Yesterday’s Tea Love Talk at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library was a huge success! Thank you to the library for hosting the talk and thanks to all of those who came out to hear it :-)
We had about thirty people from all over come to learn about about tea. Some people were more coffee drinkers than tea drinkers, and expressed their both positive feelings towards tea (“Wow, apricot black tea is really amazing!”) and negative thoughts regarding tea (“I need a bold drink like coffee. Tea is dirt water!”), but all responses were welcomed as everyone was in good humor. One woman mentioned how she was just watching the History Channel that morning and saw an expose on how caffeine changed the world with their main focus being on tea. She went on to explain that the TV show “How It’s Made” also did a show on tea and it was highly interesting.
There was a woman who made tea but drank coffee, a woman who was amazed that tea originated in China rather than Britain, and a woman with a mug in the shape of a terra cotta planter that advertised her friend’s business. A wonderful couple who came to America from India 40 years ago explained to me that “chai” translated literally meant “tea” in multiple languages, so we laughed how “chai tea” is in fact like saying “tea tea”.
Sadly, we had to cut the party portion of the tea short, as there was another group that came in directly after us, but it was a lot of fun!
I can’t wait until my next one! Disappointed that you missed this talk? Make sure you come to the Fairfield Public Library on Thursday, April 10th, for my next one!
Plus… I have another talk that I will be announcing soon.
A quick announcement :-) I have not one, but TWO Tea Love talks coming up in April!
Make sure you see the fliers below and attend :-)
I hope to see you all there!
Next Saturday to Sunday, March 22nd – 23rd, the 9th annual Coffee and Tea Festival will take place in New York! This event will be held at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th – 26th). VIP Hour is held Saturday, March 22nd, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. The general public can then join in on the fun Saturday, March 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, March 23rd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. While Saturday is currently sold out, Sunday still has a few tickets left!
What is the Coffee and Tea Festival, you might ask? Over 60 vendors from around the world selling tea in one spot, hosting tastings, and giving away gift bags! What more can you ask for? Not only that, there will be special foods that are meant to complement all the teas that you are tasting, adding an extra delight to the show.
Who will be at the show? Well, a small sampling of the tea vendors include DavidsTea, serendipiTea, Harney and Sons (a favorite and a company that I had tried to work for but sadly, without luck), Damn Fine Tea, Salada (anyone remember that tea contest that Tea Love had a while back?), and many others!
As everyone who knows me knows, I am obsessed with philanthropy, charity, and giving back. The Coffee and Tea Festival is no exception. This year, the Coffee and Tea Festival has partnered with Cup for Education. According to the Coffee and Tea Festival website, “Cup for Education is a non-profit organization that is helping poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate future generations of coffee farmers. Cup for Education has bettered the education of children in over eight countries through the implementation of schools, computer labs, libraries, playgrounds, and more.” The organization will have a booth at the festival.
A traveling tea exhibit will be present where artist Michele Brody collected tea-stained bags, asking drinkers to write their thoughts and general reflections on the tea, dubbing the exhibit “Reflections in Tea“. Brody will be present to sip some tea with you.
Finally, the events! Multiple events pertaining to tea and coffee will occur throughout the day. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a little more about Taiwanese tea. Or perhaps the robust black tea that, per this workshop, conquered the world! Maybe you want to sample some tea with a cocktail, chocolate, or cheese. Not to fret; there is a workshop for you.
The event is sponsored by:
- Ito En
- The Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks“
Got some free time? Get on over there for the experience of a lifetime! The next festival will be November 8th and 9th in Philadelphia.
As some of you are aware, March 11, 2014 marks the third-year anniversary of the now infamous Japanese earthquake, an 8.9 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, and a nuclear meltdown. According to Global Research, Centre for Research on Globalization, “On April 12, 2011 the Japanese government officially announced that the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster had reached level 7, the highest on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Before Fukushima, the only level 7 case was the 1986 Chernobyl disaster…”
People know Japan for their famed tea ceremonies, matcha tea, and amazing atmosphere. During the 2010-2011 school year, my good friend since fifth grade, Sara, decided to go study at Soka University, immersing herself fully into the Japanese culture and gaining some amazing friends in the process. Sara’s mother and I decided to go on a visit to see Sara in March. About ten minutes after Sara’s mother and my plane landed in Narita Airport, the earthquake hit and we went on a wild ride consisting of sleeping in airports, feeling tremors throughout the night, meeting amazing angels who took us in at a moment’s notice, and thanking God the moment we touched down on American soil five days later.
I could go into more detail regarding our experiences, but that might be a post for another day.
I will, however, say that the people we met there were so magnanimous, beyond compare to anyone I have ever met before. Masana, who stayed with Sara’s mother and me while we struggled to get a hold of Sara via cell phone during the midst of the earthquake. Not only that, she, along with foreign exchange student Peter, bought us food, drink, and kept us safe and calm during all the events while we were at the airport without any funds to support ourselves. Hairoko, who housed us during the rolling black-outs that plagued the towns we were visiting. Momoko, who welcomed us into the Soka University dorm room where Sara’s mother arranged our flight information. Momoko and her friends also fed us and kept us calm during the disaster.
I still thank them for all of their help to this day, and still look at them as angels for all that they did for complete strangers.
Now, three years later, the Japanese government is still dealing with radiation levels. They now also have to deal with radiation-contaminated water. People are still missing after all of this time. The people still need help.
To help the people of Japan, please consider donating to the Red Cross. The funds aid in long-term recovery projects and general assistance to those in need.
Don’t forget these people. They still need our help.
So, as many of you have seen on Tea Love’s Facebook page, I have been talking about how I used an old tea container for my boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day gift.
A while back, my sister-in-law gave me some chocolate mint tea in this charming wooden box. She wasn’t a big fan of it, but she thought that I might like the tea.
The tea was rather tasty, but I must admit, my main attraction was to the box:
The top slides back and forth on the top, keeping the tea inside fresh. While the box is not made of a high-quality wood, nor is it very durable, it is not exactly meant to last forever. However, for some reason, I just could not bring myself to throw away this cute box. Something stopped me. It had way too much potential and, as an avid crafter (after all, I have made earrings and necklaces out of used tea bags!), I knew I would find some use for it. Thus, I stored it away for safe keeping.
Then I met my boyfriend, Camilo. Also an avid artist and a tea lover, he thrives on the creative. You can often find him at my Tea Love talks, helping me unpack, repack, serve tea, and just chatting away with anyone with a listening ear.
Well, I got into the television series Dr. Who, a BBC show with a time-and-relative-dimension-in-space-traveling alien., not too long after he and I met. We were both quickly hooked on the show, often binging on numerous episodes a night just to see what adventure our Doctor would be going on and see how he would save the universe from imminent destruction. We constantly talk about the show, read about it (especially my friend’s Dr. Who and Theology blog, Whovian Theology), and generally just act like five-year-old children when anything Dr. Who-related comes up.
Then, for Valentine’s Day, I got an idea – why not make Camilo a TARDIS (the ship that the Doctor uses to travel)?
So, after a bit of clay molding, painting, gluing, nailing, and frustration, I finally produced a TARDIS worthy of the Doctor.
Since the box was starting to part, I decided to nail the side together to keep it secure. Then I white-washed it so that I had a clean surface (as much as I love tea, I did not want the tea branding to show up underneath the paint). Using some clay, I constructed the top of the TARDIS, which was also the hardest (the lantern kept breaking off, so that was slightly annoying). I sanded the box down for a more secure fit, did some painting (including glow-in-the-dark paint so that the TARDIS would “light up” at night), and filled it up with some candy. Voila! A TARDIS made from an old tea container!
Have anything you have made from old tea products? I have heard some people who have used their containers for candles and others who have “flower tea pots”.
Share your creations here in the comments or go to Tea Love’s Facebook page to share a picture!