Author: Bola Talks Tea

Who’ll remember the Monday blues when you’ve got #matchamonday? – Matcha workshop at the Tsujiri Matcha House

Nestled in a quiet corner of Soho is the home of all things matcha – desserts, lattes, chocolate, you name it! This place is otherwise known as the Tsujiri Matcha House. *Fun fact: they’ve been around for over 160 years, passing down the business from generation to generation, and their dedication to good quality matcha remains consistent. A few Saturdays ago, at about 8:45am (yes on a saturday!) I made the 45 minute journey to Tsujiri’s (vegan) pop-up shop on Rupert Street, Soho to learn more about matcha. With this being my first time at the house, I was pleasantly surprised by the cosiness and homely feel of the shop. With several bar stools and a table top resembling the kind you’d find in your kitchen, this ‘house’ felt much like a home. Despite my 5 minute late arrival, I was welcomed by Chin, matcha tea-cher for the day! He got us all to I introduce ourselves, to catch me up to speed, and he began explaining the set-up. Grades of matcha First off, Chin …

So everyone's talking New Year's resolution, but who's talking about the when, the how, the now?

Now that we’ve had a week and then some to acknowledge and ‘believe’ that we’re really in 2020, lets jump right in to today’s Single Word Sunday. So it’s a new decade and with this comes the all-expected excitement and newfound inspiration to do things differently, and get it right. Whether it’s the goal of starting a business, getting in the gym or improving our vocabulary, we are urged to take a stand and change the way we do things. And granted, we all (at one point or another) will give into the hype. So much so, the cliché response to making a new years resolution is that’ll last no longer than 2 weeks. And though this is the expected response year in year out, the least you can do (differently this year) is to write it down and make it plain. And I say this because, from personal experience, the reason I never keep to whatever it is that are working towards, is due to a lack of a goal. And while I have …

Tea and Cake event with GBBO’s Benjamina – ‘The new way to cake’ book launch

Hosted by Benjamina Ebuehi, held in Crabtree and Evelyn’s Islington branch and a goodie bag gifted by Nielsen Massey, it’s safe to say that the first tea related event Ive attended was a success! As I made my way to the bustling side of Angel, Islington and arrive at the store front at a prompt 6:00pm, the entrance of the well-lit store set the tone for the evening. Following the initial greetings, I take a quick video and get settled in for a well-anticipated evening ahead. As I stood in line waiting to get my cup of tea, I exchange a smile with a guy with glasses in the corner who I noticed had already greeted and spoke to Benjamina. This initially piqued my curiosity as I wondered how they knew one another – which I later learned of. I didn’t voice this, of course, however we said our ‘Hi’s’ and got to chatting. I asked him a simple question, which, little did I know, was the opening to a can of worms that’d get …

You've heard it before, time is money, but here's the side you may not have thought of – TIME

These last few months have been a whirlwind for me, as I’ve experienced multiple shifts and changes to my schedule. And if there’s been a recurring theme, it’s the feeling of being robbed of having enough time. And though there’s plenty out there to support the claim that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, I felt like I was drawing the short straw every time. As my new routine has me waking up early and returning home late, I felt stretched for time and as though I was just watching time pass me by. As if this wasn’t enough, I got into the habit of forgetting I had the option of saying ‘no’ too. As a few opportunities came my way, without considering the impact or whether I was available to invest time into them, I smiled and said yes. In fact, I think it’s fair to say I was over committing and under stress by some of the places i spent my time. And as if this wasn’t enough, unknowingly …

Single Word Sunday – Begin

It must’ve been about 12:30am. As I clamber into bed and pull the duvets up my chest (with one foot out, of course), I use my arms to fluff up my duvets and aerate the covers, and I just air out what’s been on my mind. A pep talk, if you will. *Context* From the month of July, I made the decision and commitment (to myself) to begin this project and that I would press on. No matter the weather, no matter the mood, that I would continue to create. And looking back, it was brave and oh so worth it. I say this because, around that time I’d been experiencing bouts of motivation and lack thereof, and in times past, I admit, I would let this stagnate me. 7months into the year and I finally took a stand. And looking back, I’m glad that I did. *End of context* Why? Well, for several reasons but most of all, because 4 weeks in (August), I can look back on the content I created and committed …

Forget running a mile when you can Chamomile – London Tea Company review

*Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own So it’s official, we’re in the ripe stages of Summer (I think we are well past ‘ripe’, what with the heatwaves we’ve been experiencing!) but if there’s a gem I’ve been enjoying, it’s got to be chamomile tea! In particular, The London Tea Company’s Chamomile tea. And since the weather’s been (mostly) warm, I’ve taken a liking to this blend of tea. I must admit though, I do prefer it with a few additional ingredients which I’ll list below. How I make the tea Well since their teabags are packaged in little paper enveloped, I tend to prep the stringed tea bag as the kettle boils. This is useful for displaying their fair trade commitments as well as making it easier to dispose of the tea bag once the brew is complete. Side note: I don’t typically make my tea with steaming hot water, I prefer to wait for it to cool for about 5 minutes before getting the brew going. I’ll …

Single Word Sunday – Pause

Follow my blog with Bloglovin We know the days get long and our schedules get busy as we are bogged down with work, school and other commitments, but at what point do you just..pause? A chosen moment to decompress, unwind and take a breath. That’s what a pause during the day looks like to me. Typically, I’ll close my eyes, tilt my head back and breathe. This signals and reminds me to slow it down. (While thinking, “I’ve got this, that and the other to get done”, a simple word of prayer really helps to keep me grounded while reminding me that patience really is a virtue.) I understand that the world we live in can be very fast paced. With demands and commitments asking for our attention, how can we momentarily reduce the pace of all this? Truth is, you have to choose. Yes we are bombarded with choices day in day out and decisions will always have to be made, however as long as you know can tell when the day is getting …