Tea with Ainee during a visit to the Harvard Square Holiday Fair

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Teatime with ainee visited Harvard Square and found that they were having their Holiday Fair at the First Parish Unitarian Church.

Holiday Fair, (Harvard Square)  http://www.harvardsquareholidayfair.com/

 Holiday Fair Unitarian Church Harvard Square

About:

The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair, one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston, will celebrate its 29th season in 2014.   It takes place in the basement and courtyard of the First Parish Church on the corner of Church Street and Massachusetts Avenue and runs for 12 or so days in December, the dates varying from year to year.

The fair is juried and includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world travelling importers featuring many wonderful gift items.   There is always a great selection of beautiful, original and affordable gifts.   Talking to the craftspeople who make what they sell gives shoppers a connection to what they are buying that is just not possible at the mall, through a catalogue or online.

I took many photos’ of the Holiday Fair in Harvard Square and these were a few of the vendors whose lot pertain to tea items.

Reishi Hibiscus Cooler is good for the relief of Stress and anxiety.

Reishi Hibiscus Cooler sold in bag or cup at Holiday Fair Harvard Square

Peter Grams Pottery:Wheeled Thrown Reduction Fired stoneware

http://www.petergramspottery.com/

glazed teapot from Holiday Fair in Harvard Square

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Pura Vida Bath ~ Body & Gifts  http://www.vermontoils.com/index.html

Pura Vida products are made in Newfane Vermont in small batches to insure quality. Over the years we have developed over 15 custom scents that we mix & blend into over 25 different products. We create our blends for both physical healing and spiritual growth. We are also happy to create a signature blend just for you.

Pura Vida specializes in essential oils, hand crafted soaps, massage and body oils, hydrating body mist, lip balm, a wide variety of products for the bath, including: bath saltz, bath fizzies, bubble baths, new to our line this year our freshly whipped body butters made with evening primose oil, jojoba oil and organic shea butter. Our tried and true products: bug dope, calendua salve made with organic calendua flowers grown on site; and our organic arnica oil.

Pure Vida Bath Body and Gifts essence

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Tea with Ainee, enjoyed a cup of green tea while admiring the small note card that I purchased at the fair; Of Ginger and Her Echo Orchestra, I am wondering if she ever got through to nature’s wind song untold or not. Contemplative is where I am at this moment and time.  Imploring of all, to keep the warmth alive!

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Ginger and Her Echo Orchestra by Matt Brown Woodblock Prints

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Website:

http://maeda-en.com/17-gift  www.DesignaTea.com/  http://www.teatulia.com/

http://www.elementalherbs.com/  http://theteaspot.com/  http://www.teasetc.com/

http://www.zhitea.com/  https://www.zhenas.com/  http://www.frontiercoop.com/

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Tea with Ainee and reading about Slightly Foxed’s Tea Towels…

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Teatime with ainee viewing of these tea towels made for Slightly Foxed.

Ten Poems about Tea by Sophie Dahl bookcover“For the love and madness and everything that sandwiches in between, a cup of tea can set the world softly back to rights” – while the poet Kenny Knight reminds us of the time when: “…two sugars / was the national average / and the teapot was the centre / of the known universe …—Sophie Dahl

I received this newsletter from the folks at Slightly Foxed in the UK that I wish to share with readers.

Slighly Fox: From their very first issue, the goal was to ‘strike a blow for lasting quality, for the small and individual against the corporate and mass-produced’. Now in its tenth year they’ve maintained this objective as said from day one. Kudos!

https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/

Slightly-Foxed-Gloucester-Road- UK It’s history:

Slightly-Foxed-issues-for readers in Uk and around

Slightly Foxed is much more like a well-read and bookish friend. Printed on fine cream paper and beautifully illustrated, it has the look and feel of a slim paperback, while its content and presentation reflect the editors’ belief that there are many more books worth reading than those featured on the bestseller lists. The craftsmen printers Smith Settle in Yorkshire have been responsible for printing Slightly Foxed from the first issue. They also print and bind all the books subsequently produced by the company.

The Slightly Foxed Tea Towel

Tea towels, in our experience, come in two kinds – pretty and non-absorbent or practical and ordinary-looking. With the Slightly Foxed tea towel, we think we’ve achieved the best of both. Decorated with one of our most charming covers, it’s made of unbleached cotton and has a proper upward-pointing loop to hang it by. http://www.countrysideart.co.uk/

Tea towels, in our eyes, are not just a humble kitchen textile. Instead they are a magnificent blank canvas awaiting our customer’s wonderfully inspired ideas; allowing us to then turn their concepts into tea towel works-of-art to be cherished.”

Tea-towel-from Slightly Foxed UK          Tea-Towel-by Slightly Foxed

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Tea with Ainee, is saddened to say that there is not improvement in her lot these days. It is all so very bleak. I help or I think I help others but none can help me. All of this effort has been a digression, an excuse for finding of real employment. The longer I rant and continue at this failed venture, the more into the hole I am plummeted. What’s to be said of this serendipitous reflection as it matters not where I have I been and where do I want to go? As said by the receptionist at the unemployment office; ‘that is not the point’ what she meant was ‘that is how it is’ the medicine taste awful but take it anyway. It is coldness in existence that is keeping me alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Website:

http://camellia-sinensis.com/  http://camellia-sinensis.com/carnet/?lang=en

http://yunnansourcing.com/en   http://www.twinings.co.uk/

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Tea with Ainee is sharing of news on Tea Musing’s tea give away…

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Teatime with ainee takes notice of some holiday specials and give away

 Tea is for everyone if not for anyone!—ainee

I receive lots of newsletters about tea specials that a shop is having and for the most part I tend to read and file of them; while at other times I want to share of their news.

Tea Musing: Information and News from Nothing but Tea

http://nbtea.co.uk/blog/gong-fu-tasting-set-giveaway-5/

Gong Fu Tasting Set, Giveaway 5

They are giving away from their Gong Fu tasting sets.

Gong Fu Tea Tasting Give Away Set

“You can enter each days draw by commenting on that days blog post, by +1 or commenting on our Google Plus posts. Re-tweeting or replying to our Twitter posts, by emailing me quinnan@nbtea.co.uk or by placing an order. At the beginning of the next day we will put all the names in a hat draw a winner and announce the next give away. Today’s post will be drawn on Monday.”—Tea Musing

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suggested reading:

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

I found this book while perusing the shelves at the library’s special display of books for the holidays. It felt applicable to me as I am skipping Christmas as well. But not for a cruise as is the reason for Mr. & Mrs. Krank’s reasoning for skipping Christmas for a year.  They’ll skip the holiday all together. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street with not a Christmas tree or decoration, and no annual Christmas Eve bash.— Or so it seems. Chaos and frantic holiday rush and a bit of a scrooge at play and by books’ end what was to have been a frugality at play develops into a warm heart man; melting all in his path and gives away of his ticket to a family in need of vacation and togetherness.

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Tea with Ainee, enjoyed this lovely little read which had several mention of coffee but not tea fixing oddly enough. It is a merry Christmas with lots of jolly goodness from the heart. Not much in serendipity today for it is a day for reflection; where have I been and where do I want to go? I am very unsure of it all because I seem to have no control in my life. No anchor because there is nothing to enjoy from lack of not being let to enjoy. I am sorry for this offering, callous of me to even post it. It is not warmth, but a coldness that is keeping me alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Website:

http://www.teatulia.com/   http://www.twinings.co.uk/   http://camellia-sinensis.com/

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Tea with Ainee visited Peet’s Tea shop at Capital One 360®, a bank with café

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tea-with-ainee-image2014Teatime with Ainee viewing of Peet’s Coffee and Tea items sold at Capital One 360® Café at Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

A café  where one can recharge their bank accounts, their devices and their lives by learning new ways to save time and money, and trying out financial and digital tools – all while enjoying free Wi-Fi and a hand-crafted espresso from Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s full line of beverages.”— Capital One 360®

Peet's Coffee and Tea signagePeet’s Coffee and Tea

http://cafes.capitalone360.com/Boston/  https://home.capitalone360.com/

At Capital One 360®, they believe banking should fit comfortably into everyday life. That’s why they’re not just online and mobile; they can now be found in Cafés opening across Boston. A place where you can get your banking questions answered or simply recharge your lives with free WiFi, tips on saving time & money, and freshly-brewed Peet’s Coffee®.

I was in Boston for the day and while there I happened to find this Café and bank store like, I stopped in briefly and saw that they carried Peet’s Coffee and Tea items and I quickly took several photos of the shop and made a quick exit. It was later that I found that they are part of Capital One 360®, bank with a café.  All of their Boston Cafés serve Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s full beverage line. Visit them at http://www.peets.com/stores.html

K-cup packs Peets Coffee and Tea shop

Chai Latte and other teas Peets Coffee and Tea shop

Peets Coffee and Tea shop Boston MA

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Oh My Gosh Antiques

http://www.antiquemalls.com/stores/18115.aspx

I don’t frequent Oh My Gosh Antiques as I have done in recent past but when I am there, I continue to find some unusual teapots to share with viewers. I hope this is to everyone’s liking.

littlest teapot wine cork seen at oh my gosh antiques        Lee six sided Asian motif teapot at Oh My Gosh Antiques         She's got curve said the owl and panda to the kitten Oh My Gosh Antiques

window frame of antiques salon chandelier print oh my gosh antiquesappleblossom tea bank teapot oh my gosh antiques

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A tea invite:

Jolie Tea Co.  http://www.istheteainyou.com/

Jolie Tea Co. would like for you to join them at their Friday Tea at Jolie:

Join us for our Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Friday, December, 5th, from 3pm – 4pm.  Tea and sweets will be enjoyed!

sugar plum tea fairie at Friday Jolie Tea Co

Take home a swag bag with a Sugar Plum Fairy tea sample, Dolfin Chocolate, and new Wedgwood tea!

See you then!

Jolie Tea Company

26 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01982

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Boil and Trouble (you live, you learn, you burn a few pots. Is that so bad? Asked Victoria Redel) I may have shared this article that I found in the Oprah Magazine, I stumbled upon it again and I am making mention, if twice then fine. We’ve all been there and done it, surely!

Boil And Trouble teapot of Forgiveness article Oprah Magazine

“How many saucepans and teapots have I forgotten on the stove over the years? How many burnt kettles have I returned to, finding their plastic handles melted, nightmarishly deformed? I’ve bought trilling kettles, chirping kettles, kettles that screech. And yet, lost in work or email, I forget about that cup of tea I wanted until an acrid smell returns me to the kitchen. I’ve instituted systems of punishment: Once I told myself I wasn’t allowed to buy a replacement kettle, then got desperate enough to use a soup pot to heat up water for tea. I let that burn too.”

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Tea with Ainee, enjoyed a cup of tea while contemplatively examining of this life which had led me here, at all cost. I implore all, to keep the warmth alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Website:

http://www.twinings.co.uk/  http://www.numitea.com/  http://www.istheteainyou.com/

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Tea with Ainee’s visit to Paradise City Fairs of Fine and Functional Arts Paradise City Marlborough, MA

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Teatime with ainee attended the Paradise City Fairs and found several ceramic teapots worth mentioning.

“The importance of keeping things in perspective. How to go about altering your way of looking at the world so that you can see it in the way that an effective/achieving person might? Do so by ceaselessly committing yourself to the notion of putting things in perspective.”–

Brooklyn Bridge photo by Andrew Sovjani

Paradise City Fairs : www.paradisecityarts.com/

I attended another of the Paradise City Fairs, this time it took place in Marlborough, MA at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.

The artists and craftsmen offered audiences a spectacular show with some fine examples of works in studio furniture, art glass, large-scale sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and painting.

I did view some teapots and mugs which I wanted to present here.

Ceramic Teapot seemingly with black etching like by Tim Christensen

Ceramic Teapot black etching like by Tim Christensen at paradise city Marlborough MA

 Pots at ParadiseCity

Pots at paradise city Marlborough MA

Jasmine Tea Tin

Jasmine Tea Tin made into art longer life at paradise city Marlborough MA

 Ceramic Teapots by Takashi Ichihara

ceramic teapots ducky like by Takashi Ichihara at paradise city Marlborough MA

Large Glaze Ceramic Teapot viewed at ParadiseCity

ceramic teapot at paradise city Marlborough MA

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 Books with Tea mention:

Some reads have also led me here in wanting to share of tea mentioning:

Ghosts, Beasts and Things that go bump in the Night edited by Kit Duane

Ghosts Beasts and things that goes bump in the night edit by Kit Duane

This book was found at my town’s library on shelves where they are offering books for free. It is a compilation of tingling tales to tell in the dark while camping or at camp ground etc. I perused and read some of the tales and when I read this last short read, I found a tea mention.

“The Faceless Thing” Ed D. Hoch

“Come up to my house, if you want. I can make you a bit of tea.”

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 The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

“I am alright, Thank you. A cup of strong, hot tea is all I need.”

“Face to face with the devil,” as flyaway hair had remarked. Yet as far as Poirot  could see, there was no such sight for Jennie to behold, only the square room with its tables, chairs, wooden hat and coat stand in the corner, and its crooked bearing the weight of many teapots of different colors, patterns and sizes.”

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 Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight by Will Clower, PhD

Eat Chocolate Lose Weight by Will Clower, PhD

This book’s premise is to eat more chocolate and to lose weight because of this. One feels fuller and does not eat more throughout the day.

The only time when tea was mention is to have this as snack: Tea or Coffee. I realized that were it a tea cookbook it would have perhaps mentioned cooking with chocolate in the same manner and made tea more of the focused recipe.

The book emphasized that chocolate is not ‘candy’ but it is to be seen and used as an ingredient. We are to note that there are dimension of sensual eating that is to be found in chocolate.

  1. Early flavors when eating chocolate—there is sweetness—then underlying flavors like floral component; light orange flower note—fruity taste, plum and raisin.
  2. mid-layer is combine nuttiness, fruit, floral and spices
  3. Late flavors account for the bitter receptors and that many bitter foods are excellent for our health.

The book contained many recipes to try and tantalize the taste bud; seemingly is the Classic Chocolate Pudding, the Hot Cocoa Soufflé, Rich-n-Nutty Brownies, Deconstructed Guacamole Omelet, Cocoa Rubbed Rib Eye with Bacon –Bourbon Sauce and this last one is quite a please with lovers of fish: Cocoa with Jamaican Fish.

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate (total time: 15 minutes and makes 2 servings)

Today we typically drink chocolate with some form of dairy. However, this is not the way the originators of chocolate and cocoa drinks did it. The ancient Mesoamericans drank their cocoa as frothy “bitter water.” You can put cocoa in plain water and froth it, but it’s tastier to use flavorful tea, such as Earl Grey.

Ingredients:

2 cups water

2 tablespoons of Earl Grey tea leaves

5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the tea leaves and let them steep for 3-5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and brown sugar together. Add to the tea.

Whisk everything together until the cocoa is completely incorporated. Enjoy!

& remember that:

With chocolate base recipes note that Chocolate is not candy. Repeat: “Chocolate is not candy.” I take this to mean that it is an ingredient to be used sparingly while indulging in creating some wonderful meals.

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 Superfood Smoothies by Jason Manheim

Superfood book Juices Smoothies n Drinks by Jason Manheim

Juices, smoothies & drinks; advice & recipes to lose weight, prevent illness, and improve your emotional and physical health. The benefit of Superfood green juicing/smoothies are for nutritional boost, energy boost, cost effectiveness and those with sensitive stomachs will benefit as well for the juicing are easier on the digestive system.

Some tea recipes from this book include the following:

Cucumber Tea from superfood book by Jason Manheim

Cucumber Tea (makes two 18-oz servings)

1 tsp matcha tea

3-4 slices cucumber

2 slices lemon

2 cups water warm

Ice

Hydration is the most important part of cleanses: in general, hydration helps you live cleaner day to day. What you use to ensure regular fluid replenishment will absolutely make a difference in your detox. Matcha green tea as a natural laxative helps to push toxins out of your system. Cucumbers, being 95 percent water, are optimal for fluid replenishment.

Brew matcha tea. Add ice. Pour in juiced cucumbers and lemon and stir.

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La Green Tea (Makes one 12 oz serving)

½ cup green tea (chilled)

½ cup orange juice

½ cup pomegranate juice

Squirt of lemon

This is a spa day antioxidant powerhouse in a glass. Green tea, pomegranate, and lemon work together to fight cell degeneration, slow the aging process, and promote healthy vibrant skin. Feeling so good on the inside never looked so good on the outside.

Juice pomegranate separately, juice the orange and lemon together, and mix tea and water in a separate glass. In a tall glass over ice, pour in pomegranate juice first, followed by the orange juice very slowly, and finally, the green tea.

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Matcha recipe Hello World from Superfood wi Jason Manheim

Hello World (makes two 16 oz servings)

1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries

2 big handfuls of organic greens (whatever that you have on hand)

1 small banana

½ avocado

1 tsp Matcha

1 cup water

1 cup almond rice

1 cup organic raw whole milk

This is the perfect introduction to the language of green drinks. A quick look at the source code of this drink and you’ll be surprised that its creamy blueberry goodness delivers such a great flavor and nutrition. The energy surge will have you coding “Hello World” every morning.

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Superfoods Smoothies by Julie Morris

This is another smoothie book filled with good for you recipes and I found of some that are made with tea.

Green Tea Goji

Tea and goji berries are almost synonymous in China, where Goji grows indigenously. It makes sense that they easily come together in this smoothie, which reminds me of green tea ice cream.  If you can’t find it, Matcha powder finely mulled makes a healthy and flavorful addition to this smoothie.

Recipe makes 2 -16 ounces

¼ cup raw cashews

1 frozen banana

3 tablespoon dried Goji berries

½ cup apple juice

1 cup of prepared green tea

Chilled

1 cup ice

Sweetener to taste

Blend together al ingredient, except the ice, until smooth. Add the ice and blend once more until frothy. Taste and sweetened if desired.

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Green Tea Pear (Makes 2 -16 ounce servings)

Between the metabolism-boosting green tea and the filling-yet-low calorie chia gel, this smoothie healthfully assists with weight loss in a refreshing way. It’s also the least heavy and lowest calorie recipe in the book.

Recipe:

3 cups chopped very ripe pear

½ cups green tea, chilled

1 cup chia gel

1 teaspoon wheat grass powder sweetener to taste

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, taste and sweeten as desired.

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Tea with Ainee continues to be pleasantly surprised in finding that most books contain some tea mention. It is an experience that can be shared by all; in that tea is a universal language. When I am least expecting of it, I find some persons partaking in the experience of simply having or fixing a cup of tea.

seeming like a teapot but more like an urn Paradise City Fairs in Marlborough MA

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee and some good reading of mysteries, at times a haunting read.

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Some good reading of mysteries; the likes of Gabriel’s Clock, Witches Bane, Coriander, and My Berlin Kitchen…to naming of a few.

Teatime with ainee N reading of several mystery books and of tea mention…

Adopt the Pace of Nature: Her Secret is Patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Tea readers who frequent of Tea with Ainee may at times find me doing more reading than they may want to hear of. I hope readers don’t tire for the tea happening that I encounter; and I am always pleasantly surprised, and I enjoy making mention of them in this blog.

Herb and Spices and tea shop window's display with teapot

suggested reading:

Gabriel’s Clock by Hilton Pashley is an e-book that I obtained from a library’s suggested E-reads.

Gabriel's Clock by Hilton Pashley bookcover

The town is Hobbes End, created by the fallen God Gabriel, as his wings soak the Earth when he landed from his fall. His powers grew weaker as the town continues to develop and have civilization; town dwellers.

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Tea mentioning:

“Savantha nodded, and Gabriel swiftly returned with a steaming mug of tea.”

“Take a seat and I’ll put the kettle on. Ignatius will be through in a bit; he’s just writing in his journal”

“Gabriel smiled and nodded, watching Grimm as he went about one of is favorite activities: making tea.”

“Probably a good idea” said Edgar. “I have a feeling that the who ever he is, he’s in for an interesting stay. “Right, then, a cup of tea.”

“Right”, said Grimm.” I am going to get you a mug of tea first.”

“Is that tea for me asked Jonathan— “Oh, yes,” said Ignatius. “Have a sip, it’ll make you feel much better.”

“Now I have heard everything, more tea anyone?”

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What is interesting with this new experience for me is that I am reading E-books on my Nook that was given to me as a birthday present. So I am learning some new skills and it was while reading of this book that I discover that one could highlight of text and find out how many mention for a particular word, like ‘tea’ for example and the reader will give you rows and upon rows of mentioning of ‘tea’; this experience dispels all that I had been doing with having to spot of tea happenings.

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Deadline by John Sandford

Tea mentioning:

“She came to the door carrying a cup of herbal tea.”

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Coriander by Sally Gardner

Coriander by Sally Gardner

Tea mentioning:

“My mother came into the room with a bunch of herbs.”

“The heat outside. The heat in the room. The heat in my body. So much heat that it was hard to breathe. I was propped up in bed and given bitter tea to drink…”

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My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weis

Tea mentioning:

“Berlin on the same latitude as Labrados s a cold, dark place in winter. The sky is cloaked in clouds for days on end, and day light seeps through weakly for only a few hours a day. Winter can be unrelenting in Berlin. Anyhow, if you manage to get through it, paddling yourself with enough cookies and hot tea, cozy cashmere throws, and sheepskin-lined boots and taking brisk walks up Berlin’s mountain, the man-made teufelsberg, while a desolate wind whistles around your ears, you will be richly rewarded.”

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This book contained many recipes as the narrator cooks her way around four countries. She describes her life as having “grown up all mish mashed like I have with an American passport, an Italian citizenship and a birth certificate issued in West Berlin, it might take you a little longer than usual to figure out your place in the world. You’re this strange little hybrid of a person, easily adaptable, fluent in my languages, an outsider every where. It’s the perfect background for becoming a spy, really though much to my chagrin the CIA has never approached me.”

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Some recipes that I found worth mentioning from My Berlin Kitchen are: Elder flower syrup, a recipe that makes two 1-litter bottles…this calls for gathering 20-25 large Elderflower sprays, 3 or 4 organic lemons washed and sliced paper thin with the seeds removed; 3 ½ tablespoon of citric acid; 3 pounds plus 6 ounces of sugar. ; and the Gooseberry Cream cake which is an 8 inches round layer cake; and this Spice Plum Butter is another sweeter than sweet concoction that I took delight in.

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Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick

Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick

Many books have been written about Chanel. This book does an exemplary submittal into her life and work. What I am noting are the things that I did not know about her from previous reading. The chapter titled: Grand Duke Dmitry gives some insight into Chanel’s soul and persona that I had not come across before.

“When I realized that my business had a life, my life, and a face, my face, a voice, my own and when I realized that my work loved me, obeyed me, and responded to me, I gave myself over to it completely and I have since then no greater love.”  Essentially, Chanel would marry her only faithful partner: Work. Chanel remained more driven than ever by other desires; for nature, for influence, and for a place in the broad sweep of history.

History fascinated her as this was a way to reinvent—for she sought a role in an abstracted, impersonal narrative, and history indeed did open its arm to her. Through her connection with Dmitry—Grand Duke, she grew acquainted with Russian Expatriate Community of Paris –the Aristocracy exiled by the Bolshevik Revolution with which she would develop deep artistic ties.

Chanel was always impressed by money and titles because she was ashamed of her roots. Instead of being proud of where she came from, she tried fiercely to hide her origin.  Chanel diabled in the occult as she was drawn to Christian Mysticism, she even invented her own talismans of power by designing details that mimicked royal insignia or military medals and were intended to convey the transformative aura of social privilege.

With all the wealth she possesses; she still hunger to be more. She tried her hand at being a writer; a poet and gave the world some good lines:

“Lie if you must, but never in detail or to yourself.”

“True generosity is to accept in gratitude.”

“Elegance is not the opposite of poverty. It is the opposite of vulgarity and negligence.”

“He who knows weakness is truly stronger than he who blindly believes in force.”

“An opinion is a strickly personal sentiment to which we grant the importance of a universal truth.”

I have tried to be both invisible and present.” Says all the more of this mystic known to the world as Chanel. Her employees say this of her; they see it as a vocation; “You’ve got to feel it in your gut. “Chanel is a religion.” Said an Executive… “You are inside it or you are not. It’s a spritit.”

Gabrielle Chanel (1863- 971) –Boix de Vaux Cemetery; Lausanne Switzerland

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Tea mentioning:

“On December 16, 1916, Felix Dmitri and a group of confederates attempted to kill Rasputin by feeding him “tea cakes” with cyanide.”

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The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Tea mentioning:

“I am all right, thank you. A cup of strong, hot tea is all I need.”

“Face to face with the devil,” as flyaway hair has remarked. Yet as far as Poirot could see, there was no such sight for Jennie to behold, only the square room with its tables, chairs, wooden hat and coat stash in the corner, and its crooked bearing the weight of many teapots of different colors, pattern and sizes.”

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Tea purchases previously

Zhena's Slim Mate Cranberry Ginger Tea sold at Vitamin World Zhena's Slim Mate tea display at Vitamin World Solomon Pond

Zeena’s Slim Me Cranberry Ginger is made of Green Coffee Bean Extract, African Mango Seed, Raspberry Ketone, Green Tea, and Garcinia. All that I can say is that I enjoy this tea immensely. I have several of the individual round tea bags warp in a sandwich bag and I add them to the bottle of water that I have with me daily and I simply sip of this tea and it eases all my troubles away. I purchased this tea at a Vitamin World for a a few dollars, they had a sale and I am sorry to not have purchased what was left.

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Lemon grass Fever Grass tea Latin Carribean Grocers in Cambridge MA

Lemon Grass (Fever Grass) by Caribbean Dreams whose motto is “not only taste good, it’s good for you.”

I purchase of this tea at a Carribean grocery market store near where I visit to get my hair done. I went in one day after my appointment to purchase some gum and found that they had teas as well. I like Lemon Grass as it tends to be similar to Chamomile Tea but not as nice as a hot cup of Chamomile. Anyhow, this tea is made with 100% Lemon Grass and one is instructed to use one bag per tea cup; simply pour in boiling water and steep for 3-4 minutes. Add a touch of honey or sugar if desired. I did not add anything but the water to the tea bag. I had it nicely hot and it brewed to a light yellow color; on the pale side of things with hints of grass…fevering even.

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“““““““““““““““““`Tea with Ainee enjoyed several cups of tea while perusing of these tea findings and mentioning.  I am happy to say that tea continues to have that strange influence over my mood; a strangeness in power; in that it can change the way I see of things, changing it for the better, so that I can have hope where there may have not been any before. Because without tea, I would give up, residing only in discouragement and despair which at times I feel it so over whelming-ly so. Anyhow, it is becoming serendipitous by nature or habitual it seems like. If stopping here for a visit, imploring of all, to keep the warmth alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee viewing of teapots, teacups at Wayside Antiques and White Dog Gallery of West Boylston, MA

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Teatime with ainee ventured to West Boylston to visit some gallery of photography and this antique shop by the wayside of the road.

Shelves of teapots and teacup dinig area of White Dog Gallery Fine Art Gifts Tea and Cards

 For all the many teapots and teacups viewed on this day; poetry suits them well:

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you’ll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.–– Anonymous

three teapots at Wayside Antiques tan pink and blue florals teapot at Wayside Antiques owl teapot at Wayside Antiques miniatures in teapots teacups in display case at Wayside Antiques Vermont Miniature teapot teacup set at Wayside Antiques shelf of teapot and tea cups at White Dog Gallery Fine Art Gifts Tea and Cards

three teapots at Wayside Antiques white floral and a light blue print teapot three at Wayside Antiques blue floral teapot printed red dots at Wayside Antiques black teakettle at Wayside Antiques

table with teapots plates and wall photos at Wayside Antiques

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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