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JULY/AUGUST 2009

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Houston Tea Tours Have An Affair to Remember with Tea in Texas offering uniquely guided tours that highlight Tea across Houston! Relax yourself and discover hidden treasures!

Visit Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Bayou Bend Colonial Mansion, Texas Art Collection and Gardens Tour Houston’s Historical Heights Victorian Homes and Parks Take afternoon tea at a local Tea Room

DURING THE TOUR: - Education the art of taking Tea. - Learn tea history and etiquette. - Free door prizes / tea samples. - Free TEA IN TEXAS Magazines. $29.95 /person Up to 5 hour Step-On Guide. All meals, entrances, tax, tour guide fees and tip included. 25 person minimum. Transportation not included.

832-922-9225 / www.teablessings.com / afternoontea@teaintexas.com


contents Lee Q. Garcia Publisher, Editor in Chief Sylvia Qinones Circulation Director Liubov Grinshteyn Graphic Designer Contributing Writers: Crystal Christmas Gail Henderson Archana Pyatt Adam Sachs Penny Ward Kari Wilsher Photos: Norma Wilson Istock.com To become apart of our upcoming issue, please call TEA-922-9335 or email: info@teaintexas.com Published By-Monthly By: TEA IN TEXAS MEDIA, LLC 10878 Westheimer Rd., #115 Houston, Texas 77042 Sales: sales@teaintexas.com Website: teaintexas.com Phone: 832-922-9335 Fax: 281-679-7877



summer fun

where to visit

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Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday

Special-Tea Occasions

Helen Keller’s Gift

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Seafood Starters

Rio Grande Valley

Sunflower Tablescapes

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The Victorian Fan

World Tea Expo

STI- Leads the Way

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tablescapes

by Penny Ward

A fresh shipment of Texas sunflowers at the market is the inspiration to create this Texas summer table. Gifts of radiant warmth, sunflowers are the happiest of flowers, and their meanings include loyalty and longevity. They are unique in their ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrance, an attribute which mirrors the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light. Sunflowers originated in the Americas, where for centuries they were cultivated as a valuable food source. The use of sunflower images as religious symbols has also been documented in some native societies. With the European exploration of the New World, the sunflower was brought to new areas, and the flower’s popularity eventually spread as the rest of the world began to appreciate its beauty and sustenance.

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To set this table Penny used: Placemats: sunflowers hand painted on burlap - a treasured gift from a friend Napkins: April Cornell, tied with raffia Placecards: sunflower themed tags from the scrapbook store with names added and tied with raffia on vintage brown snuff jars used as vases Plates: vintage flower designed snack sets paired with mismatched cups by Hazel Atlas, perfect for a cup of tea or a chilled soup Glasses: from the 70’s, Tiffin/Franciscan Madeira (smoke) Votives: Heisey oyster cups Stacking cream & sugar set: Russell Wright Olive jar vase and cross: Southern Living at HOME Wooden silverware: Penny’s private collection

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Texas Specialtea Shoppe Gourmet Coffee, Teas & Fine Pastries Cakes and Pies Belgian Waffles & French Toast On Weekends!

Specialteas:

Bridal Showers / Baby Showers Birthdays / Anniversaries & Other Private Part-Teas Relax On The Porch, Dine-In Or Take-Out Serving Light Lunches Natural, Wooded Walking Trails Mention this ad for a complimentary cup of tea or coffee Clark

FM 362 Reids Prairie FM 362

Field Store

FM 1488 Magnolia U.S. 290

26734 Clark Road, Waller / 936.372.0097


tea pro

A first-timer’s look at TEA EXPO By Gail Henderson

“As big as Texas” and a little overwhelming---that’s what encountering my first Expo felt like at Vegas’s Mandalay Bay this year. I was truly unprepared for the delightful sensory overload which ensued, overwhelming not only the eyes and the palate (since you can taste teas to your heart’s content), but also the nose. Long before I found even the first row of booths, a mixture of the world’s most delightful scents found me! Imagine the earth’s most naturally tantalizing aromas, from fruit to

Industry Statistics • Tea sales in the US are expected to exceed a phenomenal $10 billion in 2010 for both beverage and non-beverage categories. 1 32

• In 2007, the tea industry experienced a 20% growth in sales of Ready-to-Drink (RTD) teas.2 • In 2007, the industry experienced significant new product launch activity- 3,095 non-food global new product launches with tea as an ingredient.3 • Annual imports of tea into the US have grown 25% over the last 20 years. Green tea imports have increased by 118%. 4 • Supermarkets accounted for 64% of tea sales in 2006- leading the retail distribution of tea and RTD tea. 5 • Among all households in the US 76% report that they or someone in their household drinks regular tea.5 • In the US 37% of consumers prefer organic tea to conventional brands. 5 • Nearly 60% of US consumers said that the flavorthey enjoy most in tea is some type of fruit flavor.5

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flower to fresh grass then put them altogether and that’s the perfume exuded at Expo! Someone ought to bottle that! It was like drinking in the whole world’s teas with one whiff. I was also unprepared for the beauty and artistry of the tea booths. Tea as “nature’s art” was everywhere. Some booths showcased 20 different trays of teas, flowers and herbs arranged artfully like colors of the rainbow, without repeating a color. Other booths were decorated in full-length pictures of tea plants or misty tea fields being harvested in exotic settings. Still other booths were transformed into cottages showcasing beautifully made crafts. And some booths could have been china or porcelain showrooms. In addition, tea bouquets were everywhere, as nearly every table had at least one clear glass teapot displaying a blooming tea. But perhaps the most wonderful thing about the booths was the international scope of the people who stood behind the tables. “Next door” to our Tea in Texas booth was a Kenyan family, exhibiting and selling their breakfast teas called Safari for the first time at Expo. They also gave us samples of ginger tea. Across the way, the head marketer for Chamong, India’s largest tea grow-


tea pro

er which employs over 7,000 women, kept bringing us his rarest teas to taste including the company’s awardwinning oolong. Since Lee and I weren’t buyers, that tea sharing was just one example of the hospitality and generosity we found throughout. We could travel around the world just going from booth to booth, collecting souvenirs while we strolled. (Viet Nam gave out fans and hand-wrapped blooming teas). But the booth that impressed me the most offered a glimpse of women in kimonos seated on the floor elegantly and stylistically offering a taste of their first flush (first tea harvested) to two Asian businessmen in suits. It occurred to me that this very scene was an unintentional reminder of tea transactions throughout history, of power and money exchanged over teacups, a re-enactment of fortunes bought and sold over a tea table. And I was there-- witnessing that very process continue. Booth after glorious booth, my physical senses stirred and my sense of history rekindled, I found myself falling in love with the world of tea all over again. And the world of tea returned that love, not just “wowing” this first-timer with a tea adventure not soon forgotten, but truly “wooing” all comers.

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Gail Henderson hopes to share the joy of tea taking with as many first timers as possible this year. She and her friend Martha DeWeese have created a tea calendar for that purpose. Love Your Neighborhood’s 2010 Hospitali-Tea Adventures Calendar captures the beauty and international scope of tea and combines that with Scriptures and monthly friendship suggestions. Gail can be reached by calling 813-9281166. View her website at www.LoveYourNeighborhood.com.

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tea mail

restaurant Gourmet Dining in Spring, near Woodlands Waterway Rich and Artful Main Dining Room awaits you with Chandeliers and a Baby Grand Piano The Tuscan Room which brings about a Little Touch of Italy The St. James Tea Room accents Victorian flair The Banquet Hall can host parties of 100 Entertaining all special occasions

24307 Aldine-Westfield Rd

281-907-0778 www.whiteflamingorestaurant.com


central texas

COME FOR TEA

Tea House Guide For Austin, San-Antonio and Surrounding Areas 1 Ambrosia Tea Room

14 Lauras CafĂŠ

18 Middleton's House of Tea

405 Whitney St

612 Main St

1502 W Avenue M

Salado TX

Fredericksburg TX

Georgetown TX

Temple TX

254-947-3733

830-997-8615

512-863-5875

254-778-4TEA

2 Bawdsey Manor

11 The Garden Tea Room

15 Keria Teas

19 Miss Lissia's Plantation

18771 FM 2252

4200 S I H 35

204 East Main Avenue

Texas Oak Rd

San Antonio TX

San Marcos TX

Round Rock TX

Water Valley TX

210-651-7500

512-392-2202

512-255-3742

325-465-4710

12 Gathering Place

16 Madhatters Tea

3 Blend Coffee and Tea

20 Momoko Gifts & Tea

1502 S Flores St

17130 State Highway 46 W

320 Beauregard

705 W 24th St # A

San Antonio TX

Spring Branch TX

San Antonio TX

Austin TX

210-299-4446

830-885-6388

210-212-4832

512-469-0232

4 Chado Tea Market

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10 Fredericksburg Herb Farm

102 N Main Street

13 Jade Leaves Teahouse

17 Mad Hatter TR & Boutique

21 The Peach Tree

4616 Triangle Ave

705 W 24th St # A

210 S. Echols Street

210 S. Adams

Austin TX

Austin TX

Caldwell TX

Fredericksburg TX

512-206-0524

512-469-0232

979-567-3504

830-997-9527

5 The English Tea Shoppe

22 Petticoat Tails

6877 Bandera Rd

6433 Blanco Road

Leon Valley TX

San Antonio TX

210-681-2535

210-348-7949

6 EZ Herbs & Teas

23 River House Tea Room

8803 Bear Creek Drive

1617 New Braunfels St

Austin TX

Gruene TX

512-301-5838

830-608-0690

7 Four Seasons Hotel

24 Steeping Room

98 San Jacinto Blvd+B4

11410 Century Oaks Ter

Austin TX+B5

Austin TX

512-478-4500

512-977-8337

8 Fredericksburg Coffee & Tea

25 Tea Embassy

338 West Main St Fredericksburg TX 830-997-8327 9 Formosa Art Teahouse 200 E. Pecan St. Ste. 5 Pflugerville TX

900 Rio Grande St. DISCLAIMER- This is a sampling of Tea Businesses in the area, and not intended to be complete. To be included in future lists, call TEA-922-9335

Tea Rooms, Restaurants, & Eateries Tea Purveyors- Loose Tea

512-989-8678

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Austin TX 512-330-9991 26 Zhi Tea Gallery 4607 Bolm Rd Austin TX 512-363-6301


advertiser list VISIT OUR ADVERTISERS AT WWW.TEAINTEXAS.COM Historical

Event Planners

South East TX Tea Shops

Victorian Lady

Boutique Botanica Katy, TX 281-574-4999

Accomodations

Serenitea Sugarland, TX

Brendan Manor B&B

281-491-4588 Silver Sycamore

LaGrange, TX

League City, TX

979-968-2028

713-299-4777

Pasadena, TX

Robins Nest B&B

An Affair of the Heart

Houston, TX

Teapot Depot

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

713-522-6868

Highlands, TX

713-528-5821

281-413-4714

281-487-4033 British Isles

Events Central Texas

ALPHABETICAL AD INDEX Ambrosia Tea Room An Affair of the Heart Antique Elegance

936-372-0097

Austin Junior Forum

10 26 20

Boutique Botanica Brandon Manor

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281-426-3670 By George Tea Room

Texas Specialtea Shoppe

Angleton, TX

Waller, TX

979-235-0035

Tea Shops Antique Elegance Show

Café M. Bloomers

Whistle Stop

Ambrosia Tea Room

Richardson, TX

Navasota, TX

Tomball, TX

Breast Cancer Tea

Salado, TX

432-687-2004

936-870-3277

281-255-2455

British Isles Shoppe By George Tea Room Café M. Bloomers Calvert Tea and Gala Crossroads Collection The Cultured Cup The Drink Station Ellen's Café

254-947-3733 Austin Junior Forums

The Drink Station

White Flamingo

Christmas Tea

Pearland, TX

Spring, TX

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

281-412-0755

281-907-0778

512-330-9991

512-810-8223

Tea Embassy

Ellen's Café Gifts

Breast Cancer Tea

Spring, TX

Fort Worth, TX

281-353-9229

817-723-3095 Grannies Tea Cozies

Tea House Times Fontenot Grand Mansion

VOTED BEST COZIES

Calvert Tea and Gala

Spring, TX

812-202-0151

Calvert, TX

281-355-8961

979-364-2559 Linen & Tea Wheel

Publications

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Four Friends Tea Room

Makes Tea Preparation Easy

Houston Tea Tour

Pearland,TX

Tea Room News

806-789-0378

TeaBlessings.com

281-485-6484

thetearoomnews.com

Masraff's on Post Oak

Wellness

832-922-9335 Love Your Neighborhood

Tea For Education

Houston, TX

Inspirational Calendar

Houston, TX

713-355-1975

813-928-1166

281-440-9257 Mustard Seed

Teatime Bingo

Lisanne Wellness Center Houston, TX 713-467-9499

Tea Room

TEAGO, fun game

North Texas Shops

214-763-5336

Baytown, TX

Customed Dress

281-422-7100 The Cultured Cup Dallas, TX

Online Tea Shop

888.VIP.TEAS

Peggy's Victorian Corner The Path of Tea

Best Victorian Costumes

Houston, TX

Galveston, TX

713-252-4473

409-765-5455 Organizations

Crossroad Collection

Nee Nee's Tea Room

Houston, TX

Plano, TX

Sandys Market

713-783-9737

469-441-4679

Houston, TX 281-870-9999

Texas Tea Business Network

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Fontenot Grand Mansion

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Four Friends Tea Room Grannies Tea Cozies Linen & Tea Wheel Lisanne Wellness Center Love Your Neighborhood Masraff's Mustard Seed Tea Room Nee Nee's Tea Room Path of Tea Peggy's Victorian Corner Sandy's Market Serenitea Tea Room Silver Sycamore Tea Room Tea Embassy Tea For Education Tea House Times Tea in Texas Magazine Tea Room News Teapot Depot Teatime Bingo Texas Specialtea Shoppe Texas Tea Business Network TEXAS Victorian Lady Whistle Stop Tea Room White Flamingo Restaurant

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The Austin Junior Forum proudly presents the 26th Annual

Christmaas At The Caswell House November 5—15

Daily Tearoom Luncheons: November 7— November 13 11am, 12:15pm, 1:20pm daily Tickets: $20/person, $15/senior Mother Daughter Tea For all the little girls who love to play dress up and have tea! Sunday, November 8 1:30pm Saturday, November 14, 1:30pm Tickets: $30/Adult, $15 for 12 and under Mother Daughter Brunch New event - Enjoy a classic brunch with Mom Saturday, November 14 11:00am Tickets: $35/person Gospel Brunch New event - Family style brunch with a Gospel Choir Sunday, November 15 11:00am Tickets: $35/person An Evening of Shopping! - Come in the house and shop as you please! We will have wine and tastings from our fabulous bake shop while you peruse the Caswell House at your leisure! Tuesday, November 10 5:30pm—8:00pm Wednesday, November 11 5:30pm—8:00pm Tickets $10 - No Reservation Required Tickets go on sale September 1, 2009! For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.austinjuniorforum.org or call 512-810-8223



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