Tea Love: Instilling a Love of Tea, One Sip At A Time

Archive for March, 2015

International Day Of Happiness – March 19, 2015

It was the International Day of Happiness last week!   I hope you all got your happy on!

Break It Down Now!

Break It Down Now!

We know all the numerous health benefits that are derived from a cup of tea – lower blood pressure, possible cancer-preventing agents, more antioxidants, just to name a few.   But what about its overall impact on your happiness?

Tea engages all the senses.   The hiss of the tea pot as your water comes to a boil, ready for its tea to be plopped in.   The sight as the water transforms from a clear to an amber, a purple, a green, a golden yellow, as the tea brews.   The warm embrace as your fingers wrap themselves around a warm cup, radiating out to tingle your entire body.   The smell drifts up and reminds you of relaxing times, times when your mother might have cared for you when you were sick, or when you met with a friend to discuss light things at a cafe.   The taste washes over your tongue and creates a complex array of delights.   You can fully immerse yourself in a cup of tea and be present.

Tea also has a sort of ceremony that begs one to slow down and enjoy it.   You can’t exactly rush the brewing of a cup of tea.   For the best type of tea, you need to be methodical, measure everything appropriately, have the right temperature, have the right cup, and brew for the right amount of time.   Sure, you can throw in a bag and forget about it, but it’s so much more therapeutic to take your time to relax.

Sure, you can brew a cup just for yourself, but it means so much more with a friend.   You can even sit in silence together, enjoying each other’s presence.   It does not matter.   With the tea between you, it’s just being there that makes all the difference.

I hope all of you enjoyed the International Day of Happiness!   And I hope that you all got a good cuppa in that day as well to help enhance your day.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day From Tea Love!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Special Post – Fukushima Earthquake Rememberance

This post is something special to me.

Back in 2011, I went overseas, from New Jersey to Japan in order to visit my friend Sara, who happened to be studying Japanese as an exchange student at the time.   Sara’s mother, Sherri, and i boarded our flight in Newark, New Jersey, and landed in Narita Airport March 11, 2011.   We disembarked the plane and were walking through customs when the first wave hit – a 4.0 earthquake.   Sure, it was scary.   I remember not knowing what was going on at first and even thinking that it was turbulence from a plane taking off.   But once I saw people starting to duck and cover their heads, it hit me – this is an earthquake.

Sherri and I joined a group that was huddled in the middle of the room, drawing other frightened tourists towards us and covering our heads to protect ourselves.   Fortunately, that wave passed and we laughed it off.   Nothing big at all.   We must have looked pretty silly to those who go through earthquakes on a regular basis.

When the second one hit though, that was about a 7.2 magnitude.   Though Sherri and I did not speak any Japanese, we understood that we had to exit the building.   Watching the windows ebb and flow like ocean waves was a bit terrifying.

Sherri and I managed to leave the airport and stood outside with the others who were stranded.   Sherri, understandably, was worried about Sara, who is legally blind and was taking mass transit to meet us at Narita Airport.   We met a woman who became our angel for the trip, Masana, who stayed with us the entire time, making sure we were safe, cared for, and that we would be able to find my friend.

Finally, Sara, through walking and hitch-hiking, managed to meet us at the airport and found our rag-tag group of friends that we had made – an exchange student named Peter, Masana, mother Maureen who was meeting her daughter Meghan, and Mithras.

Through a series of events involving rolling brown-outs, frightened nights reading about nuclear reactors melting, and even a volcanic eruption, our ten-day trip all around Japan turned into a five-day race, staying with people who were nothing short of angels throughout our trip (I will never be able to give Masana, Peter, Maureen, Mithras, Hiroko, the girls dormitory of Soka University, and Momo the fully proper thank you that they deserve).

And now, I ask for your help.   Though it has been years since the earthquake occurred, the repairs will take nothing short of decades.   Please, consider donating some funds to the various relief efforts to try and rebuild after this devastating disaster.   This nation has been through so much, and any assistance that you can give to help these brave people are most appreciated.

Thank you.

Happy Purim From Tea Love!

Happy Purim From Tea Love!

Happy Purim From Tea Love!

Another Successful Tea Love Talk!

Yesterday, I was in Mahwah, New Jersey at the Ramapo Reformed Church for my first ever fundraiser Tea Love talk.   Funds went to their Ladies Fellowship.

When I arrived, it was a gorgeous setup!   Tables with white porcelain cups and plates lined the room, each with a three-tiered tray laden with sweets nestled at the side.   Tucked in the middle were 12-inch plates packed with cucumber sandwiches, DELICIOUS cheese sticks (seriously, I need to get the recipe to share!), crab cakes, ham sandwiches, and all sorts of other goodies.   Perfect for an afternoon snack.

Three tables lined the side wall.   One had hats of all sorts, most looking like the were from the 1920s.   A sign explained that they were from one of the church’s members.   The middle contained my normal table – six different types of tea, displays of books, a chawan, some bamboo tools, matcha tea, loose tea versus bagged tea, and a “Fandom Tea” from Adagio Teas.   The last table had a bunch of Barbie dolls with crocheted outfits from the past, including a My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle doll.

There must have been around thirty women there and even a few children (including a seventh birthday for a Miss Riley!).   We talked about tea, including the history, science, medical science, and how to brew a cup.   Finally, we wrapped up by dining on the great home-made food, drinking lots of tea, and enjoying each other’s company.

I truly enjoy each Tea Love talk that I do.   One woman at my last talk summed it up perfectly.   When I asked what people associate tea with, she answered, “Community,” stating people drinking tea just seem to become amiable and come together.   After hosting multiple Tea Love talks all over New Jersey, I can say that this is true.   I’ve seen people exchange phone numbers with complete strangers as they make plans to meet for a cup of tea.

So far, there is another fundraiser in the works for April that I am really excited for.   Keep on the lookout for the announcement!   If you are interested in having me come to talk to your organization (restricted to New Jersey), feel free to shoot me a message on Tea Love’s Facebook page and I will be sure to work out the details with you.

Thank you for reading, and happy sipping!

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