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Thes de la Pagode Vanilla and Cherry Blossom Green Tea Blend Image 1

Thes de la Pagode Vanilla and Cherry Blossom Green Tea Blend

By Melanie | November 19, 2018

This tea was promising but straight out of the bag it smelled sweet as if there was something artificial about it. I was surprised to see that the pink petals in the tea blend are rose petals versus cherry blossoms. The natural taste of cherry blossoms and vanilla are on the list of ingredients but…

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On the Beach Boulogne-sur-Mer by Edouard Manet French Oil dated 1868

By Melanie | November 17, 2018

Photographs from another oil painting on display during the special exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum are found above. This is from Edouard Manet. It is dated 1868 and titled On the Beach, Boulogne-sur-Mer.  This is a very small painting and you’ll see that many of the characters are “faceless”. The paint strokes also help to show…

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Thes de la Pagode Gunpowder Green Tea

By Melanie | November 15, 2018

This is one of my favorite teas from this company. It has a wonderfully mild and roasted flavor that reminds me of the roasted twig teas of Japan.   Since it only contains gunpowder tea that hails from the Zhejiang province of China, the taste is not complex at all. This tea, like twig teas, would…

Haystacks or Les Meules by Kees Van Dongen, Dutch active in France dated 1904 to 1905 image 1

Haystacks or Les Meules by Kees Van Dongen 1904 to 1905

By Melanie | November 14, 2018

Another painting from the special exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum included this painting from Kees Van Dongen. It is dated between 1904 and 1905 and goes by Haystacks or Les Meules.  I love the use of brushstrokes in this painting to show the hay being lifted by the laborer. The painting overall is simple yet these…

Thes de la Pagode Argumes Citrus Green Tea Blend Image 1

Thes de la Pagode Citrus Green Tea Blend

By Melanie | November 11, 2018

With this tea, you can easily see the marigold petals, orange peels, and lemon peels. The aesthetics of this tea is a plus for me. As expected, the dry tea had a robust citrus smell.  When prepared, the taste and smell of the green tea was a bit bitter. For me, it overwhelmed the flavor…

The Missed Brushstrokes of van Gogh

By Melanie | November 10, 2018

A special exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum included this painting from Vincent van Gogh. It is dated 1889 and goes by the popular title The Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Rémy.  I believe you’ll see from the painting and details the brushstrokes and the spots of open canvas. The pictures of this painting housed by…

Thes de la Pagode Edition Prestige Dragon Fruit and Marigold Green Tea Compare Image 1

Thes de la Pagode Marigold and Dragon Fruit Green Tea

By Melanie | November 9, 2018

This dragon fruit and marigold green tea is from Thes de la Pagode, a French tea company. Since I had the tea bag and loose tea, I decided to try them both side-by-side. Illustrated above are both which you can see in the second picture that the one on the right is a full leaf…

Berthe Morisot Oil Painting Young Woman Watering a Shrub 1876 image 2

Berthe Morisot Oil Painting Young Woman Watering a Shrub 1876

By Melanie | November 8, 2018

The above painting was on display in July 2018 at the Pittsburgh Frick museum. It is by Berthe Morisot and this domestic scene is said to be typical of the day for the subject of a female painter. Yet she distinguished herself. The second image will help you to see the brushstrokes that illustrate what…

Ocellated Turkey - Illustration by Nicolas Huet

Ocellated Turkey – Illustration by Nicolas Huet

By Melanie | November 8, 2018