Tea Time

Tea Time in Taiwan
tea time in Luang Prabang, Laos 2016

Tea is a way of connecting. Drinking tea is one of my favorite rituals.

You might call me a “tea snob” because I have come to love tea and am pretty picky about it too. It wasn’t always this way. Years ago I attended a tea event at my friend’s chic tea import store on La Brea in Los Angeles. Owner Gail Baral was my guide to all-things tea. How to make it, what to eat with it, and which countries did it come from. I got hooked. Drinking tea all day works for me because the buzz from tea is a smooth uplifting constant as opposed to coffee which can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. At least, that was how Gail explained it to me many years ago.

I learned to brew loose leaf tea. I studied different tea regions like Darjeeling in India and Ceylon in Sri Lanka. I enjoy a strong black Aasam tea during the day and calming Chinese green tea in the evening. More importantly I experienced tea rituals through global travels.

In Europe, it is common to add milk. This came about because in the early days of tea arriving from the East India Trading Company it was low quality so milk made it taste better. The highest quality was super expensive and saved only for the rich. Today in India adding milk is the norm. Usually it is a hot steamed milk or even ground spices are added calling it masala tea. BTW did you know that the word chai means tea, so when you ask for a chai tea, you are asking for tea tea?

Chester and me in India drinking street tea 2007

What really took me over the edge understanding tea was when my friend in London, Pete Hendricks, suggested I read one of his favorite books, “For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History” by Sarah Rose. Based on journal notes and historic events of Scottish botanist Robert Fortune who was sent to steal the crop from deep within China and bring it back to British plantations in India, it reads like adventure fiction. The odyssey of this tall Scottish man who went undercover in 1848 pretending to be from Northern China (because Northern Chinese are taller) is a fascinating read. One of my favorite books.

tea time at the Fairy Cave in a remote area of Taiwan 2016

The art of negotiating always takes on a tea component throughout Asia, especially in Bali. Traveling to the small craft town Tenganan in East Bali with my friend Robert in 2000 I witnessed a master class. Tenganan is famous for beautiful baskets handmade according to ancient techniques with a smokey scent. They are said to be so sturdy they last a hundred years. Robert was there to purchase baskets for a client in Sweden. When we reached the village I stood back to watch him work his magic. Like the ancient art of tea, the ancient art of shopping has important lessons too. Don’t talk business before making friends and sharing a cup of tea. Bicker about the price then have another cup of tea. Finally, meet in the middle so everybody walks away happy. And then of course there’s a final cup of tea to seal the deal.

me in Tenganan, Bali being followed by a water buffalo 2001

If you are already a tea drinker, enjoy. If not, maybe you will give it a try. I have found tea to be so much more than a hot drink and it’s always “tea time!” My favorite new find is Steven Smith Tea from Portland. Their flavor combinations is superb whether loose leaf or sachets. Try Mao Feng Shui or Portland Breakfast! Cheers!

tea time in Denver 2019

Be A Star

Life is a movie and you are the star.

Your story is your screenplay, told from your point of view, and only you can write that script. It can be a rom-com, action-adventure, docudrama, or whatever you make it. The main thing is that it’s your story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Friends are your cast of characters and lovers, your co-stars. “Hitting your mark” which is the term for the X drawn on the ground where the camera focuses and lighting is set, is crucial. If you miss your mark, you may appear a blurry dot in the dark. You want to be in the spotlight.

Even if you don’t want to be an actor, or know nothing about the entertainment business, the same rules of film-making can apply to any business, and especially a career in the arts. Navigating the film industry taught me invaluable tools for deal-making, building solid relationships, being authentic and using my voice to stand my ground.

What I learned is that stars illuminate every profession, industry and community. There are superstars in sales, star healers, musicians, artists, writers, business owners, entrepreneurs and even star friends and family. Successful people have “star power” and you need to know what that is and how to get it.

This is the subject of my new book (currently seeking an agent) and I can’t wait to get it out there for you. Stay tuned….

Get Feng Shui’d

Seeing the world through “Feng Shui Eyes” is not about moving your couch (although sometimes it’s helpful) or spending a lot of money. Feng Shui fairy dust cannot  be sprinkled to make you instantly successful, popular or rich. What Classical Chinese Feng Shui can do is tap into positive and auspicious Qi or life-force energy in your environment so you live and work in a place that is supportive. Life is better with great Feng Shui.

TOP 10 FENG SHUI TIPS:

It Takes Two To Tango

Spice up your love life with the duality of pairs

Cover Televisions when not in use

Televisions and computers emit unhealthy energy

Bring out the Welcome Mat

Opportunity knocks at the front door

Light my Fire

Balance the fireplace with a mirror over the mantel

Always sit in the Power Position

No one wants their back to the door

Art that Inspires

Lift your spirits with positive artwork

Romance the Bedroom

Bedrooms are private sanctuaries and passionate playgrounds

Treat yourself to Flowers

Fresh flowers bring prosperity

Hang art Feng Shui Style

Break the heaven and earth line

Family Wall of Fame

Qi gets stuck in long hallways, stir it up with a family wall of fame

For more information or to schedule your personal Feng Shui consultation contact Anita at www.AnitaRosenberg.com