Today I am featured in Revista Estampas with an article about pairing tea with traditional Venezuelan christmas sweets and desserts. The process of writing this post took me back to family traditions and memories that stay with me forever. Thank you Adriana Gibbs for this special invitation!
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“Tardes de merienda en navidad”, un artículo que se publica hoy en Estampas donde propongo el maridaje con té para cuatro dulces de navidad tradicionales venezolanos. Escribirlo me hizo recordar tradiciones familiares y sabores que están grabados en mi memoria para siempre. Mil gracias a Adriana Gibbs por esta invitación tan especial, ¡la disfruté de principio a fin!
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Today we are featured in Revista Estampas -online version- giving some tips about how throw an afternoon tea at home. The article is in Spanish as this is a magazine from Venezuela’s newspaper El Universal, but I will be posting all the tips in English below!
For me having friends and family over is always a pleasure and I find that a nice afternoon tea at home is always a good option to gather, have a nice chat, eat delicious food and, of course, drink many cups of tea! Here are some tips you can follow to make the afternoon special but, more than anything, the important part is to make it enjoyable, fun, create a friendly atmosphere and to be a nice host!
Here we go:
- Decorate the table selecting plates of various sizes, styles and different heights to serve the food . Place the flowers in small vases so your guests can see and talk .
- Use your best loose-leaf tea. You can opt for a classic English-style black tea (like an English Breakfast or an Earl Grey) or choose any other of you really like. A green or an oolong tea are also great choices if you prefer a lighter taste.
- Serve preserves, jams, fruit jellies or honey to accompany scones, cakes, croissants and even toast.
- Serve a variety of sweet and savory food. For a traditional tea you can offer the traditional cucumber, egg or salmon finger sandwiches. For something sweet choose from biscuits, cupcakes , cakes all in small portions. Remember the important thing is variety, not quantity.
I want to wholeheartedly thanks Adriana Gibbs for always inviting me to participate and for letting me share my passion for tea at @Estampas!
Do you have any other tip you would like to share? I would love to hear from you…!
Thanks for reading and happy Sunday!
Link to full article here
Two days ago I had the honour to be featured in Revista Estampas, the Sunday magazine from El Universal, a national newspaper in Venezuela. As a Venezuelan I grew up reading this magazine every week: articles about food, fashion, new restaurants in the city, health tips and recipes, so I feel very fortunate to find a bit of myself there now.
In the article “Té en Armonía”, I speak with the author Adriana Gibbs about pairing food with tea while she also gives some insights about the types of tea and where to buy tea in Caracas.
This is the second time I am invited to participate in a publication of Estampas and I am very grateful and beyond excited for the opportunity!
You can read the full article here
“Minimaps are small travel guides to share a little bit of your world and enjoy someone else’s. The project is collectively created by travelers, walkers, nomads, hedonists, nihilists, epicures, readers, photographers and illustrators from all around the planet, who want to share with others what they love and know best: their favorite bookshops in Buenos Aires, the things that surprised them when they got lost in Lisbon, the best places to eat ramen in Portland, the best spots for selfies in the selfie capital of the world, etc.”
I have had the pleasure to be the editor of the Minimap dedicated to “Tea in Barcelona” in collaboration with the wonderful illustrator Valentina Alvarado, and now I am very happy to be able to share it with you. I enjoyed every minute of the making process as I not only had the chance to write about tea and drink many cups along the way, but also to meet fascinating people and new tea spots that I didn’t know before.
I hope this map can serve as a guide for people and tea lovers coming to Barcelona and that it allows them to connect and share their love for this wonderful beverage.
My invitation is to visit Minimaps to download the full map and also to have a look around as it is full of good stories, interesting places and fun things to do in various cities. The best part is that all the maps are free to download so you can also start a collection!
Special thanks to Ana, Editor in Chief and creator of this amazing project for inviting me to participate!
If you have any comments or suggestions, tea places that are worth visiting or questions, please do get in touch! I would love to hear from you!
Happy tea everyone! Enjoy!
Today I am featured in the Podcast “Spain Uncovered” talking with Pilar Orti about Tea in Barcelona. Below you will find the link to the interview in English but there is also a Spanish version available on the website: http://www.spainuncoveredpodcast.net/
Thank you so much Pilar for having me as a guest in your wonderful podcast. It was a pleasure talking to you!
Full interview: Spain Uncovered: Tea in Barcelona
We are thrilled to appear on the cover of Venue Magazine’s May issue with an article about Iced tea for the summer! It is written in Spanish but it has beautiful images and many recommendations that you cannot miss. If you have any questions about it or want to know more, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to hear from you!
Find the complete article here!
Enjoy and happy Friday!
In January I went to New York for a few days to run some errands for my family and I took the opportunity to also do some tea related stops for myself. While planning my itinerary, I found a Japanese Tea Ceremony that I had been looking forward to doing again for a long time. The first time I joined a traditional Japanese tea ceremony was in Argentina when I was studying to be a Tea Sommelier and I instantly fell in love with it. I learnt to appreciate Japanese Tea in a different and much more special way… It also made me look for places that hold the traditional ceremony everywhere I go.
So in New York I found Globus Washitsu, a unique space that offers classes and demonstrations of the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony right in the heart of the city. It is hosted by Tea Whisk and its Japanese Tea Master Souheki Mori.
The Chashitsu (Teahouse) at Globus Washitsu was built as a traditional teahouse from Japan and the whole place feels like a little piece of Japan in New York. Even before entering the teahouse you can hear the sound of the water falling, walk through a path of stones and the re-creation of nature, as it traditionally is. So everything was in place to create the right atmosphere to be immersed in the ceremony. I joined the tea service with two students and there we were, the four of us, ready to forget about the outside world and enjoy “the way of tea”.
We took our shoes off, left our belongings behind and entered the teahouse. We sat on the tatami, on our heels and few minutes later, everything began. Souheki brought the equipment and the tea, walking in the traditional way, wearing a kimono and moving graciously and as effectively as possible making everything look seamless and effortless. She sat and started preparing the tea. In this occasion I was chosen as the “guest” during the ceremony so I sat next to her. I also got my tea handed first and even received an extra wagashi (sweet). In the pictures you will see the delicacy of the sweets we had. They were handmade by a Japanese baker and brought directly from Japan. On this occasion we had the Mount Fuji and the rising sun to accompany our tea. Both sugary and delicate, perfect to accompany the matcha tea.
Souheki then talked us through the tokonoma, the tapestry and the ikebana she had chosen specially for the beginning of the year and the ceremony. She also read a poem that was a palindrome, about the first dreams of the year and its meaning in the Japanese culture.
As soon as everything started my perception of time changed completely and our surrounding and objects took on a different meaning. In a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, everything is there for a reason, has a story or a meaning, nothing is just decoration. You are also there with a purpose, the purpose of contemplation, meditation and tea. You experience that feeling of absolute presence that is so difficult to find and to make it last… I was there, just there. Enjoying the endlessness of time…
The whole experience of being there was special. Globus Washitsu is a real meeting point for people interested or working in the promotion of Japanese culture in every way. I was there sharing my love for tea but surely there is space for everyone. At the end of the ceremony I met Stephen Globus, one of the owners of Globus Washitsu who warmly welcomed me.
I would sincerely like to thank Souheki Mori and Stephen Globus for a lovely afternoon…
I will be back again next year, no doubt!
For more information:
889 Broadway, NY 10003
Between 19th and 20th Street.
By appointment only.