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…

Demmers Teehaus and Beyond

Time once again for a nostalgic nod to Vienna. Hard to believe it’s been 15 years this month since tea bud, Diane, and I visited the golden city of Prague and its elegant counterpart, Vienna. This year, I toast the memories using newly acquired Julius Meinl cups filled with a brew of Monk’s Tea from…

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 Vienna Coffee Company in Lynnwood, WA. What, might you ask, does coffee have to do with tea? In this case,…

Tea in BC 2017

It had been almost four years since I last sipped my way through Victoria, BC and I was eager to return. My visit there seven weeks ago didn’t disappoint. Murchie’s, of course, was my first stop. Offering one of the best examples of a modern tea salon steeped in history, an exquisite pastry and pot of Jasmine…