Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tasha Tudor





This is a beautiful story of an amazing lady. I wish I had meet her. She is a perfect example of growning old gracefully.

August Tea Table Chat!


                                               Hot Tea!
Keep a variety of hot tea on hand. Orange pekoe and English breakfast are the most popular blend to serve with a meal. Delicate oolong, smoky souchong and the spicy blends are appropriate for afternoon tea. Store tea in a tightly covered tin away from spices or other aromatic foods. Warm a china or earthenware pot (metal changes the flavor of the tea) by rinsing it with boiling water. Measure the tea into the pot- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per cup according to the quality of the tea and the desired strength. Pour in just enough boiling water so that the tea leaves float freely  Cover and let stand 3 minutes (longer steeping develops a bitter taste), Strain, and dilute with boiling water. Serve tea  in delicate china cups with cube sugar or rock candy, cream or milk (English tea lovers insist on milk), and thin slices of lemon. For a spicy flavor, stick each lemon slice with two or three cloves, Serve China tea or smoky souchong tea clear with nothing to distract from the distinctive bouquet.
Farmer, The Boston Cooking School, 1896 


So What Is Going On In StudioE Tea Salon?



The Taking of afternoon tea is very relaxing and civilized. Here is where the social graces comes into play. You are invited to have a fine tea experience with Lady Estelle at her tea salon. Wear your fine Tea Attire, you may bring a friend and let's socialize.
A donation of $5 will be asked to go towards "Lady Estelle's Young Girl's Etiquette Program".
This program will roll out in September.


Photos: 
 Happy guests enjoying Afternoon Tea:



 "There is always something fun happening in StudioE Tea Salon"


Friday, June 30, 2017

July Tea Table Chat!




So What Is Going On In StudioE Tea Salon?

Happy 4th of July America!     4th of July tea party


  It is a colorful time to prepare the house to celebrate Independence Day.
 Why not take that old American flag out of it's triangle case and honor it by mounting it on the wall. 
 For the 4th,  put it on full display in all of it's red, white, and blue glory.
   I love my blue and white porcelain tea set and I find it perfect to represent of the holiday.




So my dear friends, enjoy you summer time tea and stay cool!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June In The Studio!

June is National Iced Tea Month.    June 10 is designated as National Iced Tea Day!



 Legend has it that a tea vendor at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis popularized the drink. 
 Richard Blechynden, director of the East India pavilion, became frustrated as he tried to offer samples of hot tea under the simmering Missouri sun. In an attempt to boost consumption, he circulated and chilled the tea through a series of lead pipes immersed in ice.



 The resulting cool, refreshing beverage was a hit with fair goers, and the iced drink became popular throughout the United States. Be sure to always call it iced tea rather than ice tea. Tea with ice in it is an iced beverage.
 So,we have the 1904 World’s Fair to thank for the lift-off in popularity of iced tea. That exceedingly hot summer meant fair goers were looking to cool down and what better way than with a glass of iced tea.
By the First World War, Americans were buying tall glasses, which became commonly known as iced-tea glasses, long spoons suitable for stirring sugar into taller glasses and lemon forks. 
Prohibition, which ran from 1920 to 1933, helped boost the popularity of iced tea as Americans looked at alternatives to drinking beer, wine and hard liquor, which were made illegal during this period.

So What Is Going On In StudioE Tea Salon?

We are also trying to keep cool with the upcoming summer weather at the Tea Salon. 


We are serving this month a nice Wonjoh Ice Tea. It is a flavorful Hibiscus tea from West Africa. 




It makes for a great colorful and refreshing Iced Tea.    Add some berries and orange slices and sit back and enjoy.

Well with that said, "I wish you a cool and lazy summer!"

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Tea In The Park!

Sing  the Lyrics and enjoy the photos of my last year's MAY TEA IN THE PARK.

Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear


It's May, It's May, that gorgeous holiday


 
 When every maiden prays that her lad will be a cad
It's mad, it's gay, alive, a lust display
Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks
Everyone makes divine mistakes











The Lusty Month of May
Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?
What sweet feelings does it's scent transmute?
Whence this perfume floating everywhere?
Don't you know, it's that dear forbidden fruit




It's May, the lusty month of May
That darling month when everyone throws self-control away
It's time to do a wretched thing or two
And try to make each precious day one you'll always rue




It's May, it's May, the month of "Yes, you may"
The time for every frivolous whim, proper or im-
It's wild, it's gay, depraved in every way
The birds and bees with all of their vast amorous past
Gaze at the human race aghast


The Lusty Month of May

Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear


It's May, it's may, the month of great dismay
when all the world is brimming with fun, wholesome or un-
It's mad, it's gay, alive a lust display
Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks
Everyone makes divine mistakes
The Lusty Month of May

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stages of Freedom presents its annual Tea Party,

 
Stages of Freedom presents its annual Tea Party,
co-sponsored with Preserve Rhode Island, for young girls of color.

Our host, Lady Estelle Barada, a Black Victorian re-enactor, uses taking tea to teach social graces and etiquette to young girls.

A long tradition in the Black community, tea parties were used to teach manners, networking and raise funds for important causes.

Enjoy tea, pastries and music in the historic Gov. Lippitt House Museum.

Wear your best party dress.

Date
Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:00 PM
Lippitt House Museum
Providence, RI

Price
$5.00 per girl
Ages
6 to 12
Register my girl for "Girls Tea Party"


Sponsors play an important role in our Tea for Girls event! Sponsors provide funds that help us improve the event and bring more to the table. Sponsors make this amazing tea party possible, and this year you can make a difference to our wonderful girls.
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April's Tea News

With 2017 now in full swing, I’m enjoying the changing weather and relishing the thought that Spring is almost here! And as we all know, April showers bring May flowers...

   

Flowers, warmth, getting out of the house a little more, and light are the elements that excite us this time of the year. 
Why not create a gathering to include those very elements? Invite friends over, plan a lunch or tea with flowers as the theme, and good conversation will deliver the warmth everyone will need. Perhaps some of these ideas will help you plan a memorable event. . .

Use floral dishes, old or new, to set your table.
Force or buy bulbs in individual glass containers so one can see the roots and growth, and use different stages of growth and flowered bulbs as the center-
piece, then give each guest a piece of spring to take home. (Most items can be found in dollar stores)
Floral teas are so varied and abundant. Serve a chocolate rose tea, lemon chamomile, or tea of your choice.
Ask your guests to bring a plate or cup with a floral motif to the table gathering; stories behind the dishes are great conversation starters.
Find ways to include flowers, fresh or dried, into the foods you serve or as a stunning garnish on the side of each plate.
 Adding rosewater to your whipped cream for scones or 
chives (chive flowers) in your next sandwich spread are a few ideas. 
Play a guessing game by asking guests to correctly guess the names of the flowers represented on your table. 
Flower shapes can play a part in your food preparation:
 buttercream roses on top of cake, charcuterie flowers with herbed cream as a starter or sandwiches cut into flower and leaf shapes, etc...
 
Remember, friendships are like flowers;
they must be carefully nurtured to be enjoyed. 
What's happening at Lady Estelle's Tea Corner?
I have been so busy with the opening of my life's dream, a Tea parlor.
 It comes with great rewards and much stress, as most new adventures cause. 
But for me, I will endure by drinking tea.

Drinking tea is not just for enjoyment for me, and it’s not just about taste or caffeine either. It’s about taking those moments out of a busy life and reflecting about how best to deal with the stresses that come our way every day. 
I’m setting myself a challenge – and I hope you will all join me 
– to be my best, most creative, most organized self this season. 
And tea will help us do it!


Flowers are lovely; love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree;
Oh, the joys that came down shower-like,
Of friendship, love and liberty,
Ere I was old!
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tasha Tudor

This is a beautiful story of an amazing lady. I wish I had meet her. She is a perfect example of growning old gracefully.