Once Upon a Tea: One Adagio Fan's Story

By Anthony Sementilli

During the Summer after my freshman year, some of my best friends and I felt that successfully surviving our first year was worthy of prompting our first pilgrimage to the Mecca of nerds: San Diego ComicCon.

We spent days planning the trip. But, unfortunately, the tickets sold out hours after release, leaving our plans high and dry.

I will say this: I'm so happy we missed ComicCon, and this is why.

Among the venues we missed the most on our obsolete ComicCon bucket list was the "Japanese Tea Garden," a place where you can blend your own tea. I figured, "Well, I'm sure... Read more >

Essayist Calls Tea "Pernicious": WRONG!

By Diana Rosen

It may be difficult to believe this in the 21st century but barely 400 years ago, tea was thought by some British to be "pernicious," or harmful to society. Noted authors and religious leaders drew venomous conclusions and railed openly against the growing tea trade. For example, John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, was so disturbed by the increasing popularity of tea that, in 1748, he opined that his followers should completely abstain from tea because it "gives rise to numberless disorders, particularly those of a nervous kind." Apparently, the energy and clarity that tea can... Read more >

"Hey, SweetTEA!"

By Lindsay Jawor

As Dolly Parton's Turvy Jones so eloquently phrased it, sweet tea is "the house wine of the South" (Steel Magnolias, 1989). And it seems to be true, from backyard barbeques to fine dining establishments; even McDonald's now offers Southern-style sweet tea. Enjoyed for decades in the Southeastern United States, sweet tea is making its way steadily north, east, and west, becoming a common beverage option throughout the country. So what's the story behind this summer favorite?

Hot tea was a part of American culture from its birth as an English colony. Most readers know the story... Read more >

End-of-Summer Tea Delights Abound

By Diana Rosen

The calendar indicates that summer is drawing to a close, however, the temperatures remain high, the lure of water sports stays strong and the desire for something cool and refreshing to eat or drink is easily satisfied with our favorite ingredients: Tea!

We suggest tea-infused Italian-style granitas, old-fashioned American popsicles or flavored ice cubes to satisfy both the most sophisticated palate and the kid-at-heart in anyone.

A few things to remember when making cold to icy drinks or foods with tea: always add more! Double the tea leaves or tea bags, add more sweetener and... Read more >

Sleep Tied to Memory and Learning

By Diana Rosen

What really happens inside our brains when we sleep? How are learning and memory connected? Can a good night's sleep help both mind and body?

These questions have intrigued scientists for generations, however a new study published in the journal Science may have provided the most specific answers yet to why sleep is important to learning and retention of memory.

Using advanced microscopy to examine the brain, the study uncovered the specific mechanisms of memory. There are connections between brain cells that form while we sleep, and these brain cells (synapses) need rest to retain... Read more >