Friday, August 31, 2012

Organic Ceylon in my Cup Today

Today I am drinking organic Whole World Vintage Ceylon Tea,
Thotulagalla Tea Estate Ceylon Black Tea O.P.
I purchased at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada
when we visited this summer.  
This is one of several Whole World Teas on the hotel's  menu. 
This is a very smooth whole leaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe
prepared in my 2-cup Chatsford Brown Betty teapot
for my morning cuppa.

I steeped this Ceylon for three minutes

This organic tea, grown at the Thotulagalla Tea Estate in the Uva Province Sri Lanka is
packaged and sold by Whole World Trade in Toronto, Ontario.
What tea are you drinking today?   

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August Tea at Greentree Tearoom

 Mary and I met in Lexington at Greentree Tearoom
for lunch tea today. 
The first course was Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
 followed by Asiago Scones served with Herbed Cream Cheese
and Green Tomato Chutney
 The entree was a Baked Pear with Blue Cheese
 The last two courses are from the buffet table,
Tea Sandwiches:
Poppy Seed Egg Salad
Jeweled Pepper Cream Cheese
French Radish
And, Pasta Salad with fresh corn and tomatoes
A Ginger Chocolate Truffle
Strawberry Mini Cupcake
Key Lime Custard
Earl Grey tea was served. 
We chatted non-stop,
and very much enjoyed Greentree's lunch tea.  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tea Time Magazine Arrived

 The September/October issue of TeaTime Magazine arrived
in my mailbox on Saturday.  
That means time for me to enjoy a nice cup of tea while I retreat to
my favorite comfortable chair to read and relax.
 This issue highlights several San Diego area tea places,
including the Grand Del Mar where we enjoyed tea
last year.
There are several good recipes, beautiful table scape photos, and  
an excellent must-read article by Bruce Richardson,
 "Six Steps to Crafting a Balanced Afternoon Tea."

Friday, August 24, 2012

Kenilworth Ceylon in My Cup Today

What tea is in your teacup today?
I am drinking Kenilworth Ceylon from Harney and Sons.
According to Michael Harney's Guide to Tea book,
this is a medium-bodied middle-grown tea.
This tea is from the Kenilworth tea estate, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.
The twisted leaves are between 1/4 and 1 inch long.  No tips.
 The liquor is "rose brown".  The body is mellow, medium-bodied,
lighter than other teas from Sri Lanka or Assam.  
Did you know you can purchase small samples of various teas from several tea vendors
including online from Harney and Sons and Upton Tea Imports
The tea in the photo below is a sample-sized package.
Ordering sample packages is a great way to try different teas
without investing too much money. 

I agree with Michael Harney.
The tea is a beautiful rose brown color.

Again, I ask. What tea are you drinking today? 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Diana: A Celebration Coming to Louisville

 For ticket information: 
This post is for my local and "not-so-local" friends who might be interested in attending
the "Diana: A Celebration" exhibit at the
 Frazier History Museum in Louisville, KY.
I have seen this exhibit twice. 
The first time was at Althorp estate in England where
I met her brother, the Earl of Spencer.
The second time was several years ago at a museum in Dayton, Ohio.
We took our granddaughter KJ to that exhibit.  Oh how she loved seeing all the
beautiful evening gowns, the wedding gown and diamond tiaras!    
Proceeds from the exhibit benefit The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund,
which continues the princess' humanitarian work by supporting charities worldwide.
Since the exhibition opened at Althorp in 1998,
it has generated more than $2 million for the fund.
I recently spoke by phone with a lady at the museum who said due to the
interest anticipated for the exhibition, they recommend advance purchase of tickets.
My family is already planning our trip to Louisville,
including brunch at Lynn's Paradise Cafe and afternoon tea at Sister's Tea Parlor.
I just love traveling with GJ and AJ.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mock Clotted Cream Recipe

Mock Clotted Cream is one of my most requested recipes.
I have made several different, but  
this is one for which I've received a lot of comments and compliments,
therefore, I thought I would share it here. 

Mock Clotted Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
In a chilled bowl, combine the cream, Mascarpone, and sugar,
beating several minutes or until the mixture forms a thick smooth creamy texture. 
Refrigerate until ready to use.
(I use an electric hand mixer and chilled beaters)
Makes about 1 1/2 cups 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Steven Smith Tea

While visiting Portland, I purchased  this package of Steven Smith Teamaker tea.
I was disappointed I didn't have time to visit the tea shop,
but bringing this tea home was the next best thing.  
This is Lord Bergamot, Blend No.55, Smith's blend of Ceylon and Assam black teas
 with the addition of the essence of Bergamot.

I really like the convenience fo the individually wrapped full leaf sachets
for ease of brewing a mug of tea at home or while traveling.   

The biodegradable sachet allows for full leaf expansion for better flavor.
I am very impressed with the packaging and the amount of detailed
information on the package.
To see when and where a tea was harvested, blended and packed,
the consumer can go to and
 enter the batch number on the bottom of the package.
I will be visiting their website to order more tea soon!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tea at Fortnum and Mason

 I finally ordered the book Tea at Fortnum and Mason,
published in 2010.  I don't know why I delayed in ordering this
pretty tea book. 
Maybe I just needed a little nudge...
Phyllis and Sandy, brought me a tin of Fortnum and Mason Breakfast "stronger tea"
when they came to visit in the late spring.
The Breakfast blend is described as robust, malty and full-bodied.
According to the label: "A tippy blend of orthodox Assams selected for their leaf and liquor style.  The broken leaf gives a stonger brew, expecially persuasive in the morning when served with just a splash of milk."
It is, in my opinion and experience, a very typical strong English tea. 
And, definitely tea most English folks would drink with the addition of milk.
Just the way hubby GJ and son AJ take their tea! 
This summer has been one of no schedules, much travel, and lots of fun with the family.
School started here last week.
It was nice for me to be able to sit down again to a morning tea ritual with a cup of English tea
while looking through this little book.
Of course, the scones photo and recipe popped out at me. 
Anyone who knows me, knows I love authentic English Scones.  

Makes me want to go back to London and Fortnum and Mason
where our family enjoyed Cream Tea with these scones in 2008.
Just look at that real clotted cream! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Winner! picked #3 as the winner of Afternoon Tea by Jane Pettigrew 
Congratulations to  La Tea Dah at Gracious Hospitality.
Your book will be in the mail soon! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Afternoon Tea Book Giveaway

 For my August tea book giveaway,
I'm giving a copy of one of my favorite books. 
As you recall, each month this year, I have been giving a duplicate copy of a tea book
from my personal book shelf. 
This book is "Afternoon Tea"  by Jane Pettigrew, published in 2004.
 This lovely book explains the history of tea,
and the history of tea-drinking and tea parties. 
It contains beautiful photos and artwork, recipes, and more
This is a "must-have" for every tea lover's library.

To enter the drawing for Afternoon Tea by Jane Pettigrew,
please leave a comment by 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012.
I will post the winner's name here and contact the winner by email. 
Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if your email is not available
to me via your blog. 
To prevent spam, please leave your email in the following format:
lindalovestea at gmail dot com
I look forward to sending a lucky winner this beautiful little book.   

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scenes from London

The Olympics are over.
The good news is - sleep deprivation should end for
my friends who admitted they stayed up way too late watching TV. 
The sad news is most of us will miss the hoopla from across the Pond,
especially the sights and sounds from London. 
To help with my "London withdrawal" symptoms, I made my morning cuppa
in this beautiful LONDON design mug by Dunoon. 
I purchased this mug a few years ago at Harrod's.
Sipping my Harney and Son Queen Catherine,
a blend of three Chinese black teas,  from this pretty London mug "helps." 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kentucky Hot Brown at The Brown Hotel

One of the items on my "Bucket List" was to
eat an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown at
the Historic Brown Hotel in Louisville
in their lovely English Grill Restaurant.
A description of The Hot Brown from the menu.
I have eaten Hot Browns in various restaurants around the state
but, in my opinion, none of those compare to the Brown Hotel Hot Brown.
The turkey was thickly sliced roasted turkey. 
The cheese sauce was scrumptious.

The history of the Hot Brown, developed in the 1920's  and the recipe
are at this link.

The Historic Brown Hotel is a AAA four diamond rated hotel
 in downtown Louisville just a short drive from
Churchill Downs, the Fair and Expo Center and the airport.  

AJ and Princess KJ (the granddaughter) can
tell their children they ate the "real" Kentucky Hot Brown.
We are making many wonderful memories together!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sisters Tea Parlor — Buckner, KY

We enjoyed afternoon tea at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner, KY
near Louisville while we were in the area for an overnight. 
This Kentucky tea room has been on my "bucket list" for a couple of years.
Our server, Joyce, was one of the most knowledgeable servers
I have experienced about the selection of teas on the menu.
Each guest selected their own bottomless pot of tea
We ordered the"Friendship Tea", a full afternoon tea,
served on the three tier server.
Interesting coincidence having a tea with the same name as my blog!
Sandwiches and savories below included:
Cracked Black Pepper Biscuit w/Country Ham Salad
Princess Tea Sandwich (strawberry cream cheese filling)
Corn Souffle Square
Cucumber Crown
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich
A Cheddar Dill Savory Scone and
an Apple Pie Sweet Scone (served with Lemon Curd)
The Sweets were:
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cone Cake (not ice cream)
Strawberry Shortbread
"Lime in the Coconut Bar"
Louisiana Pecan Praline Ball
Ginger Snap
Chocolate Truffle
The menu is listed below
In addition to three dining rooms, Sisters Tea Parlor
has a Tea Bar
And, a very nice gift shop. 
Yes, we did shop for a few fun things.
Sisters Tea Parlor is very conveniently located at Butler, Ky
just off I-71 as you drive from Louisville toward Cincinnati. 
 In these photos: The three dining rooms.

We celebrated GJ's birthday at afternoon tea.
Sisters Tea Parlor provided a very nice tea experience for our family. 
Note:  Although this tea room is in Kentucky, it is about
2 hours drive from our home. 

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