Kombucha is one of those drinks that is having a moment in pop culture. This slightly sweet, sour, acidic, effervescent, fermented tea drink is usually made with green or black tea. It roots lie in China, where it was first drunk in 221 BC. Not knowing much about it and eager to learn more and
Japan’s tea farms are one of a kind—relentlessly manicured and groomed, tea bushes kept exactly 40 years at which point their diminishing yields require replanting by newer, younger bushes. The easy waves and rows of bushes, rounded by cutting machines, offers an environment it’s hard to feel stressed in. Surrounded by calming green, in a
Once in the late spring I took a train trip to the misty environs of Wales in the United Kingdom. Shooting away from the London train station and into the outer countryside, I found myself transported back in time to a place the evoked the romance of Welsh fairytales. A place where you wouldn’t be surprised to
Kyoto’s famous golden temple is one of Japan’s most popular sites. the old Japanese capital’s most-visited sites. While it’s not hard to miss the sun-catching, gilt Zen Buddhist temple at the centre of things, what you don’t want to miss is the cute little tea serving frothy, green matcha on crimson tables near the exit
There are few things better than sitting down with a hot cup of tea and a cat on your lap. Now imagine you and your cats sitting down to drink the same tea. It turns out—you can! Catnip tea is a herbal tea, or tisane, made from the leaves and flowers of the catnip plant.
The afternoon shadows were long when we arrived in Dubrovnik. The orange rooftops of the Croatian city add to the continuous glow. Even during the day, the rustic stone walls and adobe colours lend an air of nostalgia to the town. Walking into it feels like walking into a dream, or getting a postcard from
Whenever you go to Japan, you should always check and see if there will be a festival where you are. I don’t mean the major holidays—golden week, and so on. I mean the niche festivals—or matsuri, as they’re called. The more obscure, the better. Some little shrine holds a yearly dance-off? I’ll be there. It’s