Updated Shop Hours

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It’s April, and We are OPEN on Wednesdays AGAIN! – Noon-6pm, so Schlafly Market shoppers can stop by too

Sat 4/5/14 we will be open from 8am due to the Maplewood Coffee Crawl

Otherwise, the full scoop on our regular hours and upcoming Markets is HERE, and on our Calendar/Events Page

Occasionally we may be open a little later, or on an “Off” day if working on a project – You are Always welcome, whenever we are there.

We’re gearing up for Market Season again, and looking forward to Sharing Good Tea with all of you!

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PURCHASING POWER!!!!!

If I offer you $3 for a $2 bill will you take it?
That is the idea behind our “Purchasing Power Program” cards. Your advance purchase gives BOTH of us purchasing power. You get more for your money each time you visit, and in turn, we get much needed capital to stock the shop.

Purchase this card for $20
YOU Get $30-$40 of purchasing power for only $20
Card has a total of 10 stars or symbols (cost to you = $2 per star/symbol)
Each time you shop with us one star or symbol will get “punched” and you will receive at least $3 off your purchase that day
$3 value for each STAR

Special symbols (bus, bicycle, cat, snowflake) are each worth $5 if you qualify as follows:

Bus – Did you ride the bus today? show us your bus pass or bus ticket for that day
Bicycle – Is your bike outside?
Cat – Are you wearing a Tenth Life button, tee shirt, or hoodie?
Snowflake – Is it raining or snowing when you come in to shop?

Present the card to us wherever we are selling (Markets OR events)
Or you can leave the card on file in our shop, and the value will only be redeemed there.

Chai Ice cream

(by Galen McGreehan)

 INGREDIENTS

2 cups half-and-half
3 large egg yolks
 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon Traveling Tea Chai Spices
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the half-and-half to the scalding point (the milk begins to foam up). Remove from heat.
Meanwhile in a stainless steel bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy (about two minutes).
Gradually pour the scalding half-and-half into the whipped egg yolk mixture, making sure you keep whisking constantly so the eggs don’t curdle. If any lumps do form, strain the mixture first before heating.
Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until the custard thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon (170 degrees F).
Immediately remove the custard from the heat and continue to stir it for a few minutes so it does not overcook. At this point stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk in chai spices, making sure to break up any lumps that form.
 Cover and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate the custard until it is completely cold (several hours but preferably overnight).
Transfer the cold custard to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If the ice cream becomes too hard place in the refrigerator until softened.
Enjoy!
*NOTE – I like my chai pretty spicy, so I added another 2 teaspoons of chai mix as well  ground black pepper.  Adjust to your taste before cooling.

Shop Finally OPEN!

BeginningsFINALLY. I guess it always takes about 2 months longer and at least 25% more $ than you expect it to.

 

From this and this

               

to these!

  AND – We’ve got a great staff to assist you wherever we are!

Now we can get back to stocking teas and accessories, and coming up with more ways to help you Share Good Times with Good Tea.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

 

Shop Status – Take 3

Sinks are delivered, plumber scheduled for next week.  Extra electric has been installed to handle busy brewing needs.  We still need a wall separating food prep from walkway to bathroom, and I have to finish painting the floor.

Have hired some extra staff, and wonder of wonders, they can all get together at the same time for a tea sampling and orientation!

Our target OPEN date right now is Tuesday 5/14…..Taste of Maplewood is Sat 5/18, and we really want to be open for you then – as a respite from crowds and heat or chill with a refreshing cup of tea.

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce has scheduled our ribbon cutting for Tues 5/21 at 5:15 pm – Please join us for that!

Meanwhile – the “tea shop that travels” will be at opening day of Tower Grove Farmers Market on Sat 5/4 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm with some new brewing options, and perhaps a new flavor of tea to refresh you!

Looking forward to Sharing Good Tea with our friends – both old and new!

Shop Status Update

Though we are not yet officially open, yesterday was our first event in our new shop location at 2707 Sutton Blvd in Maplewood – The 4th Annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl [I always forget to take pictures!!]

 

600 people were registered, and I know we saw many of you!  The flow of tea sampling was pretty constant from 8:15-12:30.  THANK YOU!  and thank you SO much for your warm welcome to the neighborhood.

We are still waiting for installation of sinks, and have some finish painting etc to complete, as well as final inspections.

We’ll be sending out an email as well as updating Facebook and Twitter as opening day gets close.

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In the meantime, look for us in the Farmers Market area at Earthday by the Muny in Forest Park on Sunday 4/21

AND/OR attend our food and tea pairing at Something Elegant Catering on Tuesday 4/16.  Tea/Food Pairing event details

Attendance is limited to 25 guests and we are more than half full at this point – so don’t delay.  Recipes and tips for cooking with tea will be shared freely.  Call me or email to reserve your spot  314 477 8516 or kateri @ traveling-tea (dot) com

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New shop – 2707 Sutton Blvd – Maplewood

3/26/13 – Update

We are about 95% finished with painting the walls. Plumber has installed floor drain and roughed in the drains. Sinks are ordered.
We WILL be serving tea samples at the Maplewood Coffee Crawl on Sat April 6, 8am-1pm. Full open and able to sell date is yet to be determined.

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We hope some of you can join us at Something Elegant Catering, 2200 Yale Avenue Maplewood on Tues 4/16 for tea and food pairing. 3 course tasting with cocktails & mocktails + truffles from Oh Sheila! Limited to 25 guests, $30/person Reservations required – Call 314-781-7722
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I welcomed Home Wine Kitchen to the Traveling Tea Service family, and FORGOT to also Welcome Pie Oh My!
Jane started serving some of our tea in February, dine in or to-go [Scottish Breakfast, Maple Honeybush, Meeting of the Mints, AND Wuyi Oolong].  You KNOW you Want a piece of Pie!

Have a Cuppa Tea

Great YouTube link for Great Big Sea covering a Kinks song. Thanks Great Big Sea!

Quite catchy!!

Fun with Tea as Art

I’ve been so busy sharing tea and making new plans for sharing tea, I’ve not taken time to update you here.

Tea as beverage, tea in cooking, ….. tea in art? (besides paintings and drawings of people enjoying tea)

On Friday 2/1/13, a new exhibit opened at the Contemporary Art Museum [Jeremy Deller's "Joy in People"]

Part of the exhibit includes a replica of Valerie’s Snack Bar from Manchester England, and part of the “art” is that complementary tea is served in the exhibit.

Valerie's Snack Bar

Valerie's Snack Bar replica

Guess whose tea is being served?  Every day of the exhibit, through 4/28/13, good tea is being shared.  I was honored to be asked.

As a further tie-in, I provided individual teabags for an art project for Family Day, and this is what Maria created with those.  What Fun?!

 

 

Do You Know Where Your Tea Comes From? [aka - What are you using for your kombucha?]

Japan Firm Recalls China Tea on Pesticide Fears

by Naharnet Newsdesk 12/11/2012

Japanese food company Ito En on Tuesday issued a huge recall of Chinese-grown tea after some of it was found to contain illegal levels of pesticide residue.

The firm said it was recalling about 400,000 packages of Oolong tea after spot testing revealed pesticide residue levels above Japanese food safety limits.

Ito En said it started testing the tea from China’s southern Fujian province after another Japanese teamaker announced last month it had found similarly high pesticide levels in its China-sourced tea.

“We found the higher levels of pesticide residue after conducting voluntary tests following another company’s announcement about Oolong teabags,” an Ito En spokesman told Agence France Presse.

But he insisted the findings were not an imminent health risk, adding that the firm had not received any complaints from customers.

The spokesman said the tea had passed sample testing performed in China, which has been hit by a string of food safety scandals in recent years.

Ito En said it may strengthen its testing of the traditional-style Oolong tea and has sent company officials to China to investigate the matter.

“We will suspend sales of the relevant products until we find out the cause,” he said.

The tea under recall has expiry dates from mid to late November 2013.

Excerpted from article here

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All our oolongs are independently 3rd party tested and certified organic.

We know you can find cheaper tea….can you trust it?  Email or call to discuss bulk purchasing (8-16 oz or more)

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