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    Viva Las Vegas! World Tea Expo 2016

    I’m super excited to be making my third trip to +World Tea Expo this year. 2016 will different for a few different reasons. The show has been held in Long Beach, California for the last two years. Although I enjoyed getting a few days in California, it’s excited to travel to somewhere new. Las Vegas should make for a very interesting time. As always, I’ll be sure to report everything back here once I return home. My non-tea drinking boyfriend is joining me this year. I’m excited to introduce him to my tea friends from around the country (and world). I don’t think Jason quite knows what he’s in for though. Maybe this is just…


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    Sunday Sundae at T Shop – Round Two

    Back in August I attended an awesome ice cream social type event called Sunday Sundae. It was a blast so I was super excited when I found out that there would be a round two. It also just happened to be on my day off. Somehow I was the first one to arrive. I was ok with that since +T Shop is a great place to just relax and hang out. I had a chance to chat a bit with the master ice cream maker himself, Max Falkowitz (formally of Serious Eats, now at Saveur). Although I was excited to dig into the cold stuff, the fall weather had me seriously craving the Royal Milk…

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    Sunday Sundae at T Shop

    I started of this week with a bang by attending Sunday Sundae. The event was a collaboration of some really talented tea folks. Max Falkowitz of Serious Eats (I know you’ve all seen me share his articles) served up tea infused ice cream. Theresa from +T Shop shared some of her wonderful teas and Lisa of +Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop provided the sweets. You might ask yourself, how do these things fit together? It’s a tea twist on a coffee dessert called an affogato. Ice cream is topped with a shot of espresso, or tea in this case. It was an incredibly hot and humid day so I was immediately drawn to the giant container of…

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    Pu’er Academy with A Gift of Tea

    Most of you know by now that +Jo J is the hostess with mostest. I can’t think of a time when this is more evident than her Spring White Tea. This was the 12th year running and my third time attending. The theme was a bit different than years past and I loved how representative it was of Jo’s personal journey with tea. Pu’er Academy was an intriguing title and I immediately volunteered to assist with serving tea. The table settings were beautifully laid out. I brought along my travel tea tray and one of my favorite gaiwans. The folks seated at my table were new to puerh so it was great to have the…

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    World Tea Expo – The Last Day and Heading Home

    Many of my housemates had shipped out by Saturday so I took advantage of taking a nap in a nice big bed. Tea partying all night takes a lot out of you! The expo being over, +Natasha N and I decided to have a bit of a tourist day. We started things off by walking to the Long Beach Museum of Art. Admission was free since they were having an art auction. None of the pieces were within our price range but it was enjoyable to walk through nonetheless. We grabbed a matinee show of Avengers and took a walk by the waterfront. We initially planned to go to the aquarium but it was a…

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    World Tea Expo 2015 – Day 3

    The guys at +The Finest Brew promised to share some 28 year old “pocket oolong” if I won an award so their booth was one of my first stops. +Geoffrey Norman and +Chris Giddings had already been there for some time (not that I’m surprised!) but we were soon joined by +Rachana Rachel Carter, +Nicole Schwartz, +Ricardo Caicedo, +Charissa Gascho, Phil from +World Tea House and TJ from World Tea Podcast soon gathered around. Ghi brought out a 25 year old oolong to compare this one to. It was great to have a crowd of bloggers to compare notes with. Most of us preferred the older tea, making mention of the notes of pipe tobacco. Check out this video of some of the craziness: +Charissa…