Best Teas

Best Tea for Leap Day by Abigail Beck I’ve never been one for celebrating Leap Day. I’m not a leapling, nor the daughter of one. But when my friend and I both had the afternoon off on the day the calendar happened to be catching up with the rotation of the earth, we decided to […]

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The Best Tea for Poorly Laid Plans by Abigail Beck Good old Robbie Burns warned us about mice and men and the laying of plans, but the schemes that go the most “agley” are the ones we fail to lay at all. Which is how I ended up in a car with my grandmother, turning […]

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Tea: Lychee Black

by Abigail Beck on August 19, 2015

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Best Tea for Remembering Chinatown by Abigail Beck I’d forgotten about San Francisco’s hills. Not that I’d been to that golden city before, but from the movies I really should have remembered. Evening was descending when we finally edged into a parking space at the intersection of Chestnut and Hyde — tilted up at a […]

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Best Tea for Surviving Chiberia (and other cold places) by Heather M. Surls Chiberia, n. a term coined by NWS meteorologist Ricky Castro (on his way to work) before the 1/6/2014 polar vortex outbreak. The City of Chicago and greater suburban areas reached air temperatures around -15 degree Fahrenheit, combined with wind chills down to -50 […]

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Tea: Forever Nuts

by Abigail Beck on November 4, 2014

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“It is important that I have my tisane punctually.” ~David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly Best Tea for Solving Mysteries by Abigail Beck Agatha Christie’s portly detective is notorious for drinking his herbal infusions, so I suppose I was in good company when I got up in the middle of […]

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The Best Tea for… Making Friends by Heather M. Surls  “Come, Heather,” Malika says, the first syllable of my name rough with Russian, “come drink tea.” We are walking through the parking lot of our apartment complex after taking her son to kindergarten. She is not feeling well today—something about her heart (and she’s only […]

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The Best Tea for…Having a Baby by Heather M. Surls I am 36 weeks pregnant and afraid of being induced. Some women plan inductions, but I’ve realized I’m the ‘crunchy’ type (perhaps I should have recognized this long ago, what with the homemade yogurt and vinegar-water to clean the bathroom), and I want to have […]

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The Best Tea for Time Travel by Christine Shultz Time travel can be a thirsty business. Go back too far in time, and one has the choice of various alcoholic drinks — ales, wines, and if one is lucky, mead — and not much else. Water? Unfiltered, probably not safe. Milk? An unpasteurized bacteria playground. […]

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Tea: MatèVana

by Evan Shultz on February 12, 2009

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Best Tea for Quitting Coffee (if you’re rich) by Evan Shultz Sleepless nights. Grumpy mornings. Getting startled at work, and responding with a roundhouse kick to a coworker’s jugular. Chewing grounds when the filters run out. It may be time to quit coffee. But I’ve been there, tried that. Switching to decaf sundered any hope […]

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Tea: Earl Grey Smoky

by Rachel Fox on February 12, 2008

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Best Tea for Telling Stories by Rachel Deveau I cannot remember my first cup of tea – whether it was at home, at a friend’s place, or at a tea party – but I would not be surprised if it was Earl Grey. Every morning, like the sun rising, my mother drinks a cup or […]

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