Posts from the ‘meetup’ Category

Antioxidants, Caffeine-Free Herbals and Eat for Your Life

It’s been a while since I’ve written in my blog and I must apologise.  I have been active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Meetup and Google+ to a lesser extent, but blogging, yes, I didn’t prioritise and make the time.  But I’m hoping to change all of that because many tea lovers will ask me private questions about tea and I’ve addressed these great questions and ought to share with the rest of the tea lovers in the world.

So yes, I promise to you readers that I will write regularly but in between those times, I do suggest you follow me on any of the Social Media links above and you can always post your questions there too and I’ll do my best to answer.

Okay, apologies over and now back to my original post.  I have many people asking me about herbal infusions and caffeine which you can read more about in the links that I’ve given.  Then I get asked what is my favourite herbal infusion and without a doubt it is one that I’ve discovered from Japan (via Taiwan and Minnesota :D)

This herbal infusion is called Ashitaba.  I won’t tell you the ins and outs of it as you can read more about Ashitaba Herbal Info here.  What I like about this herb is that aside from the compelling studies that the leaflet has alluded to, many of my customers have said that it has made a difference to their lives.  From helping them to sleep better, alleviating them from their pain to “I just like having a caffeine-free beverage before I go to bed”., it is a beverage that mimics all of the health benefits of tea but without the caffeine.  That is the best thing about this herbal.

4. Health Properties of Tea with May King Tsang

It has been placed in a teabag (and I have always advocated that not all tea bags are created equal 😀 ) because the company want to protect its patent on the roasting technique that has been applied to this herbal but the material used to make the teabag is fully compostable and not bleached.  Win for tea lovers susceptible to the effects of caffeine and a big win the the environment.

So there we have it.  My herbal of choice is called Ashitaba and I’m one of those tea lovers that drink this tea not because of the whole host of health benefits it has, but because I like the roasted taste of this caffeine-free beauTEA.  I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. I was privileged to have attended Alison Taafe‘s book launch on Saturday 21st September at Scrumptious Reads.  Alison talks about antioxidants (which is present in tea and also in the Ashitaba Herbal) and the importance of cooking well in order to eat better and feel better.  Her book is inspired by the journey she shared with her sister in battling cancer and is an inspirational story.  Do please check out her book with some aMAYZing recipes.  You won’t be disappointed.

Queensland Tea Meetup launch

Hello, and welcome to the first post about my Queensland Tea Meetup.  I created the meetup group as I wanted to showcase the wonderful tea-rooms, cafés, boutiques and restaurants around Queensland that have just a strong a passion for good tea as I do.  I wasn’t disappointed because three days into creating the meetup, I had over twenty members who had joined and expressed a desire to meet with like-minded tea enthusiasts to sip and talk tea.  Tea-tastic!

For the launch, I created an event at The Hawthorne Pantry and shared a cup with 7 tea lovers.  It was fabulous.  One of my articles was recently published in the Australian Tea Guide and so we started there, sharing our experiences of Tea Cultures from around the world.  One of the meetup members (whom I affectionately refer to as Tea Lovers) shared her story of how she was invited to a Japanese Tea Ceremony here in Brisbane and shared the link to her blog which is an intimate description with accompanying pictures of how the Japanese Tea Ceremony was performed.  Lots of nodding of heads occurred when I talked about masala chai and the Indian tea culture and of course, no tea talk would be complete without talking about the differences between High Tea and Afternoon Tea.

Another Tea Lover did a show and tell with the wonderful jasmine pearls he brought with him and so we talked about the differing qualities of jasmine teas found in restaurants, Chinese supermarkets and online boutiques.  There were lots of great questions and discussions to come out of the meetup such as why is white tea so-called, we went around the group to ask what each other’s favourite tea was, whether we drank tea with or without milk.  It was a really interesting mix of Tea Lovers from one coffee lover, to seasoned tea drinkers who brought their own personal collection of teas to show us.

My husband pointed out the irony of the Queensland Tea Meetup launch where we were sipping a Ashitaba Herbal Info :o) but tea or herbal, loose leaf or tea bag, it was a great first meetup and I thoroughly enjoyed sipping tea with others and hope that others enjoyed the experience too.

Tea Blogs, Queensland Business and Queensland Tea Meetup

Hello tea friends,
it’s been a while hasn’t it? A thousand apologies for not blogging for a while. There’s really no excuse for it other than the fact that MayKing Tea has been really really busy!!

I’ve finally set up a Facebook Business Page (yay!) or more to the point, my dear friend and Queensland Business Partner, Michael Tucker helped to create it for me (thank you, thank you!).  So if tea is your cup of tea (guffaw) and you’d like to learn more about tea, have a question about tea and would like to connect with others who enjoy tea, then hop over to Facebook, like my page and I’ll enjoy sharing a cuppa with you really soon.

I always enjoyed writing stories at school, essays at college and loved writing my dissertation at university so I am truly grateful that writing has re-entered my life, and extremely honoured to be recommended to contribute to TchingTching is an excellent source of information on all things tea and the posts I contribute there are written to assist people who are want to enter the tea industry.  As a tea mentor who has given assistance to tea businesses in the US, UK and Australia, I hope that you find my articles a great resource as well as the whole Tching website which has a breathtaking list of tea writers from around the world.

The second blog I was recently invited to contribute to is The English Tea Store Blog
The English Tea Store Blog is a great resource for anyone who enjoys a cup of tea and would like to know more.  So far I’ve written about tea-rooms I’ve visited in the UK, my Top 10 tips for making tea and what to look for in a good tea-room.

I’m also extremely privileged to be a contributor to the latest Australian Tea Guide where I have written about Tea Cultures from around the world.  (For more information about the Tea Guide, please drop me a tea-mail on info@maykingtea.com.

So that’s MayKing Tea in a nutshell.  Do pop by on Facebook, Twitter or Meetup and say hello.  Raising a cup of tea to you all.  TTFN (ta ta for now).