Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

Running a Smart Restaurant: Customer Service Skills

One of the most effective ways to attract and keep a satisfied clientele is through outstanding customer service. The following smart brief restaurant tips illustrate ways to establish customer friendly service in your tea shop or tea bar.

Specialty Tea Institute in Charleston, S.C.

STI is offering an intensive 3 day session in Charleston, SC in which you will not only learn how to hone your presentation skills but also to immediately put them to practical use in a live classroom environment, all under the supervision of seasoned STI instructors and program developers. August 5-8, 2013 and an optional tea tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation – a Bigelow Company.

Free Kindle Cookbooks for Mother’s Day

Free Kindle Cookbooks for Mother’s Day Weekend.  Yes, three of my cookbooks are available this weekend only for free download at Amazon Kindle.  Enjoy!   Lavender Cookbook: Essential Lavender Recipes on Kindle   Cookbooks in general have always piqued my fancy and then I fell in love with lavender.  In this cookbook and recipe collection, […]

Tea India Notes

Did you know that the biggest buyer of tea from India is Russia? And the second largest buy of tea from India is Kazakhstan? Kazakhstan has a market size of 24 million kilograms per annum, and India meets almost half of this demand. During a visit by the Tea Board of India, major Indian tea exporters and importers will put up an exhibition and hold a tea-tasting session for the general public during the visit.

Tea Foodies Cooking with Tea

Tea and Food

It never ceases to amaze me that there is such a correlation between tea and food, culinary tea, tea and food pairings and tea tastings. Tea is currently a very popular topic with culinary insiders from the Culinary Institute of America to local tea tasting classes such as these (try search engines for “tea tasting class” and your city name): The Jasmine Pearl in Portland, OR, NW Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony, Phoenix Tea who has a tea tasting club, Breakaway Cooking with Tea – San Francisco, or Cooking With Tea – Philip Gelb, amongst others.

Easy Book Collections with Collectorz

 Libraries and Book Collections Made Easy My tea friends live on my bookshelves. There’s Norwood Pratt, Alda Ellis, Jane Pettigrew, Elizabeth Knight, Letitia Baldridge, Jill Yates, Pearl Dexter, Frank Murphy, Todd Walton, Katrina Munichiello, Lisa Richardson, Gretchen Iler and others. So many happy tea memories! And always looking forward to seeing familiar faces at World Tea […]

Books and Tea and Me

The Farmer in the Dell of Books Jennifer’s Book Farm – here a book, there a book, everywhere a book book. In one of those great organizational days with Brandie Kajino as an accountability partner, I decided that something simply had to be done about my books. If you love books as much as I […]

Home-Made Christmas Gifts Your Family Will Love

Home-Made Christmas Gift Baskets Your Family Will Love Christmas is a time when most of us want to show our loved ones how much we care by giving presents.  The stores are full of items that make good gifts, but sometimes it’s nice to give something that’s a little more personal.  Creating home-made gift baskets is a […]

The One Taste of Truth: Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea

In his new book, “The One Taste of Truth: Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea”, William Scott Wilson strips away the vanity from tea service and concentrates on the simplicity of all things tea which immediately raises the topic from simplicity to sublime. As he translates from common Chinese and Zen philosophy “found in Asia and printed on scrolls hanging scrolls in tea rooms, restaurant alcoves, family rooms, and martial arts dojos”, the reader is transported to another time and place.

Where is Tea Grown and Produced?

Tea has been a revered beverage for over 2,000 years. Today, it enjoys popularity as the second most widely consumed beverage in the world – second only to water. It even outranks coffee! What was originally discovered as a bush in China has now become the much heralded beverage of drinkers everywhere. China Chinese people […]

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