When we were little mum would let us put up to 4 tsp of sugar in our mugs of tea and that's what we did when she watched. The syrupy sweet mug of PG tips or Typhoo gave way to the unsweetened, milky endless mugs of PG tips or Typhoo that helped keep the damp, Welsh weather at bay and helped cram for…

Read more |    Jun 15, 2010

It's officially summer and unsuitable for human habitation in Vero Beach today. 92 oF but feels like 107 oF so here we are sitting at  Tea and Chi's "big table" and doing the British thing; drinking milky, hot black tea and complaining about the weather. What's the British thing with drinking hot tea…

Read more |    Jun 07, 2010

The chaos of season in Vero Beach not being enough, sometime over the holidays we decided we needed to rescue our third Border Collie. Don't laugh. The rational went like this: Shade, our oldest rescue collie will be 15 this summer. Kamir, our younger collie will be four. Shade can no longer keep…

Read more |    Mar 18, 2010

One of our regulars has a habit of referring to anything I cook that he likes as "This is not too terrible". The rest of the Tea and Chi crew has adopted this form of complementing and now refers to everything I cook that they like in the same way. This week though we hired Clint and he's not caught…

Read more |    Mar 11, 2010

The long event week is over and I am looking forward to just the regular type chaos that is "season" in Vero Beach. Now we re looking forward to the "Have a Heart for Haiti" yoga event this Saturday and Shelley Adelle's 3rd and 4th chakra workshop on Sunday. We are testing, tasting and reworking our…

Read more |    Feb 24, 2010

OK. I'll admit it. February is kicking my behind! The 5th was our "All things matcha" tasting. The 6th was our Saturday in the Park with Authors and Artists. The 8th was our Tea and Chocolate tasting. The 10th was the 14th Ave Gallery Walk (we served our food at Tiger Lily) and, at the same time Elizabeth…

Read more |    Feb 15, 2010

What follows are my notes on the latest samples of top grade oolong teas, accompanied by pricing per ounce. Although detailed info on what makes oolongs oolongs will come later, I wanted to mention that these particular teas are very, very limited production, exquisitely hand crafted teas and they ordinarily…

Read more |    Jan 31, 2010

Some people talk about remembering where they were when Kennedy was shot, when Elvis died or when they met someone special. I remember where I was the first time I tasted "that" kind of tea. Mum was British and we grew up on milky Tetley tea. Seven years ago when we decided that we would trade our life…

Read more |    Jan 30, 2010

It's a Monday and I never could get the hang of Mondays. Perhaps it's the break in the routine but Mondays just always seem a bit frantic. Maybe it's that everyone, wholesale and retail customers alike run out of tea over the weekend and show up in a panic on Monday. More likely it is just that despite…

Read more |    Jan 25, 2010

I've already updated my blog once today and this has nothing to do with tea but I just had to share! I left Tea and Chi (thank you Randy and Jaci) just before 1 pm today to go pick up my friends Stephanie and Nancy. We were to meet at my friends' Carmelo and Melinda's house for lunch and to see his…

Read more |    Jan 22, 2010

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