Category: Tea Stories

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It has been a while since the last time I posted on my blog and I just desperately wanted to write something, as the last thing I published was a Happy Holidays message back in December of last year. I can’t believe six months have passed but it really feels like yesterday. When you have a 16 months baby time flies and months feel like hours!

Besides being a full time mum, I have been working on another important project for me (that most of you already know) and that I will soon dedicate a new post to write about it, but today’s post is more like a personal reflection that I would like to share with you.

Two days ago I was saying to Ale my husband that, instead of blaming myself for not writing with the frequency I would like to or feeling bad for not being as active as I used to, I should write from where I am now. A bit like “seize the moment” kind of drive instead of trying to find the right time to do things that never arrive and then complaining about it. To be able to use what you could feel like “obstacles” as opportunities and adapt, be creative and do things in a different way. It might seem obvious but it just clicked.

So this is how it goes…

I haven’t stopped drinking tea every day but I stick to my comfort teas and drink them as swift as possible without being too ceremonial.

I drink less tea during the day because I am still nursing and I cannot drink too much caffeine, so my one or two daily cups are sacred.

Most of the times my hot tea turns into iced tea as it sits on the table for while before I can drink it.

Gaiwans are getting dusty on my pantry as I just stick to a mug/cup or a small teapot for two cups.

Japanese greens and oolongs are my number one choices these days. Pu-erhs, white and black teas are less likely to be chosen.

Rare tea findings are very well kept for those moments where I make time to prepare them properly and that is usually when I am doing reviews. (I am actually really happy as I have just received samples from Japan and I cannot wait to taste them).

I am always thinking about new post ideas that I usually write down on my notebook and not on my blog.

Sometimes I use paper filters to make tea so I can drink good tea without the paraphernalia (which means less washing and tiding).

When I have had my limit doses of caffeine I drink a cup of decaff earl grey with soy milk and it tastes like heaven!

I have expanded my tea ware collection and still have few yixing teapots waiting to be prepared before its first use.

I follow and enjoy reading tea blogs from fellow bloggers. They keep me up to date!

I celebrated my baby’s first birthday with tea. Oh, and now when you ask her: what is mum drinking? She replies: tea!

As I write this post it doesn’t feel like one task from my “to do” list but as something that I really wanted to do. I could have taken a nap as my baby is doing right now but I think I have somehow liberated myself from my own pressure of being able to do everything at the same time or the feeling of not meeting the expectations of updating my blog as I used to. It is about acceptance, I guess. There is a time for everything and this is where I am right now. As Deepak Chopra said in one of its multiple meditation messages: “I accept where I am, here and now” and I would add “and I am thankful for it”.

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A tea toast!

Six months ago I became the mother of a baby girl named Gala. Since we got the news we couldn’t stop imagining the moment we were going to meet her and have her with us. In January the 2nd she was born and our lives have been boosted with the sweetest and most loving energy we can possibly imagine!

When I knew I was pregnant I reduced tea consumption to a minimum, once in a while I would sip a bit of jasmine green or maybe an earl grey but very little. So it was a long pause for a tea lover like me but it was something that just happened that way: I didn’t want to drink too much tea and my body didn’t ask for it either.

These days I try to have one cup in the morning when time allows me. The good thing is that my husband also likes tea and either of us will find the time to do it. Although there are not long breakfast with endless cups of teas anymore and there is less time to sit down and write about it, tea is still here.

I believe there is a time for everything and even though I wish I could post more frequently and take more photos, tea is in our lives as it should always be: intimate, simple, ours.

I was meant to write about this journey few months ago but the time is just right today, the day our baby is turning 6 months old. Today we toasted with a nice Cui Yu to celebrate her arrival and had a delicious tea us three.

Tea to celebrate, to wake up, to pause, to relax, to start the day, to think, to be happy… To toast to you Gala! Happy 6 months florecita!

Hello 2016

 

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In May of 2013 blogging seemed quite intimidating for me, I couldn’t help but thinking about all the amazing tea bloggers there were and all that was already written and said about tea. I would actually wonder, what else there is to say?

So I convinced myself that my blog was going to be a personal exercise to continue learning, researching, reading about tea and that I would do it with no commitments with the only condition that it had to be enjoyable, meaningful and overall inspiring. I remember it took me a while to go public but when I finally did it I said: “I would write as if nobody is reading”. Luckily today I have a beautiful audience with whom I share a common love for tea. And the truth is that blogging has been a very rewarding experience and the best way to discover and to learn more about this wonderful world.

Teascopia allows me to share my thoughts about the personal and social experience of drinking tea,
not always in a technical way but also based on my own reflexions and curiosity. My posts and my pictures usually reveal this relation with tea in a very simple way. I love the simplicity of things and how we are able to give meaning to them instead of the other way around.  So I love to think of tea as everything and nothing, something that I shape and shapes me too.

I am thankful for your loving support during these years. It reassures my passion and motivates me to keep on going.

Thank you very much for reading and may this new year brings new adventures, experiences and projects we can share together!

Love xo

Gaby

“Tardes de merienda en navidad” Revista Estampas

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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!

To read the full article click here

“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!

Para leer el artículo completo pueden hacer click aquí

Morning Tea

Final (1 of 1)I recently noticed that most of the pictures I post on Teascopia’s Instagram account have the caption “Morning Tea” and it must be because having tea in the morning is one of the best parts of my day, the one little pleasure that lightens up my day.

Although I have many favourite teas, I do have certain morning teas that are always on my top ten and I have enjoyed many mornings for many years. Jasmine green tea for example is my “comfort tea” and I love to start the morning with the exquisite smell of this fragrant flowery tea. It invites me to daydream and puts me in the right mood to start the day. Some other times I crave a Japanese brothy, vegetal green tea so I make a Kukicha or a good Sencha. I also like a buttery Oolong when I have time to re-steep it many times on a teapot until is completely washed. This I usually make it on weekends with a power breakfast and fruits.

So my morning tea is an essential part of my everyday life and not only a good excuse to upload an image on Instagram. I look forward to tea every morning: I choose my cup, the tea and I prepare it just the way I like it. The morning light is the best marriage to my tea, I love the spark it adds to the setting.

Do you have a favourite morning tea? How is it, dark and robust, light and flowery, spiced, fruity, with milk and sugar, none of the above? If you just drink coffee it’s ok too!

Good morning!

Tea and Cake # 5

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A colleague from work brought me a box of gluten free macaroons from a recent trip to Italy that she made with her husband on a motorbike. We usually share sweets, biscuits, fruits and many cups of tea at work but these macaroons were a gift and also were so pretty that I said I was going to use them for a new edition of “tea and cake” on my blog. So another excuse to write, eat and drink tea!

These lovely purple little circular cakes are blueberry macaroons with blueberry cream filling. To pair them I made a Nilgiri SFTGFOP1 black tea so the sweetness and fruitiness of the macaroon could blend with the natural fruity character of the tea. The crumbly texture of the macaroon was also perfect to match the light-medium body of this black tea. In this case I think an iced tea could have been good as well but temperatures already started to drop so a warm cup of tea was a great choice.

I know it could sound silly but how easy it is to make yourself happy with little things: tea, macaroons and a book perhaps? Or just watching the clouds go by from the window, feeling the crisp air of the autumn? Tea and cake is a small but special pleasure if we intend it to be, isn’t it?

 Thank you Txung for the present!

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Tea and Cake with Lorena Franzoni


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In this edition of tea and cake I have a very special guest, Lorena Franzoni, an Argentine graphic designer and artist that lives in Barcelona and with whom I always like to share ideas and projects and, of course, many cups of tea. This time I invited her to bring her ceramic pieces to have “tea and cake” at home using them as the main theme. I chose a refreshing Darjeeling First Flush and, to accompany it, whole wheat and regular madeleines, mini croissants, mini “napolitanas” and strawberries.

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Her pieces are handmade and they respond to her own creative process, stories and needs. I particularly like the organic touch and feel of the pieces and how its variety of sizes, textures, shapes and colours complement each other so gracefully.

In the pictures you can see small bowls, a beautiful cake stand and two little horses. The horses are actually part of a bigger piece called “Brillante”, a lamp that is also a character that during the day delivers flowers and by night lightens up the dark. The piece was recently showcased at the collective expo called “Los Tripulantes” in Barcelona.

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We had tea and a nice chat about her present and future projects. She is currently working on a children’s cup for her nephew and a set of plates for her home. I am sure it will be to die for!

What a pleasure to have tea with such a great company and these beautiful pieces! Thank you Lore for being on this edition of Tea and Cake, a real delight!

To know more about Lorena’s design work please visit:

http://www.lorenafranzoni.com

She makes all her ceramic pieces at El Taller de Lusesita: https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-taller-de-lusesita/571797292930333?fref=photo