Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

Certified Tea Class by STI

Tea Certification Class Specialty Tea Institute Tea Class Remember to register for an STI tea class in Long Beach, California! Join the Specialty Tea Institute to receive specialized instruction by the nation’s foremost tea instructors  (click here for registration):   May 28th-29th in Long Beach, CA for Levels 1, 2, 3 Cupping, Elective: Train the Trainer & […]

Puer Tea – Tea Class

Tea Class – Puer Tea In San Francisco, Phil Parda is teaching the Specialty Tea Institute’s Level III, Pu-erh Tea class.  The class is precise, hands-on, and includes pu-erh tea tastings. Phil knows his tea stuff. The first time that I heard him speak about pu-erh was at the STI tea symposium in Seattle about ten years […]

Tea and Food Pairings

Tea and Food Pairings I’ve never really given much thought to tea and food pairings. Ti Kuan Yin, Matcha and a Ceylon/Assam blend seem to be the tea caddies that I refill most often. When in a wild mood, I’ll make a pot of Sencha Kyoto, Kenya CTC or Assam FTGFOP. And never, ever a […]

Tea and Food Culinary Class – New!

Tea and Food Culinary Class Tea In a Food Service Environment Savvy chefs and restaurateurs are including specialty tea in their menus  – both culinary and beverage menus. Consumer interest and specialty tea sales have trended an upward surge over the last five years – okay, I’ll write it.  Tea sales are HOT. Tea’s upward trends is somewhat comparative to specialty coffee. […]

Congratulations! Gourmet Tea Leaders

Gourmet Tea and Fancy Food The Specialty Food Association announced the winners of its second annual Leadership Awards honoring influential and innovative entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the $86 billion specialty food industry does business. The winners by category are: Citizenship: Tyler Gage, co-founder and co-CEO, Runa Tea, Brooklyn, N.Y. (shown here); Business Leadership: […]

How To Make The Christmas Spirit Last Past Christmas

When you were younger, you probably found yourself wishing occasionally that Christmas would last all year. What would be not to like about getting to open presents every day and eat huge amounts of food? When you get older though of course your views on this matter tend to change a little. For the adults […]

6 Christmas Traditions Followed Around the World

Christmas Traditions, Dinners and Celebrations A lot of countries have different Christmas traditions, so I thought it would be fun to look at what they have on their dinner plate on the big day. You’re probably used to a traditional turkey dinner you enjoy every Christmas. Even the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a […]

5 Best Featured Restaurants In Sitcoms And Movies

Restaurants in Sitcoms It is a well known and often acknowledged fact that a certain restaurant, café or pub plays a very important role in our lives. These specific spots apart from serving food, coffee and drinks, work as a mood-enhancer, comfort-provider and a place where all your best friends meet and discuss why the […]

It’s a Special Day! Kindle Countdown Deals

It’s Kindle Countdown Deal Day 1 What’s special about today? Many things, of course, and today the Kindle version of “17-76 Tea Party Award Winning Recipes” is on a Kindle Countdown Deals (a daily deal) for only 99 cents! That’s 17 Jam, Marmalade, Jelly and spreads for your favorite scones.  In the same cookbook and […]

Baking Contest at Clark County Fair

The third annual Amazing Scone Baking Race is on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Clark County Fair. So easy to enter! Just bake your scones at home, drop off your entry and recipe (using King Arthur Flour, please) before fair time Saturday morning. Judging is at 1:00.

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