Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 30, 2012

Eating in Hong Kong

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Michelle, a graphic designer at Tea, recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong. She is a foodie at heart and couldn’t wait to share her favorite Asian fish dishes on our Studio T blog.

Coming to Hong Kong feels like coming home. Being able to see my family and come back to the place that I grew up in is both exciting and comforting. Luckily I make a trip there every 5 years, but it never ceases to amaze me how much Hong Kong changes every single time I come back.

Traveling in Hong Kong

Michelle outside of Hung Kee Seafood Restaurant

I travel to Hong Kong to visit family, eat delicious local foods, and to shop. The one place that is a must for me to visit is Hung Kee Seafood Restaurant in Sai Kung. It is where you can get the freshest seafood possible. It is located along the water, and the fisherman sell the seafood right off the boat.

Traveling in Hong Kong

If you want it cooked, you can step into one of the many restaurants located along the edge of the water. The fish tanks are huge, and have such an exotic variety. You pick the seafood that you want from the tanks and they bag it for you right away and ask you how you want it served.

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You can fry it, sauté it, steam it, or have it sashimi style. Here are my recommendations below:

I highly recommend the Geoduck sashimi style. The meat is sweet yet slightly briny. It’s so fresh, you can really taste the difference.

Geoduck sashimi style

Geoduck Sashimi Style

The Pissing Shrimp is another must. It is native to this region and the meat is a cross between shrimp and lobster. We had it fried with
garlic and peppers.

Pissing Shrimp

Pissing Shrimp

The Razor Clams were another crowd pleaser. We had ours sauteed in a black bean sauce. Sweet and crunchy, it is a heartier than the average clam, but possess a clean flavor.

Razor Clams

Razor Clams

Steamed prawns are always a must. The soy sauce with jalapenos compliment the sweetness of the shrimp perfectly.

 

Steamed Prawns

Steamed Prawns

Miniature abalone sauteed in oyster sauce provided a very meaty and satisfying flavor and had a sweet finish.

 

Miniature Abalone
Miniature Abalone

Gigantic Tiger Prawns baked in garlic butter. Do I really need to say more?

 

Gigantic Tiger Prawns

Gigantic Tiger Prawns

 

ENJOY!

May 29, 2012

Whimsical London

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Isabelle, a Technical Designer at Tea, recently returned from a trip to London. She enjoys exploring new destinations, flowers, and  her favorite dish, kale. When she’s not eating kale, she enjoys a pastries.

I have been to London twice before and knew that on my most recent trip that I didn’t want to see sights I have already seen. I also wanted my trip to be less about being a tourist and more about just relaxing and enjoying good food with good company. I found that just taking time to wander and discover a city without any pressure to do anything meant discovering fanciful things that make me smile. Here are a collection of things that delighted me on my trip.

Traveling through London

The (Un)Birthday balloons that got away.

Traveling in London

Parked petals in Notting Hill

Traveling in London

More room for the local birds on Duncan Terrace Park.

Traveling in London

We stumbled upon an art opening in East London one night. There were colorful characters there for sure.

Traveling in London

Sky high sewing machines at All Saints Spitalfields.

Traveling in London

Lost in the “Looking Glass” Bathroom at Nopi.

Traveling in London

Rhubarb cakes at Ottolenghi.

Traveling in London

My trip wouldn’t be complete without tea! And believe me, London knows and loves their tea. And, I love my (T)ea too!

May 21, 2012

Discovering Fashion in Paris

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Ana, who works in Tea’s creative department, recently returned from a trip to Paris. Check out her adventures!

When I’m in Paris to visit my family, I make it a habit to take one afternoon to go by myself to explore a museum exhibit. More often than not, I end up at the museum of Les Arts Decoratifs – Mode et Textile. The two floors dedicated to fashion seem pretty small at first but never let down.

This time the exhibit was on Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. Marc Jacobs has been the creative director at Louis Vuitton since 1997 and is head designer for Marc Jacobs as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs. In 2010, he made Time’s list for the 100 most influential people in the world.

I had never looked at these brands’ beginnings so the exploration through the world of Vuitton the malletier was a treat. From the perfect wardrobe display to the development of the trademark print, it caught me by surprise that his creations have been around since 1854.

Louis Vuitton Exhibit at the Museum of Les Arts Decoratifs – Mode et Textile.

On my way up to the Marc Jacobs’ part of the exhibit, the mood changed from classic to black and loud. The displays had all the Marc Jacobs’ design aesthetic but still held on to the Vuitton tradition in a special way. Even the Spring dresses that were all about pastels fashioned in candy store ads, looked right at home in the black environment.

Pastel Dress at Museum Exhibit

Just for fun I ended my visit to the museum stopping by the special exhibit: The History of Babar. I noticed that I was the only adult that wasn’t toting children through this exhibit.  However, I believe spending a little bit of time in the children’s world was just what I needed to start sketching again and looking at life with different eyes for the rest of the trip.

 

May 9, 2012

Inspiration: Jane Goodall

At Tea, we seek inspiration in many ways.  From looking to Frida Kahlo for our Fall 2011 Modern Mexico collection, to the beauty of the Legong dancers who appear throughout our Bali collection. One Tea hero who has taken more of a background role is the amazing Jane Goodall.

You can imagine our excitement when she recently complimented the beauty of our Ginger Flower Dress when she saw it blogger Maureen’s daughter  at the premiere of “Chimpanzee.”

Jane Goodall

To read more about Maureen’s review of Chimpanzee, visit her blog post.

May 7, 2012

Countdown to Special Events

Today we’re featuring guest blogger Naomi who has a United States passport, but considers herself a global citizen and currently lives in New Delhi, India.  Along for the great adventure is her husband, one teenage traveler, two littles and an Indian street dog.  She blogs about their life (including an upcoming relocation to Singapore) at Delhi Bound [http://delhibound.com].

Using recycled toilet paper rolls and your imagination, create a fun and unique way to count down the days until upcoming special events!

When I was a little girl, my mom would often help us make paper chains to count down to special events.  As my kids grew up in Ohio, we did the same.  These chains marked the big summer vacation, or when daddy would come home from a business trip.

Fast forward to our lives abroad and we have graduated a bit from the paper chain variety!

Recently, I created a countdown for the kids, to mark our next big journey, a relocation to Singapore from New Delhi, India.

Ask your friends and family for some help and collect toilet paper rolls.  It takes some time to accumulate 31 + rolls!  Enlist the help of your children and paint the rolls a myriad of colors and then add a number to each one – one for each day of the countdown.

DIY Toliet Paper Tubes Activity

[One option is to instead have an advent-type calendar and simply label the tube with the actual date of the month, but we opted to use it backwards, whereby the roll with the number 1 on it, served as the one opened before the BIG day!]

Staple the bottom of the tubes shut. I hung our tubes on a long strip of ribbon that was affixed to the wall with nails (simple!).  Then, inside each roll, place handwritten or typed instructions.  Some suggestions?

  • Ice Cream at your favorite shop
  • New crayons (or markers, or stickers – based on your kiddos age and preference)
  • Have a sleepover in the living room
  • Play dress-up and have a makeup party with mama
  • Wrap up your siblings in toilet paper
  • Pick some flowers and have dinner on the floor like a picnic
  • YOU choose what we have for dinner!
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood and photograph interesting things
  • Decorate your car!
  • Shaving Cream in the Shower!
  • Surprise your teachers tomorrow with cinnamon rolls

DIY Toliet Paper Tube Chain
Each morning during this project, your children get to wake up and pull the instructions for the day.  Once they have “drawn for the day” remove that day’s tube from the ribbon, so that they can visually SEE the remaining days left until the countdown is concluded.

Get creative!  I would love to hear your ideas for additions to this list.  What would your children enjoy?


May 4, 2012

April Activity Book Winner!

Thank you everyone for participating in our April Activity Book Contest! We are always overwhelmed with all of the talent.  Tea fans surely are the most creative little citizens. Congrats to Chiara who created this awesome Jaguar mask from our Modern Mexico Activity Book.

Coloring Book Contest

We also have two honorable mentions listed below. Jacob’s (age 6) Shy Frog on the left and Mia’s (age 7) Balinese Mermaid Goddess on the right.

Coloring Book Contest

Browse all the entries on our Flickr page.

Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at blog@teacollection.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line.  We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate.  We’ll also post all honorable mentions on our blog page and all submissions will be posted on our Flickr page.

Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our cultural activity printouts blog tag.

 

May 3, 2012

Snorkeling in Mexico

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Laura, who works in Product Development, recently returned from a trip to Mexico. Check out her adventure below!

I turned 30 in January. To celebrate my husband and I went to Tulum, Mexico.  It was amazing!

I’m not one for tours, but we had a photographer/guide along with us one day and it was awesome. He showed us some of the best places to swim and snorkel in the area. He led the way and showed us the best path to take through the water and where the best spots were for pictures. At the end of the day, we had a disc full of memories to take with.

We started at at Dos Ojos, which is a Cenote, or freshwater sink hole. The water is around 30 feet deep and the cavern walls are covered with stalactite and stalagmite formations. There is very little light, but in some areas the sunlight filters in, giving it a magical and spooky feeling. The water is beautiful, clear and filled with small fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Akumal Bay we swam with turtles and rays.

Akuma Bay Turtle in Mexico

We also swam around a lagoon called Yal-Ku. The water was warm and there were so many fish it felt like swimming in a fish tank!

May 2, 2012

Traveling Rome: A Child’s Perspective

Today we’re featuring guest bloggers Kristen Daniel, a teacher at San Francisco Friends School, and her two girls Lilly (10) & Clem (8), stylistas in-training and adventure enthusiasts, who just returned home from their trip to Rome. They explored the city and are excited to present all of its wonders through the lens of a little citizen. While on their trip, the girls modeled items from our Spring Bali girls clothes collection.

Looking for a walkable city rich with archeological and architectural sites and, most importantly, delicious food, we settled on a trip to Rome during our daughters’ spring break.  We rented an apartment in the cobblestoned Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and spent many hours wandering its medieval maze of backstreets.  Arriving in Rome on a dazzlingly bright Easter Sunday morning instantly transported us from the San Francisco fog.  Lily, 10, and Clementine, 8, soaked up the spring sun and slurped up the amatriciana.

Winding through the narrow streets away from the crush of vendors selling mini-Colosseums, a doll repair shop’s window display caught Lily’s eye.

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“This caught my eye because it was only doll heads.  No bodies and definitely no full dolls!” -Lily

Emails and texts are ok when stateside, but nothing beats getting a postcard in the mail stamped with official Italian francobollos.

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“I got stamps from a little corner store and asked for them myself. ” – Clem

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“I’m mailing a letter to a friend! The mailboxes are pretty high to reach.” – Clem

Contemporary Roman graffiti decorated the backstreets of Trastevere, reminding us of the San Francisco Mission District close to home.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“I really liked this graffiti because I couldn’t really figure out what the expression of the women was.  At the bottom of the picture you can see cobblestones, and we had to walk on them all day!” – Lily

Waving to kids on their way home from school translates easily.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

Long lines can bring out the sillies.  Clem accessorized her dress with a belt and sunglasses and worked out some energy in the courtyard at the Vatican museums.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“It was SUPER hot dancing and prancing around!” – Clem

An attempt to step off the cobblestones for a bit needed a helping hand.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“On the little path of stone, there were lots of big gaps so I almost fell over while taking the picture.” – Clem

Part of the fun was learning to dexterously manipulate the public drinking fountains like a real Roman.  Delicious,  fresh, and free water was available in almost every piazza.   It took some practice before we could have a sip and keep our shoes dry.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“This was the most hard thing and the most fun thing in Rome.  I probably soaked my feet 5 million times!” – Lily

Nothing beats a gelato after hours of pounding the cobblestones.  Best gelato in Rome?  The gelateria closest to your apartment or hotel.   Stracciatella and nocciola got the best reviews from our discerning tasters more accustomed to Mitchell’s mango or grasshopper pie.

Traveling with Kids in Rome

“It’s always a little chilly in the afternoon and gelato made it colder, but at least it tasted good!”  – Clem