Friday, February 27, 2015

Flower Viewing: Blooming Marigold Osmanthus Tea from Ten Ren

Flowering teas are a bit of a novelty. It is such a joy watching each delicate leaf unfurl, slowly releasing the hidden blossom. For this reason, they are best enjoyed with a glass teapot.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Matcha in Minutes: Introducing Matcha Blendy Stick

My best undergraduate experience was definitely going to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan. There will never be another opportunity in my lifetime to take 6 months and go to any place in the world just to study. Someone was there to help me with the travel, living, and language arrangements. The best thing about studying abroad was living with my host family. Six years later, we are still in contact. They regularly send me treats from Japan. Everything from pizza-flavored pretzels (delicious) to autographed albums (my host grandmother organizes classical concerts in Tokyo... how awesome is that??). The most recent parcel from Tokyo totally blew my mind.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Roses and Lavender: Valentine's Day Tea

Happy Valentine's Day (eve)!

Today's tea is Lavender Sencha from Ito En. I paired it with rose+pistachio and raspberry macarons from Bakery Lorraine. If you are still looking for a gift for that special someone... I can't recommend macarons and tea enough.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tea in the Mail - Packaging and Sending Tea

My sister is always sending me sweet teacups for my collection and is very supportive of my blog. To thank her, I wanted to send her some of my recent favorites. To show that I care, I put a lot of effort into my packaging and wrapping (always).

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tea Time at Trader Joe's - Yes, it is Possible

If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's nearby, you probably realize it has something like a cult following. It carries a small selection of interesting and often very tasty items (organic pumpkin pop-tarts anyone?). The parking lot of our Trader Joe's is consistently full of cars, forcing us to circle around many times before finding a coveted spot. The employees are extremely friendly, offering all kinds of suggestions to pair with that siracha BBQ sauce you have in your cart. Of course, some products are a bit dubious (hello weird, dry gnocchi and prepackaged "sushi.") but the great customer service and low prices always bring me back. I seriously love my Trader Joe's. 

Tea time at Trader Joe's!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rose Green Tea Makes the Perfect Gift for Valentines Day

February is here! With it comes snow, sleet, rain, and worst... Valentines Day. You have to get your significant other/BFF a gift but the dazzling pink and red aisles in the stores hurts your eyes and have you running out the door. You want to wow your loved one but can't think of anything outside of the heart-shaped, chocolate-filled boxes. Well, I have a solution for you. This year... how about tea? This subtle Rose Green Tea from Ito En would make a perfect Valentines Day gift! It embodies the holiday with its sweet roses but can be consumed year round.

Rose green tea for valentines day
Sweet Valentines Day card from Trader Joes.