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.…

A Tour of the Starbucks Mega Store in Shanghai

Starbucks established a bold presence in Shanghai last December with the opening of their two-storied Reserve Roastery, which delivers a multi-sensory, interactive coffee and tea experience like no other. With 3000 stores located in 136 cities across China - including 600 in Shanghai alone - the Seattle-based company is taking advantage of the booming Chinese economy, which…

Six Steps to Better Iced Tea

    Just as Americans have refined their hot tea ritual, we are beginning to brush up on our iced tea skills as well. Pitchers of weak tea made with grocery brand teabags and sweetened with copious cups of white sugar have become passé.     Here are my iced tea suggestions that will leave your…