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Archive for January, 2010

11 rue des Remparts, Bordeaux
Tel. 05 56 48 55 44 – open Mon to Sun 11am to 7pm

Cosy English style tearoom for tea and cakes on a chilly January afternoon in Bordeaux. L’Autre Salon de Thé, so named because there is another tearoom in the same street that I never found, also offers salads, quiches etc for lunch. Most of the teas are flavoured, but the tea menu did include one pure oolong and one sencha as well as several unflavoured Darjeelings, Ceylans and Assams.

After spending a rainy weekend in Dordogne with friends who own a bread machine (warm brioches, spelt bread with homemade melon jam, hazelnut cake with nuts from the garden, the list goes on), I managed to resist the cakes, quite a miracle because they included key lime pie, banoffi pie and some enormous scones!

Les Mots Bleus a few streets across, looked like a nice place too: teas, coffees, cakes and books.
40 rue P. Moliere, Bordeaux

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Yixing Xuan Teahouse, 30/32 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore

Oolong tea and dim sum

Founded by a former investment banker who saw the light and packed in trading for tea-making, this teahouse is where I finally understood the ins and outs of how to prepare Chinese tea. The explanation was detailled and passionate and the waiter even refused to look shocked or disappointed when I said I usually drunk Japanese tea!

For setting and ambiance, head for Tea Chapter. To really learn about tea and enjoy some great dim sum, try the Yixing Xuan Teahouse.

We did both on the same afternoon, a recipe for insomnia!

There’s lots to see at the huge Buddha Tooth Relic Temple nearby, which has 4 floors and a roof garden, and the library / gift shop also serves tea.

The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore is just around the corner and up Neil Road.

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The Coffee Connoisseur (tcc), around Singapore

If you find yourself downtown and in need of an urgent remedy for a sudden attack of “shopping-mallitis”, head for The Coffee Connoisseur.

This chain is present in or near most malls and, although coffee is their big item, they have a delicious Nuwara Eliya OP black tea. Their scones do not figure on the menu but ask anyway, you may be in luck. They taste just like home!

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Tea Chapter, Singapore

Tea Chapter, 9A / 11 Neil Road, Singapore, Open daily 11am – 11 pm

Just around the corner from the Yixing Xuan Teahouse in Chinatown, The Tea Chapter is a complete immersion experience. The choice of teapots makes the ground floor shop seem like an Alice in Wonderland adventure, ranging from minute one-cup yixings to a larger than life giant pot.

The tearooms are upstairs, where you’ll be asked to remove your shoes and given a choice of seating: regular chair, lowish tables where you sit on a step, or cushions on the floor. For an extra fee, you can even have the chair Queen Elizabeth II sat in for a nice cuppa during her 1989 visit!

The tea-set lesson was a little less personal here than around the corner, and a bit fast if you are an absolute beginner, but the Zen- like setting is a must for recharging the batteries and re-centering.

Zen!

A huge plus of both these Chinatown tea-houses, the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore is just up the road.

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Today I finally realised why I always tended to find Chinese green tea rather pale and tasteless compared to its Japanese counterpart – I was making it all wrong (shame on me)! If you order a tea-set at the Yixing Xuan Teahouse in Singapore, it comes with a lesson in how Chinese tea should really be prepared, and it makes ALL the difference.

I now own an absolutely tiny tea pot, and have added a new page to the blog with a step-by-step summary of the tea-making lesson.

Chinese tea set

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