies, TV and pop culture as taken a turn towards tea over in China.
While normally, tea is looked at as a relaxing drink, causing elation and even improvements in health, when a person in China says that they are getting a “tea talk” or are being “forced to drink tea,” it is a highly negative experience.
What is more interesting is that these tea talks, per Global Voices Advocacy, ”have become so common that Chinese netizens, in particular those who are active and influential, regard it as part of everyday life.”
People are called for tea talks for various reasons. Perhaps it is for a person’s political posts on the internet. Maybe you shared something that shouldn’t have been shared or shared information the wrong way. Maybe you even signed an online petition. Whatever the reason, the police in China can pick up the phone and request a cup of tea in order to make sure that you as a political leader are behaving in what they deem a “responsible” manner.
The police sometimes ask for the sources of the political dissenters’ information during these talks. If the dissenter does not comply, (s)he can be held for spreading rumors or causing a public disorder. Other times, these tea talks can serve as more of a warning, letting the opinionated know that they are being watched. Even worse, some dissenters report that “the tea was really bitter.”
Global Voices Advocacy summarized opinion leader’s Wu Gan‘s advice on how to deal with the tea talks, quoted below:
“1. Don’t be afraid and don’t be angry.
2. Only talk about yourself. Try your best not to provide information about others.
3. Tell the police that you believe in what you have done and that you are prepared to face the consequences.
4. Don’t take their questions personally.
5. Don’t humiliate or criticize them during or after the tea talk.
6. Don’t trust them and don’t assume that you’ll be able to persuade them to take your side.
7. If you don’t want to engage with them, you may consider signing the guarantee document. [This document certifies a citizen's promise to follow police instructions, which might stipulate that they may not blog about certain topics or discuss politics online. This document is not legally binding, so you do not have to abide by what you have signed.]
8. If you want to minimize risk, avoid getting involved in local incidents. Pay attention to other provinces as you are outside their jurisdiction. [Internal security police usually operate at the provincial level. The standard procedure for carrying out cross-border operations has to go through the local police unit, which requires a lot of paper work.]
9. They may try to put pressure on your friends, family, or employer. Try to tell your social circle about it and get their support for your cause.”
Thankfully, I must say, I’ve never had to face such pressures as a “tea talk” and I pray I never will. It’s just amazing how something so sinister can begin with the sentence, “Let’s have some tea.”
Today is my boyfriend’s sister’s birthday, so here’s a happy birthday post dedicated to her! This charming young Pisces, according to astrology-online.com, is:
Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic
On the dark side….
Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led
So, what would the ideal cup of tea be for her?
No need to fret about what to get this vague sign. Adagio Teas has it all figured out. They have worked together with tea lover Inguna T in order to blend up some wonderful zodiac teas.
But what is Adagio Tea all about?
Founder Sophie Kreymerman started out small, purchasing her teas from the local Chinese markets. Then, in 1999, she decided to stop working working as a manicurist part-time and start selling tea. After all, how hard would it be? Open a teashop, serve a cuppa every once in a while, make a few bucks, nothing big, right?
Well, when you factor in the fact that her son just came home after living in Eastern Europe for six years working with companies adjusting to capitalism and her other son worked in the tech department of a high profile financial company, it might be a bit bigger than expected.
The family decided that the internet was more the way to go, so they found a tea supplier and built a Web site. Now, the name. That dreaded, “Let’s come up with a cool, awesome name that no one thought of before and is witty to engage everyone in the internet realm” task. According to Adagio, “Not only did it have to match the mood of a cup of tea, it also had to appear at the top of the alphabet (the way search engines of the late 90′s prioritized their searches). A brief read through the first few pages of the dictionary and Adagio was found. Chosen also was a theme – music.”
The tea company quickly grew, expanding from their former site in Clifton, New Jersey to Garfield, New Jersey in a 26,000 square-foot warehouse and now ships from a 24,000 square-foot warehouse in Fresno, California.
And that’s the scoop! Learn more about Adagio Tea and sample some of their wares! Or, better yet, buy some Zodiac blends for a birthday pal
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Come See Tea Love Speak On Wednesday, March 27th! I, Catherine Felegi of Tea Love, will be speaking at my first-ever seminar on Friday, March 27th, 7PM at the Hickory Corner Library, 138 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520.
Come here my seminar titled Tea 101—A Brief Introduction, where I will be explaining the different types of tea, how tea goes from the plant to your tea tins, and how to brew a proper “cuppa”. I promise that it’ll be a fun, informative seminar!
Dessert and, of course, tea will be served.
Please bring your own tea mug or favorite teacup.
The program is brought to you by The Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
Registration is required, so make sure that you go and register now to get a spot!
Call (609) 448-1330 or register online at http://www.mcl.org.
Hope to see you there!