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…

Holiday Gifts for Tea Lovers

Tea Forte ranks high on my list of attractive packaging and tasty tea for gift giving. This season is no exception. Their line of “Warming Joy” (packaged in sleek ice blue & grey with a snow flake motif) includes creative options starting at $6. Choose from the mini pyramid set, the collectors tin or ribbon…

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…

Tea in BC

A recent stop in Victoria, BC with tea bud, Holly, confirmed that Murchie’s is still THE place to go for tea. A warm buzzing welcoming environment (especially appreciated with the torrential rain that day), friendly staff and scrumptious cafe menu all combine to make it a must for travelers. And I haven’t even gotten to…