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.
Category: Tea Places
Japan October 16, 2018 Cold brew sencha at Byodoin temple in Uji, the heart of Japan’s historical tea territory The city of Uji in Japan is famous for its green tea. The phrase “Uji tea” carries a unique history and promise of quality amongst Japanese tea lovers. Located half an hour south of Kyoto by car or t... Tea Places July 5, 2017 Fresh Matcha at O’Sulloc Tea Museum on Jeju Island, South Korea When I wrote about South Korean Teas from Teas Unique on Monday I realized that I'd never but into blog-post-form the story of how Rob and I visited this really cool place on Jeju Island: The O'Sulloc... Bosnia & Herzegovina February 7, 2017 The Best Tea House in Sarajevo I first heard it whispered about in the cozy kitchen of The Doctor's House hostel in Sarajevo. Čajdžinica Džirlo, or 'the hippie tea shop' as the girls at the hostel put it. It was my second day in Bo... Tea Places February 3, 2017 Tea at Oscar Wilde’s Old Hangout How better to honour Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet, novelist and total lush, than to savour tea named after him in a gilded room just around the corner from Piccadilly circus in the heart of London's ... Tea Places November 6, 2015 The Tea House Challenge at Lake Louise a.k.a. one of the best goddamned days of my life. I'm so excited we've finally arrived here! I wanted to share this with everyone for so long. Someday I am going to become a tea house hermit in the ... Tea Places July 30, 2015 Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon I was walking down a desolate street in the middle of a hot afternoon and. Closed signs and shuttered doors of bars and theatres stared back blankly at me as if to say, "Don't you know what time it is... Tea Places April 20, 2015 The Russian tea room in Massachusetts The phrase, "You like Russia? You should visit Clinton, in Massachusetts." is high on a list of things I never thought I'd hear at the Women in Travel Summit in Boston, but it happened, so I went. In...