Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Tea

"Tuesday Tea" is something I enjoy being silly about with my friends. Every Tuesday, I had decided, was a holiday to celebrate how wonderful tea is. It felt appropriate to blog about it as it happens to be today!

To partake in this glorious affair a few tea essentials are necessary:

• Tea kettle (microwaves devalue the whole tea experience)
A cute tea cup (a feeling of specialness is important)
Loose leaf tea (NO Tea bags, "full capacity specialness" isn't reached)
(optional) Tea enhancing items (No need to be a "purist" )


Just being silly when I said "no tea bags". It really is just a matter of personal choice (very useful when your are in a rush out the door!). There are even little disposable pouches for your loose leaf enjoyment. That being said, a choice in your tea strainer is very important. I found that the tea ball infusers, circular or heart shaped (seen in the Right photo), tend to not hold very well. At least the one's that I had purchased in the past have never lasted too long and were not fun to clean out.

For comfort, an open strainer has had great tea enjoyment success. Easy to clean, never have to worry about loose tea leaf falling out, and it sits on your cup in a very cute way (+bonus styling points). Make sure to check if it is stainless steel (longevity saves you).

Today, I enjoyed a lovely tea by Hina's called White Pearl of Fujian. It's fun to support your local shops and this is a wonderful place to stop in (Thank you Susan for finding it!). They have an entire wall just lined with assortment of loose leaf teas for you to choose from. You can smell all the different teas that they have found and are packaged well.

The advantage to loose leaf tea is that you can control how much you use allowing you to choose how strong your tea will be and (+bonus) controlling how long your tea last.

I have a few different selections from Hina's and it has lasted me more then 6 months making tea an afforadable and money effecient investment.

Today's mixture:
White Pearl of Fujian + Spoonful of raw honey + Milk
= Hmmm Yummy!


  1. Oh I loved this post! <3 I had some tea this evening, actually. :)
    But maybe now I will have to go make some more.
    I would love to have a tea party with you Missa!
    Please keep up these enchanting posts--- especially with the bonus points! hee hee
    *flutters off to the kitchen*

  2. Vani! We should plan a costume tea party where everyone must bring an elegant teacup.

  3. I love stalking.. erm visiting blogs. Followed you from your DA journal! I love your drawings and your blog is very nice so far!

    Sounds like you're a tea lover! I don't often drink tea (I shouldn't drink it often actually) but lately some of my relatives and me have been a bit obsessed with herbal teas, I love them!

    Hope to see more posts soon~

  4. Hello Yaling!, happy you found your way to my blog! Nothing like the sweet scent of herbal teas to make you feel good.

    More post in the works as we speak! Next one contains a progress piece of a CD Cover I am working on ::wink::

  5. Oh my! You enjoy the open strainer as well? I found it necessary when I began spicing my black tea like faux chai masala. I have two favorite tea cups, one floral bright yellow and the other maroon, with a turqoise kettle. I should enjoy my tea on Tuesday next week to commemorate your new website along with fabulous tea. :D

  6. Hello Briana, I doooo! Rather recent purchase and I am so glad to have finally switched.

    Your tea cups sound so lovely and I would love to know how you enjoy your tea as well. Thank you for your comment and your kind words. Happy to make another tea-loving friend.

  7. Ditto. Tea-lovers are hard to come by, at least the kind with like four fancy teapots, who celebrate "high tea" on Sunday afternoons, or for whom a trip to the tea shop is an adventure. My friend with those qualities went off to the big city and so now I enjoy tea in solitude.

    I usually have it with honey and cream, but I found for Strawberry tea (highly recommended) sugar works better as a sweetener. I used to have tea to celebrate particularly spectacular sunrises, but now any excuse is a good one. Thanks for asking, and I'll be looking forward to more tea-art related posts when you are so inclined. :)