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Boost Your CreativiTEA!

Ever have a deadline pounding on your desk, but just didn’t have the creative juices flowing to get it done?  We all have, of course, but it turns out the juice we should be turning to actually comes from a leaf. That’s right, according to a new study...

Tea + Beer = Delicious!

From reading my blog for the past 13+ years (you have been reading that long, right?), one thing is abundantly clear: I love tea. But what is less well known is my love of beer. Beer has been enjoyed by mankind for thousands of years, just like tea.  In fact,...

New Year, New Tea

With 2017 finally winding down, it is just about time to start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions. And this year, my dear reader, I encourage you to shoot for something practical.  No, you probably won’t be able to make it to the gym every single day,...

Tea Recipe: Crimson Punch Wassail

Christmas is here! I am bringing the cheer in my favorite way possible: a new Tea Cocktail! This one is a riff on the classic Wassail, a beverage traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English Christmastide drinking ritual intended to ensure...

The Future of Tea in 2018

With 2017 rapidly winding down, many food insiders are beginning to make their predictions for the year ahead.  The common themes among them seem to be naturalness, health and quality.  All of which, of course, bodes well for tea! In fact, according to the BBC, 2018...

Tea on Diwali

Today marks the beginning of a five day festival in the Hinduism faith known as Diwali. It brings family and friends together to brighten up the darkest (it is a new moon tonight, so there will be no illumination) night of autumn (or spring, depending on the...

Tea Recipe: Peachy Oolong Rosé Sangria

With the (unofficial) last day of summer, Labor Day, nearly upon us, I thought we’d end the season with a bang. And by “with a bang” I mean, of course, with a tea cocktail! Here’s my newest concoction, just in time for your Labor Day BBQ,...

Tea For Your Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic, Dementia is a very common disease affecting the elderly, with over 3 million cases diagnosed every year.  It is a cruel and lamentable affliction (I, unfortunately, had first-hand experience with my grandmother), and, for the most part,...

True Majestea

All you true Tavalon fans out there know a lot of the history of the company already, but for those who don’t know, Tavalon was first known as a brick-and-mortar store on 14th St (right next to Union Square) in Manhattan.  We served hot teas, iced teas, tea...

Tea Recipe: Earl Grey Honey Cake

The Honey Cake has existed for hundreds of years, found throughout most of Europe, all the way back to the Medieval times.  One of the reasons for its popularity is the simple fact that its primary sweetener, honey, helps keep the shelf life quite long (honey itself...

Tea Recipe: Rock & Rye Punch

Lately I’ve become obsessed with an old cordial known as Rock & Rye.  It has started making a comeback, appearing on store shelves more frequently than in years past. My first experience with this little known beverage was with my Irish grandmother, who...

Tea Recipe: Lemon Verbena Tea-Pops

Lately I have been playing around with one of my favorite herbs, Lemon Verbena. While not the most common herbal tea, the flavor, a combination of lemongrass, licorice, and spearmint, is both unique and versatile, making it perfect to concoct tea recipes with. And...

To Boba, or Not to Boba?

I’ve been seeing a lot of reports on my newsfeed this week on the healthiness (or lack thereof) of bubble tea, and since I’ve gotten a bunch of questions regarding it, I will share some quick thoughts. First of all, the bubble tea fad in the United States...

Green Tea Could Protect Against Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been all over the news recently, most notably that an outbreak in Brazil threatened to cancel the 2016 Summer Olympics. The virus itself is one of many mosquito-borne viruses (West Nile, yellow fever and dengue fever, to name a few), and the...

Tea Video: DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

The birds are singing a happy tune, providing a soundtrack for our summer days.  So why not provide them with a crafty little feeder that also shows your love of tea? Here’s a video on how to make your own Teacup Bird Feeder (video credit to Nifty):...