All posts tagged: tea

Tea is Good for You

Halfway into the second week of the New Year, many resolutions have likely already fallen by the wayside. Luckily for those already off the diet and exercise bandwagon, there is an easy way to keep up heart health resolutions: Drink more tea. I’ve just discovered this interesting research, so get the kettle on and make a brew. In December, a group of Chinese doctors published findings in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showing that habitual tea consumption may protect against arterial stiffness, an important component of cardiovascular health. (More pliable, elastic arteries allow for easier blood flow; stiff arteries require the heart to work harder and can lead to stroke.) Achieving arterial health is often done through prescription drugs or major lifestyle changes, including better diet and exercise habits and lower alcohol consumption. Tea’s flavonoids, a class of chemicals that originates in plants and are abundant in tea, have previously been shown to lead to positive results almost immediately. The researchers used a population of 5,006 subjects from the Fujian Province in China …

A Hug in a Mug

Christmas is a funny time of year.  It is a magical time for sure, but it’s a bit of an oddball too. And sometimes amongst the busyness of it all, I feel the need for a hug. A mug of Winter Spice tea can just give me that warmth when I need it, to rest and simply be thankful for what I have and share that with others where I can. I make this hug by gently brewing a pot of Winter Spice tea, heating up some milk, and then into my mug I add half brewed tea and half warm and frothed up milk. And to sweeten I add a good size drizzle of honey. The spice is satisfying and warm. The tea is robust. It’s delicious! I hope you all can live from a place of being thankful, lay the best table you can, share some of your heart and gratitude will bestow love. Have a Peaceful Christmas G ∼♥∼ G

Loving Real Tea

We all know there’s nothing better than spending a beautiful summer’s evening relaxing in a beer garden with friends – but what about tea gardens I hear you cry! Well fear not – I’m on the hunt for places offering up gorgeous outside seating, as well as serving the very best tea around. My very fav place that offers a delightful garden and homely front parlour, just outside York is Doylys. I must go again soon after visiting in autumn last year. I know tea and health go together, but just sharing with you a few facts while I go on my tea hunt… Is tea important? Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. In the UK it has been drunk for over 350 years. Today, 77% of British adults drink tea and of the tea consumed in the UK, 95% is black tea. Antioxidants and hydrating properties Tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. The …

Loving Tea, a Squishy Sofa and a Good Book

I love tea, and I love a big squishy sofa, and I love a good book. The Tea You all know how I love tea, and how I go in and out of phases with flavours and ingredients. Lately I’ve found myself craving ginger tea and its flavour in general. So I am being soothed by a new tea from Brew Tea Co, ‘Lemon and Ginger’ which was delivered in exciting and pretty packaging. The Sofa My priority buy when I moved to my nest in North Yorkshire was a big sofa where I could curl up with a good book, and day dream while looking out onto my garden whatever the weather. http://www.multiyork.co.uk  The Book Life gets busier and we concentrate more of our time on flicking through snippet sized bits of info on our phones. All this is not good for our poor little brains! That’s why I love the Book Club at my local pub QOTT. This month we are reading Girl at War by Sara Novic – Growing up in Zagreb in …

The Tea Lounge in Tadcaster

I recently found a hidden gem of a cafe in Tadcaster serving great light meals and appealing cakes. Just the place to catch up with dear friends over a cuppa. The Tea Lounge is situated off the main street in the delightful market town of Tadcaster surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Just the place to stop off should you be driving up the A1 or A64 towards York. The Tea Lounge is quaint and beautifully decorated. The overall charm-factor though is the staff. The lady running front of house was extremely welcoming and chatty. This lunchtime was busy and bustling, full of locals, and we were glad a table for two had been booked. Special of the day was bacon, Brie and cranberry toastie served with a salad garnish. I must add that the cakes looked amazing, home baked from recipes passed down from the owner’s grandmother…I resisted temptation, but thoughts now are of going back for afternoon tea. Look out for the mouse on the floor near the skirting board – don’t worry …

New Year in London

Happy New Year! Grey Goose flew south from North Yorkshire to celebrate the New Year in London. Of course there was tea drinking, some strolling, some sightseeing, staying on a yacht hotel, and contemplating goals for 2015. Sunborn Yacht Hotel at Royal Victoria Dock A new and novel way to stay in the Docklands area, is on this graceful yacht with full propulsion but designed to be permanently moored. The approach to the yacht is rather grand as it sits there overlooking Excel Square, in rather a funky location. The staff were impeccably dressed and welcoming, top-notch accommodation. The venue was spotless and gleaming and perfect for seeing in the New Year. At midnight we were surrounded by fireworks across the river.   http://www.sunbornhotels.com Visit to Tower Bridge on New Year’s Eve Spanning the North and South Towers, the high-level walkways, 42 metres above the Thames are reached by a lift. Note: Long queue! There are spectacular views of the Shard, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City from the West Walkway, …

The Carding Shed – The Perfect Pit Stop

The Carding Shed sits in the village of Hepworth, close to Holmfirth. (For the unfamiliar, this is also where Last of the Summer Wine was set). It is reached just off the main road, well away from any noise, at Dobroyd Mills. Dobroyd Mills, which dominates the village, was once a major contributor to the West Yorkshire textile industry, producing fine worsted cloth for export. The Carding Shed housed the machines used for carding, a process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes wool fibres prepared for the spinning of cloth. On arrival it looks like any other building/warehouse, but on closer inspection there are slight differences. Just at the side of the main door are two rather large sets of traffic lights. And what sits beyond is vintage car after car, now home to IK Classics Garage Services. Some are in immaculate condition, others in the middle of renovation, and many being safely stored for their owners. Back indoors there is the delightful ‘Oil Can Café’, serving delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches and tasty looking pie and …