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Home&Real Estate Home Front ORCHID SHOW ... The Peninsula Orchid Society will hold its annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Admission to the show, which includes presentations and demonstrations as well as nine vendors and members selling plants, is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, disabled and children from ages 12 to 16. Parking is free. Information: http://penorchidsoc. org/events.html EDIBLE LANDSCAPING ... Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, will teach a class on “Edible Landscaping With Heirloomsâ€? from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Whealy will also be signing her new book, “Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver.â€? Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or ZIPPER FLOWERS ... Dorothy Yuki and Monica Lee will offer a workshop on “Zipper Flowersâ€? from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the FabMo Workshop Annex, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. The workshop will show how to make flowers out of zippers, to be used as brooches, hair pins, jewelry and other embellishments. Bring your own scissors. Nancy Welch will teach how to turn Fabmo fabric into “Heartfelt Containers, Boxes, & Cornucopiasâ€? from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Cost is $35 for each class. Information: www., click on workshops CHOCOLATE, YUM ... Cindy Roberts will teach a class on “Valentine’s Chocolate,â€? with emphasis on making the perfect brownie, a warm lava cake and a heart-shaped espresso chocolate cake, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. The class meets in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50, which includes tastetesting bar chocolate and further sampling. Information: 650-329-3752 or TOYS, COATS GO OVER BIG ... Ten Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices on the Peninsula collected 710 toys and 340 coats for the annual Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat drives over the holidays. Top collectors were the Palo Alto Downtown and Midtown offices, according to a statement. ALL ABOUT ROSES ... UC Master Gardeners will give a free workshop, “All About Roses,â€? from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Focus will be on general rose care and pruning, with a demonstration of bare-root planting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-2823105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// N OPEN HOME GUIDE 46 Also online at Knowing more about tea can increase enjoyment Tea, anyone? by Eric Van Susteren photographs by Veronica Weber T o Tim Pham, the difference in quality between tea steeped from a paper bag and tea carefully brewed from loose leaf is broad — like comparing a Big Mac and mom’s pot roast. “To me it’s like fast food and the food you cook at home,â€? said Pham, managing partner at Tea Time. “A tea bag is great for convenience, but when I can I like to sit down ... and take the time to brew a cup of loose leaf tea. It’s like a ritual for me and I think people should take time to wind down.â€? Pham and his wife, Thao Nguyen, run Tea Time, a tea room on Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto that offers food, tea accessories and, of course, more than 100 types of loose leaf tea. The two took up the business in 2006 and teach classes to help people appreciate a cup of Darjeeling or sencha the same way they might with a glass of cabernet sauvignon. “Tea and wine are almost like brother and sister,â€? he said. “They’re very similar in the way they’re cultivated, harvested and presented in the final cup. The difference is only in the price.â€? Pham and Nguyen will be teaching “An Introduction to Tea Enjoymentâ€? through Foothill-De (continued on page 35) Clockwise, from top left: Loose leaf teas, such as the silver needles white tea (in foreground), wait to be steeped for a tea-tasting class at Tea Time in January; Pat Obuchowski sniffs a Chinese black tea during class; Mandeep Mann pours a small cup of second-flush Darjeeling tea. *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊÓÇ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 33

Palo Alto Weekly 01.27.2012 - Section 2

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