The Art of Tea

When you visit a Chinese tea shop in Greater China you will discover that green tea isn’t just green tea, that you have plenty of different kinds and methods. And a tea ceremony is pretty complex, even normal tea drinking with friends will take some time and is bound to some rules. The Chinese treat tea like we Europeans treat wine. No wonder that the presentation of tea is very artistic. And this deserves an 8000 m2 large tea museum in Hangzhou. The China National Tea Museum explains everything about the ceremonies, the importance of ceramics and the different ways of compressing teas. Like our cheese you can buy tea in various optics, and some of these compressed teas are really amazing, such as the tea of the 1960ies and 1970ies, because it has a clear communist mark!

And tea enters contemporary arts, too. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei presented at his “So Sorry” exhibition in Munich a big heavy cube made from green tea.

Ai Weiwei on Artnet

 

Types of Chinese Tea:

Long Jing – China’s best green tea

Huang Shan Maofeng – from Huang Shan region

Pu Er – Dark Tee

Wuyiyan Cha – Oolong type

Liuan Guapian – from Anhui province

 

Photo by Chinese Tea Files

Tea Museum

Great Idea: Vintage Cupcakes

In Rio de Janeiro you can feel trends emerging. GEVACRIL surely found one of them, called “Vintage Cupcakes”. Yes, it is just like you would imagine the perfect cupcake of the 1950ies, and even better. Those little sweets are available in 15 different combinations in Barra Shopping, the biggest shopping mall in Latin America, located in Rios outskirt Barra da Tijuca.

Bon Apetit!

Your GEVACRIL – Team

Selfmade Limoncello – The Italian Way

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy. It is easy and inexpensive to produce, requiring only sugar, water, lemon zest, alcohol, and time to mature.
Homemade limoncello often has a stronger, more pronounced lemon flavor than brands sold in stores. Limoncello is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often chilled, the Amalfi coast being a center of both ceramic and Limoncello production.

Die richtigen Zitronen

Die richtigen Zitronen

Ingredients list:

* One Bottle (750 ml) Everclear (95% alcohol 190 Proof)
* One Bottle (750 ml) good but not necessarily premium vodka (40% alcohol 80 Proof)
* 15 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
* 750 ml distilled water
* 4 cups pure cane white sugar

Deborah Horn explains very detailed the productional steps on the Slow Travel Italy Website.

Klick here to go to the recipe on the website.

Don’t be afraid! Things sound more difficult than they are.

And the result is surely tasty!

Your GEVACRIL┬« – Team