Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yes, it is quite possible to have adventures and tea. In fact, most of the best adventures begin over a cup of tea. Today we decided upon a hike up Tuckerman's Ravine for some quality adrenaline rush snowboarding. We also discussed our trip into Boston next week for some tea touring. This might sound corny but hey, we have to start out somewhere and we might as well check out the competition and see what they are doing right and what we can do better. We need to pick out the places to visit but that will come in due time for now we are content with the fact while in Boston, Newbury Street is an excellent place to shop. Overall, the weather in New England is getting warmer and it makes us want to be outside and exploring the surrounding area that both of us admit, we don't know much about. With that in mind, you'll most likely see us riding our bikes around campus and such, I know in my case I'll be lost, so feel free to suggest some places to explore and until next time, stop smell the newly blossoming flowers and enjoy a cup of tea.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
"Although tea is consumed everywhere, it is produced only in certain regions where the climate and the soil are ideal. The foremost tea regions are in China, Japan, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka. China and Japan produce some of the finest green tea in the world. Taiwan has some of the best oolongs. India and Sri Lanka are the home of some of the best black tea found anywhere."(www.planet-tea.com)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
In one popular Chinese legend, Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of boiling water some time around 2737 BC when a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water, changing the color. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavor and restorative properties. A variant of the legend tells that the emperor tested the medical properties of various herbs on himself, some of them poisonous, and found tea to work as an antidote. Shennong is also mentioned in Lu Yu's famous early work on the subject, Cha Jing.A similar Chinese legend goes that the god of agriculture would chew the leaves, stems, and roots of various plants to discover medicinal herbs. If he consumed a poisonous plant, he would chew tea leaves to counteract the poison.