Tea & Scandal in Scotland

English author Henry Fielding is known in tea circles for his quote “Tea and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea”. But a simmering Scottish scandal has left a bitter taste in the mouths of tea drinkers who paid inflated prices for teas touted by a self-proclaimed “Mr. Tea” as the "world’s best". Extravagant claims…

The Ritual of Tea

My wife and I have found great delight in introducing our grandson to the ritual of tea. Green, strawberry, or black with lots of milk, Davis is enthralled with all the tea families and takes great pleasure in pouring the tea from his tiny teapot into his porcelain cup with the giraffe handle. He gives…

Best Tea in Bordeaux

Tea may not be the first beverage visitors think of when visiting Bordeaux but, during my first visit to France's sixth largest city, I was delighted to find a vibrant tea culture where several traditional and contemporary tea shops, as well as salons du thé, are doing a brisk business. If you have already explored Paris…

Breaking Bread in Bordeaux’s Oldest Bakery

My typical breakfast routine in France is a fresh croissant with butter and preserves and accompanied by a cup of café au lait.  But in Bordeaux, I broke with routine and enjoyed my most memorable French breakfast in the company of friends and seated at the baker’s table of Au Pétrin Moissagais. There we ate thick slices…

Exploring Wine in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is arguably the wine capital of the world. Simply say the name and your next thought is wine. First, a bit of clarification: there is the region of Bordeaux - with its thousands of producers, nearly 60 different appellations and several different regions – and the city of Bordeaux, the sixth largest in France.Located…

Bottled Tea Health Benefits

Is bottled tea healthy?You can't turn the aisle in the supermarket these days without running headlong into an endcap stocked with bottles of RTD (ready-to-drink) green tea. Bottled tea is a $2.2 billion consumer market. The popularity of these beverages continues to skyrocket and people literally stop me on the street to ask if they are…

Pairing Tea and Chocolate

Of the world’s three great temperance beverages–cocoa, tea, and coffee–cocoa was the first to be introduced by the Spanish into Europe in 1528. A century later, the Dutch brought tea to Europe. Finally, coffee made its European debut in 1615, thanks to Venetian traders.From the onset, cocoa, tea, and coffee were afforded only by wealthy families.…