Memorial Day

By May 26, 2014 Brewing Tea
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    To all those who served, we thank you. To all those we lost, we salute you. Happy Memorial Day.

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      Hostess Gift Guide

      By May 19, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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        With summer right around the corner, your social calendar will be filling up with picnics and BBQs. Don’t want to show up empty handed to the gathering? Check out our gift guide below, with options for any hostess.
        1. Summer Peach Iced Tea (Art of Tea)
        2. Assorted Tea Gift Box (Art of Tea)
        3. Iced Tea Pitcher (Art of Tea)
        4. Lemon Lime & Cherry Kitchen Towels (World Market)
        5. Outdoor Tray (West Elm)
        6. Gold Glasses (Crate & Barrel)
        7. Napkins (Anthropologie)
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          Special Event: Bloggers & Blending

          By May 13, 2014 Art of Tea News, Gifts, Holidays & Events
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            Last weekend at Art of Tea Headquarters, we held a special event and invited LA food bloggers to come and learn about the tea blending process, the different properties of tea, and have a tour of the entire Art of Tea office/warehouse. At the end of the event, we held a tea tasting, and then let the bloggers blend their own custom bags of tea. A huge thank you to those that came and participated in this awesome event and tea education.
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            The set up:
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            Steve, the founder and creator of Art of Tea, giving the bloggers an introduction on the event and the background of Art of Tea.
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            A tour of the back warehouse
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            Art of TeaThe six teas that were tasted
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            Steve demonstrating the unique Art of Tea filter bags while bloggers look on.
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            The special blend that was created to show how the process works.
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            One of the bloggers gorgeous blends.
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            Once everyone had blended their teas, Steve and Charles (Head of Education at Art of Tea) demonstrated how to properly steep and try your unique mix.
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            Thank you to all of the bloggers who came out and participated in this event. We had a lot of fun, and hope you did as well!

             

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              Cucumber Mint Guayusa

              By May 12, 2014 Brewing Tea, Cocktails, Mocktails & More, Tea Profiles
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                Cucumber Mint Guayusa
                With summer just around the corner, and the weather getting warmer, time to pull out those pitchers, gather some friends, and enjoy the sunshine with some Cucumber Mint Guayusa iced tea. This easy to brew recipe is the perfect addition to any outdoor social or BBQ. All you need is the iced tea packet, and some sliced lemon, lime and cucumber. Combine with ice and water and enjoy with some tasty pastries and good friends.

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                  Digitox

                  By May 6, 2014 Art of Tea News, Gifts, Holidays & Events, Health & Lifestyle, Our Beliefs
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                    Many of us have become so attached to our phones and other electronic devices, we can’t do anything without them. We at Art of Tea believe in taking time to enjoy the ritual of tea making, and enjoying the moment. What better way to do that than a digital detox challenge, Digitox? Challenge yourself every day for the month of May to take 8 minutes to unplug, sit back, and enjoy a cup of fresh brewed tea. Check out the infographic below for the benefits and other ideas you can do for your daily 8 minute digital detox. Show us how you’re unplugging and digitoxing by using the hashtag #AOTDigitox. We can’t wait to see what you do!
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                      Mother’s Day Gift Guide

                      By April 28, 2014 Gifts, Holidays & Events
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                        Looking for something special to give your lovely mom this Mother’s Day? Check out Art of Tea’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide below to find that perfect gift or inspiration for her day. Happy hunting!

                        Mother's Day Gift Guide

                         

                        1. Art of Tea Tea for Her (Art of Tea)
                        2. Frosted Glass Tea Pot (Art of Tea)
                        3. Mother’s Day Card (Sugar Paper)
                        4. Voluspa Metallo Candle (Leif)
                        5. Monogrammed Mug (Anthropologie)
                        6. Library of Flowers Hand Lotion (Library of Flowers)

                         

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                          Featured Wholesaler: Fifty Seven

                          By April 24, 2014 Art of Tea News, Featured Partners
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                            1. What is the philosophy of Fifty Seven?
                            “Fifty Seven is the Arts District restaurant that is passionate about innovation, education and encompassing creativity and expression!”
                            This mission statement was written by our entire team collectively during training.  We spent a lot of time discussing what means the most to us about hospitality and being a part of a community.  Culture is everything to us!
                            2. What experience would you like customers to have when they come dine at your restaurant?
                            That sense of community that we strive for… to feel warm and welcomed.  The cocktails they are drinking have ingredients fresh picked from the farmer’s market.  The food is local, seasonal, and the freshest quality.  The wine list is filled with California wines from winemakers we respect and vineyards we love to visit.  Our plates and decor have been hand crafted by artists in the area.  We carry beer and spirits from local vendors.  We want guests to have a sense of home and feel a part of the community around them.
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                            3. How do seasonal ingredients impact your menu?
                            It is very important to us to only serve the freshest ingredients to our guests.  Our first chef, Chef David Nayfeld, is inspired by whatever our local farmers are currently excited about, or something he has brought back from foraging, and creates a dish around that.  He changes the menu on a daily basis depending on what looks and tastes best at the farmer’s market and what is currently in season.  Our lead bartender, Jeronimo Medina, also does the same with our cocktails.  When the seasons change, so will our menus.
                            4. What is the premise behind rotating chefs every season?
                            We love the idea of bringing in different chefs from across the country to Los Angeles for guests to experience different cuisines, flavor profiles, styles and backgrounds.  This keeps things constantly new and exciting, while still keeping the same warm service and atmosphere.  It is also a great opportunity for up and coming chefs to show their skills to the LA market.  We provide them the support they need to execute their ideas, and we get the benefit of learning from them!
                            5. How do you determine what outside sources to carry at your restaurant?
                            Something that has a story.  A farmer or a winemaker who we believe in.  People who are passionate about what they do and pour their heart and soul into a product.  We believe that energy transfers over to our staff and then to our guests.
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                            6. Why serve Art of Tea?
                            Art of Tea represents everything we’ve mentioned.  They’re from Los Angeles, they take great pride and care in their products, and they have a strong emphasis on training which is very important to us.  The managers at Art of Tea trained our entire staff and management team on the beauty of tea and the process that goes into making every single type they carry.  They have so many flavors to chose from.   We have a non alcoholic pairing available where we can pair Art of Tea with food, and we are currently creating a hibiscus cocktail using Art of Tea hibiscus tea.  Last but not least, we just love to drink it ourselves!
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                              Matcha Tea Guide

                              By April 23, 2014 Brewing Tea, Tea Profiles
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                                In honor of the tea of the month, Ceremonial Matcha, we have put together a guide to make the perfect cup of Matcha using our new bowl set. Check it out below!
                                Matcha Tea Guide
                                Matcha Set

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                                  MediTEAtion

                                  By April 15, 2014 Health & Lifestyle, History and Culture of Tea, Our Beliefs
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                                    MediTEAtion

                                    So many of us get caught up in our busy lives, we forget to sit back and enjoy the moment. The practice of of meditation is something we all can benefitfrom, even a mere five minutes. The next time you’re getting ready for work and brewing your tea, take in the fragrent smells. Think about each drink you take and enjoy every sip.

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                                    Your meditation does not have to be long. It should be enough time to step back and appreciate the world around you. Think about five wonderful things in your life as you sip your morning cup. Take a deep breath and smell the flowers. These small changes add a new level of gratitude to your daily life. Not only is this exercise good for your mind, it improves your mood and outlook on life. (Get excited for our May challenge coming up. More details to come!)

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                                      April Music Playlist

                                      By April 7, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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                                        With the start of a new month and a new season, we at Art of Tea have put together some of our favorite songs for you to enjoy while drinking your favorite tea. Share with a good book, a good friend or a good piece of cake, kickback and enjoy.

                                        April Music Playlist

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