Category Archives: Spring

Tea Time with Dad on Father’s Day

Many of you think tea is just for “delicate flowers” like my ‘she’ human – a tea drinking, pinkie pointing, hat wearing, long hair flowing female.

I beg to differ. Read on to see what I mean. TOOOT! Continue reading Tea Time with Dad on Father’s Day

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10 Things to Remember When Having Tea with the Queen of England

Dating from the days of Queen Victoria of England, afternoon garden tea parties with over 8,000 guests each have been given annually at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II carrying on the tradition even today. It’s an occasion for wearing nice dresses and suits, white cotton gloves, and even hats. But what if you were to have a private tea time with Her Royal Highness? There are at least ten things to remember at such a time. Continue reading 10 Things to Remember When Having Tea with the Queen of England

Recipe for Tea Eggs Benedict by Janet Sanchez

A favorite dish at many restaurants serving breakfast and brunch is Eggs Benedict. Delightful, rich, and satisfying, yet thought by many to be too much of a challenge to prepare at home. Take heart! This recipe is easy. And it includes tea! Continue reading Recipe for Tea Eggs Benedict by Janet Sanchez

Doke Tea and a Blue and White Tea Time – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

Color themes for your tea party are a good thing. Normally, I would recommend yellow, for obvious reasons. But in the interest of fairness to you humans, this little teapot presents a case for a blue and white tea time. TOOOT! Continue reading Doke Tea and a Blue and White Tea Time – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

Tea and the Cherry Blossom Festival

There are cherry trees in Washington, DC, and one of my humans was lucky enough years ago to have been there when cherry blossoms were in bloom. Now, she toasts them from afar with a nice cuppa tea!

About the D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry trees growing in Washington, D.C., date back to 1912. They were a gift to the United States from Japan, a symbol of friendship. The presenter of this gift was the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, with wishes for continued close relations between us. These trees are actually the second batch that was sent. The first batch of 2,000 was shipped in 1910 but arrived diseased. A new batch of 3,000 trees was sent and arrived in 1912. President William Howard Taft’s wife, First Lady Helen Herron Taft joined with Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, in planting the first two trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park (the area is ringed now with these beautiful trees).

The Cherry Blossom Festival has grown over the years, as such things do, starting in 1927 when school children held a re-enactment of that first tree planting. In 1935, civic groups added activities. In 1994, two weeks were added, making it a total of 16 days long, to cover more of the blooming period of the trees. In 2012, the festival was again lengthened, this time to a total of 5 weeks (35 days – so almost double), to hold a grand tribute on the 100th anniversary of the planting of those first trees. And it is now the greatest Springtime celebration in the U.S. with over 1.5 million visitors each year enjoying the gorgeous site of those blooms, especially when seen reflected in the waters of the Tidal Basin.

The Perfect Tea for “Blossom Gazing”

What could be more appropriate than Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea. There isn’t actually such a festival (blossom gazing). But Kyoto has various other festivals, including Aoi Matsuri (“Hollyhock Festival”), Gion Matsuri (“Gion Festival”) named after the Gion district of the city, Bon Festival (a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors), and  Jidai Matsuri (“Festival of the Ages”) to celebrates Kyoto’s past.

This tea gives you that sense of something a-bloom, of Spring approaching. The base tea is a high quality green tea (usually Japanese sencha). It’s flavored with natural cherry flavoring and rose petals that combine in a wonderfully exotic manner. Having been at the festival in DC, my she human says that a sip of this tea is almost like being there. Just be sure to steep in water heated only to 160°F and only for about 2 minutes. Too hot of water and too long of steep will draw out some of the bitter elements from the tea leaves.

ets-jskc-b003If you’re visiting that Cherry Blossom Festival this year, carry along your travel mug filled with this tea and combine tea enjoyment with the beauty of nature. For those of us enjoying from afar, a toast of the teacups will suffice. *CLINK!*

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Spring Time and Tea

For many people Spring means crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and irises bursting up from their bulbs, trees with the sap flowing and the branches blossoming, birds singing for a mate, and all the other signs of reawakening. And for us tea lovers it also means fresh Spring (1st Flush) teas, generally lighter in flavor, as well as other teas served at outdoor tea parties (after months of being indoors away from snow and ice and cold). Continue reading Spring Time and Tea