Tea in a Japanese Garden

As in the award winning  Portland Japanese Garden. The only thing better than sipping on serene Sencha is doing it in a tranquil setting. The Umami Cafe, part of a new expansion, provides just that. The glass walls of this intimate room give the feeling of floating amongst the trees. Staff does a nice job of…

Tea in BC 2017

It had been almost four years since I last sipped my way through Victoria, BC and I was eager to return. My visit there seven weeks ago didn’t disappoint. Murchie’s, of course, was my first stop. Offering¬†one of the best examples of a modern tea salon steeped in history, an exquisite¬†pastry and pot of Jasmine…

Tea Morrocan Style in Portland

Amidst the buzz of urban development, it’s nice to find a place that encourages people to slowly sip and savor. Housed in a modern glass tower in the PDX Pearl District, Ovation Coffee & Tea provides a surprising departure from a frantic world. Enjoy authentic Moroccan teas brewed to order with fresh (not dried) leaves….

Tea Room Discovery in Victoria

Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery isn’t a name that you’d expect to find in a Chinatown…but that’s what adds to the fun. This final stop in a rain drenched Victoria, BC last fall was a delightful discovery. The space was light and bright and managed to feel cozy despite its cavernous size and…