Plum Deluxe

Plum Deluxe: A Passion for Tea and a Celebration of Mindful Enjoyment Tea and I have a long relationship, equal in intensity to my passion for writing handwritten letters or cards. Nourishing oneself with a hot cup of tea allows us to slow down, which I appreciate in times where I feel overloaded or stressed — especially during the holiday times. So when Andy Hayes, from Plum Deluxe, asked me if I’d collaborate with him and share my passion of handcrafted, fair trade tea, I was thrilled and couldn’t resist.

Light and Tea

” Tea is a way to slow down  and connect with yourself. Perfect pairing for life’s occasions, big and small, is a cup of tea.”- Andy Hayes     [Show thumbnails]

Shannon Hannon- Shannon Hannon Photography

Another Spicy Woman on the blog today, another amazing talented personality. Shannon is a sweet friend of us and an extremely talented Wedding- Lifestyle Photographer.  I met her through a dear friend and had the great opportunity to work with her. She is an inspiring compassionate entrepreneur with a warm personality. Her focus, to find a relationship between a couple, a family or even a place is impossible to ignore, especially in the first seconds while watching her photos. She  was so kind and spared some time from her busy schedule. I chatted with her about passion, the fears of running a business, inspiration and influence of other photographers and candid moments.

The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy

                                                             When you look out of your window, stroll through your neighborhood, hiking in Oregon nature or take advantage and visiting the farms on Sauvie  Island, what you think is the diversity to all the other seasons? Yes, it is getting darker and colder and since we are in Oregon, rain accompanies us most of the times. Personally, it is next to spring my favorite season of the year. It is this magical time, where to harvest what we have seed earlier in the year or Mother Nature gives us the opportunity to fill up our herbal apothecary. Everywhere where you looking at the moment you will see workshops with: How to preserve? How to use seasonal ingredients? Or like the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy, how to making herbal extracts and liquors for the holidays.

Herb Shoppe Pharmacy Mississippi District

Have a sneak preview showing a few pics about the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy in the Old Mississippi District in North East Portland, your shop for custom made herb blends and tinctures and more…. Herbs are more as plants, more as medicine and they grow on every corner. Stay tuned til Sunday for the whole Interview with Amanda Furbee from the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy. “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”- Hippocrates-   [Show thumbnails]  

Water

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came… John F.Kennedy [Show thumbnails]  

Smith Teamaker

On an average Thursday morning, I entered the quiet, elegant tasting and retail room of the Smith Team, nestled in a brick building on a side street in the vibrant Northwest Industrial Area. As I walked in the tea shop the fine, but not overwhelming tea fragrances wafted in the breeze.  At one of my first visits, I noticed the same tranquil, relaxed energy, and my mind was transported by the beautiful fragrances. The front part of the shop is neatly designed and the interior features many furnitures and décor pieces Steve Smith and his wife Kim DeMent brought back from several India trips.

America’s Walking City & Cape Elizabeth

What are you doing when you feel the itching to explore the East Coast? In our case, we call our friends in Portland, ME and ask if they would host us and would show us some new hidden treasures. So we started last week to our little Trip to Boston, the City with thousands of nicknames and even while we have been accompanied with rain showers most walkable city we have visited so far. We arrived pretty late at our sweet Airbnb Apartment and our host was incredible and told us as from an great Indian Food Place and I  can say we ate the most delicious sweet and spicy Indian Food at Punjabi Dhaba. [Show thumbnails] On the next day, we put layers on, raincoat plus umbrella accompanied us and took the T and even pregnant we walked from late morning until in the evening and explored the whole city almost by foot.  Certainly, I read three books upfront about teatime and libraries upfront and we have been lucky and got the last table in the Courtyard Restaurant at Pubic Library for Afternoon Tea. ( Reservation are highly recommend).  When you follow me a while, you will know that I am regular tea drinker and would say I know a little bit about quality and taste. The overall experience would be excellent, the food was amazing and the staff was super friendly.  The tea itself has been quite good, nothing outstanding, the tea could have been a little warmer but this is my personal preference.   On the next day we took the coachbus up to Portland, ME and visited our friends and we had a wonderful relaxing time. My hubby and I jumped pretty spontaneous on a island tour and saw some beautiful mansions, the rest of the Indian Summer and the sweet little Art District. On our last Day we explored with our friends Cape Elizabeth and ate really yummy local fish and chips. Even it when it rainy, we had the most fabulous time on our trip. Enough said and written, look for yourself

Tea

If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh   [Show thumbnails]

Work in Progress

                                                        You don’t have to experience what you want to serve for the remainder of your life, you simply have to recognize what you want to do next. Life is a journey and the little roads can get you just as far as the highway, it just takes a little longer, but it is also more interesting. – Jo Geralski There are times when you simply want to throw up your hands because it’s just too damn difficult. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed an eye-opening conversation with one of my closest friends. You know the person who is always really honest with you. From raising an eyebrow when you want to wear your favorite striped sweater with your leopard heels to understanding instinctively when words won’t suffice and you just need a good hug.