Keeping up with the KeepCups

Keeping up with the KeepCups

Environmentally friendly, conscious, frantic: call it what you want, but it’s a key characteristic of 21st Century social behaviour. And now the tea world has its very own answer to recycling… The KeepCup. What is it? The first distinction has to be that it isn’t a flask. It’s a plastic reusable cup intended to eradicate … Continue reading

Teapigs Matcha Green Tea

Teapigs Matcha Green Tea

Why do I drink tea? I drink tea to warm me up, pep me up or calm me down. I drink tea to pass the time, stay a while or even just because I love the stuff. ‘Health’ and all its neurotic implications hadn’t entered the equation between tea and me… until a few weeks … Continue reading

Alex’s homemade truffles

Alex’s homemade truffles

The dinner party: a group of people assembled to have dinner together, and a typically non-stressful, sometimes enjoyable event. A few weeks ago, I received an invite to such a party. But this wasn’t just any dinner party… It was an Italian dinner party. As a student of Italian, I’m all too aware of their take … Continue reading

The Hummingbird Bakery

The Hummingbird Bakery

My friend from college came to stay with me in London a few weeks ago. I’m always a little apprehensive when my friends come to stay. Living in London, they usually think I’m a culture queen, a distinguished explorer of the cool capital, with a wealth of Instagram opportunities at my fingertips and an encyclopedic knowledge … Continue reading

New horizons

New horizons

Today is a momentous occasion. Today my love for the little leaf has gone a step further. Further than my kitchen, further than my ticking imagination, even further than the pages of this blog . In fact, it’s gone so far that it has transpired on a different blog altogether. Strange… But it’s still me and … Continue reading

Harris + Hoole

Harris + Hoole. It sounds like an entry in the cockney slang dictionary, but today it represents the latest item on the agendas of the savvy consumers waging war on big money corporations. But what’s all the fuss about? A casual stroll into one of Harris + Hoole’s 10 chains will probably leave you with … Continue reading

A little charitea…

Contrary to popular belief, obsessing about tea is not my full-time job. As of yet I have not yet been afforded the luxury of spending my days draped across a chaise-longue for hours on end, demanding “more tea!” and the odd grape. Until that day, I shall continue on, fulfilling the panoply of roles I … Continue reading

Twinings Lapsang Souchong: the winter warmer

Twinings Lapsang Souchong: the winter warmer

As each day passes, my earliest memories become a little blurrier, a little more confused, a little harder to trace. That is except for those concerning 25th December. Carrots for reindeer, the year that Mum forgot the Yorkshire puddings and the year that Dad bought me my first bike. Yet one thing seems to stand … Continue reading

Say It With Tea: Christmas Edition #1

Say It With Tea: Christmas Edition #1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s if you’ve got your Xmas list sorted… Don’t let Christmas morning 2012 become of a scene from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If your gift list isn’t yet complete, look no further for tinsel-topping tips that are sure to inspire love rather than wrath. Here’s one for the … Continue reading

Tea and Academia

I’ve been absent from the world of blogging recently. Walking through the historic doors of my university, I quickly found myself buried beneath a never-ending stack of novels, essays and grammar books, still reaching for the kettle but rarely having the time to enjoy a sip (let alone write about it). The seeds of this … Continue reading