Archive for the ‘France’ Category

Today brings a good article from the BBC about how the French are renewing their tea drinking habits. While Lipton Yellow served in a coffee cup remains the norm, it’s becoming easier to find a good cast-iron pot of loose leaf tea to accompany your millefeuille.

Read France’s silent tea revolution on the BBC website.

Le thé à l’anglaise, Michel-Barthélémy Ollivier (1712–1784)


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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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Panoï, Nice

52, Avenue Jean Médecin, Nice

Madame Panoï welcomes all tea-lovers who share her passion for fine teas, especially from China. She travels personally to China to select the teas she sells in her tiny boutique. These include a rare selection of aged Pu-Erhs. Although she does not currently have a tea room, there is usually something brewing for customers to taste, and don’t forget to ask her which local restaurants and cafes she supplies.
Madame Panoï also officiates as tea master at the Chinese tea ceremony at Nice’s Asian Arts Museum.

Or click here to see Madame Panoï in her tiny boutique.

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