Hello Tea Lovers!
Hello Tea Lovers!
This blog is to wish a very happy birthday party to a very important person for Tea Love, 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!
First, an apology for all my lovely tea-sippers. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you think of it), I was so swamped last week. One of my good friends from college slept over, then we took my other good friend out for her birthday all day Saturday, and Sunday was dedicated to more friends 🙂 In other words, no post last week.
However, I have two exciting fun news items for all of you in the New Jersey area!
1 – I am doing ANOTHER Tea Love talk! This one will be in Riverdale, New Jersey at the Riverdale Public Library. Make sure you call and RSVP! Seating is limited. Attend, hear an awesome talk, get some tasty tea samples from The Tea Spot in Cranford, New Jersey and even enter to win a basket of tea goodies from The Tea Spot! Not only that, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – that’s my birthday 🙂 Give me an awesome birthday gift and attend the talk!
2 – There is an art store/organic boutique in Cranford called Artemisia. Some of you might remember me raving about their teas that they supply called Miss Tea, an organic blend made in Brooklyn, New York. Well, Wendy of Artemisia informed me that they will be getting some new flavors of Miss Tea in shortly! So keep stopping by, looking around, and asking about those delicious teas 🙂
So, what’s the deal with Miss Tea?
Miss Tea is a Brooklyn-based business that specializes in organic teas and herbs. Why invest in organic teas? Because they tend to be healthier for you, since they do not use pesticides and herbicides, and are healthier for the environment. What could be better than that?
According to the Miss Tea website, “We bring you products from the finest tea growing regions of the world – globally responsible sources who practice sustainable growing methods and fair trade for the complete cycle of workers, from the pickers to the sellers.”
One of the nicest things about the Miss Tea products? You can see every part of the tea, which is intentional. I just bought my friend who stayed with me last weekend a jar of the FemininiTea, which is a blend of red raspberry, peppermint, and nettle leaves, oatstraw, ginger root, dandelion leaves, rose petals, chamomile flowers, horsetail, and stevia leaves. Even in the picture on the website, you can see the separate leaves and petals! As I tell my guests at all my Tea Love talks, the more that you can identify in your tea, the better. That means less tea fannings and less scary unknowns.
It is also an affordable tea. Tea itself is already expensive at times if you are looking at high quality. Throw in the fact that the tea is organic and you could potentially pay that much more. However, you can get a substantial amount of tea from this purveyor for a decent price.
And the taste? Well, I obviously would not be writing about it to you if it weren’t incredible! Full flavored, just the right amount of sweetness, lovely color – I couldn’t ask for more. This is definitely a tea I would recommend buying again and again.
So, in ending, remember to a) RSVP to my Tea Love talk on September 21st and b) buy some amazing Miss Tea from Artemisia!
Until next time ❤
First, let me apologize for not posting the past two weeks. Things were a bit hectic in my personal life and, when I thought I would have time to post, Superstorm Sandy decided to touch down in New Jersey and stir things up a bit in my hometown of Cranford, New Jersey.
Thankfully, my family and I were safe and were only without power for a few days, a minor inconvenience compared to those who have lost homes, lost lives, are still without power as the cold is setting in, etc. Thus, I have been busy with some relief efforts to try and help New Jersey stand back on its own two proud feet.
With all that being said, I want to extend a thank you to my readers for being patient. If you do see anything that you think would be worth mentioning about Superstorm Sandy and relief efforts, whether they be in New Jersey, New York or elsewhere, feel free to post them onto Tea Love’s Facebook page for all to see and hopefully, through the magic of social media, the word will spread to those who truly need the help.
Now, on to tea.
Being without power for five days, quite frankly, wasn’t too bad for me. People say I must have an old soul, being that I was perfectly content sewing and reading rather than checking my emails and being Superglued to my phone. One thing that helped me get through those cold nights? Tea.
My family has a gas stove so, in order to heat the house, we continuously had pots of water boiling and creating steam to help heat the two stories. Needless to say, this is a tea-drinker’s paradise – hot water whenever I wanted! All I had to do was grab a ladle and pour some into a mug.
But it did get me thinking. What if I didn’t have a gas stove? How on earth would I get my water warm enough to brew a proper cuppa? That would be tragic if I couldn’t manage!
Fear not, fellow tea lovers. I have come bearing a list of handy ways to heat water for your tea (as well as possibly a hot sponge bath):
1 – Get a good ole fashion fire going. Boy scouts and girl scouts of the world, now is the time to show off your skills! Once the fire is good and hot, get a pot of water and hold it over the open flame to get a nice boil going. In the meantime, as you wait, you can savor the heat and the nice aroma of wood burning.
2 – You know those toasty hand warmer packs that you use for sporting events to keep your hands nice and warm? Use them to your advantage. Take one of those, activate it and wrap it around your mug of water. These babies produce a heat up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, more than enough to get a new cuppa going.
3 – Want to get creative? Take a thermos and keep it against your car engine.
4 – Remember the idea of a magnifying glass shining onto various items when you were a child to get them to burn up? Why not use that skill to heat up some water!
5 – A pricier option would be to purchase an immersion heater and car adaptor to prepare for those tea-time emergencies.
6 – If you have a camper in the family, tell them to get out their kerosene stove and a pot of water.
7 – Got a grill? Get a pot 🙂
8 – If you have a generator, it might be an option to buy an inexpensive electric tea kettle that will get your bones (and your water) nice and warm.
9 – Another pricey option would be to invest in a Piezo Shower. Then you can have a hot shower and have hot water for your tea (though I can’t say I would recommend shower water)!
10 – And finally, while scouring the internet, a popular option I saw? Just buy a hot cup of tea from your local cafe!
Keep warm and keep safe, everyone! Until next time, happy sipping.
Needless to say, I’m really excited!
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Hello, fellow sippers!
This is a post to make you aware of some of the amazing tea events going on this weekend!
Tomorrow, February 23rd, Tea Spot in Cranford, New Jersey will be hosting a French and English poetry read! Go experience some amazing poetry while sipping equally amazing tea 🙂 The event starts at 7:00PM. The store is an intimate setting, so make sure that you arrive early to get ample seating. Clara Ngo, owner, creates a welcoming atmosphere, delivering any tea and tasty treats to you herself while you enjoy the company of your friends and the delightful entertainment. (Personally, as a tea lover and a francophile, I hope this becomes a regular event!)
Then on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th, New York will be hosting its 7th annual Coffee and Tea Festival! Tea and coffee companies from around the world will be there. Since this show is available for both the trade and the public, make sure you get your tickets! Programming surrounding green teas, master classes teaching how to serve tea and tastings (or “cuppings”) will be held throughout both days.
You can find out more information and buy tickets at http://www.coffeeandteafestival.com/.
While sadly, I won’t be at either event, I do plan on going to the following French/English poetry night and I plan to attend the Coffee and Tea Festival in Atlantic City in November! See you there!