Alice in Camellialand: Advice For Tea Ambassadors

By Shane L. Braverman


(Part 1)

We've all been there before. One or more of your friends has asked you to take them out for tea.

"I know how much you love tea. Will you take me out sometime so I can have good tea and learn more about it?" But where do you start? Do you begin with your latest and greatest favorite tea (currently mine is Zhang Ping Shui Xian!), or do you ease them into this amazing world of flavor and aroma with something very well-known like a Ti Kuan Yin?

I'm not a tea expert, but some of my friends treat me as if I were, because I have a small obsession (lifestyle choice)... Read more >

Baking With Tea

By Diana Rosen


Tea is a superb ingredient to add to your favorite baked good recipes.

Want to garnish a cake with a sweet cream? Add a little brewed black or flavored black tea for a umami edge.

Icings beg for a taste of tea. Fruity blends or fragrant tisanes like hibiscus or mild chamomile are wonderful. Use crushed tea leaves (or dustings from a tea bag) and savor the flavor.

Flavor butters, creams or other fats with your favorite teas to use with flours in cakes, cupcakes or cookies. The tea adds a mystery of flavor that's both intriguing and delicious--yet never overwhelms.

Substitute... Read more >

D.I.Y. Tea Hair Treatments

By Samantha Albala


While drinking tea has many health benefits, vitamin and nutrient rich tea leaves can also work wonders in a beauty regime.

Brewing a cup of tea and letting it cool, (as one might normally do by accident!) can result in tomorrow's hair-pampering tonic. Tea can be used to enrich hair color, add softness and shine, prevent breakage, and promote hair growth. Which of these effects you want to achieve will dictate which tea to use in creating a concoction.

Did you know? Caffeine blocks dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that is responsible for hair loss. Caffeinated teas can help... Read more >

Weigh & Measure: Keys to a Perfect Cup of Tea

By Diana Rosen


It's a truism that the best tea leaves make the best cup.

And yet ... sometimes we've used the best tea and, well, the cup is a disappointment. Too weak. Too strong. Just not that perfection we yearn for, and deserve. What's a tea lover to do?

Weigh the tea and measure the water.

These two simple acts will go a long way to providing you with nectar in your cup.

For a professional baker, weighing and measuring are critical to successful scones and cakes and other delectable desserts. This concept began before recipes were written and many of the... Read more >

Yoga Break: Ti Kuan Yin Tree

By Natasha Nesic


Yoga is amazing.

There's just nothing like that feeling of...

"Ahhhh."

A great release of breath and all the stress that goes with it. Did you realize that you were holding so much in?

The sensation is just like brewing a good cup of tea.

We'll start off with a basic yoga pose, and a basic oolong tea.

Meet Vrkasana, aka Tree Pose. This modified crane stance should be familiar to video game fans, or anyone who's ever picked up a Wii U--the trainer character uses it in Wii Fit and Smash 4 with abandon. Otherwise, you'll recognize it from... Read more >