Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Teavivre (Tea for Life)

It is a great mail day when I find that a box of Teavivre tea has arrived from China.


I’ve reviewed tea from this company before with blog posts in December 2011 and January 2013.  They have such great packaging with stylish silver foil resealable bags that protect the tea from light and moisture.


I now have lots of new teas to sample.  Since I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and Pu-erh tea is known for excellent health benefits, I thought I’d start with Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013.  The fresh spring leaves of this tea are harvested between March to May.  One third of the leaves are tea buds.  My sample was loose, but if you wanted to buy a brick of Pu-erh, Teavivre has a terrific video on how to loosen some tea leaves from the brick. There is even a special tool you can use. 

This company has so much great information available on their website, not to mention all the beautiful photos and videos.  This video showing Pu-erh brick preparation is very interesting.

My sample of raw Pu-erh made a very enjoyable cup of tea.  Not too earthy and with a lovely sweet aftertaste.


I’ll be tasting Tribute Pu-erh, Ripened Pu-erh 2005 (Pu-erhs are aged like fine wine), Yunnan Dian Hong, Fengqing Dragon Pearl and Keemun Hao Ya over the next couple of weeks.


Meanwhile, if you would like to buy some excellent tea and learn more about all the wonderful types of tea, how they are processed, where they are grown, cooking with tea, brewing tea and even a “tea working song”, be sure to visit Teavivre website.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hello Kitty

Publix is a great store for grocery shopping (love those buy one get one free items) and sometimes I find an unexpected gift item like this Hello Kitty placemat.


My eldest granddaughter loves tea parties with Nana and anything with kitties.  I can’t wait till her next visit when she spots this cute placemat at her place at the table.

I thought the teacup, cupcake and teapot (although more of a coffee pot shape) were adorable.  The item is also on sale this week – perfect.  ☺

Zak Designs  products have been featured in Rachel Ray magazine.  Their website has lots of colorful and practical items for adults and kids.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


The weather is starting to heat up where I live in Georgia.  It will be in the low 70’s today – iced tea and frozen treat weather is on the way – I hope. 

Today I came across a website for DeeBee's TeaPops, a frozen treat made with tea.


Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker came up with these when she couldn’t find “low sugar, nut free, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, kosher and vegan” frozen treats for her children.  (Isn’t it great when you find a tasty product that is good for you.) 

So far, the company has five flavors including Berries & Cherries (with white tea), Tropical Mango (rooibos), Minty Mint (rooibos), Toasted Coconut (rooibos) and Southern Iced Tea (black tea sweetened with honey). 


I’d love to try the Southern Iced Tea pop and at only 35 calories a bar, I could enjoy it and still stay on track with my weight loss plan.  ☺

The bad news is that these TeaPops are not available in my area yet.  The company is located in Canada, but they have plans to bring the product to the US market, hopefully soon.

Have any of you tried them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day


This crazy, icy Georgia weather is on it’s way out and the temperature should reach the mid fifties on Friday.

gold trim teacup with hearts

Do you have plans to enjoy a cup of Valentine’s tea with someone special?

I’ve been seeing lots of great recipes on Pinterest for special dinners and especially decadent desserts. Hubby would be perfectly happy with a simple grilled steak, baked potato and salad, although I’m sure he wouldn’t say no to a heart shaped chocolate cake or red velvet cheesecake for dessert.


I’ve been enjoying Harney & SonsValentine’s Blend” tea for the last week – delicious!  How about you – what’s your favorite blend for Valentine’s Day?

All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

- Charles M. Schultz

Happy Valentine’s Day


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Matcha Day

The Nishio Tea Trade Association named today Matcha Day in honor of the 120th Anniversary of the founding of Nishio Tea.


You can find the website for Nishio Japanese Green Tea here.

I’ve been wanting to try using Matcha powder in recipes, especially to make a green tea latte or maybe some cookies.

Green tea How about you – what’s your favorite Matcha recipe?


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