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Health & Well-Being

Tea! It’s Not Just a Drink … It’s a Memory

Tea! It’s Not Just a Drink … It’s a Memory

Freelance contribution by: Mercedes WadkinsYou know when you smell a certain scent that brings up a memory?   Maybe it’s cotton candy to remind you of the fair or a perfume that grandma wore and brings back all those wonderful sensations that went along with it!  Tea...

Soothing Teas To Use For Toothaches

Soothing Teas To Use For Toothaches

Freelance contribution by: Lucy WyndhamToothaches are one of the most common dental problems in the world, with a whopping 88% of people experiencing a toothache in their lifetime. It can be caused by decay and cavities, but many people also experience tooth pain due...

Tea During Pregnancy

Tea During Pregnancy

Freelance contribution by: Jenny Silverstone Should you think twice about making your favorite cup of tea while pregnant? There are many benefits to drinking tea while pregnant, such as: It can help keep you hydrated, it can combat morning sickness, and tea has vital...

Why Do You, um, Pee so Much With Green Tea?

Why Do You, um, Pee so Much With Green Tea?

Let’s be honest, most people notice a significant increase in urination when they start consuming green tea. It’s a question and a giggle that I get from people all the time. So much so that I thought it would be worth looking into. Here’s what I found in simple...

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Finalist in the 2019 Writers Contest - Health & Well-Being Category See the Writers Contest rules and full ongoing list of finalists Are you struggling with the proverbial question of ‘should you be naughty or nice’ this holiday when it comes to how much you can...

Is Kombucha Bad For Your Liver?

Is Kombucha Bad For Your Liver?

Freelance contribution by: Akash Bhowad Kombucha is a powerful source of probiotics containing strains of bacteria and yeast to help boost immunity and create a heathy gut microbiome. The process of creating kombucha involves fermentation, as it gives off slight...

Tea Places

How Are They Different?

How Are They Different?

In some notable ways, SoCal tea operations COMEBUYTEA and Café Maji are different from other tea entities. Founded in 2002 and being yet another Taiwan tea chain, COMEBUYTEA recognized the tremendous importance of conducting thorough market research prior to launching...

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Although Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room had existed for decades after its 1939 grand opening, there is not one single photo of its interior online.  My research is not thorough.  Perhaps the tea room was so unimpressive that no visitor had ever wished to record the...

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

“So a reservation is required to enter the tea room?  We can’t take a look?” These were the questions I overheard a patriarch asking the hostess of Hello Kitty Grand Café while I was entering the Bow Room behind the guarded white door.  As the café is a Japanese...

Tea in K-Town and KCON

Tea in K-Town and KCON

In 2012, the first KCON USA -- a Korean Wave festival -- was held as a one-day event at SoCal’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.  It has since grown to last five days with programs in both New York City and Los Angeles.  This year, KCON LA’s exhibitors,...

Uyghur Tea

Uyghur Tea

ABC Nightline’s recent report “Families of Muslims allegedly detained by Chinese government speak out” interviewed Uyghur expatriates who have relatives believed to be imprisoned in interment camps.  Those of us who follow international affairs are surely aware...

Sri Lankan Tea Dance

Sri Lankan Tea Dance

The 14th Sri Lanka Day Expo -- organized by Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF) -- was held in Pasadena, California last month.  In order to not miss the “Pageant of Lanka” Parade, I arrived shortly after the festival opened at 10 a.m.; forgetting that on a scorching...

Spirituality

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham According to recent studies, 44% of Americans find themselves unable to be optimistic about the future. In today’s rapidly changing world, sometimes it feels like we can’t even trust the weatherman to predict what tomorrow...

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham The practice of reading tea leaves is one that dates back to medieval European tradition, and recent trends indicate that people are looking to tea leaves for guidance in greater numbers than before. Lifestyle magazine...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Continued from Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1 Scroll reads: “Wa Kei Sei Jaku” – The Four Principles of Tea The Tea Master Sen Rikyu (1521-1591) Created the Tea Ceremony Practiced Today Tea ceremony principles that we celebrate today were established and...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

In recent articles (Chanoyu, Temae, and Chadogu and Essential Low-Ranking Chadogu for Ceremony of Tea), I mentioned the traditional green tea ceremony, called “Chanoyu” and “The Way of Tea”.  Since those blogs, many of you have asked that I explain it in a bit more...

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

It began to snow at 2 PM on Tuesday and didn’t stop. We accumulated eight inches at my house but much more a little way up the hill. And it was somewhere up there that the snow load broke a branch that downed an electrical line and exploded a transformer that took out...

Our Routines and Our Rituals

Our Routines and Our Rituals

Routines give us stability — rituals provide us with sanctuary. We are taught routines at a very young age, and they are believed to be notably beneficial for children because they provide a sense of security and surety. Most of us hold fast to our routines in...

Cooking With Tea

Time For Tea—Tea Ice Cream, That Is

Time For Tea—Tea Ice Cream, That Is

Casting caution to the winds—with the world going to hell in a handbasket or tea caddy—and going to great pains to score some cream, milk, and marmalade (I recently made a few jars from the fruits of my backyard tree), I embarked on a process that’s a twin pleasure:...

Hot Comfort For a Discomforting Time

Hot Comfort For a Discomforting Time

Tea is comfort. Tea is ritual. Tea is an escape to another place even within the confines of your own home. Easing tensions in an uncertain time, I drink tea during the day at times that I might not normally do so - even just before going to sleep. Whenever I sip,...

Crèmes de la Crème

Crèmes de la Crème

As we hunker down to the heart of winter (which nonetheless feels like spring in some parts of the country) my thoughts turn to simple desserts that can be gilded with a luxurious finishing touch—whipped cream flavored with tea. Here’s what I suggest as a pleasurable...

New Year’s Resolution: Drink Something New

New Year’s Resolution: Drink Something New

As we enter the new year, I reflect on the annual excitement I feel when leafing through the pages of any of a number of seed catalogues that fill my mailbox. With a mixture of expectancy, optimism, and even a bit of overambition I circle this variety of tomato, or...

Homemade Tea Gifts in Jars (Chai Spice “Kit”)

Homemade Tea Gifts in Jars (Chai Spice “Kit”)

Guest contribution by Paula Geerligs The winter holiday season is my favorite excuse to hang out in the kitchen, where it’s warm and filled with enticing aromatics. Last winter, I spent many hours there (my “kitchen shift”, I’d call it), working on my baking skills...

Frui-Tea Cake, California Style—Festive and Moist

Frui-Tea Cake, California Style—Festive and Moist

This time of year, I think of “Oh my? It’s fruitcake weather!” — one of the memorable lines in Truman Capote’s wonderfully incisive portrait of his alter ego Buddy’s time in the South baking with his eccentric cousin Sook in “A Christmas Memory.” However, reading the...