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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #195 on: July 21, 2011, 10:38:35 AM »

you are proud of a fireplace? ....my god we have entire ROOMS painted in this cunning faske marble over here (courtesy of 18th century artists and craftsmen)
there's an entrance hall in one of the old restored homes in charleston, sc that's all in faux marble finish, which is where i learned how to do it, volunteering with the city museum, that owns and is restoring a handful of those houses downtown, one story at a time.

i've picked up quite a few dollars doing fireplaces and tabletops and various bits in people's houses.  the only time i've gotten to do a room, however, was for an italian restaurant.  i painted the back wall and half the room to look like a balcony overlooking the mediterranean.

and, of course, many sets.  you just can't do 'a funny thing happened on the way to the forum' without some fake stone.

we need more rooms like that.



well, the Confederacy wasn't exactly rich.
some of its members certainly were, however....
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #196 on: July 21, 2011, 10:24:15 PM »

The visual illusions were very much the desired effect, not an improvised response to wartime
shortages.  In fact, they were installed by the guy who owned the house before the war.
Among them, "marble" wallpaper that cost nearly as much as actual marble would have, a tacky
"woodgrain" wallpaper that would be right at home in the shelf-paper section at Wal-Mart, and
a canvas floor-cloth painted (again, at great expense) to look like tile.

I wonder if Ag's faux-marble wallcovering is the same stuff....  This was printed in individual
sheets, placed edge-to-edge, and then hand-painted where the "mortar" should be.

(Anyway, back to the topic at hand, I know the Davises drank coffee and tea, but the only specific
reference I know is to cafe au lait...  The RIGHT way to drink tea is certainly to avoid any war that
would result in a naval blockade that interrupts tea imports.)
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #197 on: July 22, 2011, 01:47:26 AM »

no, ag's faux marble is all hand-painted.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #198 on: July 22, 2011, 10:53:45 AM »

we did faux marble using oil paints and a water table. Worked really well.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #199 on: July 24, 2011, 02:44:24 PM »

Jasmine green tea, no sugar.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #200 on: August 06, 2011, 03:28:02 PM »

Jasmine green tea, no sugar.

That's what I've been drinking at home for a while now.  It is my favorite.

Especially when it's steeped at the right temperature (176F or 80C).  Violent boiling makes it more bitter.  I've also found that it should not steep for more than 2 minutes.  Ever.  If you want it to be stronger use more leaves.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #201 on: August 06, 2011, 03:47:04 PM »

^-Jasmine flavoured Green Tea is my favourite.

I prefer flavoured teas. I never can drink black tea without bergamot or lemon.

I guess that's why i've always found plain green tea a little dull. So i like it with jasmine or mint better.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #202 on: August 07, 2011, 12:17:08 PM »

I like plain green too too.

Black tea is good in it's own right but when consumed plain it is too bitter in my opinion.

I've liked white tea drinks that I've had before but I've never had it plain before.  I should try it.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #203 on: August 07, 2011, 11:23:45 PM »

Black tea is good in it's own right but when consumed plain it is too bitter in my opinion.
Ask your purveyor of finer teas to provide you with a bit of pu'erh.
Bitterness will trouble you no more.....   :)
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #204 on: August 11, 2011, 09:36:17 AM »

Tea! <3
I like many kinds. Probably the biggest truth I've read so far in this thread is never to have honey AND milk in the same cup of tea. I absent-mindedly added milk to a cup of green tea with honey that I was making one day, realised a second too late, decided I might as well drink it anyway, got through about two sips before I gave up on it.
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #205 on: October 11, 2011, 08:15:01 AM »

casually visited T2 the other day and bought some CHOCOLATE tea.
its black tea, with cocoa bean fragments and subtle choc flavouring. so while it tastes exactly the same as normal black tea, it SMELLS heavenly  O0
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #206 on: October 11, 2011, 12:01:30 PM »

organic jade green tea
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #207 on: October 19, 2012, 03:29:25 PM »

[bumpity bump...]

So ya know how when ya heat water for tea in the microwave, it winds up
tasting funny?  (Yes, I realize one simply shouldn't do this, but sometimes
circumstances force us to employ shortcuts...)

Anyway, turns out there's a proper scientific reason: As with all things nuked
in the microwave, the water doesn't heat uniformly - you end up with a swirling
cup of less-than-boiling water, mixed with super-heated water that's actually
HOTTER than the conventional boiling-point - you drop in your tea, and get
instantly scalded leaves, combined with foam as the superheated water forms
bubbles around the tea solids.  This can be mitigated by stirring the microwaved
water, and allowing it to sit for a minute or so.

Also, tea is wonderful.   :)
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #208 on: October 19, 2012, 03:48:11 PM »

mmm tea.

I have many prejudices towards tea making styles. For starters non of this microwaving nonsense. You boil your water then open the top and let it cool for a minute so it doesn't burn the tea. Should you decide to put milk in (lol whut?) then you do so before hand and with care. I like green tea so I guess this matters more? 
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Re: The Correct Way to drink tea
« Reply #209 on: October 19, 2012, 05:06:44 PM »

mmm tea.

I have many prejudices towards tea making styles. For starters non of this microwaving nonsense. You boil your water then open the top and let it cool for a minute so it doesn't burn the tea. Should you decide to put milk in (lol whut?) then you do so before hand and with care. I like green tea so I guess this matters more?

Ack, no. For black tea, boil the water fresh and get it on your tea while it's still boiling. 'Rolling boil' I think is the thing. Milk second, so you can properly judge the amount ;)
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