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Stephanie Hanson
I'm a dedicated tea addict!
Interests: history, drinking tea, reading, photography, sewing
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Ferry Building, San Francisco I'm sitting in the Imperial Tea Court, a Chinese-style tea room in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, a permanent indoor farmers' market of sorts. The lacquered furniture and yixing pots lining the walls provide a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
You might have heard that some prince and princess or other recently got married. Either that, or you were living under a rock. I've seen themed mugs and souvenirs of all kinds, even here in the States. I was camping,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
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It looked like a wine bottle, but it said tea. Intrigued, I picked up the bottle and turned it over. I discovered that it sparkled due to a fermentation process that left just the slightest amount of alcohol behind. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
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So what to wear to a mad tea party? You could of course dress as Alice in a cute blue dress and white apron with a black head band. Or wear a poofy tail and long ears. Or you could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
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I have a confession to make. I loved the Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter new Alice in Wonderland. I know a lot of people didn't. I'm not even a newcomer to the rabbit hole. I love variations on old... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, and that this year brings you good tidings and tea. Do you have a big list of resolutions? I have a few, one of which is to pay a little bit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at The Tea Scoop
December has officially arrived. The temperature this afternoon was twenty degrees colder than when I went into work this morning. Add rain and wind to that equation, and by the time I came home, I was ready to snuggle up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
So, having heard about all my Oregon Chai goodness, are you jealous yet? Never fear, you can have your own! I've been using both the mug and the cup (in fact, I'm drinking mint iced tea out of the iced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Now that cooler weather is coming around again, I'm going to be drinking a lot of chai. Something about the spiciness of chai just makes me feel even warmer. A lot of time, I'll drink chai black, reveling in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Recently, our Target unveiled their new expanded grocery section, as Targets across the country are beginning to do. Since our Target is across the street, this is a real boon to our existence. Just about anything we need in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Tea bricks pop up from time to time. They can be quite decorative, and should remain as decoration, as they are frequently stale. Virginia Mescher wrote the following about brick tea. She has a mission to correct misconceptions about brick... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Just to show I have no hard feelings towards Teavana, I treated myself to one of their impulse items: a tin of Dark Chocolate Green Tea Therapy chocolate discs. And ok, they were also 75% off. But I figure, if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
On my recent visit to Teavana, I took a look at their latest offerings. I picked up two teas: My Morning Mate and Rooibos Chai (okay, they're herbal infusions). My Morning Mate is an update of Matevana, and it's a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Well, not all teabags are tea dust. Adagio and Republic are both whole leaf teas in teabags. This list is intended just to be an introduction to folks who might not know a lot about tea and not be ready to order tea.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2010 on Tea Recommendations at The Tea Scoop
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It's hard to believe how long I've had this blog, but a little over three years ago, I wrote about shopping at Teavana. I still receive comments on that entry, because everyone's experience at Teavana is a little bit differently.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
I just received an email that I have been featured in Culinary Arts College's list of "50 Awesome Blogs for Tea Aficionados." I'm pretty excited to be considered an "awesome blog" and was happy to see some of my favorites... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
It depends on how busy I am :)
"You have to try this," Kristen said as we stood at the counter at Cosi one wintry afternoon before a movie. She was talking about chai lattes, something I had never experienced. I ordered one and was rewarded with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
I just wanted to let you know about a couple things going on right now. Teatulia is selling a "red, white, and blue" set in honor of this month's earlier holiday. The set includes Earl Grey, white, and neem nectar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
It's the first day of summer, and the kids are out for vacation in three days. I'm down to one summer class and my summer job is part-time. That means it's time to get ready for some serious blogging. Coming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
It's great to read that this is really working for people!
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2010 on "Get Gorgeous" at The Tea Scoop
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While on Facebook tonight, I noticed an ad down in the corner. It's an ad I've clicked on before. This website keeps luring me in with cute clothes. ModCloth. I haven't ever ordered anything from them, but they have the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
In the beginning, plastic was hailed as a miracle. I can still remember Humphrey Bogart jumping up and down on a plastic sheet made of sugar in the movie Sabrina. Now, we're not quite as big of fans of plastic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
Before I actually write what I had planned, I wanted to express my gratitude for the person who invented laptops so that I could write this article while sitting out on my patio, in the sunshine, surrounded be green growing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at The Tea Scoop
I talk a lot about social consciousness of tea. Many companies have worked for organic and fair trade certification, or have become members of the Rainforest Alliance. Ajiri Tea has taken their mission beyond these labels. This tea company is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at The Tea Scoop