Thursday Reading Links #34 (Tea edition)

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“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Today’s reading links are dedicated to all things tea because a good cup of tea is one of life’s most wonderful pleasures.

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and enjoy some light reading.

Sparkling tea, anyone?

A lovely tea caddy from 1810.

How to stay in business for 300 years and stay relevant, according to Fortnums.

The best afternoon tea in London, according to British Vogue.

The history of afternoon tea. And another article on the history of afternoon tea by Twinings, with lots of wonderful illustrations and photography.

Historian Lucy Worsley wrote a cookbook about Afternoon Tea, Tea Fit for a Queen. I own it and have made several of the sandwich recipes.

I’m not sure this article is credible, but it’s fun to read: How does Queen Elizabeth take her tea?

This Tea For One pot by Royal Albert is my latest acquisition and it is perfection.

Tea Advent Calendars.

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Mariage Frères in Tokyo.

Pairing books with tea.

Earl Grey Tea scented candle.

All about Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford (the lady who gave us Afternoon Tea).

Paris Tea Favorites.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links (on a Sunday) #28

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Mariage Frères in Tokyo.

Having just returned from Japan, I was so sorry and sad to hear about the typhoon. I was happy that Japan beat Scotland in their rugby match. They really needed a win as a morale boost for the nation.

We had a lovely tea at Mariage Frères in Tokyo.

Four Most Haunted Hotels in Washington D.C.

I am craving a good slice of battenberg cake and can’t seem to find one in my neck of the woods. Which makes sense since I live across that little pond from Britain. How to make the perfect battenberg cake. I just need to stop being lazy so I can make it myself. I have a great recipe in my Fortnum’s cookbook.

Renovation Romance Novels to Read if You Love HGTV.

Meghan Markle vs. The Daily Mail. One of the comments in this article made a good point. The media keeps crucifying the Duchess, but Prince Andrew can get away with pedophilia? I’m as baffled as you are.

A Creative Life: Sophie & Spencer.

I’m reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It is so, so, so good that I don’t have words for it (yet, review to follow). If you love couture, royals, history and royal history then you might like this book too.

And just for fun, the blog one year ago: Trinket Tuesday: Tour Eiffel

Have a great new week!!

xoxo, Jane

Mariage Frères in Tokyo

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Mariage’s fabulous teaware. (If you look closely, you can spot Japan’s famous vending machines.)

I’m back from two weeks of traveling, (one week in Japan and the other week in Palau) though I’m still trying to play catch-up. It’s been harder than I anticipated to get back into the swing of things.

The blog might remain quiet for a while longer, but I did want to quickly share my wonderful afternoon tea experience at Mariage Frères in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood.

Mariage Frères (Mariage Brothers) is a French tea company, founded in 1854. It’s a luxury brand with locations in Paris, Berlin, London and Tokyo. They have over 500 tea blends!

We visited the Ginza location, which is Tokyo’s uber-chic shopping district, and sat down for their version of afternoon tea.

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The peaceful and beautiful Ginza restaurant.

The restaurant was peaceful and beautifully decorated. I loved the floor tiles and the wall art. I kept looking all around me because I didn’t want to miss any details.

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Time for tea!

I had a savory tea, while my husband opted for scones. It was divine.

I must admit, what I enjoyed the most about our experience (and generally dining in Japan), was the peacefulness of it. You can stay at your table for as long as you want. You don’t actually get the check until you ask for it. This really allowed us to sit and enjoy ourselves for a few hours without feeling as if we had to leave. It was a fabulous experience.

Do you have a favorite tea restaurant? (In England, my favorite place for tea is Fortnum and Mason.)

xoxo, Jane