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Tea Family; A South Korean Tradition of Tea

Tea Family; A South Korean Tradition of Tea

While I was traveling on Jeju Island in Korea, I visited the family of my friend, Yongtag. As in all traditional Korean families, the core of the family is the mother because she cares physically and emotionally for each family…

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

In 2008, on one of my frequent trips to Japan, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony, an event that takes place...

Vacation Ideas for Tea Lovers

Vacation Ideas for Tea Lovers

The beautiful thing about tea isn’t just how different varieties taste. It’s about how ingrained it is in so many cultures. Tea has a deep, rich...

Empowering Kenya’s Small-Scale Tea Farmers

Empowering Kenya’s Small-Scale Tea Farmers

When you can get good orthodox tea from Kenya, it tends to be exceptional. I have enjoyed numerous cups of Tinderet and Millima, and the odd cup of Kamba purple tea over the years and always asked myself why…

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

In recent months I came across two Iranian films: “A Separation”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and a film entitled, “This Is Not a Film.”

The Samovar Story

The Samovar Story

Russian Poet Boris Sadovsky once said about the great Russian samovar, “being a purely Russian phenomenon, it is beyond the understanding of foreigners.”

Tea on the Sea – Part 2

Tea on the Sea – Part 2

To recap our hero's adventure, start with Tea on the Sea - Part 1 It seems a bit obsessive, but I often bring a secret stash of tea and a tiny...

Tea on the High Seas

Tea on the High Seas

Cruise ships are floating cities offering shopping opportunities, a casino, library, full-service medical clinic, swimming pool,...

Tea in Spain

Tea in Spain

For the last 4 winters, I've been going to Spain to avoid the harsh temperatures in Oregon.  We head to the southernmost coast in Andalucia and...

Tea in Russia; A Summary

Tea in Russia; A Summary

I was just visiting Russia, to Moscow, Murmansk, and St. Petersburg.  I’ve covered it so extensively that anyone following me on Instagram or...

Tea Traveler

Tea Traveler

Ever since time immemorial people traveled from the orient to occidental lands along trade routes to carry the stories of Tea for various causes of...

Travel and Tea

Travel and Tea

Guest post by: Rebecca Brown There is something deeply human about brewing and drinking tea. Maybe that's why tea and travel -- another...

What is Milk Tea?

What is Milk Tea?

  If you have never tried milk tea, you really need to rethink what you order when you go to a café. As amazing as coffee is, sometimes the...

Mekong River

The mentioning of “Amazon” reminds me of a river’s length, volume, and environmental plight, not online shopping or stock price. The Amazon is...

A Tea Surprise at the SENA

A Tea Surprise at the SENA

This year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA), the largest seafood trade show in the States, was held at Massachusetts’ Boston Convention and...

Asian Goods Store Wing Hop Fung

Asian Goods Store Wing Hop Fung

The human-sized ceramic figure that was being unboxed during my last visit to the Asian goods megastore Wing Hop Fung could not be the Tea Sage Lu...

Bingsu – Korean Shaved Ice

Bingsu – Korean Shaved Ice

The dessert I have savored most often, since having written the 2009 post Ujikintoki – a Fabulous Japanese Dessert, is shaved ice.  I could count...

Tea Shopping in New York City

Tea Shopping in New York City

I recently visited New York City and although it was a short visit I did some tea shopping there.  I wrote a travel-blog theme post about it here,...

Afternoon Tea: Dubai Style

Afternoon Tea: Dubai Style

Dubai, the city of glitz and glamour, where I have been an expat for over fifteen years, is now witnessing such an increasing popularity for...