Tea Lifestyle & Wellness

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...

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...

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...

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Are you struggling with the proverbial question of ‘should you be naughty or nice’ this holiday when it comes to how much you can indulge?  Indulging not only affects your waistband but also impacts your skin and energy levels. Over the years, I’ve discovered...

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, including...

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...

Are Herbal Teas Safe During Pregnancy?

Are Herbal Teas Safe During Pregnancy?

Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham One study found that 79% of pregnant women increase their consumption of herbal teas, with 38% drinking them as an alternative to their regular tea or coffee. While much of the information about the safety of herbal teas during...

Tea Tasting and Illness

Tea Tasting and Illness

I recently was sick -- with two different sinus infections -- and tried out drinking different teas and tisanes.  The root cause was probably air pollution where I live, in Bangkok. I cut way back on tea and switched to more tisanes, since resting to recover doesn’t...

Tea on the Sea – Part 1

Tea on the Sea – Part 1

Those who know me know my wanderlust as well as my affinity for tea. Some also know I love a good story. While on a recent Caribbean cruise (not a tea tour this time), I began to suffer from a prolonged period without some good tea. Oh, there were teabags. Lipton...

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...

Delicious Stimulation – Times Two

Delicious Stimulation – Times Two

When the weather starts to cool (low 50’s feels cool in southern California), my thoughts turn to the warming flavors of tea and chocolate - two products that share some terroir in common. 'What grows together tends to go together' is my abiding rule. How better to...

Fall-ing Into Tea

Fall-ing Into Tea

Fall is truly here judging by the mounds of persimmons, Asian pears, Kyoho- and Concord-style grapes, and pomegranates piled high on the tables of farmers’ market vendors. Where summer went is hard to say, but I am cheered by the prospect of combining this bounty of...

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