Talking Darjeeling Tea Today Darling

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Darjeeling, from the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of India’s most famous tea-growing regions and now is the time for First Flush!

Darjeeling itself is a rather small region between India’s borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.  Tea leaves have been thriving her since the 1800’s.

In Darjeeling tea is still harvested by hand, with two leaves and a bud as standard.  It’s nickname as “the world’s greatest tea” is accurate!

First Flush Darjeeling is a pale gold with a hint of green and floral and grassy notes. Second Flush is a little coppery and mellow and fruity in taste

Autumnal Flush is an auburn with smoky spicy hints.

 

My favorites in the Darjeeling Teas are Taylors of Harrogate and Harney & Sons. One loose leaf and one sachet for travels.

Try some now while Harney & Sons are having a great sale!

xx Patricia    1491953595091

Pekoe Most Poison: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…

There was definitely a different tone to this latest Tea Shop Mystery.

While I have always loved the trio that are the Indigo Tea Shop, Haley the baker extrodinaire, Drayton, the perfect gentleman and tea sommeliar and Theo, running the show and loving what she does.

We meet some new characters in this book and of course all of our favorites are here. Although one is definitely missing and missed!

After being practically blackmailed to investigate, Theo and Drayton put their heads together to find out who killed Beau and why. There are no shortage of possible suspects, really unsavory characters, but are the killers too?

Theo has developed quite a backbone. I enjoyed her new bolder personality and I think it is a very natural growth process for her as a character. Everyone felt very sure of their place in this one. A maturing of all the characters.

The recipes are included in the book and as usual, they are divine! Laura always gives us such good tips for teas and tea sources and we get to read a great cozy mystery!

Enjoy with a cup of Assam and a slice of lemon bread!

World Tea Expo 2017 in Las Vegas!

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World Tea Expo is a 4 day event being held from 12th June to 15th June 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, United States Of America. This event showcases products like platforms for the launching of new products in the related sector. The show, which will be held in its tenth edition, will impart a lot of information to the visitors about advanced and good quality merchandise and how to optimize them. The show will provide the platform to the exhibitors to market their products among the visitors. The visitors of the show, including the retailers in the concerned industry, will be able to buy the products such as tea and the tasty baked foods. The show will also feature tea tasting and tea infusion competitions among the visitors etc. in the Tea & Coffee industry.

Pre-Conference on June 12 and the Conference and Expo is June 13-15, 2017. With over 3,000 Tea Professionals, over 50 Conference Sessions and over 200 Exhibiting Companies. Everything in one location and endless networking possibilities.

Save up to $300 on early bird registration. You have until April 28th.  To register go Here

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The location is the Las Vegas Convention Center, which I think is very easy to navigate! Their own website has a lot of locations to stay as well.

 

xx Patricia

Tea Time

Moonlight and Magnolia Oolong…So Good!

Yesterday afternoon Tea was this lovely loose leaf Magnolia Oolong from Harney & Sons, blended by Master Tea Blender, John Harney. I made enough tea cakes to last a year yesterday so we had something sweet to go with the tea.magnoliaoolongtea

The Feng Huang Mountains are located outside of the beautiful old monastery city of Chao Zhou. This area is located in the north of the Guangdong Province. They have made great teas there for centuries. This is a light oolong, and different from our regular Fenghuang Shuixian. The light floral flavors are a joy.Magnolia Oolong

The leaves are just lovely.light brown and the aroma was fruity and floral. It is a lovely tea. The aroma is delicate and like all of Harney Teas, this one is smooth and was so good, I forgot the tea cake!

AS you can see it is light in color and has a delicateness about it that I found very nice. A very calming tea. I will definitely be getting more of this one! Perfect for all those Spring events!

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xx Patricia

 

 

Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Seasonal Tea

Salted Caramel Tea? Whaaat? I almost didn’t notice this and as soon as I did it was safely home with it’s friends.

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When I opened the packet the smell of caramel was strong. On the bag it suggested steeping for 4 minutes so I started there.

While the caramel aroma was still strong, it tasted a bit weak. So I let it steep just a little longer and got the result I was looking for. A nice hint of caramel. I will be very honest here, I probably wouldn’t buy this one again. And I added a squirt of the same caramel I use for macchiatos . Now that was good!

20161114_130748    Yeah, the chocolate pecan cookie wasn’t bad either!

Enjoy your day!  And don’t forget to take a minute for tea!    xxP

The Tea Fairy Shows Up!

Just yesterday I was lamenting/whining about my tea stash getting low. Actually, my teabag stash was low. And then lo and behold that Tea Fairy finally showed up and the world was once again safe

edited_1473020792286_resized  This was a small portion of everything Tazo. There were a couple of flavors I had not tried so first up was the Tazo Green Ginger.  Here is the description.

Tazo Green Ginger is a soothing blend of green tea with hints of ginger and pear. On opening the packet, the aroma of Ginger hit my nose first followed by a lemony aroma.

 

The first steeping came out a very clear, pale color similar to a good green tea. And from the first sip the ginger was dancing all over my tongue, mixing perfectly with the lemongrass that makes up the green  tea, ginger and lemongrass along with natural flavors. The hint of pear came in the second steeping and the third was still as smooth, just more full bodied.

So this one is a keeper! Even my sweet tea loving guy liked it! Suggested sweets…..

Some Gingerbread Scones or my favorite Gingersnap Soft Cookies…yum…

The Bridge Tea Rooms, Bradford-on-Avon

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Judged as  ‘near perfect’ and awarded The UK’s Top Tea Place by the prestigious UK Tea Guild The Bridge Tea Rooms offers the very best in traditionally British Afternoon Teas, lunches and light meals throughout the day. The afternoon  ritual of serving tea has been developed to a fine art. Delicate bone china, the finest  leaf teas, and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving home-made cakes, scones and sandwiches. Housed in a former blacksmith’s cottage dating from 1502, the Bridge Tea Rooms positively oozes atmosphere, and the classical music playing gently in the background sets a tranquil tone.

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Loose-leaf tea in china cups, homemade cakes and light bites served by staff in Victorian costumes.
Address: 24a Bridge St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1BY, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1225 865537

Hours:

Friday 9:30AM–5PM
Saturday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM
Monday 9:30AM–5PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–5PM
Thursday 9:30AM–5PM

Enjoy your Sunday!  xxooP

Tiny Tim’s Tearoom in Canterbury

Image result for tiny tim's tearoom  Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is the only traditional English tearoom in Canterbury, offering a relaxing and luxurious 1930′s atmosphere.

Visit us to sample the best Afternoon Tea in Kent with freshly prepared sandwiches, warm home baked scones with lashings of clotted cream, and a tempting selection of our handmade pastries.Image result for tiny tim's tearoom

Sit and relax in our chandelier lit rooms while taking time to enjoy one of our exquisite teas from a selection of over 30 different blends, read one of our daily newspapers, and listen to our collection of 1930’s and 40’s period music.
Meet friends for an enticing mid-week lunch from our light menu including the chef’s special quiche, homemade hearty soups, large soft Huffkins filled with bacon and egg or mature cheddar cheese, or treat yourself to our very own Meatloaf Puffkin. We have a good choice of Kentish wine, beer and cider to accompany your meal, or for special occasions Kent’s award winning sparkling wines!Image result for tiny tim's tearoom

Afternoon TeaIf it is an oasis of calm you require join us in the afternoon for our famous Kentish Cream Tea served on a traditional 3-tiered stand offering our traditionally baked scones with all the trimmings and a choice of one of our award winning teas or coffees.
All of our products are made freshly from scratch and include no preservatives or additives. We know what goes into all of our food and we are proud to source as much as we can from local producers and suppliers.
Our breakfast menu is the best in town and is available all day. Omelettes made with large free range and local eggs, or two delicious poached eggs served on thick toasted granary bread made for us by Oscars family run bakery of Faversham.
For those rare sunny days in spring and summer we open our courtyard that has a limited number of tables to allow our guests to revel in the warm weather, whilst inside we throw open the windows and doors to allow the sun to warm our very souls!Image result for tiny tim's tearoom

The tearoom is owned and run by John Cutmore and his partner Caroline Kerwick. Together they employ approximately 20 staff who between them, create, bake, cook, make, serve and clean everything in the tearoom. We are proud to use as many local ingredients and utilise local producers and suppliers as much as possible.

Monday                                     Closed
Tuesday                           9:30am–5pm
Wednesday                      9:30am–5pm
Thursday                          9:30am–5pm
Friday                               9:30am–5pm
Saturday                           9:30am–5pm
Sunday                           10:30am–4pm

Last orders 15-20 mins before closing.
No bookings taken.
We will be closed on Sunday 12th June 2016 for one day.

They also sell tea in the gift shop!Earl Grey tea
I’ll meet you there!  Enjoy your day!

A Tea Time Guide

Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, now in it’s fourth generation of tea blending and tasting experience. Founded on a passion for the finest tea, we are dedicated to the unique place that tea drinking commands at the heart of daily life in Britain and beyond.

They also have a U.S. site now where you can order the same great tea. I have had good experiences with their teas and when I saw this chart I had to share.

Tea! N.B -cream tea is served with jam- not marmalade!(marmalade is served with breakfast toast!); it's 'elevenses' & is morning TEA break! low tea generally means tea & a sandwich & possibly cake or a biscuit - has nothing to do with seating arrangements!? <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101925982155308055157/+Homesteadsurvivalist/posts/7sLNvYJQfL6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plus.google.com/...</a>:

When spending summers at my grandparents farm in North Dakota every day we would help pack up the morning tea in the thermos and take some nice baked goods out to the fields for my Grandfather and any helpers. My Grandfather came from Scotland to America when he was 2. My Grandmother, from Norway.

Around 3 in the afternoon we did it all again. And then we would get to have our tea. With the lovely little cups Grandma had for each of us. The little sugar cubes and the delicious homemade cookies, biscuits and homemade bread and butter. It is still my favorite memory!

Don’t forget to give yourself a time out for tea and just breathe! xxooP

 

 

My Sweet Obsession

cupcakeholder1If you know me at all then you know I love all things cupcake! And Tea. I am absolutely obsessed with tiny little cupcake holders. I have my own collection and for some unknown reason, I keep making more. I first found them when my Uncle Floyd sent me two lovely vintage glass ones and the rest I find at antique shops or I make them myself.

The ones on the left are the ones I found and the ones I was given. The ones on the right are exactly how you can make them for pennies. Most of us have unused candle holders, the ones used for tapers. And we usually have a saucer or two where the cup has gone missing. Got hot glue?  Well there you go. And I have done it with Dollar Tree plates for tiered looks and I have purchased the cutest little ones from Beaucoup.

These are under $5 each!  They are wonderful for tea parties, baby showers, bridal showers or just to give a lovely cupcake and holder as a gift!

Enjoy your Friday and don’t forget to stop for Tea….and a cupcake!  xxP

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