Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mark Sandman biopic leaves major question unanswered

Just got back from seeing the premiere showing of “Cure for the Pain: The Mark Sandman Story,” about the frontman for the great, eclectic rock band, Morphine. Great music, and cool footage. Some good interviews — especially the funny, bizarre … Continue reading

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Anti-royal wedding quest for the working mans’ tea

I just watched a video about dos and don’ts when you’re drinking tea with royalty. Please. It’s an interview with Cindi Bigelow of Bigelow Tea in New York City, in which she says things like don’t wring your teabag out … Continue reading

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Oak Hill School bus crash in Newton, Mass., 10 years later

This is one of those posts that has nothing to do with tea. Ten years ago today, around 5 a.m., a bus flipped over on a cloverleaf off a highway in New Brunswick, Canada, killing four kids from Newton. I … Continue reading

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Best springtime iced tea in the world

I’ve talked about rooibos as being one of the few herbal teas that’s worth the cost of the water used to make it. As Easter heralds the beginning (we hope) of nice weather and getting outdoors, this is the time … Continue reading

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More important than tea

I haven’t done anything on this blog for days, so this morning I did a search for tea news. There is, in fact, news: tea pickers in Nepal who make less then $3 a day are on strike at the … Continue reading

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The regal history (or not) of the Tetsubin teapot

Some guys hang fake metal balls of the back hitch of their pickup trucks. I have a cast-iron nailhead teapot. On a Saturday with nothing planned all morning, I got it out to use for the first time in several … Continue reading

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What does a cold spring have to do with the price of tea in China?

Turns out, a whole lot. Apparently the cold spring has delayed the usual picking time for Longjing, an exotic Chinese tea, but made the leaves better. Both of those facts have conspired to raise the price of that type of … Continue reading

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