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Happy New Year!
January 2012

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hot_teaWhat could be a better companion to your new year's resolution than a cup of hot tea?  January is National Hot Tea Month and there are many reasons to take a moment to brew yourself a cup or two.  Tea can be the path to good health -- something you'll need before you tackle all those resolutions.  Research has shown that drinking black and green tea may improve your body's defenses and quicken the response to bacteria and viruses. Tea is good and good for you!

Tea comes in six classes including oolong, white, black, red, Pu-erh, and green tea. There is also organic tea, herbal tea, loose tea, sachets of tea, 6 or 12 month tea clubs, flavored tea, and on and on.  Tea is big business and learning about tea can be quite complex. It is a healthy alternative to drinking coffee or sodas and is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water.

Storing your tea is also important. Do not store it in the refrigerator or freezer but do put it in a cool place.  Keep it away from heat, direct light or strong odors, preferably in a dry place.

Diana Rosen and others have written about tea for Sally's Place for many years. See our Tea Menu and through these many articles, you can immerse yourself in tea culture. You'll find information on everything from brewing and tasting tea to tea ceremonies and the only tea plantation in the United States, just to name a few of the topics.

I think you'll also enjoy the tea recipes that appear in the left column of this eNewsletter. And don't miss the discount at the bottom of this eNewsletter from Zhi Tea.


All the best in food, wine, and travel.


Happy January!


Sally Bernstein







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The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide


story_of_teaThis Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss book was nominated for both the International Association of Culinary Professionals and James Beard Cookbook Awards.   The authors are veteran tea traders who chronicle tea's influence across the globe and provide a complete reference for choosing, drinking, and enjoying this popular beverage.


The Charleston Tea Plantation   

 The Charleston Tea Plantation  


The Charleston Tea Plantation


tea_plantation The Charleston Tea Plantation is America's only tea garden, and is the home of American Classic Tea, the ONLY tea grown and produced in America.  Tours are available to learn how the tea is grown and processed. Trolley tours, a gift shop and front porch rockers are a few of the other amenties on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry.  Open 7 days a week, with the exception of a few holidays, the Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place to take a day trip.  Bring the family, pack a lunch and enjoy the beauty of the tea fields.  The experience is not only educational but more importantly one-of-a-kind. Call 843-559-0383 for more information.


Tea Time   


tea_time_magazine TeaTime magazine is a source book for all who love tea and who want to enrich life with the serenity of teatime. The magazine proclaims the pleasures of tea as a gourmet beverage, and offers informative articles that range from food features to tearoom profiles. TeaTime goes beyond the history and science of the beverage and celebrates the art and passion that make drinking tea a memorable occasion.  





Dave's Gourmet

daves_logoDave's Gourmet Inc's $1 Million Sauce Contest has drawn to a close with about 600 entries! The winner(s) is due to be announced on January 18th or 19th, keep an eye on the Dave's Gourmet website to find out who the big winner(s) will be!  There are some great entries and one of them might end up in a store near you.  





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New Articles





       Buffalo, New York Restaurant Listing Updated: Jack  and Shelley Dumpert share the best restaurants in Buffalo.  





Nashville Country--Flooded city cleaned up; offers food, music, and so much more!, by Ron Hurst, is a very long and detailed account of Nashville since the floods of May, 2010. The article includes things to see and do, hotels, restaurants, and more in various parts of the city.    




Artisan Chocolate Truffles, And The Spices That Love Them 

by Chef Eric Cayton, showcases Lavender.   


Giving Chocolate Gifts. Stephanie Zonis gives us some guidance for giving that perfect chocolate gift. Get as much up-front information as possible, especially the dark-milk-white preference. 




Premiere Bordeaux - La Ville. Jon Rusciano travels "across the pond" to visit wineries but spends some weekend time in the City of Bordeaux. This is part of Jon's My Bordeaux Adventures series.



January Is

Hot Tea Month; National Oatmeal Month, National Soup Month, National Staying Healthy Month, Prune Breakfast Month, Coffee Gourmet Month (International), Diet Month, Fat-Free Living Month, Lose Weight & Feel Great Month, Bread Machine Baking Month, California Dried Plum Digestive Month, National Meat Month, National Egg Month, National Candy Month and Retail Bakers Month.  


January 1: Bloody Mary Day; Apple Gifting Day
January 2: National Cream Puff Day
January 3: Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day
January 4: National Spaghetti Day
January 5: National Whipped Cream Day
January 6: Bean Day; National Shortbread Day
January 7: National Tempura Day
January 8: English Toffee Day
January 9: National Apricot Day
January 10: Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11: Milk Day; Hot Toddy Day
January 12: Curried Chicken Day
January 13: National Peach Melba Day
January 14: National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15: Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16: National Fig Newton Day; International Hot & Spicy Food Day
January 17: Hot-Buttered Rum Day
January 18: Peking Duck Day
January 19: National Popcorn Day
January 20: National Buttercrunch Day; National Cheese Lover's Day; National Granola Bar Day; National Coffee Break Day
January 21: New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23: National Pie Day
January 24: National Peanut Butter Day
January 25: National Irish Coffee Day; Burns Night (Robert Burns-Scotland)
January 26: National Pistachio Day
January 27: Chocolate Cake Day
January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29: National Corn Chip Day
January 30: National Croissant Day
January 31: Brandy Alexander Day






Free TeaZer of Tea





Pause. Reflect. Connect....with Zhi Tea.  


ZhiGlamMain Indulge your senses and uphold your health with organic, fair trade tea from around the world. Enjoy your tea effortlessly! Zhi Tea lovingly cups artisan teas from pristine tea gardens and will ship direct to your door.

Zhi also hand blends their signature teas in small batches. Try one of their creative and unique blends today! For example, their Coconut Assam is a true delight! Looking for a caffeine free treat? You might enjoy their Vanilla Honeybush or their Sweet Desert Delight.

With over 70 loose leaf teas and pre-portioned sachets available, you're sure to find something for every tea lover.

This month, Zhi is offering a free teaZer of tea with every order for Sally's readers ($3.95 value).  Just enter in the coupon code SALLY when you check out and you'll get a sample that holds 5-7 cups of tea. Orders available online only. Visit Offer expires Jan 31, 2012.





Questions? Call Zhi at 888.944.4832 or email