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…

Lavender Brewing Magic

Whether you are sipping or soaking, summer is the perfect time to remember the amazing properties of lavender. Universally regarded as one of the most healing of all herbs, lavender calms the nervous system and reduces mental stress. For tea drinkers, it’s often paired with chamomile or rose in herbal blends and also lends itself…

Fun Way to Color Eggs

Looking for a fresh and fun way to color your Easter eggs? Try using tea. I selected a half dozen types of bagged tea that I thought would make for interesting colors. Raspberry, chamomile, green, peppermint, etc., and put each bag into a mug. I filled each mug with enough boiling water to cover an…

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…