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…

Green Tea Powder is a Pleasure

I have a new Best Friend. As in Best Friend Sencha Green Tea Powder by Sei Mee Tea. A healthy blend of organic Sencha green tea and mango powder that wisks into a beautiful, smooth and pleasing brew. Sei Mee Tea out of Enterprise, OR does a nice job of matching ingredients to ensure blends…

Tea Treasures at Jasmine Pearl

There’s nothing like tea tasting to welcome Spring. (Okay – any season works.) Yesterday I ventured to NE PDX with Tea Bud, Ann, to explore the new retail/tasting room for Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants. What fun! The store is tastefully designed with a bow to Zen decor and offers a thoughtful selection of merchandise including teaware by local artisans….

Matcha Matcha Man

 Or in this case, woman. I fell in love with matcha at a Japanese tea ceremony almost 20 years ago as a guest of  Wakai Dokokai. The tea explosion of recent years has brought matcha to the grocery store shelves … for better or worse. If you have a chance to experience the serenity of…