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On the other hand, if you're not spending ENOUGH time making tea... [Jan. 10th, 2007|03:58 pm]
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somnambulicious
First off, two linkies for the tea geeks: Imperial Tea Court and Teance Fine Teas. Both companies specialize in Chinese teas and tea preparation, and both have shops/tea rooms in Northern California (San Francisco and Berkeley, respectively.) The websites are chock full of information about tea and tea preparation. Check 'em out! Teance has an informational/instructional DVD about Chinese teas and tea prep that I'm just itching to see.

For Christmas, my dear, sweet husband gave me two tea samplers - green and pu-erh - from Imperial Tea. I have to say, these are fantastic. I've never had a pu-erh before, and I've heard that it can be an...ah...acquired taste, but I am absolutely in love with it. Their Yunnan Pu-erh in particular, which smells and tastes just like topsoil after a hard rain. If you like earthy teas, I highly recommend that one.

Husband also gave me my first gaiwan - an alternative to the teapot that looks like a large cup with a fitted lid. Gaiwan tea prep is a challenge to me, because you have to grasp the cup in your fingers for a long time, and, well, tea is HOT! My poor fingers. I've been cheating and using a paper towel between the cup and my fingers. But on the plus side, it's much easier to clean the loose tea leaves out of the gaiwan than it is to clean them out of my Yixing teapot.

And, finally, I got a shipment of tea accoutrements in from Imperial Tea today - a tea boat for waste water, a presentation vessel for holding the dry leaves, a Yixing serving pitcher, two shallow tasting cups, and a set of bamboo tea tools. I'll make my first clumsy attempt at Imperial Tea Service tonight. Wish me luck!
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*Covets* [Jan. 10th, 2007|04:19 pm]
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mscongeniality
[mood |hornycovetous]

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku8823908/index.cfm?pkey=celtnewi&cm%5Fsrc=None
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An amusing comic [Oct. 25th, 2006|10:01 am]
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filkerdave
[music |Dolly, "J'Attends"]

Sluggy Freelance

Crossposted to my own LJ and teageeks
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Tea IS good for you! [Oct. 12th, 2006|12:19 pm]
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_midoriko_sama_
[mood |flirtyflirty]
[music |Naruto AMV]

We can say we drink tea even more proudly now. Heh.

http://health.yahoo.com/news/167347
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The only herbal tea I've ever found satisfying. [Jul. 26th, 2006|01:20 pm]
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ser_kai
[mood |contentcontent]

I've been brewing this for a while now. I thought someone else might enjoy it.

In my six cup pot I put:

1 Red Seal Relaxing Tea bag(doesn't contain enough valerian to give one a headache)
1 peppermint tea bag or 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves/tea
1 chamomile teabag or 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea
1 packet of korean ginseng tea(I have a dwindling stash of some from the Korean Ginseng Industrial company) which could be omitted if it can't be located. I'd replace with more green tea.
2 teaspoons of good quality green tea(or teabags)

Honestly, until I happened on this, I only liked herbs to flavour black tea.

Enjoy!
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Orchid Oolongs? [Jun. 7th, 2006|11:08 am]
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somnambulicious
Anyone know of a good US source for orchid-type oolongs? I'm running out of the jasmine pearl (again,) and it'll take a couple of months to get a new order in from China.
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Tisane for Giving or Trading [Apr. 25th, 2006|10:52 pm]
Tea Geeks

somnambulicious
If anyone wants it, I have a little less than 100g of Tealuxe's "Serene," a caffeine-free tisane with chamomile, jasmine, rose petals, and - oh, lots of other stuff I can't identify. It's a good evening cuppa, but it's not to my taste. If you have something you want to get rid of for a trade, that's great. If not, I don't mind sending it to you anyway. Good tisanes should be used and appreciated, not wasting away in my cupboard.

Cut for pic of the tisaneCollapse )
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An amusing entry on tea. [Jan. 29th, 2006|05:44 pm]
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filkerdave
[music |Three Weird Sisters, "Tea" (in my head)]

ladysprite has a nice entry on the joys of plain black tea. I particularly like:

Yet no matter how many times I try to explain this, my coffee-drinking family and friends insist on giving me box after box of Apple Nut and Lemon Zinger and Mango-Mandarin Mist and Blackberry-Blueberry-Walnut-Papaya-Coconut-Snickerdoodle-Deluxe tea. Which then sits on my counter, untouched except for the first mug, until I get up the gumption to either throw it away or give it away to a friend with a hankering for hot fruity water.

It strikes me that there are a number of people between ladysprite and the commenters who might appreciate teageeks...
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Cooking with Tea: Jasmine Tea Rice [Jan. 23rd, 2006|11:34 am]
Tea Geeks

somnambulicious
From the January 2006 issue of Martha Stewart Living:

Jasmine Tea RiceCollapse )
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A new tea line [Jan. 22nd, 2006|10:23 pm]
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filkerdave
[mood |amusedamused]

misia considers a new range of teas.

Best you not be drinking any tea when you read.
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