There’s a lot of cafe’s and tea spots in NYC. For bubble tea, China Town is an excellent place!
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I have an idea to compile a page with links to different tea hotspots around the world. First out is Chá Gorreana tea plantation in Portugal. Here is an excerpt from Michael Figueiredo‘s post, Chá Gorreana: Europe’s Only Tea Plantation:
The tidy rows of chá bushes that stripe the rolling, emerald hillsides almost seem out of place. Chá, the Portuguese word for tea, is certainly not something you’d expect to see growing on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, the fifty-or-so hectares at the Chá Gorreana tea plantation (Plantações de Chá Gorreana) are the only place in all of Europe where tea is cultivated. …
Three types of black tea—Pekoe, Orange Pekoe and Broken Leaf—as well as Hysson, a variety of chá verde (green tea) are produced at the plantation. (StruxTravel, July 25, 2011.)
Image source: http://struxtravel.com/
Do you have a tea hotspot (tea plantation, tea room / lounge, tea shop, etc.)?
The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor. (The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2011.)
- Pon Fon Cha, a.k.a Oriental Beauty by Thomas Shu and Josephine from Hsin Chu, Taiwan. I visited ABC Tea in 1992 and I have now reconnected with Jackson Huang in Taipei.
- I will contact Todd Rubin, Minister of Evolution, of The Republic of Tea, in the near future. I remember the fancy tea cans from The Republic of Tea. Here is an excerpt from the “message from the minister of tea“:
When we set out to form our small Republic in 1992, our not-so-covert mission was to create a Tea Revolution. With great humility, we declare the Revolution an ongoing success. However, The Republic of Tea will never simply rest on its laurels. Our purpose remains steadfast: to work daily to enrich people’s lives through the experience of fine tea and the Sip by Sip life—a life of health, balance and well-being. (http://the.republicoftea.com/)
In the news:
- Here We Are Now, Buy Us Some Oolong Tea – The Wall Street Journal.
Pon Fon Cha, a.k.a Oriental Beauty by Tho…
The Tea Stick’s main strengths are its practicality and its convenience. The sticks are perforated from top to bottom with small holes to allow the tea to infuse. This contributes to a better cup of tea because the tea infuses evenly throughout the entire vessel, whether it’s a mug, tumbler or proper tea cup. Tea bags, conversely, tend to disperse the infusion mainly to the bottom of the drinking vessel which contributes to an unbalanced cup that is stronger at the bottom. Another advantage of the sticks is their compact and portable nature. You can put them in a purse or backpack and not worry about them breaking during your travels; the material that contains the tea is quite durable and cannot be easily ripped. As well, given the shape of the tea stick, you can use it to stir in milk or sugar without having to find a stir stick to serve the same purpose. (Vancouver Tea Examiner, March 7, 2011.)
Here is video clip with T-Barn tea sticks:
At the end of the week, I will use the odd phrase “Thank God It’s Friday” with posts on the good life, e.g. wine and other beverages, recipes, and “glorious lunch break” (quote by Mary Ann Sures) moments. (Note from EGO Editor, August 27, 2008.)
In the news:
- First-ever Japanese tea ceremony performed at USS Arizona Memorial – Hawaii News Now.
The libertarian insurgents are currently gathered around Andrew Ian Dodge, a science-fiction writer and amateur rocker (with a penchant for writing lyrics about reducing the size of government), who serves as the unpaid coordinator for Maine’s Tea Party Patriots. Unlike folks on the Christian right, he and his allies aren’t tied in to a network of endowed think tanks, private universities, and broadcasting outlets that help to amplify their message. And Dodge is skeptical of groups like the Tea Party Express, which, he says, is “a Republican front run by Republican apparatchiks.” As an outsider, he’s enjoying having a chance at being on the inside, and he’s not going to give up his seat so easily. “Look at me: I’m a hairy guy with an earring. It’s a new environment on the American right where someone like me fits in, one driven not by an individual but by a core belief system.” A belief system that is made up of the nonreligious tenets of fiscal responsibility, free-market economics, and limited government, according to Dodge. (The Newsweek, December 1, 2010.)
I must say that Andrew Ian Dodge seems to be in good spirits here at the St Louis Tea Party on 9/12, 2010. Maybe he would enjoy a Long Island Iced Tea or some other Tequila drink at the Tea Party?
I think that John Cox would say “yes” to a “cold one” at the next tea party event with Andrew Ian Dodge and give a shout out to the true spirit of Tea Party movement with the following words: “Yeah, Baby!” John Cox has made the graphics for www.ElectTheDodge.com. We at TeaParty.nu are preparing for a Tea Party Revolution and will continue to brew a strong cup of tea for the supporters of the Tea Party movement…
I thought we should continue the Matcha thread, so here is a recipe for a cake with Matcha and Sencha green tea. The author of Tea, Exotic Flavors and Aromas, Lydia Gautier, has used the “Maccha” spelling, so I will stick with this in this post. You could find the instructions for the recipe on page 32 (The Tea of Scholars: A Fresh, Plant Liquor). The recipe is invented by Tea Master Kazuyo Ishii-Coineau of the Chajin tea salon in Paris.
Maccha Cake (serves 6)
- 3/4 ounce / 20 grams of Maccha (Ryori)
- 5 ounces / 140 grams of superfine sugar
- 2 good teaspoons of Sencha tea
- 3 1/2 ounces / 100 grams of butter (at room temperature)
- 3 medium eggs
- 3 ounces / 80 grams of wheat flour
- 1 teaspon of baking power
- 1 pinch of salt
Do you have a recipe with Maccha?
Janine says that she and her husband:
were inspired by a tapioca tea drink in the China District of Manhattan. Matcha powder itself is very interesting. In addition to plentiful antioxidants there is something in the tea which provides a consistant energy boost (unlike the caffeine spike from coffee) – elevating your mood and energy levels as you go through the day. The ginger touch was our own, but the rest was a re-creation of the tapioca drink.
1 tablespoon green tea matcha powder (ie big spoonful)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or vanilla essence… the real kind!)
1 tablespoon honey (temper to taste)
1 tablespoon fresh crushed ginger (optional)
1 pint soymilk
1 tablespoon water at room temperature
Make a paste with matcha, vanilla paste, honey and water. Add the ginger and stir in the
soymilk. Add crushed ice to two tall glasses and pour matcha mixture on top. Drink and
enjoy! Alternatively throw all ingredients into a really good blender for a lovely matcha-ccino.
I look forward to upcoming recipes in the future from my dear foodie friend Janine.
Below is our process of making the drink:
You can see all pictures taken during the process here.
The green drink tasted great and we recommend it as a power starter in the morning!
Do you think Popeye would like it?
Janine says that she and her husband: