I've had the pleasure of meeting Abby on several occasions and she is just one of the most pleasant and talented people that I know. I was so excited to find out about her new book before it was actually released! I have to say, it's really good! This is coming from someone who spent all her childhood summers in Japan.
I am honored to collaborate with Abby now as she celebrates the release of her book and begins what is sure to be a long book tour.
Abby will be at Kinokuniya Book Store in NYC on March 14th at 2pm where she will do a reading and a giveaway! Full details here.
We'll be giving away tea & sugar gift sets to some very lucky people.
Kuranaga is the name of the town where my grandparents lived in. I went back there every summer as a child and had many many mischievous adventures. It holds such loving memories for me. It is a place I hold very near and dear to my heart. I am so excited to be going back at the end of this month for my honeymoon.
Inside these kraft bags are organic cotton muslin pouches (made in the USA) that are hand filled with loose leaf Genmaicha Jasmine tea (hint of what is to come very soon). They easily steep 4 cups of tea if you re-use the bag appropriately. The muslin pouches are also reusable once washed.
Along with the tea I've chosen to include the Elephant Cup Huggers in blue. I just think they are the absolute cutest things and I know Abby shares my love of everything kawaii. You can hang the little elephants on your favorite mug of coffee, tea cup or glass of champagne.
I can't wait till Abby makes her way to the West Coast where I am! She'll be participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April. In the meantime, make sure to pick up her book. It's available on Amazon!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
My mother was kind enough to volunteer for the THIRD time at one of my Williams-Sonoma events.
I hosted a Mother's Day Tea this past Saturday from 1pm to 3 pm.
It was still comfortably warm and not too humid when we arrived, but the sun was out and we were both in great spirits.
As we approached the entrance I noticed this super sweet sign...
and we had our usual designated spot near the food demo section in the rear of the store. The sign really got people curious and into the store.
I wanted to change things up a bit so I chose a different set up for the Mother's Day Tea.
Hario is known for their high quality products and excellent design and functionality of their accessories for making coffee, but they recently came out with an entire line for tea. I decided to use the Hario Tea Dripper Largo System. The set up consists of the stand, scale/timer and soak dripper.
Here's the lowdown on how to use the system. 1) Place tea dripper on stand and then add tea leaves into the bowl. 2) Boil fresh water at appropriate temperature and slowly pour into the glass bowl. 3) Put the lid on and brew for appropriate amount of time. 4) Press switch to extract tea. Here's a video if you'd like to see it in action.
I steeped some fresh Tea 14, Love Spell, the morning of the event and served it chilled. As usual it was a huge hit and we sold out of Love Spell at the event in addition to whatever teas we had leftover from the Artisans' Market. I'm working on having some more in stock within the next two weeks since we only have a couple in stock.
Our Warm Heart compressed green teas and Blooming Teas made great last minute gifts for people who wanted to buy inexpensive yet thoughtful gifts for the special women in their lives.
They were especially popular with the kids who came in wanting to buy mom a gift with their own money. We sold out of our Love Spell and only walked away with two pouches of Tea 22, Mon Frère.
Thank you again to Williams-Sonoma for allowing us to serve your customers on a holiday weekend! Hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day.
We were so thrilled to be invited to participate in the Artisans' Market at Williams-Sonoma on Saturday, May 3rd.
We arrived a little early to set up, but things got busy pretty quickly.
I was so excited when I saw this sign!
If you've never been to the Williams-Sonoma at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, this is the entrance.
And right to the left of the entrance as you walk through the doors was our table! The staff there are SO good to us.
Here's mom sporting one of our aprons. I bought one from Muji when I was in Japan last summer and absolutely loved it so then my cousin, Chika, was kind enough to buy me some more and mail them to me from Tokyo. I absolutely love that store. I grew up buying most of my stuff from there growing up. Just a side note, they make the absolute best socks!
Here are all seven teas in a little mahogany light up display box for people to open and sniff.
I served our two best-sellers, Love Spell and Chocolat et Fraise in Hario Jumping Tea Pots and made sure to steep a new pot each time we ran low. We ran out of the Love Spell before we had to leave so a few people we left a little disappointed. We also sold out of the full size tea pouches at the event!
I also served Mon Frère, our vanilla hazelnut oolong, which was a huge hit!
We sold little point of purchase items for people to take as gifts and had special offers on our sugars.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and for everyone who purchased our products. We had a fabulous time and we met some wonderful people. We are also extremely grateful to Williams-Sonoma for inviting us to participate in this year's Artisans' Market.
P.S. We will be hosting a Mother's Day Tea at Williams-Sonoma on Saturday, May 10th. For info click on the link.