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Travel advice for San Antonio please!

Next month my work is going to send me to scenic San Antonio, TX! Please help me with some recommendations as I have never been there. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Failures in Hydration, Cream Edition

Like this questioner here, I too am a grown-ass woman who fails at hydration. However, I do find that I am more willing to guzzle down creamy drinks, such as milk or hot chocolate. Are those enough to hydrate me, will I die from too much milk, and what other drinks will help fulfil both the cream craving and the hydration? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 15, 2014 - 23 answers

Travel advice for Montgomery and Atlanta please!

Hi MetaFilter! I have upcoming work travel to Montomery, AL. I am planning to fly through Atlanta, GA, and drive in to Montgomery. Let me tell you about my special snowflake issues. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Aug 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for tea and allergy friendly food in Huntington and Little Rock

I am traveling in the next few weeks to Huntington, WV and Little Rock, AR. I have not had great luck with either city in the past and would like advice on places to go for food or tea. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jul 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Cold-Brewed Tisanes: Boricha and Beyond

So this summer I have been loving the ease of cold-brewed, noncaffeinated herbal beverages, mixing up blends of hibiscus, rose petals, rooibos, mint, and other odds and ends. I'd like to expand my formulary by learning which herbals cold-brew well, and how they'd differ from hot-brew. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jul 13, 2014 - 2 answers

If I drink this, will I die?

I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
posted by Drinky Die on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Enameled Cast Iron Teapot: Stovetop heating

Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Tea for the common man: good, better, best?

Tea: I'm trying to figure out which are the best supermarket brands, and what might be a good kind of tea to try. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Mar 16, 2014 - 50 answers

Looking for fancy tea cup recommendations:

I'd like something that's either understated (traditional, white porcelain), but outstanding quality. Or a little more elegant: 1, 2. (These are pretty ideal, but I don't think the manufacturer ships to the US.) Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by jtothes on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea?

Where can I find this brand of buckwheat tea? I tried Googling the phone number without any luck. All the text is in Japanese, I think, so I can't dig any deeper than that.
posted by archagon on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Red Raspberry leaf tea for a shorter labor -- did you drink it?

Should I drink raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester of pregnancy? Did you? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 17, 2014 - 25 answers

Any great nonfiction books on the history of tea and its global trade?

I'm interested in tea and its history, especially its role in global trade and conflict. Are there any great nonfiction books that cover the subject without focusing exclusively on a certain time period or location? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jan 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Identify Black Loose-Leaf Chinese Tea

Can someone help me identify this bag of Chinese tea? It was gifted to me and I know nothing about it. It's a wonderful tea and would very much like to buy more. If you know your teas please feel free to recommend another assuming you are familiar with the taste and other attributes of this particular black tea. Photo 1. Photo 2.
posted by uncleGarage on Jan 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I prevent tea from molding or turning on my counter?

We just recently bought one of these drink dispensers. I thought we went through enough iced tea to fill it, so the two times I've made tea, I made about 2.5 gallons. Both times, the tea spoiled before we could drink all of it. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Jan 10, 2014 - 14 answers

Tea-of-the-month club recommendations

We're thinking of getting a friend of ours some kind of Tea of the Month club subscription as a (slightly belated) Christmas present. We're not big tea drinkers ourselves; can anyone recommend a particular company to get it from? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I do with this big bag (potentially larva infested) of tea?

I was making a morning cup of tea when I noticed a little white thing in my tea strainer. Upon further inspection it looked a bit like this larva/maggot thing but with a blacker front end. So I'm pretty grossed out that this was there and my first instinct was to toss the whole bag (it's from Tea Gschwedner if anyone is curious). Is there anything else to do? First inspection I don't see anything else in the bag, but I haven't sorted through with a fine tooth comb either.
posted by Carillon on Oct 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Alternative to coffee?

I am quitting coffee; too intense on my stomach. Is it the caffeine? Does caffeine in tea operate differently? Looking for some good alternatives, besides the usual Green Tea. But getting a health benefit is always good.
posted by ebesan on Oct 21, 2013 - 25 answers

I wish I had a cat I could blame this on

I broke my tea mug and I need a new one. [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Oct 7, 2013 - 32 answers

Any thoughts on the safety of giving cats Sleepytime Tea?

Sleepytime Tea gets my cat high, I found out accidentally after dropping a tea bag. I mean, catnip high. Any thoughts as to whether it would be dangerous to cats? Is this a just say no to drugs situation or a pass the pipe situation?
posted by angrycat on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Why does my tea taste like soap?

I drink good-quality tea (Harney & Sons, loose, black), brew it in a clean and thoroughly rinsed pot, and drink it from a clean and thoroughly rinsed mug. Occasionally, my cup of tea will taste like soap. I have noticed this with two different orders of the same blend brewed in two different pots (one glass, one ceramic). What's going on?
posted by before and after on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Best Loose-Leaf Afternoon Tea in London

I would be grateful for suggestions on the best afternoon tea in London under £30 per head, with an emphasis on the quality of tea and cakes. So here I assume that places serving loose-leaf is better than bags. I am not too fussed about the pomp (though it is a special occasion). Many of the afternoon teas in that price bracket, according to my research, tend to serve teabags, are too busy or full of tourists.
posted by ashaw on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

I need a new dru-- er, beverage. One that won't make me sick.

I really enjoy Coke. (Yes, the soda.) I need a sugar-free or lower-sugar alternative beverage to drink at work. It's for dental reasons, not diet. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jul 29, 2013 - 55 answers

Cusco: What did I just drink?

In the plazas in Cusco the vendors sell some kind of sweet tea, but my Spanish wasn't good enough to figure out exactly what was going into the tea. On the right side of the cart were five or six bottles filled with brightly colored liquids. In the middle of the cart was a cauldron of boiling water and herbs. The herbs had small leaves and lots of seeds - it wasn't coca. The tea was made with a shot of sugar syrup, splashes from each of the colored liquids except for the dark green one (never the green one! and not all carts even had the green liquid), and a large scoop of the herbal tea. The result was a sweet, somewhat fruity, hot tea. If anyone is familiar with this, do you have any idea what any of the herbs or syrups were?
posted by kanewai on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Best way of storing green tea

I've noticed that my favorite jasmine green tea tastes a lot better when I first buy it than it does a few weeks later. I'm currently storing it in a double-lid tea container, much like this one. Can anybody suggest a better storage method? What works for you?
posted by yankeefog on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Fancy Tea

Any recommendations for a tea with strong licorice flavor that isn't fruity or sweet? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Calling people with large tea cupboards

Can you help me identify a specific brand of tea based on what I recall of its box design? I used it up, recycled the packaging, and foolishly thought I'd be able to find it again easily. [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Apr 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Clever ways to package loose leaf tea?

I need to package loose leaf tea to make small gifts, think like a wedding favor. The package could include another small item (could be in a small glass or have a small pot of honey, or something else) but should not cost more than $2 (excluding the tea) in bulk quantities (like 400). Thanks for your suggestions!
posted by cacao on Apr 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Why does the microwave heat up my mug before the tea?

Why does the microwave heat up my mug before the tea? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Apr 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Dine-in/takeaway Tea shops in Sydney?

Looking for the tea equivalent of coffee shops in Sydney.Preferably in the CBD/inner city. High Tea is OK, but looking for something more basic than that. I refuse to pay $4.00 for hot water and a tea bag, lol.
posted by mocoface on Mar 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Are there any actual health benefits to drinking kombucha?

I have been brewing and drinking my own kombucha for years. I like the taste, I like the bubbles, and it's a fun and relatively low-maintenance hobby in the realm of brewing things (way less involved than beer, for instance). What I'm wondering is if there is any actual known proven non-woo benefit of drinking the stuff. There's so much crap online it's difficult to sort through. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Mar 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there a way to make a bubble tea without the caffeine?

I'm looking to make a bubble tea style drink at home, but all of the mixes seem to be tea based. Is there any that don't have caffeine that you are aware of or have used before? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Mar 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Caffeine withdrawal: Personal stories?

Two days ago, I decided to cut down on my caffeine intake drastically. I now feel super duper out of it and fatigued, plus I have headaches (I never get headaches!). I would like to hear personal anecdotes from others regarding their experiences with caffeine withdrawal, so I know for sure that what I am feeling is not just in my head. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Mar 6, 2013 - 60 answers

Help me upgrade my green tea experience.

In the last month, I've become a tea drinker. I'm new to this, but I'm ready to do it right. A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Feb 4, 2013 - 32 answers

Tea Time

Does this happen to anyone else when drinking tea? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

All I want for Xmas is airport peace, quiet and wifi

How can one keep sane with a 6 (six) hour layover in Detroit airport during the Xmas travel rush? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 12, 2012 - 20 answers

the cutest little thermos ever

I take a nice 4-serving Thermos of tea to work every day. It keeps my tea nice and hot all day long. But my little tupperware of milk warms up after a couple of hours. I'd like to find a 4-ounce container that will keep my milk cool, can poor without dripping, and is OK to put dairy in (because according to my Thermos, it's dairy intolerant).
posted by rebent on Nov 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me identify where I might purchase this teapot for serving chai.

Tea detectives: I need your help. On a recent trip to India I was served chai in this magnificent tea pot (or chai pot) or perhaps it has some unknown name . . . I should have looked for identifying manufacturer marks while there, but alas too late. My google-fu has failed me so far, please help me identify a source where I might purchase said item. (Image inside). [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 22, 2012 - 4 answers

I can't fly to India every time I need tea. Can I?

I have the most bourgeois question ever, but damnit, tea is serious business. Where/how can I get more of this amazing tea from Kerala, India? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 27, 2012 - 10 answers

A rose by any other name...

I bought dried rosehips for tea. They were hard as rocks and didn't steep at all. What now? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Sep 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Better Tea Storage

Lately, I've been into tea and more interested in trying new varieties than waiting to finish off the old stuff. I don't really have any teas I want to throw away. What's the best way to store a bunch of small containers of loose tea in a space efficient and aesthetically pleasing way? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Should-I-eat-this-filter: Should I drink day-old green tea?

Silly question but, is it ok to drink green tea I brewed yesterday and left in the fridge overnight? It's kinda weird - dark and bitter. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Aug 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me get started with a tea garden

What herbs can I grow to make my own tasty, medicinal, and/or magical teas? I'd love to hear your tea recipes, too.
posted by swift on Aug 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Where should I buy Genmaicha with Matcha?

I have recently developed a taste for Genmaicha with Matcha (green tea with roasted rice), and I am looking for a recommendation for an online source, the loose variety.
posted by nanook on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

What's the greenest way to boil my tea water?

What is the most environmentally friendly way to boil water for, e.g., tea? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jun 6, 2012 - 23 answers

The color of tea

Do larger tea companies put dyes in their teas or concentrate their ingredients to make a brew look more, uh, tea-y? [more inside]
posted by tenstairs on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Poppies will make them sleepy.

Is it possible to get high from tea made out of poppies ordered off of ebay (the kind used for floral arrangements)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Where to find cheap Long Island Iced Tea in NYC?

Where can I find Long Island Iced Teas for cheap prices in NYC? Especially during happy hours? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Feb 7, 2012 - 2 answers

what was the historical buzz?

Were there stimulant drinks or foods in Europe before the arrival of coffee and tea from Asia and Africa? If so, what were they, and who had access to them? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

scented teas

I'm interested in making my own scented tea blends with dried flowers. I'm aware that commercial scented teas utilize aromas to augment the use of flowers. Do you know of a good supplier of dried jasmine, osmanthus, rose, chrysanthemum or cherry blossom?
posted by leigh1 on Jan 7, 2012 - 5 answers

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