Entries in Tea Travels
May 13, 2013
Walking into the Marumoto Tearoom & Shop in Budapest, a city sumptuous architecture - a mix of Art Nouveau, Classist, Gothic, Bauhaus and Socialist (to name a few) - one is transported to the landscape and energy of Japan and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
May 11, 2013
TEA CUP and BAG LIGHT
Shtoor - Homemade Cafe
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Serves fresh mint and ginger tisanes and world class homemade baked goods! And you gotta love the lights!
View of Panska Street from front window of Shtoor, with light over bar, Janeil Engelstad
May 09, 2013
One of the more quirky tea houses in Europe is the Underground Tea House in Bratislava. After entering a passageway, off a cobblestone street and descending down centuries old stone stairs you arrive at this gem of a place.
The first room that you enter houses the tea bar and shop, which sells tea ware and other products from Asia including Tibetan slippers and incense. A labyrinth of rooms, outfitted with tables and chairs and sofa beds and pillows winds out from the shop.
February 08, 2013
SUNDAY FEB 9, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CRYSTAL GARDEN, VICTORIA B.C., CANADA
Taking place in the tea capital of Canada, the Victoria Tea Festival is the largest public tea exhibition in North America with over 40 exhibitors. Taste a wide selection of teas and originating from different regions of the world and prepared in unique ways. Local bakeries, restaurants, and chocolatiers provide complimentary food that either utilize tea in the preparation or are excellent food pairings with select teas. Other businesses such as artists, non-profits, and health/wellness that utilize tea or are connected to tea in some way add to the festival experience.
Experience, sample, touch, and smell. Purchase your favourite teas wares and trying something new while learning about tea culture.
For more information: http://www.victoriateafestival.com/
July 21, 2012
Janeil Engelstad and her project MAP - Make Art with Purpose were at the dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany this past week. Held once every five summers, Documenta is one of the largest and most dynamic art surveys in the world. At least two of the more than 150 artists exhibiting at the thirteenth iteration of Documenta served tea as a part of their project.
July 11, 2012
MAP co-founder and partner Janeil Engelstad is currently in residence at ArtMill in the Czech Republic as a part of MAP - Make Art with Purpose, her international art and social practice project. Yesterday Janeil gave a talk about tea to the campers at Artmill. The talk included information about the different types of tea and the zakti principles of sustainable development, including: building and maintaining positive relationships with the people who grow and produce zakti teas; ensuring ecologically sound practices in all aspects of zakti business; achieving a profit that generates a fair income for the owners and employees and gives revenue back to the communities where zakti does business. Over the next months zakti will be supporting various creative projects around the globe, including MAP and Art Dialogue. Stay tuned for more information on our activities in the arts and around sustainability.
To see more photos of the tea class visit the ArtMill Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ArtMill/315738565652
Image: Alex Katis
July 08, 2012
One of our favorite things to do when we travel around the world is to visit tea houses where we meet with other tea enthusiasts and often discover new teas. While several European capital cities have a number of tea houses, Prague's vibrant tea culture has a vibe and rhythm all its own. Many of Prague's tea houses date back to before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in 1989. Located in what was then Czechoslovakia, the city benefited from the countries strong ties with China, the USSR, Japan and North Africa. All countries that have rich tea drinking traditions.