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Last week, I shared George Orwell’s essay on making a proper British tea. Well, he’s not the only one who has rules about. Apparently, it appears that a lot of British people have different ideas, and they’re all very passionate about their own methods. This is Scott Bryan of Buzzfeed’s take on the issue.

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Never:

1. leave the kettle alone when boiling tea.
2. brew for less than 3 minutes.
3. leave your teabag in the mug.
4. use Millac Maid sachets.
5. put the sugar teaspoon into your tea when you’re not done getting sugar.
6. use a different type of milk other than the recommended.
7. pour the milk in first.
8. use microwave to reheat tea.
9. not clean up!

Click here to read the whole article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/scottybryan/9-essential-rules-for-making-the-perfect-cup-of-tea#2y7cohh

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california-tea-house-george-orwellSo you want to be an expert in making proper tea the way the Brits do it but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry because in the land of the Queen, tea brewing has apparently always been a controversial topic of debate.

George Orwell, the man behind the classic novel, "1984" — and the novel that spawned the never ending Big Brother reality shows, actually wrote an essay about getting tea right. He wrote his own eleven golden rules, seven of which are popular, while four of them are rather controversial, as much as tea brewing goes.

 

Read his essay and his eleven golden rules here: “A Nice Cup of Tea”.

 

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Last month, I talked about great tea-related subreddits. This week, let’s head on to Tumblr for our tea fix. Tumblr is a great place for a good laugh. It’s full of crazy people with crazy ideas on the most mundane things. AND, more importantly, it’s also filled with people who enjoy tea.

 

I love browsing teastuff on my computer while drinking tea — it’s a huge part of my morning routine. Usually I just sit around and look at my phone, but sometimes when I try to get some work done before finishing my drink, I end up sitting on the computer and browsing through tea porn on it.

 

The site that goes best with my morning cup? Tumblr. Seriously, it’s like Instagram on steroids! The photos are a lot larger, a lot less over-processed, and it gives the bloggers bigger room to write things about the photos too.

 

While there are a lot of tea things on my dashboard, here are my top 3 favorites:

 

1. Tea Territory 

 

This blog keeps up with it’s tagline, “All tea all the time”. It is literally jam-packed with tons of tea porn: tea cups, tea-themed accessories, and even geeky teaware like this Tardis tea set:

 

Tardis Tea Set

 

SOURCE: http://teaterritory.tumblr.com/post/92576234098

 

Tip: View this blog on its own as opposed to viewing it on your dashboard. The blogger’s attraction to saturated colors and yellowish tones create a motif on her overall page and is best appreciated when you look at the page itself. When I want to evoke feelings of warm summer mornings or cold Christmas nights, I go to her main page to get my fix.

 

2. Books and Leaves 

 

Books and Leaves is about, well, books and tea leaves, but mostly tea. I love this blog because it’s full of tidbits about different kinds of tea from all over the world. As a tea noob, I learn a lot of stuff here without feeling overwhelmed because the information provided is written in a short and concise manners. Like this short piece about matcha tea. Plus, it has lots of pretty pictures across the page.

 

3. Tea is My Cup of Tea 

 

This blog is an amalgamation of all things tea. From cultural tidbits about tea, portraits of people all over the world enjoying tea, to cute tea-related artwork and funny and interesting trivia about tea.

 

Like, have you heard of the mustache cup? Apparently in the Victorian era, protecting your mustache from the steam of tea was a thing.

 

Mustache Tea Cup

 

SOURCE: http://teaismycupoftea.tumblr.com/post/96388343210 

 

Don’t doubt it, the Mustache Cup is in Wikipedia. [Tweet this!]

 

If you want to drown in tea cultures, pretty photos, and crazy trivia, “Tea is My Cup of Tea” is for you. But who says you can only choose one of the three? Go ahead, create an account on Tumblr and follow them all!


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Tea to Clean Your Home?

 

You’re probably thinking good tea is best drank than used to clean boring old windows and floors. Can’t argue with that!

 

But when I found out that tea can actually be used to keep your house clean, I couldn’t help but feel a greater reverence for this drink. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! Somehow, it always fits into our daily lives, even in the most mundane possible way.

 

So if you’re done scoffing at the thought of not drinking but *gasp* cleaning with tea, here are the top 3 ways to use tea for more domestic pursuits:

 

1. Clean Your Microwave with Green Tea

 

Because all the dirt of a microwave are conveniently hidden behind a closed door, it can take a lot of time before I realize that it’s actually in dire need of a good scrubbing. By that time, it would probably have a distinct unpleasant smell.

 

Apparently, green tea can be used to remedy the situation! Just boil water, steep the tea, wait for it to get cold, and voilá! You now have a good scrub for the inside of your microwave that’s both good for cleaning and deodorizing!

 

Source: http://housekeeping.about.com/od/savemoney/qt/cleanerstea.htm

 

2. Clean Glass Windows with Black Tea

 

california-tea-house-tea-for-cleaning-squareGlass is a great way to allow natural light into your house. It saves energy and it gives the house a brighter, fresher atmosphere than any wallpaper can. But it’s also very annoying to clean. While I usually resort to using the ol’ newspaper and water technique, it’s nice to know that I can actually use black tea to clean them glass windows as well.

 

Simply boil, steep, and cool it enough so you can transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray all glass with the tea and scrub away! It’s also an effective method for medium to dark hardwood floors.

 

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-black-tea-window-cleaner-176386

 

3. Bring Back the Color of Outdoor Wooden Furniture with Black Tea

 

Okay, this requires a huge amount of black tea (about 4 or 5 tea bags). But if you have wooden outdoor furniture that’s starting to look sad after getting soaked under too much sun, this could be a good solution.

 

Simply make a pot of strong tea (4 or 5 bags) then mix into a bucket half-filled with water. Now grab a broom and wrap it in old pantyhose, dip it into the bucket, and sweep away. That’s it! No need for drying or further scrubbing!

 

Source: http://www.lifestyle.com.au/diy/cleaning-with-tea.aspx

 

That’s the top 3 I found most interesting on the Internet. How about you, have you seen, read, or tried any method for cleaning using tea? How was the experience? Would you even use tea to clean your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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I took a trip to North India some years ago and I heard the word “wallah” more often than I thought was necessary. "Wallah" sounded like our local word for "nothing", which is "wala" (accent at the end of the word). You can see why it made me curious. I asked a local what it actually meant. All he said was, “wallah” means, ‘someone who does something’.

 That was... vague.

But it satiated my curiosity anyway. So much so in fact, that it got me into the habit of using the word whenever I chat up locals. We would always get to the point of the conversation where I have to tell them all the Hindi words I knew. I'd usually say, "wallah wallah". ("Wallah" = nothing in my language. Get it?) Most people would simply smile politely, but one man actually did a rap that included the phrases, “pita wallah”, “chai wallah”, “[insert Hindi word here] wallah”. We all had a good laugh about it. 

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This is the legendary rapper. 

 

After leaving India, I forgot about that word and went on with my life. That is, until I saw this photo on Reddit a few weeks ago with the description, chai wallah

(c) Tom Abraham DcruzIt rekindled my interest in the word so I went on a quest to find its meaning. Took me less than a minute to find out, though--thanks to Google for taking all the fun out of a good research since 2004.

On to this new phrase then!

Chai wallah is a Hindi phrase commonly heard in (of course) India. So what does it mean? Let’s approach it per word.

 

california-tea-house-what-is-a-chai-wallahThe word “chai” literally means tea in Hindi. Whenever someone orders a “chai tea latte” at a tea shop, they’re actually ordering “tea tea latte”. Now that’s something language and grammar nazis can whine about for months or even years to come! Next time you hear someone order “chai tea”...

Well. Please. Please. Stifle your laughter. Not everyone can be as cultured as we are! 

“Wallah” on the other hand, is--as an old Indian friend once so eloquently explained--really just someone who does something. Or, as Google puts it, “a person concerned or involved with a specified thing or business” or “a native or inhabitant of a specified place”.

So “chai wallah” is quite literally, a person involved in making tea. They are everywhere in India -- from walking street peddlers to tiny tea stalls to even the most expensive restaurants. This is a country that just can’t get enough of tea.

Too bad I wasn’t such a tea whore back then! I did bring home a bag of darjeeling from an emporium in Varanasi, though. Then gave it away without even having a cuppa myself. Face palm!

 

How about you, what foreign tea-related phrases have you been curious about? I would love to hear about them and what they mean. Share them in the comment section below!

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