Monday, February 28, 2011

The 2010 ITM "Best Of" Tea Event

The weatherman predicted rain, but it was blue skies that greeted my guests for An International Tea Moment's Best of 2010 Tea Event! And indoors, trays of 10 award-winning teas were offered in a tea tasting. Ballots were cast, and the Fan Favorite was announced.

I do enjoy a good tea party, and this one was just what the doctor ordered. Fun, happy, intelligent, accomplished women gathered together for a couple hours of conversation, laughter, and tea.  And one of the great joys was introducing them all to these tea secrets that I long to shout from the rooftops. So much variety, something for everyone. Whether you drink tea everyday, or just like a cup from time to time, these teas are special and accessible. I think my guests agreed.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I don't know how many words a YouTube video is, but here is my humble and first-time attempt to express myself and a wonderful tea moment in this medium.

Congratulations to DAVIDsTEA! Toasted Walnut was hands down the Fan Favorite of the Event, receiving votes nearly double its closest competition.

As a reminder of all the 2010 winners:
Best of 2010 Black Tea

Best of 2010 Black Tea Blend

Best of 2010 Chinese Green Tea

Best of 2010 Japanese Green Tea

Best of 2010 Green Tea Blend

Best of 2010 White Tea

Best of 2010 White Tea Blend

Best of 2010 Oolong

Best of 2010 Herbal Infusion
Best of 2010 Executive Choice

Best of 2010 Tea Venue

Another year, another successful tea event. Thanks to all my lovely guests. Enjoy your tea schwag! I look forward to hearing about the tea moments you enjoy as a result!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Tea Schwag Moment

It may not look pretty here, but to me this is the most beautiful mess in the world. From all corners of the U.S.A, from Japan, and from Canada... The schwag has arrived, and I can hardly wait to assemble the bags. Yes, I enjoy tea. But I absolutely love sharing my discoveries with other people. I CAN'T WAIT FOR SATURDAY!!!

I was at MOPS last night (and if you're not a mother of a pre-schooler, this probably means nothing to you,) and while the conversation mostly revolved around those topics that consume our current lives - potty training, sippy cups, tantrums, and the analysis of all manner of bodily functions - the topic of tea did come up. Some of these gals enjoyed tea from time to time, and had never had the time or inclination to explore many different kinds. But they knew in general what they liked. Black tea. Green tea. Herbal tea.

As I listened to them talk, my mind reeled with the smorgasbord of black teas I'd like to introduce to this one, the myriad green varieties I'd like to share with this one, the palate-pleasing-plethora-of-perfectly-steeped herbals I'd like to offer this one...

This is what the tea event, any tea event, is all about. An introduction to new flavors and indulgences. All legal, all subtle, but all luxurious. And I don't know about you, but I could use of dose of luxury every now and again. Can't wait to share stories and photos of An International Tea Moment's Best of 2010 Tea Luncheon!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Josephine Chez Dumonet Mystery Moment

It was very interesting to read an article in the Orange County Register, yesterday, "When in Paris, Dine Like a Parisian." In particular, I was intrigued by their recommendation of stopping in at Josephine Chez Dumonet and the description of their meal.

Pigeon, Beef Bourgingnon, and the Souffle. Delicious. And yet so familiar...

I know I absolutely flatter myself in even flirting with the notion that this writer may have gotten the idea from this Orange County Housewife, but in any case, whether you take it from my "French Bistro Moment" or the Orange County Register I have to wholeheartedly agree!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Vicarious French Tea Moment

A little over a year ago, Gene and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary by taking a quick trip to Paris. Among the many treasured moments we shared there, one that stands out so beautifully is our visit to the famed tea purveyors, Mariages Freres.

It just so happens that our friend, Thomas, was on business in Cannes recently (I know, rough life!) and had to pass a tea shop daily, Les Thes Duval, that just so happened to carry Mariages Freres tea. Is there anything better than a French sidewalk cafe? And a French sidewalk cafe that specializes in tea! Happy, happy thought!

He remembered how much I had enjoyed their tea in Paris, so he dropped me an email asking if there was anything he could pick up for us. While they did not have the "Duke of Wellington" blend, of which I had just run out, Les Thes Duval did recommend another strong Breakfast Blend by the name of "Kaiser." And yes, it is just as in-your-face as the name implies. Perfect for a morning eye-opener.

Walls of tea... They just make me so happy. Would it be strange if I constructed a wall of tea in my new house? 
So, with a package of tea arriving in the mail and a delivery of photos in my inbox, I was able to enjoy a vacarious French Tea Moment from the comfort of home. C'est tres bien. Merci, Thomas!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A TeaMuse Moment

The February issue of the TeaMuse newsletter is out, and in it is an article about tea blogging written by Amy Charland, author of the tea blog, A Girl With Tea. I'm thrilled that An International Tea Moment was included in the article, "Tea Blogging: A History." Check it out!