Wednesday, 29 February 2012

R.I.P. Davy Jones

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tea of the Day!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tea (The Spice & Tea Exchange): 0/5

"Chinese pu-ehr tea is combined with sweet and creamy chocolate and luscious strawberry."

Crumpet points if you can spot why I don't love this in the above sentence!

Time's up! Pu-ehr. You can read all about how gross I find it here. (Aww! It's almost exactly a year ago!) Anyway, I asked my dad to pick up more Cinnamon Plum tea, and so naturally Santa Clause deposited quite a few new flavors in my stocking. Yes, it has, in fact, taken me this long to bring myself to try it.

I was initially put off by the fact that it is Pu-ehr. But I figured that I would give it a chance! I mean, it has CHOCOLATE in it! So I tried it. Yes, it has hints of Strawberry Flavor (notice the use of Flavor there. It didn't taste of strawberries. Just strawberry flavored bits.) No, I did not taste the Chocolate. And yes, the dominant flavor is still Pu-ehr. Gag.

On the other side, I'm donating the rest of the bag to a friend that loved it! Yay for her.

"America is beginning to discover tea.... It has been eclipsed by soft drinks for a century, but soft drink sales are declining and tea sales are up. It was the sixth most popular beverage in the country; now it's the fifth." James Norwood Pratt

Bagged tea companies are finally starting to understand that people like loose tea. Loose tea companies are finally starting to understand that loose tea is a lot of work. ~Me


Teaware: Porcelain
Like tea, porcelain originated in China; it was first made during the T'ang Dynasty (618-907). Again like tea, it became a major export to the West (it served as salable ballast on ships carrying tea and silk), where the secrets of its manufacture eluded Europeans for centuries. In 1703, Johann-Friederich Bottger finally succeeded in creating a reddish porcelain from 'china clay' (kaolin) and 'china stone' (a rock containing silica and alumina) found in Saxony. He later developed a white porcelain and directed the first European porcelain factory, founded in Meissen, near Dresden, in what is now Germany. In 1751, the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works opened in England (where Spode later invented bone china by adding burned bone ash to the mixture), and in 1759, Louis XV of France bought the Sevres factory for Madame de Pompadour. These and other European factories have continued to manufacture teacups and pots considered de rigeur for formal teas in the West.
~All About Tea Knowledge Cards

All you bottled tea drinkers out there should check out this post on the Bigelow Tea blog

Thursday, 9 February 2012

I found Winter!

And The Rodent says it'll be here for a while longer. Or something like that. I'm pretty sure that either way we get more winter. And so - let's bundle up!

1906


1935 Frank and Jaque Brown on their way to Rome

The Brooklyn Bridge
(and check out those nylons!)


1970s


A lot of Mink




1925


1890s


Ice Skating in the Bois de Boulogne!


And finally, the Comtesse de Castiglione