Mar 30 2012

Sakura; Celebrate Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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There is perhaps nothing more beautiful than the fleeting season of Sakura, Japanese cherry blossoms, in the spring. The delicate colors, the papery thin petals, and the sweetness of their blowing showers to the ground, all come together for a brief period every spring. In Japan the season is celebrated with festivals and colorful pageantry. Spring kimonos are brought out of storage, the cherry blossoms are incorporated into foods, beverages, and preserved in salt for later use. Branches of flowering cherry tree are displayed in vases, and illustrated on fabrics, scrolls, and ceramics. We’ll be featuring our Japanese teas this month, so be sure to stop by.

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Mar 10 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming! How does Tea Fit In?

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When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, most of us envision a lively pub where the Guinness is flowing, the music and singing are rousing, and perhaps people are enjoying their favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage or Irish Stew. But tea is an important piece of Irish culture as well. Did you know that Ireland is the largest per capita consumer of tea? It is enjoyed strong and black, with perhaps some milk and sugar added. The tea most often consumed comes from India, usually a malty, bold Assam black tea. Sometimes the Assam will be blended with a bold Kenyan black tea as well. Favorite accompaniments to tea might be a tasty Irish Soda Bread, warm from the oven; or perhaps a  nice hot pasty, a hand  held turnover filled with savory meat, potato, and onion baked in a lovely pie crust. Mmmmm, I can just smell it and taste it. And don’t foget the lovely scones, the perfect accompaniment to tea.

Be sure to stop in and see us; we’ll have a nice assortment of Irish treats on our menu for your enjoyment, along with our own blend for the holiday, our Top O’ the Morning Tea!

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