It’s always prudent to prepare for an emergency, especially when we’re out and about, traveling, or trying to get through another hectic work day. So, what do we women carry in our purses for that “just in case” moment? Sure, we typically pack our wallet, tissues, toiletries and reading glasses. But what about a packet or two of your favorite Bigelow Tea? Nothing is more relaxing (and healthy) than a flavorful cup.
At Bigelow Tea we can’t even fathom an emergency kit that doesn’t also contain essential packets of tea! By the way, if you don’t carry a purse … you can buy or design your own little tea bag wallet, which fits perfectly in any pocket! There’s no excuse to be found tea-less again!
Note added 8/26 5pm: when we first scheduled this post, it was prior to the announcement of Hurricane Irene hitting the Northeast coast. While the topic is timely we want to make sure that you take care of all essentials first with the highest priority being yourselves and your families. Stay safe! #Irene
Here’s some of what we at Bigelow Tea know about college students: they study hard, they love parties, they always bring laundry home … and they also adore tea! Whether it’s a morning pick-me-up or a night-time study “helper,” a mug of tea is a common sight on college campuses.
That’s great news, because tea, particularly green tea, has been reported to have benefits that range from boosting energy to increasing endurance. Moreover, a steamy mug can both warm up college kids on cool mornings and keep them cozy at night. And, to top it all off, tea is just plain delicious!
One college student, Kate, recently blogged all about tea, and concluded that “tea is really a perfect fixture in the life of a college student.” Well said Kate, we couldn’t agree more!
So, if you’re packing your child off to college soon, don’t forget to tuck a few boxes of Bigelow Tea—like Green Tea Chai and Pomegranate black tea—into their boxes or crates. Not only will it make your student feel better, but it will make him or her think of “home” and how much you care. Awwww. What could be better?
Imagine a world without … tea? Perish the thought! Bigelow Tea wants you to never, ever worry about that, so we all know what we need to do: conserve water. Water is one of the world’s most precious natural resources, if not the most precious of all.
Conservation in general is not just an ideal anymore, it’s a reality and we’re all on board. As a global community, we are learning to live a greener life and our collective motto has become: reduce, re-use, and recycle. Yet even with the increasing occurrences of droughts around the world and the dangers of toxins in our rivers and streams, we still sometimes take water for granted. The simple truth is that water safety is high up on the world’s list of conservation concerns.
The Queen of Hearts(played by Donna Tuggle, the museum’s Director of Visitor Experience and Interpretation) set the tone of the party by announcing:
“It will be my party, as the Mad Hatter has disappeared—and all he has left is his hat!”
A members-only event, this Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party wowed kids and adults alike as they watched a whimsical Wonderland costume parade during which a cornucopia of Alices, White Rabbits and Mad Hatters all mischievously tried to remove the Queen of Hearts from her throne (although unsuccessfully)!
And what is a tea party without nibbles and tea? Food and drink were available in abundance, starting with the Unbirthday cake itself alongside delectable cookies that read “Eat me” and tantalizing bottles with the tempting words “Drink me.” Fit for a Queen, the fanciful feast also included scones, finger sandwiches, petit fours, tarts and, oh yes, cupcakes galore!
We hope this party inspires you to have your own wonderful Wonderland tea party. One thing’s for certain: the Walt Disney Family Museum is an enchanting place to visit!
And now, we must go, as “we’re late, we’re late… for a very important date!” Tea time of course!
Lifelong friendships are something to cherish, and Bigelow Tea knows that drinking tea together makes even the closest friendships stronger. There’s something special about taking a few moments out of the day to sit with someone special and share a warm, calming cup of tea.
Consider, for example, the enduring friendship of Eleanor Brown and Catherine Rea, which was chronicled recently in a UK-based newspaper. The two women, both of whom are now 96 years old, moved into the same neighborhood on the same day, back in 1950. Eleanor describes their first meeting in the article:
“I had moved in that morning and Catherine arrived a little bit later,” she recalls.
“The first thing I said was: ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’
“I made her one and then I said: ‘We’ll soon get our little houses together, won’t we?’
They’ve been “bosom buddies” ever since! In fact, after both suffering serious falls this year, they even moved into the same elder-care home.
Sharing a cup of tea was the beginning of this beautiful friendship. It truly warms our hearts here at Bigelow Tea to think that there are many friends like Eleanor and Catherine out there … friends who share tea like Chamomile and Earl Grey as they share their lives with one another. Tea for two is certainly a special thing indeed!
There is a tea for every taste, but if you’re most interested in tea’s reported health benefits, remember that you can alwaysgo for the green! And it’s a bonus that Bigelow Tea’s many green tea varieties taste so delicious, too!
The latest research suggests that it’s the high levels of naturally occurring polyphenols in green tea that make it such a great choice for your health. Here at Bigelow Tea, you know that we’ve been avid followers of polyphenols studies on our blog. Scientists are interested in polyphenols because they act as antioxidants in the body, scavenging for free radicals that can damage cells. Researchers at the University of Maryland say free radicals are linked to heart disease and general aging of the body.
Although polyphenols are also present in black tea and Oolong tea, green tea has the highest concentration. And green tea contains a type of polyphenols called catechins; scientists at the University of Geneva have found a link between catechins and raised fat oxidation in the body – meaning that green tea polyphenols may temporarily increase metabolism of body fat!
But back to the flavor… if you’ve never tasted our green tea, give it a try! Bigelow Tea’s green tea has distinctive toasty notes that set it apart from all others. Some people prefer the delicate flavor as is, but it pairs wonderfully with other flavors, such as Mint, Pomegranate, Mango or Wild Blueberry & Acai. Or try your favorite Bigelow Tea classics – like Constant Comment or Earl Grey – in their green tea versions.
Go ahead, your body and your taste buds will thank you!
It’s still hot out there, and while we at Bigelow Tea never hesitate putting on the teapot, we could certainly do without turning on the oven! But most homemade desserts require at least some baking … so what’s a person with a sweet tooth to do in the lingering heat?!
Bigelow Tea comes to the rescue with a decadent dessert that requires no baking, is super-chocolately and has a hint of floral jasmine! Our Jasmine Green Tea Truffles are simple to make—just five ingredients including Bigelow Jasmine Green Tea—and they go into the freezer, not the oven. Perfect for this time of year!
So, when you’re assigned a dessert for the next block party or school picnic, give these tea-riffic truffles a try!
5 ounces (140g) good semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted
Cocoa powder and icing sugar for dusting
Place cream in small saucepan. Add tea bags and simmer for a few minutes or until tea has infused cream; remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream.
Pour hot cream over chocolate. Stir gently to blend and cool at room temperature. Beat with a whisk until fluffy and place in refrigerator for about an hour.
Make sure your hands are cold, rub with ice cubes. Using a melon baller, place a small amount of the chocolate mixture into your cold hands and roll into a ball. Place on a cookie sheet and continue until all chocolate is used. Place in freezer until solid.
Melt chopped chocolate. Dip frozen truffles into melted chocolate with a toothpick, place on clean tray. Return to freezer for 30 minutes. Once coating is set, dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder.
Yield: Serves: 24 – Prep Time: 20 min. – Cool Time:1 hr fridge, 30 min freezer
How fun to see this picture of actress Jennifer Garner and her adorable daughter Violet taking a whirl on Disneyland’s iconic Mad Tea Party ride! Glimpsing those bold, brightly colored cups makes our hearts glad here at Bigelow Tea! In fact, we’re inspired to pay homage to this spinning tea cup inspired attraction, which has delighted millions of people over the past 40 years.
It’s no surprise that celebs like Jennifer are willing to brave the paparazzi to enjoy this particular Disney experience with their families. Although all five Disney parks offer a version of the spinning cup ride, the first – an American classic – was built in 1971 in the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, California. Fun fact: the California ride, unlike the newer incarnations at the other parks, is completely open to the elements and must be closed for safety when it rains. Of course, being able to look up at the sky while spinning adds to the magic!
The original Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland
Disney and tea lovers alike may recall that the ride was inspired by the “unbirthday party” scene in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, based on the fantasy tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The classic story has given us so many wacky and witty references to tea, including the maddest tea party ever! The mayhem of the Mad Hatter and tea in Wonderland was revived once again in the 2010 Tim Burton film, starring Johnny Depp.
Although written by Carroll in 1865, Alice’s story still entertains today – making it as timeless as a great cup of tea and those magical spinning cups!
Whether it’s a nook and cranny somewhere in the house, the comfort of your own bed or the local bistro…we all have our special places where we like to go to relax and savor a nice cup of tea. Bigelow Tea would love to know where that special place is for you. Do tell!
At Bigelow Tea we welcome any tips on how to sustain better health, and when it comes to a beautiful smile … we’re all ears! Since we love to smile (the bigger, the better!) we were thrilled to learn of a study that indicates that the catechins found in green tea may have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to maintain healthy gums!
A beautiful smile goes a long way. But if your gums need a little TLC, smiling can be problematic. Gum disease is a common issue, whether it’s a case of mild gingivitis or more worrisome periodontitis. It’s a well-known fact that we should brush and floss regularly—when we wake up, after meals, and before we go to sleep—because oral health has a direct impact on overall physical health. It’s like a domino effect to the heart, blood circulation and, even, the brain. So keep brushing, flossing … and drinking that green tea!