Taking Tea in Tokyo

The Summer Olympics will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan in 2020 and many travelers will be visiting the city with tea on their minds. If it's a classical afternoon tea they desire, the lobby lounge of the Ritz Carlton offers a sumptuous teatime with an unmatched view. Tokyo Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea Lounge I often avoid…

Blending Teas with Fashions

I'm often called upon to create tea blends for art museums, performers, or historic sites. But no project was more interesting than the commission I received from a Chinese fashion house who tapped me to create a line of 20 teas to match their designs. The owners of Huanggen Fashion Group met me at World…

Is There Plastic in My Cup of Tea?

A news report about plastic particles leaching from tea sachets and into teacups has been spreading online and through news publications across Canada, England, and the United States since the end of September when a research study from Montreal’s McGill University was published. The small scale study showed plastic teabags released as much as 60…

Authentic Dundee Cake Recipe for Downton Abbey Fans

Dundee Cake made with Scottish Marmalade Interest in the tea rituals of Downton Abbey and the runaway success of the BBC Great British Bake-Off series has spurred a resurrection of Victorian recipes, including one of my favorites - Dundee Cake. Named for a city on the western coast of Scotland (where I spent one of…

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…