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…

Vienna Revisted

I’ve written several times about my fond memories of tea in Vienna with subsequent tributes to the cafes and teas I discovered there. Who knew I’d be able to revisit the experience in WA? Enter the┬áVienna Coffee Company in Lynnwood, WA. What, might you ask, does coffee have to do with tea? In this case,…

A First in Tea Brewing!

A spider crawled out of my teapot this morning. We’re talking a BIG spider. I had the leaves in the pot and when I poured in the hot water, out he came. From the spout! I’ve heard of tempest in a teapot, Spider Leg tea and the Itsy Bitsy Spider … but this was a…

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….