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

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

 

The 18th Annual

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

July 29 & 30

at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

 

Tea Workshops

Learn everything you’ve wanted to know about tea by registering for one of our popular tea workshops.  This year’s topics include: Cooking with Tea, Tea Basics, Blending Botanicals, Taiwanese Oolong Tasting and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Cyanoyo.

 

 

 

About the Tea Festival


Held annually at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival is one of the country’s largest events celebrating All Things Tea.  Sign up for one of our popular workshops with world renowned tea experts, sample and shop for tea products at the Tea Bazaar, enjoy a special four course tea dinner at the Teahouse – each dish using tea as an ingredient, or bring the kids to our Teddy Bear Tea Party.

The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you want to know about the world’s celebrated plant. This interactive event allows people to connect one-on-one with leaders in the tea industry, taste phenomenal teas, and enjoy a weekend of celebrating one of nature’s most prized gifts!

Check it out   and I sure would love to see you all there!

xx P

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

tea & crumpets by Margaret M. Johnson

Recipes and Rituals from European Tearooms and Cafes.

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Curious armchair travelers, nostalgic food excursionists, and inventive home entertainers will adore this tour of Europe’s legendary tearooms and salons. A delicious culinary and cultural experience as well as a treasure trove of recipes from top-notch destinations, this little gem lets readers in on the rituals of taking tea. Recipes like the Ritz’s cucumber sandwiches, Claridge’s famous raisin and apple scones, or chocolate scones from Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, as well as color photographs of tasty tea fare and European teahouses, bring the charm of afternoon tea to anyone’s home.

Whether it is detailing the history of Twinings or the history of my favorite place Laduree, Ms. Johnson has put together some of the best Tearooms and Cafe’s throughout Europe.

This book is beautiful. The pictures, the history and the recipes. I have tried a lot of these recipes and I can honestly say they are all baker friendly. And I love that she puts the addresses to tea rooms and a great resource section also.

I can’t pick a favorite but I am determined to work my way through the entire book!

May your day be easy and enjoy a cuppa today! Like now!

XX Patricia

The Boulder Tea Company Sale!

Image result for the boulder tea companyGreat news! Get an early jump on your holiday purchases and save 20%! Plus free shipping on any purchase over $50.

https://boulderteaco.com/collections/black-teas/products/pumpkin-spice-1

Just a few available, or in other words, what I’m getting! lol

Rooibos Vanilla Nut                                       Full Moon Spice

Organic Genmaicha Matcha-iri         Pumpkin Spice

Tangerine Tea Gingerbread Cake   So grab your holiday teas now and stock up on your regulars and try a few samples….with this lovely Gingerbread Loaf!

xxPcupcakeholder1

CREPE FACTOR(A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY) BY LAURA CHILDS WITH TERRIE FARLEY MORAN

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14)

TIME TO GET OUT THE GLUE GUN AND GRAB A CUP OF TEA!

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

 
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Carmela and Ava are back, doing what they do best…getting into trouble. It’s not like they actively go looking for it, but to Detective Babcock it doesn’t matter. He just wants them to stop snooping into his investigation.

My how I have missed Carmela and Ava and all of their adventures. This book is written with Terri Farley Moran, an excellent writer in her own right. I wasn’t sure if it would change the tone of the book but it did not.I was so happy to see Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop make an appearance. The tie in was seamless and I really thought it was a wonderful idea!

We see a few other beloved characters in this one and of course the food always makes my mouth water. I honestly went and got a po boy as soon as I finished the book!

The scrapbooking ideas and instructions are as much a part of the book, as the Tea ideas and suggestions in Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. Finally something to do with all of those cigar boxes that are stored in the attic!

Ms. Child is the queen of cozy mysteries…in my own humble opinion…

THE AUTHOR

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com

 

Tea With A Twist!!

Tea lovers craving new and novel ideas for their next tea party will gladly put the kettle on…and the doilies away. There’s nothing old–fashioned here! Specialty tea expert and author Lisa Boalt Richardson inspires readers to set their tables for fun and serve up any of her eight contemporary tea parties. Stunning photographs by one of Atlanta’s leading photographers Lauren Rubinstein grace each page, enticing readers to indulge their guests and serve them fine tea in a fun style!

The parties are simple to put together. Each tea includes easy–to–follow instructions and budget–friendly tips for brewing specialty teas, preparing delicious recipes, and decorating tables. Whether the cook chooses to pour tall glasses of the unusual bubble tea for fun–loving friends or hot, exotic masala chai tea for those seeking an adventure, it’s certain that tea time has a new twist!

This has to be one of the prettiest books I’ve come across. Everything you want and need to know about entertaining and cooking with tea. And from a tea expert no less!

The book is full of beautiful photography, and themed tea ideas and recipes. This one is definitely staying on my shelf!

More about the Author:

You can usually find Certified Tea Specialist Lisa Boalt Richardson of Lisa Knows Tea sipping tea no matter what time of day it is. Her philosophy is “teatime is anytime and all the time”. Lisa’s friendly approach to writing and teaching others about this ancient beverage is refreshing. Her anticipated third tea book published by Chronicle Books will be released fall of 2014 entitled, Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage. Her first book, Tea with a Twist won “Best Tea Book USA 2009” from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

She travels the country speaking at conferences and special events focusing on her culinary arts and specialty tea expertise. She has spoken at places such as the World Tea Expo, Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Sundance Resort, and Emory University. She also consults with companies wanting to learn more about specialty tea.

She has contributed to publications including Cooking with Paula Deen and TeaTime Magazine. Her tea expertise and recipes have been featured in numerous national publications such as Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, and The New York Times. Lisa has also been interviewed by Foxnews.com, Discovery.com, NBCnews.com, and Chow.com. For more information you may follow LisaKnowsTea on Twitter, join the Lisa Knows Tea Facebook fan page, or visit http://www.lisaknowstea.com. You may also follow her tea blog at http://www.lisaknowstea.blogspot.com.

Lisa Boalt Richardson

She also has an amazing tea blog and really knows her tea!

Enjoy and have a good one, and don’t forget to pause for a cup of tea today! xxP

Tea For Two, Just Me and You….

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Good Morning, Y’all! What a gorgeous Fall morning! Okay, it isn’t even close to being morning, but some of us have odd schedules to keep so whatever the real time, for me it’s time for Tea!  Nothing fancy today. I just need that Awake English Breakfast from Tazo . Just an extra jolt of caffeine. Image result for tazo awake english breakfast tea

Image result for Tea and cookies by rick rodgers I ran across this sweet book while waiting for an open research room and quickly snapped it up. It is chock full of good information on tea and all things tea related including some of the easiest recipes I’ve ever seen for cookies and bars, brownies and other goodies!

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The Pecan Pie Bars look delicious and the Chai Snickerdoodles are so good, tried those and the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

sundayflowers   My office is overflowing with flowers today. Which makes me smile!  I’m finishing up Laura Child’s newest cozy mystery Crepe Factor….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…