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Taoist tea house

You have to really want this tea.
posted by curious nu on Jan 7, 2014 - 90 comments

 

Hobbits would only drink ales since lagers are not found on Middle-earth

So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version ) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching (or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits" by Stephanie Green.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 15, 2013 - 45 comments

Mad dogs and Englishmen

An unusually sustained heatwave oppresses the UK, as temperatures have climbed above 82 degrees Fahrenheit for 11 days, the longest hot spell since 2006. Roads melt in England and Wales, rail lines buckle in England and Scotland, hospital admissions spike and wildfires burn. Swimming-related, army training and heat-related, deaths have increased. The Met Office currently hold a Level Three Heat Advisory for several regions (Level Four is "National Emergency"), while tabloids indulge in traditional "England is hotter than {exotic place}" headlines. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 19, 2013 - 263 comments

FOOD FLASH - There's spud in your eye!

The Ministry Of Food was a British government ministerial posts separated from that of the Minister of Agriculture. A major task of the latter office was to oversee rationing in the United Kingdom arising out of World War II. They made many newsreels and PSAs to inform the citizenry how to use the food rationing system: Rationing is introduced in 1939 The new ration books are coming! Cod Liver Oil Here's spud in your eye Don't cut that bread! DON'T WASTE FOOD! Dig For Victory! Milk is here! In addition, some short films instructed people in how to best use the new rationing system : Two Cooks And A Cabbage How To Make Tea Rabbit Pie Buying black market meat: a Partner in CRIME A US view explaining UK rationing to the States.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 30, 2013 - 15 comments

“The tea was really bitter”

Nine Tips for “Drinking Tea” With Chinese Police [more inside]
posted by telstar on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 comments

A small island

Britain from Above was a 2008 BBC TV program that used aerial photography and data visualization to depict British transportation, land planning, police management of public order, ecology and much else. Of particular interest: the effect on the national electrical grid of millions of tea kettles being switched on simultaneously at the end of a popular soap opera airing. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 6, 2013 - 17 comments

What to do with $175,000 in weed found in your back yard

Some evil bastard has stuffed a bag of dope into a hole behind my house and turned my life into the backdrop of a James Ellroy noir.
posted by growabrain on Dec 6, 2012 - 101 comments

To Dunk or Not, that is the question.

Does bouncing your tea bag substantially improve your cup of tea? Finally, science is brought to bear on this important question.
posted by Freen on Nov 22, 2012 - 97 comments

TEA NOW

"Even if your alarm clock is one of those Zen alarm clocks with melodious metal chimes, or it's your phone playing New Age music at gradually increasing volume, an alarm clock is still not offering you anything." MeFi's own dansdata wakes up to a proper cuppa.
posted by Harald74 on Oct 31, 2012 - 75 comments

The Cause of the Formation of Meanders in the Courses of Rivers and of the So-Called Baer’s Law

Einstein described the "Tea Leaf Paradox" (more) to explain Baer's Law of erosion. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Aug 19, 2012 - 9 comments

Tea should be hot.

A Guide to Writing Sherlockian-Tea Habits. In which EnigmaticPenguin (of death) schools fanfiction authors in correct English tea theory and practice. Follow up: Biscuits.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 29, 2012 - 158 comments

Thou shalt not disturb Alan Rickman whilst he drinks tea..

Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman [SLYT]
posted by quin on May 12, 2012 - 56 comments

Trouble's Brewing

Everyone has a pet peeve. Angry Tea Rap (SLYT)
posted by Benny Andajetz on Apr 21, 2012 - 30 comments

Boston Tea Party

238 years ago this evening… in response to the Townshend Act, and the East India Company… a few colonists had a Tea (link) Party (link).
posted by jabo on Dec 16, 2011 - 50 comments

Meow Meow Meow

Japan's cat cafes, where you can have tea with cats.
posted by Artw on Nov 9, 2011 - 83 comments

First they came for the tea drinkers...

Hot on the heels of the stunning revelation that Twining's had changed the 180-year-old recipe for Earl Grey tea, the Telegraph continues its reporting on the decline of British civilization with word that HP Sauce -- condiment of choice in millions of bacon butties around the United Kingdom -- has been brought "in line with changes in consumer tastes."
posted by villanelles at dawn on Sep 13, 2011 - 75 comments

Asian fast food artistry

Fast food in South India is fast | in Thailand iced tea is really cool | in Sri Lanka tea is cooled with dramatic effect | in Delhi the bread is made fast too | in Calcutta it puffs up magically | tea serenely | singly | or two at a time | in China tea is served with a long spout, acrobatically. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jul 5, 2011 - 39 comments

Hahn's Homeboyz

In CA-36, Democrat Calls For Blanket Condemnation Of Stunning New Web Ad. Initially, businessman Craig Huey, a tea party Republican, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did the Los Angeles County GOP. Eventually, Huey's campaign manager stated, "If I could wave a magic wand and take it down, I would. The video was created by Turn Right USA PAC.
posted by black rainbows on Jun 15, 2011 - 150 comments

Cannabis culture

Cannabis Culture
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 3, 2011 - 59 comments

Orange Party racists/tea party members protest and hurl epithets at a local muslim organization's relief dinner to raise money for women's shelters and raise aid for homelessness and hunger in the US

Orange County tea party members protest and hurl epithets at a local muslim organization's relief dinner to raise money for women's shelters and raise aid for homelessness and hunger in the US Here is the video. Watch as members of congress show their support for this extreme show of xenophobia and racism.
posted by wooh on Mar 3, 2011 - 364 comments

Opium => Silver => Tea

Recreate a part of history in High Tea, a game where you trade Indian opium in China to supply tea to England. Part of the High Society exhibit at Wellcome Collection. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Feb 13, 2011 - 39 comments

A Progressivel Tea Party

"Imagine a parallel universe where the Great Crash of 2008 was followed by a Tea Party of a very different kind.... The name of this parallel universe is Britain." The UK's Progressive Tea Party.
posted by wittgenstein on Feb 9, 2011 - 25 comments

How to make a decent cup of tea.

How to make a decent cup of tea. by Christopher Hitchens. Single Link Slate Post. But it's all true, dammit.
posted by Grangousier on Jan 4, 2011 - 214 comments

Twinings of London are relocating to Poland.

Twinings of London are relocating to Poland. Twinings, the quintessential British tea maker have traded from London since 1706, are hugely profitable and hold a Royal Warrant. The company was the first to blend Earl Grey in Britain during the premiership of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. The relocation is being funded by a €10,000,000 grant from the European regional development fund (ERDF). Are UK taxpayers indirectly financing their own job losses? [more inside]
posted by Lanark on Nov 7, 2010 - 65 comments

"They told me their God was 'Aqua Buddha'"

Jack Conway, a candidate for United States Senate, is catching flak from Democrats and Tea-Partiers alike, for airing an attack ad against his opponent, Rand Paul that brings up some bizarre dirt published in GQ a few months back. At a debate between the two candidates Sunday, Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end. Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a response to the Aqua Buddha ad. [more inside]
posted by krysalist on Oct 20, 2010 - 68 comments

Obsessives

Videos about people who love (and know) coffee, tea, soda, sake, absinthe, bread, pizza... It's Obsessives, by CHOW. Useful tips and fascinating personalities. (Some of these were linked previously on the Blue, but they work great together as an ensemble.)
posted by Baldons on Sep 13, 2010 - 23 comments

Too much cofffee man

What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain
posted by Artw on Jul 13, 2010 - 136 comments

Longtime voice of GEICO commercials fired after pressure (and harassment) from Tea Party members.

The longtime voice of the GEICO commercials was fired after pressure (and harassment) from Tea Party members & FreedomWorks. Here's the voicemail that led to the controversy. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 21, 2010 - 98 comments

tea in India

Chai Why? The Triumph of Tea in India : "But whereas I initially supposed tea-drinking to be as Indian, and perhaps as old, as the Vedas, I have come to know that it is, in the longue durée of Indian history, a very recent development; one that (in many parts of the country) did not much precede my first visit, or that even followed it."
posted by dhruva on Apr 19, 2010 - 18 comments

Please dismantling Tea canister

Please dismantling the Tea canister(?). You have only a screwdriver. Japanese skill is NO need to slove this puzzle. Good luck! (Previously)
posted by Taft on Nov 27, 2009 - 58 comments

Don't tread on ME

Costumed patriots channel forefathers: coming to a civic center near you! Need a little pump up music?
posted by sredefer on Aug 9, 2009 - 12 comments

Tea drinkers, unite.

Steepster is a web 2.0 review/list-making/browsing tool for tea enthusiasts. Lets you easily keep a searchable, tag-able tasting log of teas you've tried, then browse for more you might like.
posted by jbickers on Aug 6, 2009 - 8 comments

Offensive Tea Party Signs

Offensive Tea Party signs
posted by 5imian on Apr 17, 2009 - 191 comments

It's the most important meal of the day.

The Breakfast Song. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 5, 2009 - 40 comments

The Chicago Tea Party

It's time for a new tea party, and this time derivatives securities are getting the soak. CNBC's Rick Santelli, reporting from the Chicago trading floor, wants to know if you're willing to pay for your neighbour's mortgage. He suggests a national referendum to let Americans vote on the $275 billion dollar foreclosure prevention plan. The markets have already cast their vote.
posted by Maxor on Feb 19, 2009 - 85 comments

"Telescopic Text"

I made tea. {Flash, I think. Via notcot.}
posted by dobbs on Aug 18, 2008 - 59 comments

Leaves of jade

Miss Neddy's tea blog — all about tea. Insightful and pleasant tea commentary from Singapore.
posted by Wolof on Jun 29, 2008 - 13 comments

"A French chef in Marseilles taught me this."

Chef Gordon Ramsay cooks up a cup of tea, drinks Spunk with Ricky Gervais, and teaches Jonathan Ross to cook a lobster properly (language NSFW).
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 22, 2007 - 69 comments

Lyon's Electronic Office

In October 1947, the directors of J. Lyons & Co (think - teashops, nippies, bakeries, ice-creams, steakhouses, hotels, Wimpy Bars and Dunkin' Donuts), decided to take an active role in promoting the commercial development of computers. In 1951 the LEO I computer was operational and ran the world's first regular routine office computer job.
posted by tellurian on Oct 1, 2007 - 13 comments

Bloomin' tea!

[PepsiBlue] Tired of your tea -- you know -- just lying there? Maybe you'd be interested in blooming tea...
posted by Ogre Lawless on Sep 12, 2007 - 23 comments

"The house wine of the South"

Where the South Really Begins [Flash] Forget the Mason-Dixon Line. The South really starts at the Sweet Tea Line. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jun 8, 2007 - 98 comments

Tha Japanese Tradition

Comedy duo, Ramenz (ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea, Chopsticks, Sushi, Origami, Apology, Onigiri, and Relationships) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime on Mar 29, 2007 - 35 comments

pinky up please

Tea Birds Nothing but pictures of cute girls at tea. A tea blog like no other. [nsfw]
posted by Stynxno on Feb 23, 2007 - 63 comments

good things are brewing

Tea has had its tour on MeFi before, but have you gone on a Tea Tour of New York? As tea continues to become the hot beverage (although Americans seem to prefer it iced), the number of tea blogs can only continue to rise. Want to get closer to the source? Try this blog in Bejing.
posted by mikeh on Feb 12, 2007 - 16 comments

Drip drip drop

Stains on paper.
posted by dead_ on Sep 14, 2006 - 15 comments

Sustainabili-Tea

Quality from the Himalayas. Amid continuing civil violence, Nepal has just made a big push to escape poverty through your local Starbucks. Working with Winrock International, Nepal's tea growers are finalizing a Code of Conduct that would eliminate pesticides banned by the EU and commit tea growers to replenishing the soil, using organic fertilizers whenever and wherever possible, and using fair labor and wage practices -- making Nepal Orthodox Tea more environmentally- and worker-friendly than its better-known rival Darjeeling. In the process, they hope to create a gourmet niche product (pdf; go to p. 8) that appeals to the taste and sensibilities of socially-conscious Westerners through a partnership with Tazo (Starbucks' main tea supplier), as well as to modernize the local industry to create greater international awareness of its products.
posted by occhiblu on Aug 2, 2006 - 17 comments

Only the best teas earn black belts

Kung Fu Tea! Welcome to the complex world of fine Chinese teas. Unlike the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Gongfu ceremonies are designed to extract as much flavor from the tea as possible. Using tiny clay teapots to brew several small batches of tea, the leaves are coaxed into releasing all of their flavor. While some these pots are highly prized and collectable pieces of art, the tea itself is the most important element. (more inside)
posted by cubby on Jun 21, 2006 - 17 comments

The AntiCapitalists and a Cup of Shut The Hell Up

Conspiracy Central hosts a torrent for The AntiChrist and a Cup of Tea. Author, Tim Cohen, takes legal action. PayPal seizes CC's account. CC appeals to its members exlaining the situation. Tim Cohen joins the fray.
posted by airguitar on May 1, 2006 - 41 comments

Six Drinks that Changed the World

Six Drinks that Changed the World. Beer, Wine, Coffee . . . Their impact upon the history of the World. via GeekPress
posted by caddis on Oct 9, 2005 - 50 comments

Cake Tea And Biscuits

Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down
posted by Silune on Sep 5, 2005 - 45 comments

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