Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cephalopod Tea Party

Giant Pacific octopus, image courtesy National Geographic Society

What do cuttlefish and tea have in common? Find out if there is any correlation (spoiler: there is none) at the blog Cephalopod Tea Party. (No evidence that this is in any way related to the political group.) However, if you like cephalopod art, you’ll love this site.

If you are interested in marine life (I am!) and like cephalopods (e.g., octopuses [not octopi], squid, nautiluses, cuttlefish), then I would recommend browsing the offerings at this blog. It’s full of humerous miscellaneous cephalopod paraphenalia, a perfect read with your afternoon cuppa. If you’re like me, and you do your Christmas shopping early, you might find something fun for a friend who likes tentacled things.

Check it out!

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Have a Smoky Autumn

Lapsang Souchong
by Twinings of London
(Get your campfire experience here, or check your local grocer.)

As fall makes its presence known in the Midwest, we’ve been enjoying chilly mornings on the patio…drinking tea. An exciting choice for the season is Twinings’ Lapsang Souchong (the name meaning “small variety from the mountain Lap”). It has a smoky flavor that makes you want to sit outside.

They don’t just describe it as “smoky” to get you to buy it (although, it was a large part of my decision); the experience is sure to impress. While brewing, our entire kitchen smelled like a campfire. (We have a small kitchen.) It has a potent aroma, but in just the right way. It evokes memories of melting s’mores, burnt hot dogs, leaky tents, and that woodsy smell that clings to your clothing.

Not only does it smell like childhood camping trips, it actually tastes smoky. It sounds odd, but it really is black tea with a touch of smoke. It’s as if the tea leaves were roasted on an oak grill. That’s almost the truth. It’s actually bamboo and pine. According to Twinings, this Chinese blend involves spreading the leaves on “bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them.” So it tastes smoked because it is smoked. (And you thought it was only done with meat.)

Lapsang Souchong is a truly satisfying way to enjoy the fall days while they last.

Extra tid bit: Twinings says “Great for marinating meat, fish and chicken.” Huh. (I guess they don’t realize that fish and chicken are also the meat of animals.)

Another extra tid bit: The ocean exploration mug is just for fun, and not a deliberate choice based on today’s selection. I just like showing it off. (Thanks, Taylor!)

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