The Humble Tea Pet
+Payton Swick wrote an homage to tea pets. His explanation sums up their purpose perfectly. I'm quite obsessed with these little characters so I really enjoyed this post.
World Tea Expo: The Matcha Effect
Matcha seemed to be on everyone's mind at World Tea Expo this year. +Linda Gaylard shared a bit about her observations. I noticed the very same trends that she did and found them very exciting.
Way of Whisking
Speaking of matcha, Kohei at Tales of Japanese Green Tea wrote a great post (and accompanying video) about the affects of different whisking styles. His video is in Japanese but English subtitles are thoughtfully included.
Teas and Cheeses
+Georgia SS and +sara shacket both attended an amazing event put together by +Bellocq and The French Cheese Board. I love the idea of pairing tea with cheese. Although I've had a few wonderful experiences myself, I have yet to explore the concept as much as I would like.
Tasting: Tea & Cheese Pairings at The French Cheese Board
Pairing Bellocq Teas and French Cheeses
Mini Zen Garden
At this point I pretty much consider +Bonnie Eng of Thirsty for Tea to be the Martha Stewart of the tea blogging world. I adore her idea of creating a zen garden in a shadowbox picture frame. I even have a tiny Buddha statue to place in mine!