Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bi Luo Chun tea in a new apartment

After taking a break for the last few days from this blog so I can move, I’m now sitting in the dining room of my new Somerville apartment drinking a cup of Bi Luo Chun tea I ordered from Heavenly … Continue reading

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I say ‘herbal’, you say ‘no thanks’

I say “herbal,” you say “no thanks.” “Herbal.” “No thanks. “Herbal.” “No Thanks.” — Professor Elemental Most herbal tea is a waste of tap water. Chamomile just tastes like weeds. I’ve drank it at night hoping for some of the … Continue reading

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Why is sweet tea so big in the south?

My research into the phenomenon of “sweet tea” — a trend now so widespread that brands from McDonald’s to Snapple to Southern Comfort have started marketing their own versions — has uncovered the following primary differences between what I’d like … Continue reading

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Get wired on Irish tea for St. Patrick’s Day

One question that gets asked this time of year is: Are Irish people really more fun? A search on the Internet will reveal that, yes, the consensus is that Irish people are more jolly, fun-loving, partying and just know how … Continue reading

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Romantic angst in the first grade

We were at the YMCA doing his homework. Writing sentences using words like “about” and “worry.” I just heated up a little plastic tray of macaroni and cheese for his dinner in the downstairs microwave. “So what ever happened with … Continue reading

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Sencha: It’s like grass, but a little better

Drinking loose Sencha tea, an unflavored Japanese-style green. Bought it from Heavenly Tea. I figured it’s an appropriate way to support the country after the devastating earthquake for someone with no money to donate. According to very quick research, Japanese … Continue reading

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Last vacation

At Lillydale, I stood over a tray of magic stones polished so smooth I could almost see my own face. I picked out a few to send to my son who was 6 and maybe still believed in magic.   … Continue reading

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‘Cup of Brown Joy’ video by MC Elemental

This is an example of the cultural and artistic heights to which tea has inspired humanity over the years. From from British rapper MC Elemental. I love the manic piano. Thanks to Tom Latimer for finding this stuff.

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History: How tea trade led to the rise of the clipper ships

I got a book out of the library called, “Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire.” With a title like that, you’d think it’s like the next Star Wars trilogy. Up until today, it was less Star Wars, and more meandering history, … Continue reading

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What a kilo of Monkey King Jasmine Green (tea) looks like

I admit this is kind of immature — especially considering the amount of effort it took to get it back in the bag — but below is a photo of the shipment I just got from Amazon of two half-kilo … Continue reading

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