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July 8, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
I was at a tea stall near my hotel here in Srinagar, along a strip of houseboats and slowly decaying hotels known as the Boulevard, when the police patrol pulled up Wednesday morning and ordered the tea-wallahs to close down for curfew. As the workers scrambled to comply, the lead officer, identified on his lapel as Mussafar Shah, and a subordinate started striking them on their backs and legs with four-foot wooden sticks known as lathis . I took out my cellphone — in reality, the camera wasn't switched on, but I hoped its presence would stem the beatings — identified myself as press and showed my Indian media card.
February 16, 1997
Regarding reader Jonathan Korejko's letter ("Time for Tea," Feb. 2) in reaction to your Lincoln, England, article [in which he urged Americans to drink tea while there], I'd bet that if you shook him awake in the middle of the night back in Lincoln and asked him what he drank while in the Los Angeles area for a family reunion, he'd answer "tea"--not our American coffee. So much for leaving your tea dependency at home, English duplicity and "when in Rome . . ." theories. BILL POWELL Toluca Lake
February 2, 1997
We were in the Los Angeles area for a family reunion and were delighted to see your article about Lincoln, England ("A Victorian Holiday," Dec. 15). You obviously got to know our city during your visit, and your report was well observed. We have but one criticism: Next time, leave your coffee dependency at home, and give your taste buds a holiday too! English tea is a marvelous beverage; light, warming and refreshing. Enjoyable at all times, tea is a must when you visit Lincoln.
July 26, 1987
In the Travel Section of May 24, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch wrote about tea dancing at the Ritz in London. We made a special trip to London from Paris. Everything in their article was correct except the price. They wrote that it was 8.50 (about $14 U.S.). The price posted at the door June 4 read 14.50 each, about $50 U.S. per couple. We had tea and danced and loved every minute. MR., MRS. CHARLES THOMAS Santa Monica
January 12, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Guests didn't need to be British to attend Saturday's BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, “but you have to love the Brits,” joked Nigel Daly, the chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. chapter. The scene: Sure enough, Hollywood VIPs -- British and otherwise -- streamed nonstop into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to meet the organization's members and mingle with fellow BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards and yet-to-be-named potential Oscar nominees.  PHOTOS: Stars dress for BAFTA tea party The crowd: Among others in the crush were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray and producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle;” Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and producer Joey McFarland of “Wolf of Wall Street;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” Steve Coogan and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;”...
April 18, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- Greg Mortenson's “Three Cups of Tea” purports to describe the Montana philanthropist's harrowing adventures in Pakistan that led him to launch a charity for building schools in the impoverished region. But did it really happen the way he said it did? And if not, are readers entitled to their money back? That was the subject of a federal court hearing Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont., where Mortenson and his publishers are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that aims to obtain class-action relief for book-buyers allegedly defrauded by purported fabrications in the book and its sequel, “Stones into Schools.” The Montana attorney general already has completed an investigation into charges that Mortenson and the Bozeman-based Central Asia Institute he co-founded mishandled money donated to the popular charity, substantiating many of the financial allegations.
January 12, 2012 | Rosanna Xia
In an Echo Park home, four friends gather around a fist-sized clay pot steaming with a rare vintage of pu'er - an aged tea from southern China whose most exotic variations sell for $1,500 a pound or more. They delicately pour the amber brew into tiny tasting cups. Then, holding the porcelain cups with just two fingers, they take in the fragrance. Finally, they sip, gingerly. The verdict is unanimous. "It's kind of got that dirty bandage taste," Louise Yang says. Her husband, Will Yardley, is more diplomatic.
June 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Starbucks Coffee Co. will continue expanding beyond its coffee-serving cafes with its first stand-alone tea shop. The store, which will operate under the company's Tazo brand, is scheduled to open in the fall in a Seattle shopping center across town from Starbucks' headquarters. It will feature a staff-run blending bar where customers can mix their own tea from more than 80 loose-leaf choices. They also will be able to choose among iced teas, tea lattes and full-leaf tea sachets.
January 20, 2005
In her story "The Tao of Tea" (Jan. 13), Valli Herman omitted an entire culture of tea -- that being sencha, the Japanese green tea. Sencha is also used in the ceremonial tea service. The Southern California organization for sencha ceremonial tea service's web address is: The best local tea shop is at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. It is called Yamamotoyama. They serve sencha tea, as well as sell tea and tea tools. Karin and William Ward Gardena I loved Valli Herman's article on tea. She really infused the story with the energy readers need to recognize the "new tea" as an upscale, fascinating, sophisticated drink.
March 21, 2005 | Elena Conis
White, green and black tea are all made from the same species of plant (Camellia sinensis); it's the processing that makes each one different. In making green and black tea, fresh leaves are dried, or "withered," before being crushed, steamed or fermented. In the case of white tea, most of which comes from China's Fujian province, fresh leaves are immediately steamed, then dried, leaving much more of their inherent chemistry intact.
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