Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Northwest Tea Festival @ Seattle (10/4-5/2014)

Cheers!  Cheers to all of our tea friends in Northwest !
This one indeed has been delayed for 7 years.

Back in 2008 at the World Tea Expo, Julee and Doug had invited us to be part of Northwest Tea Festival at Seattle, our answer was 'maybe... next year'.  It ends up, year after year, and we have missed them all till this one.  Due to our TOST program happens to have conflict on the schedule. Both events are taken place in October, and it is extremely difficult for us to loose focus.
Here we are, finally, attending 2014 Northwest Tea Festival at the famous Seattle Center.

I am shocked to see how busy the festival is... we need to squeeze and get by...while each exhibitor is happily serving customers.  The official tea cups are totally gone almost right after the door open on Sunday, and it shows how tea lovers in the Northwest are really thirsty for fine tea.  We have two sessions here, one is on main stage, Saturday 2pm, which Josephine and I share with our open audience - 'Spectrum of Taiwan Oolongs'., another one is Advanced Cupping on Taiwan Oolongs with signed up attendees.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 L.A. International Tea Festival (8/16-17/2014)

Glad to see The 4th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival is growing bigger and bigger. We are still at the same venue: National Japanese American History Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  It is mutually beneficial to our tea festival and Nisei Matsuri event over the weekend.
Josephine and Karen are working so hard at the booth while I have to do the tea classes.  We just hope more and more tea lovers will enjoy a festival that brings so many vendors and shoppers together, plus a great deal of programs in the classrooms.

We have one class 'All about Taiwan Oolongs' in Saturday, and then join Mr. James Pratt Norwood for the 'International Tea Forum' on Sunday.  We believe in tea education to effectively cultivate our regional tea market.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A dream to come true...

Enjoy so much on this 2014 Labor Day Long Weekend... 
So many good things, good time with family and friends.  And the visit to Reagan Library is the most impressive one.
How about you?

I'm still dreaming of delivering a talk on Taiwan Oolong with standing ovation... Or, having fine Oolong in White House with our President...hahahah

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastry paired well with Paoli Oolong (chilled)

Our good friend Ivan and Joecy has cooked a very delicious Taiwan Hakka dish for our dinner today. Karen then thought of having a snack to let us enjoy while pairing with ooloong.
Here is it... Strawberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastry... beautiful and actually very delicious.  We decided to go with our Paoli Oolong #70443  (Quei-Fei) in chilled.  (2014.0824)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blueberry Danish paired with Oriental Beauty

Thursday 8/14/2014, having a snack in our office with all crews...
Josephine brought in Blueberry Danish for everyone, and I happens to have 3 bottles of Oriental Beauty (#20472)...perfectly paired.

Waffle Breakfast with Classic Tung Ting

Sunday Breakfast in our Azusa Mountain Cove...very relaxed!
Josephine has made waffles with Sweden Lingonberry Jam and I have infused a pot of Classic Tung-Ting 80455 to pair.   (2014.0810)

Spaghetti & Meatballs paired with Amber Gunpowder

Karen has done a very delicious Spaghetti & Meatballs for our Sunday dinner 2014.0810
What tea to be paired? I am using our Amber Gunpowder #70448, one ooloong pac (7.5g) with two infusions to make a 750 ml bottle and get it chilled to serve.
Actually very very....good.

 Here is the profile photo of this 70448 Amber Gunpowder
Just follow this link to prepare tea...make sure to get it chilled to serve....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pan-fried Milk Fish plus the Broccoli Tofu paired with Wenshan Pouchong (#60436)

Monday Lunch (2014.0804) in our office.  We thought to order to go from Cafe Fusion in Arcadia.  With these delicious Pan-fried Milk Fish plus the Broccoli Tofu... Josephine, Karen and I decided to pair our lunch with chilled Wenshan Pouchong (#60436).


Broccoli Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo paired with FB 27

Karen's Sunday Special (2014.0803)
This evening we are going to have different spaghetti - 
Broccoli Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo 
Oh my delicious, great sauce Karen has made for us...
I bought the tea I made in the office earlier... FB-27 to be served with our dinner. 

Chicken Wrap, Quinoa Salad paired with Oriental Beauty

Friday Lunch (2014.0801) in our office.  Look what Josephine got from Costco for all of us?

Chicken Wrap and Quinoa Salad 
Specially infused Oriental Beauty to be cooled in room temperature to pair with our lunch.
Everyone feels like a Queen or a King... Ready for a great weekend...hahaha...
(Sorry, Jerry, you've missed this one...)

Basil Pesto Linguine with Fresh Garden Veggies paired with Lishan Jade

What to expect from Karen?   She asked me what tea will I serve?
I told her that I just finished baking #60475 Lishan Jade Oolong, 2014 Spring let us use this one to pair with.
Here is the Sunday Dinner (2014.0727) we are having:
Basil Pesto Linguine with Fresh Garden Veggies

Sandwiches with Ooloong Pairing...

Our daughter Karen takes the challenge ... 
with these four Taiwan Oolongs - 
Lishan Jade, Alishan Amber, Oriental Beauty and FB-47.
Here are the sandwiches she's come up with... Very good idea and well done. 
This experiment keep us have a very fulfilled Sunday at home!  Maybe this will be a new ritual for us...hopefully.
 (*ooloong pairing 20140720)