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Another Thank You To West Milford Township Library!

Hello tea lovers!   This past Friday, Tea Love had its first ever children’s tea talk, complete with pretty dresses, a few princesses here and there, and of course, lots of tea :-)

West Milford Township Library invited me a second time (I held an adult’s talk over there a while back) to come speak to a group of little girls (and one gentleman) and their mothers.   There, we had a lot of fun learning about afternoon teas and talking about tea in general.   I was amazed by how many of these fancy boys and girls had actually sampled tea prior to my talk!

After talking to the kids for a bit, we had a relay race.   There, children balanced a book on their heads (because after all, that’s what fancy people do to stand up straight), walk tea cups to a plate, take a “sip” out of their cups, and place their cups on the corresponding color that was underneath the cup.

After all that fun, everyone was hungry, and who wouldn’t be?   We had snacks of sandwiches, homemade cookies shaped like tea bags, and English muffins with some lemon curd and fruit!   The kids REALLY liked the cookies and the English muffins (I had to wait until I got home so I didn’t get my dress all messy, but I think they all came out rather well).

My favorite part was when we got to read Fancy Nancy, a book about a little girl who is just oh-so-fancy!   We heard all about Nancy’s super fancy boutique (that’s fancy for really amazing shop) and her efforts to try and buy a fan by selling all of her old clothes and a rhinestone necklace that her little sister truly wanted.

Finally, what would a tea party be without some tea?   Tea Love supplied four different types of tea from Clara Ngo, offering every child a small sample of any tea they wanted (with their parents’ permission, of course).

We held a raffle where six children won a Golden Tea Bag plaque and everyone took home coloring pages which will hopefully be submitted soon for an amazing blog!

So again, thank you so much for your hospitality, West Milford Township Library!   I hope to work with you guys again :-)   And thanks to all the wonderful parents and the darling children that came out to the talk to partake in a fun afternoon.

 

Happy Birthday Clara, Supplier Of Tea Love Talks!

This blog is to wish a very happy birthday party to a very important person for Tea Love, Clara!

Happy Birthday, Clara!

Happy Birthday, Clara!

Clara is an awesome woman who has put up with me time and time again sending her messages for my Tea Love talks.

When Clara and I first met, it was at her shop in my hometown.   Quite frankly, she should have just kicked me out of her shop and asked me not to return, now that I look back at it.   Her shop was in a small corner of town, one that I feared her to be in (not for safety, but for marketing).   No one really knew where she was since she was on the outskirts and I had flat-out said to her that I was worried for her shop’s future.

Boy, did she prove me wrong!

Her shop became popular with her marketing and connections.   In time, she and I formed a partnership and she became my main supplier for my Tea Love talks.

Soon, the demands of her life and child had her make a hard decision – she sold shop.   Dismayed, I started researching other tea vendors to supply my tea for my talks.   However, no one was quite up to par with Clara.   I sent her a message on Facebook, explaining my predicament.

Happily, she said she would continue to supply my talks!   To this day, when I have a Tea Love talk, you can be sure Clara is behind the tea you are sipping on.   Her tea is always supreme and I constantly get positive feedback.

So raise your mugs in honor of Clara today!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Cheating, But Addicted

Since I started this blog a few years ago, that’s how people know me – “You’re the tea girl!” “I have a question about tea.” “What are your thoughts on bagged versus loose tea?” “What kind of tea do you like?”

I have gotten tea-related gifts galore, some of which I use during my Tea Love talks.   One person gave me a huge package of blooming tea and a glass teapot.   My sister-in-law gave me a tea strainer with a duck at the top.   One of my friends, for Christmas, gave me a TARDIS tea mug and my parents gave me a TARDIS tea strainer to go with it from the popular television series Dr. Who (which, by the way, features tea an awful lot).

Coworkers delight in sending me tea-related articles and info-graphs constantly.   One time, my coworker walked in on me and another colleague exchanging loose tea from a Florida shop, something that apparently looked more like an illicit drug deal rather than a friendly beverage exchange.

So, you can only imagine people’s reactions when I walk around with a cup of coffee in hand, which is honestly more often than not.

“Wait, you’re drinking coffee?   Isn’t that, ya know, sacrilege or something?”

“But, but, but, you’re the tea girl!”

“Ha, betraying your drink, huh?”

Wow…

I adore tea, I really do.   Addicted to it, I would even venture to say.   Given the choice of only drinking one beverage for the rest of my life, I would say tea (arguably, more than one beverage simply because of the vast array of choices).   But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a cuppa joe every now and again.   Actually, most times I write my blog, I am drinking *gasp* coffee (as I am right now).

That being said, what I convey to people is the difference between drinking coffee and drinking tea (and yes, there is a huge difference).   When I am drinking tea, it is at the end of a long day, at the beginning of the morning’s first ray of sun when I can settle down and read a book, after I had done a massive cleaning of my house, while I am crafting.   In short – while I am relaxing.

Coffee, however, is for days like today, when I went to sleep around 2:00 AM last night, only to wake up at 6:30 AM this morning to shower and get ready for a beach trip with my boyfriend and his family, or for when I have twenty 100-page items to edit by the end of the day at work, or for when I know I need to hit the ground running and not even think about relaxing.   It’s for my hectic lifestyle which admittedly, is very quick-paced and does not allow me too many opportunities to settle down and relax.

So, to all you tea drinkers, I lift my mug to you, and to all coffee drinkers, I do the same.   You’ll just have to wonder what’s in my mug at the time.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day From Tea Love!

Happy Father’s Day From Tea Love!

Happy Mother’s Day From Tea Love!

Happy Mother's Day From Tea Love!

Happy Mother’s Day From Tea Love!

Happy Easter!

A Very Happy Easter From Tea Love!

A Very Happy Easter From Tea Love!

Another Great Tea Love Talk, Another On The Way, And Dying Easter Eggs With Tea

First and foremost, I want to thank the Fairfield Free Public Library for hosting  me this past Thursday!   It was another wonderful group with some insightful guests.   Unfortunately, I did arrive a little late but everyone was very gracious, gave me ample time to set up, and I think we had a lovely conversation.   I got to hear from people who brewed tea in an Indian fashion – strong with milk – people who had Kombucha tea (which they said was delicious), and others who absolutely hated tea but was willing to give it a try (he said he would always be a coffee drinker at heart, but I am glad he at least gave it a shot!).   We talked about the affect that the staple and glue has on a cuppa (while I found no evidence swaying either way, try and use loose tea anyway) and how green tea can assist with weight loss.

Second, I have another Tea Love talk coming up!

Tea Love Hosting Children's Event at West Milford Township Library

Tea Love Hosting Children’s Event at West Milford Township Library

Yes, West Milford Township Library asked me to return, but this time, for a children’s talk.   I will be hosting an afternoon tea with all the boys and girls (fancy dress is required!), teaching them about the afternoon tea history, having a relay race, a mini fashion show where they can show off their tea cups, and breaking for lunch and a book.   Come on out, it’s bound to be a lot of fun!   And Tea Love will be giving out prizes at the event :-)

Finally, onto a fun topic that I wrote about for the Riverdale, New Jersey newsletter – dying Easter eggs using tea.

Everyone knows that tea stains.  Teeth whitening commercials always address those pesky coffee and tea stains on your teeth that will be magically removed with one application of their fine product.  Clothing commercials feature red wine, coffee, and split tea mugs dashed across lily-white table clothes, only to be removed with the power of baking soda, peroxide, and awesome stain-fighting power.  But, with Easter just around the corner, children and adults alike can use the staining power of tea to make their own tea-infused eggs.

You can dye the eggs with one of two methods – the standard dip method where, rather than use food coloring tablets, you would use tea, or a method where you can give the eggs a marbled look.

To use the standard sip method which will produce an egg similar to your other Easter eggs, take your eggs and put them in a mixture of a tablespoon of vinegar, a cup of water, and a very strong-colored tea such as a raspberry herbal.  Allow it to soak refrigerated for a minimum of two hours, though the longer you leave the egg in the tea, the stronger the color will be.  When you take the eggs out and start eating them, you should get a slight taste of tea with each bite.

For a different look, you can also try the tea egg method.

Marbled Tea Eggs

Marbled Tea Eggs

According to blogger Ellen Easton, writer of Tea Travels, the tea eggs, also called marbled eggs due to the marbled look they get when they are shelled, are sold in Asia as tasty snacks or appetizers.  One can often find them on the streets being sold by vendors, though you can also find it in the restaurants and even convenience stores as well.

According to blog Appetite for China, to create these, hard boil the eggs prior to dying.  When the eggs are cool enough to handle, gently crack the eggs either by rolling them in a paper towel or by tapping them all over the shell with a spoon.  You want to be careful not to break any of the shell off the egg so that you get the cracks and lines but not a huge splotch of color.  Put the eggs back into the water and add two tea bags of black tea, ½ cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar, 2 pieces of star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper, and 2 to 3 strips of dried mandarin peel.   Cover the eggs by an inch, then bring the water to a boil.  Lower the heat then to a bare simmer, and allow the eggs to stay for at least one to two hours or until you reach the desired flavor and color.

When you are ready to serve, get the camera and watch the pleasant surprised faces as people get to see your lovely creations.

One Talk Down, One To Go!

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!

Tea Love Talk At The Fairfield Free Public Library!

Tea Love Talk At The Fairfield Free Public Library!

Plus… I have another talk that I will be announcing soon.

Another Talk?!

Another Talk?!

 

New Tea Love Talks!

Hi everyone!

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!

Tea Love Talk At The Camden County Library!

Tea Love Talk At The Camden County Library!

Tea Love Talk At The Fairfield Free Public Library!

Tea Love Talk At The Fairfield Free Public Library!

 

Coffee And Tea Festival – New York City, Baby!

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:

- Salada and Red Rose

- Ito En

- Capital Teas

- The Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks

- Roast Magazine

- Fresh Cup Magazine

- Tea Time Magazine

- The Tea House Times

- The Village Voice

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.

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