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I tried to write this caption five times but nothing seemed clever enough. New headshot! 🗺☕️ Time to go buy chocolate and drink some Earl Grey. I’ve been having a great reading weekend. Finished The Library Book by Susan Orlean and I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Thinking of diving into some fiction next after two non-fiction reads. Any reccos? Books featurng interesting heroines and adventures especially welcome. . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Here's one of those @ippodotea left-handed kyusu teapots I was talking

Here's one of those @ippodotea left-handed kyusu teapots I was talking about the other day! Japanese #kyusu handles are always on the side and used for drinking teas made with hotter water (like sencha, genmaicha, bancha), as opposed to houhins, with are handle-less Japanese teapots used for brewing gyokuro and other fine teas that use cooler (70-85˚ C) water. What's your preferred vessel for steeping tea? . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. This winter I've been steeping a selection of beautiful teas from @smi

This winter I've been steeping a selection of beautiful teas from @smithteamaker, including this Rose City Genmaicha. Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese green tea made using sencha and toasted brown rice. Smith has really elevated this traditional tea by blending in Mao Feng green tea from China, rose petals, and bergamot oil (the same as in Earl Grey tea). I love the results. Tomorrow on the blog I’m publishing a post about a few other warming and wintery teas from Smith. Did you know #Portland city where Smith is based is famous for their roses? . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime #SmithTea

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This swirly tray from @ippodotea is the perfect vessel for delivering houjicha - charcoal roasted green tea from Japan that's low and caffeine and yummly warming. Perfect for chilly winter days. Ippodo is one of the few Japanese tea vendors that also sells left-handed kyusu teapots. Any other #lefties in the crowd? 💁🏻‍♀️ . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #japanese #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime

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Last week I had the pleasure of serving up a selection of hot and cold brews for the @shoppersdurgmartofficial #myroutine event at @bishatoronto. Tea has a lot of health benefits for your skin, not the least of which is hydration! ✨ DYK? Shoppers Drug Mart has in-store specialists that can analyze your skin and prescribe solutions tailored just for you. The best part? It’s free. Specialist @sarahobear measured the hydration levels of my skin and gave me a close-up look at my skin health. It was super interesting. I don’t wear any makeup on a daily basis, but I’m really invested in taking good care of my skin. I was stoked that my skin scored as well-hydrated! I mean, I do drink A LOT of tea. ✨ Tea is a great substitute for pop or juice in your routine since there’s no sugar or other additives - just leafy goodness. Tea leaves also have many antioxidants, such as ✔catechins (EGCG) ✔amino acids ✔ Vitamins C, B, and E. ✨ If you really want a condensed tea detox, try matcha. When you drink matcha, you’re consuming 100% of the tea leaf, and all the vitamins, antioxidants, and caffeine! It’s like a tea espresso, if you will! ✨ Even herbal teas can have a lot of beneficial properties. I took the beautiful Flower Garden organic herbal from @worldteahouse with me to Toronto and everyone was commenting on its beautiful appearance. It has #chamomile - soothing and great for red or irritated skin—it also contains quercetin, which helps protect you from sun damage. Rose Hips contain antioxidants and Vitamin C. Even peppermint tea contains menthol that can help clear up oily skin. . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime

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melhadtea. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Thanks for an amazing

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Thanks for an amazing year. Wishing you all a magical evening and happy memory making over the holidays. Currently steeping: Rum Pot by @smithteamaker - Colombian black tea with licorice root, star anise, and dried fruit. Handpicked and preserved in #rum, the old-world German way. #SmithTea #ThisIsTeaTime . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Doesn't this Japanese jelly look amazing? In Kyoto and elsewhere, these transparent delicacies with tea are a common sweet treat, especially in hot weather. It had a kind of sweet, toasted maple flavour. There was steeped houjicha, roasted tea, in it as well. 🥰 • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Sometimes I forget that tea is science, and that we can play with it. This 'green ecstasy' blend from @samovartea in #SanFrancisco is a mix of lightly-steamed green tea and matcha from Kagoshima in southern Japan. Do you ever experiment with mixing teas? Favourite results? • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Cardamom pods, Citra hop pellets, oolong tea, and Citra hop flowers. W

Cardamom pods, Citra hop pellets, oolong tea, and Citra hop flowers. What are some unusual ingredients you've used when brewing tea or #kombucha? • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. I know it's getting colder, but I still like a cup of iced cold brew t

I know it's getting colder, but I still like a cup of iced cold brew tea in the mornings to wake me up. This is #mugicha, Japanese barley tea. Traditionally it's more of a summer drink, but hey - tea rules are made to be broken. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Still guilty of playing with my food. Shot this gnarly ginger (💛) while writing my latest blog post about making #kombucha with @goodmorekombucha - the base for their black ginger is made with #darjeeling! • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. I wrote about catnip tea on the blog this weekend. It's tea you can dr

I wrote about catnip tea on the blog this weekend. It's tea you can drink with your cat, but it's also good for cold and flu season. Anyone feeling worn down yet? I'm trying to get more sleep so I can try and avoid it. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #catsofinstagram #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Yesterday, I wrote about getting matcha at the golden temple in Kyoto, but also about how it was so cathartic to meet and connect with @fiona.nyc as another married woman solo traveller on the road. At the time, all the questions about my relationship, and how could I 'leave' my husband during our first year of marriage to go work on a tea farm were starting to grate on my nerves. Have you ever been abroad and made a connection with someone that just made you go, "YES! You get me." Tell me about it! • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #theprettycities #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #cntraveler #letsgosomewhere #tasteintravel #guardiantravelsnaps

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#WuWo tea ceremony started in Taiwan in the '80s. Wu Wo means 'void of self.' 〰 The idea was this 'selfless' experience would allow participants to sit in a circle and silently brew tea, being present with tea, nature, and each other. 〰 This time of year for me I find it's so easy to be busy with work projects, holiday preparations, and everything else. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and not take a step back. If you ever feel like the world is taking too much from you and there's nothing left to give, maybe try giving in small ways, without expectations. 〰 Yesterday I made a bunch of sandwiches and tea for people, just as a thing to do, and it made me feel really great. . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #flashesofdelight

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melhadtea. Chilled tea feels classier when it comes in a wine glass, especially w

Chilled tea feels classier when it comes in a wine glass, especially when the wine glass gets a bit of condensation on the outside because your tea is so gd fresh and cool. I miss having fresh Japanese tea available everywhere. What's a food or drink you've had while traveling that you miss when back home?⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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