My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


My Tea Break gift guide 2013

Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to put together a Tea inspired gift guide.

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1. Taste of China Tea Hamper (£30) from CantonTea

2. Nomu Teapot (£36) from ENO Studio available on Fab.eu

3. Retro Tea Print ($24.99) from visualphilosophy available on Etsy

4. Silver Needle White Tea (£13.50) from Jing

5. Christmas Cup (£8) from Make International available on Fab.eu

6. White Lotus & Green Tea Shower Foam (£8.50) from Rituals

7. Cape Colony Rooibos (£7) from The East India Company

8. Miso & Walnut Biscuits (£5.50) from William Curley

9. Yakushima Sencha Green Tea (£9.95) from Postcard Teas

We hope this guide will help you find some inspiration for friends, family and yourself.

For more ideas check some of our pinterest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/myteabreak/

Happy Tea Break!

Tania & Mariana


Royal Albert London Tea Tour

 

This is a great idea! Royal Albert, the purveyors of floral tableware and Tea sets, are doing a Tea tour around London with a vintage-theme van serving Tea, macaroons, ice-cream and other afternoon Tea treats. Today there were in Spitafields market so I went there to check it out!

 

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If there are spaces, you get offered a seat at a table, and you can get a 3 tier cake stand filled with tiny cupcakes and macaroons and obviously a Cup of Tea in their lovely tea sets. Royal Albert has been established since 1986 and focus on floral designed tableware,Tea sets and other accessories.

 

 

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Join the Royal Albert Tea Tour for Tea, Cake, Fun & Frivolity.

Happy Tea Break.

 


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Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea

Comedy legend Victoria Wood travels the globe to explore Britain’s love affair with Tea in a two-part special on the little plant that changed the world.

From the back streets of Kolkata to the mega city of Shanghai, Victoria reveals how the cozy cuppa united east and west, triggered wars and helped us win them. Along the way she peeks into a fascinating world of chai wallahs, opium smokers, Assam Tea pickers and grumpy elephants. She asks: how did this strange exotic leaf become such an important part of British life?

What is it about Tea we love so much, and how did we all end up hooked?

Put on the kettle for a nice cup of Tea and check out Episode 1 here:

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Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Dinner at Roka

I recently had dinner at Roka, one of my favourite restaurants in London. Roka focus on contemporary Japanese robatayaki (open-charcoal grill) cuisine. At the centre of the restaurant there is a robata grill where you can see the chefs preparing your food.

I’ve been a few times and I always leave happy with the quality and consistency of the food and service. The service is great, the ambience nice and relaxed and the food among the best I have tasted.

Since I visited the Green T. House restaurant in Beijing , I am always looking for dishes and drinks that bring the culinary use of Tea into life and Roka is a great place for that. We started the meal with some sushi and Tea inspired cocktails. I had a Green Tea & Pear Bellini which is composed by dried green Tea, mashed pears and prosecco. The sparkling from prosecco together with the sweet pear flavour is a delicious combination. Luis went for a non-alcoholic version and had a Jasmine Tea with almond, mint and peach which was also delicious…

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As a main we chose some of their Robata signature dishes such as the Black Cod marinated in Yusu Miso which is unbelievable.

I didn’t want to go for a desert but one could not resist the Chocolate to Matcha Pudding Yo-nashi Ausi – a dark chocolate and matcha green Tea pudding with crunchy jivara and pear ice-cream. Sooooooo good!

If you’re looking for a special dining experience in London I highly recommend Roka.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Happy International Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day so time to celebrate it with a nice cup of Tea!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

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Happy Tea Break.

 


Tea Wishlist @ My Sea Story Blog

My friend Joana has an amazing blog about her life at Turks and Caicos – My Sea Story – and she also loves Tea. She kindly invited me to guest blog on her blog with a wishlist of Teas. It’s very difficult for me to choose 5 favourite Teas as I get into Tea phases where I drink more green Tea or more Oolong Tea.

Here are my Tea choices for this month (as you can see I am currently going through a Green Tea phase):

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1. Rare Tea Company Whole Leaf Tea – An exquisite Chinese Green Tea that is meticulously hand-crafted. It has a refreshing and light smoky flavour which is the antithesis of bitter, mass produced Green Tea.

2. My Tea Break White Peony – A delicious introduction to Chinese White Tea. This Tea has a creamy and soft taste with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste. You can drink it at any time of the day.

3. Tea Pigs Jasmine Pearls – Little pearls of hand rolled green Tea tips which have been delicately infused with pure jasmine flowers. An amazing refreshing and floral taste.

4. Argo Tea Moroccon Mist – This moroccon mist Tea, a natural gunpowder green Tea from China blended with a refreshing burst of mint, always brings me great memories of travelling with Joana in Morocco.

5. Lahloo Tea Puerh Shou Vintage – Produced by the Mannong Project, a fair trade cooperative, in the heart of a 1500-year-old ancient forest in Yunnan, China. Not everyone’s cup of Tea, but such a special deep, dark, sweet and smooth Tea.

6. Harney & Sons Caribe Blend – This exotic blend of green and black teas enhanced by tropical flavours, such as hibiscus, guava, coconuts and strawberry, marigolds and cornflowers. Perfect if you live in an island like Joana.

Thanks Joana for the invitation!

Happy Tea Break.

Tania