Tea in Europe – Utrecht

30 minutes via train from Amsterdam, Utrecht feels a world away from all the hustle and bustle. Our one day/one night visit allowed for just a peek at its medieval magic but it became our favorite destination for charm, food and value. Green tea was offered at every cafe and restaurant in various loose leaf…

Tea in Europe – Amsterdam

Four months ago my daughter and fellow tea bud, Holly, and I embarked on a whirlwind trip to Europe. Our 12 night, 3 country, 4 city, travel by train adventure included Amsterdam, Utrecht, Bruges and Paris. It was exhilarating and exhausting. There were standouts and let downs. Most of all, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience…

Tea Crush

Happy National Hot Tea Month! This seemed the perfect time to confess – I have a new tea crush. Nothing will ever replace my love of an exquisite jasmine brew, but this blend from Steve Smith comes surprisingly close to being on par.  Preserve is a masterful mix of Spring harvested green from China, lemon…

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…