Chinese Paper Cutting

Mr. MingLiang Lu made a surprise visit to tea with us. He humbly introduced himself as an “art teacher.” After a few rounds of tea, he produced some small sheets of black paper and a pair of scissors and began cutting. Within minutes, a detailed image of Kyle’s face emerged. He mounted it with two small pieces of tape onto beautiful paper bearing his chop. I wondered at first why he seemingly put so much care into the cutting and the mounting seemed so simple. »

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A Visit to Yumcha - The Cha

I usually pride myself in being able to rattle off the 8 to 10 teas we drink during the course of a meetup. However, in the company of Dae and David I finally met my match. Dae says she hasn’t drank this much tea since her trip to Taiwan - I am indeed struggling to remember every tea. I’ve done my best to recall them in no particular order. 1996 Huang Yin - Sun Sing 1997 Menghai 8582 1980s Xiaguan Traditional Characters 2004 Silver Tip Puerh - The Tea Gallery »

A Visit to Yumcha - The Yum

Our amazing hosts Dae and David effortlessly produced a never ending parade of colorful and delicious foods. A breakfast fitting of Amish champions. Hong Kong bun. Korean corn pancakes with a warm, gooey cinnamon and sugar center. Al dente pasta Bolognese with whole garlic cloves and a secret ingredient for the bold - chili oil. A special recipe from Chef David. »

Passport to Taiwan - Food

Besides tea, music, and arts & crafts, the festival offered plenty of food options. We made sure to sample as many as possible. Before digging in, we cooled off with some chilled noodles. Then, grilled fish balls on a stick. Short ribs in broth. Rice and tofu? Taiwanese burrito - sticky rice and beans. We were hardly the only ones trying to get our hands on the delicious eats; some of the vendors ran out of food before we made it to the front of the line. »

The Hsu Nami

I was quite surprised to hear a fairly distinctive band doing a stage set at Passport to Taiwan. The Hsu Nami are a post-rock group held together with the fluid sound of the erhu. I also hear nylon guitar on one track. I picked up both albums, but if it isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Photos by Pamela. »

Tea Time with Kyle

One of the main attractions at Passport to Taiwan was the booth for Fang Tea. Of course, for an event of this size, they brought in the heavy hitters - Kyle was brewing up tea under one of their green tents. He served us Fo Shou and a nice Gao Shan before we moved on, allowing the gathering crowd to have a seat. »

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NYC Tea Meetup - April 10 (pt. 3)

Kung Fu Cha - Red versus Blue Setting aside the Jade tea for awhile - it is reported to brew satisfying tea for several days - Tim challenged me to a kung fu face off. He doses out the tea into small bowls and we each build our own pot carefully layering crushed and whole leaves. He is a bit more delicate than I, and manages to build a denser pot in the first round. »

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NYC Tea Meetup - April 10 (pt. 2)

As guests arrived we began to set up outside and drink the remains of a fine tea - 2002 Big Green Tree from Best Tea House CA. I have been drinking this potent tea for 3 days and the leaves had plenty left to share with our guests. Puerh Pairing Straight back into young puerh, I demonstrated breaking a sample from a 2008 cake, previously mentioned, from Luh Yu Tea Emporium. »

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NYC Tea Meetup - April 10 (pt. 1)

NYC Tea Meetup - April 10 2010 from Brandon on Vimeo. The first flush - a selection of photos from the first ever joint meeting of NYC and Philadelphia tea enthusiasts. Nearly all of the photos are snapped by Jeremy, not myself this time around. Best to leave these things to the professionals. In Pt. 2 we will share more photos and details of the meet. Edit: Music updated to something more date-specific per our music editor Michael V. »

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