Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Japan July 3, 2018 How French entrepreneurs hope to save Japanese matcha blends As I’m living in Japan and getting more and more acquainted with Japanese tea cultivars, and styles of matcha, I’m also sliding deeper and deeper down the Japanese tea rabbit hole. Here in the ra... Japan June 22, 2018 This is what happens inside a Japanese tea factory Most of us only see one phase of tea, the dried leaves that end up in our cup. If you’re drinking tea from a tea bag, you might actually never see your tea at all. Between the bush and cup tea takes a... Japan June 20, 2018 I’m living on a Japanese tea farm! You might know by now that for the past month and a half I’ve been living on a Japanese tea farm in the Kyoto countryside. The place I’m staying at is called Obubu Tea Farms and is a really amazing m... Japan June 18, 2018 Sencha do, the other Japanese tea ceremony Kaoru Nakai welcomes us into her family's home. It's more than 130 years old and cool in the summer. "And also in winter," she jokes. Nakai speaks Japanese but between my small knowledge of the langu... Canada June 1, 2018 An Insider’s Guide to Halifax This post is brought to you by Expedia Canada. All opinions, as always, are my own. Halifax is my city and my playground. It’s the seaside capital of Nova Scotia, an eastern coastal province about an... Personal May 10, 2018 Happy Birthday, Dear Dad Hi Dad, Surprise! Today as I'm heading for a destination 11,000 kilometres away from home, at this very moment you're hopefully out in the barn, drink in hand, with your horses and your friends, cele... Travel May 9, 2018 A Playlist for Solo Female Travelers I'm sitting in a pool of sun by Gate 22 on the upper level of the Halifax Stanfield Interational Airport in my hometown. It's Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. I'm back by the departures gate less than 24 hours af... Tea April 5, 2018 How to Taste Tea Like a Tea Sommelier One of the frequently asked questions I get is about the words to use to talk or write about tea, which I really think is a question how to taste tea. After all, how can you talk about what you can't ... Tea March 29, 2018 Blue Moon Colour-Changing Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Today I want to introduce you to butterfly pea flower tea. A trendy tisane that's been making waves. What's so special about it, you ask? Well.... it ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges. This is a tea David Bowie ... Tea March 5, 2018 WTF is FTGFOP? An Introduction to Tea Grading Tea grading is an imprecise system with no global standardization and no oversight. It uses old-fashioned and uses vague categorizations that can be confusing to outsiders and insiders alike. So why ...