It's my brother-in-law Brad's birthday today, and thanks to Brad I've learned a lot about his home state of Texas (the meaning of "Hook 'em horns," for instance). This week I've learned even more about Texas, the state's fondness for tea and its tea rooms by reading the issue of Tea in Texas magazine I recently ordered.
This lovely magazine, which I first saw in 2007, is blessed with lots of advertising (which keeps a magazine in business, believe me!), and I learned of quite a few tea businesses in Texas, including many that sell online. I enjoyed reading about an exhibition of tea infusers and strainers at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and I liked the Q&A style interview with the owner of the Mustard Seed Tea Room in Baytown. While I do have a difference of opinion with the young lady who insists Texas Bluebonnets are superior to roses (as if!), I admired her enthusiasm for her state's wildflowers and found her article just delightful. I also liked the recipes and a small chart on different ways to slice tea sandwiches.
The 40-page magazine was printed quarterly when I first discovered it but is now published six times a year, which is certainly a happy fact for tea lovers in Texas. A subscription is just $18, and even though I don't live in Texas I'm thinking of subscribing. The calendar of tea events made me quite jealous that they have so many fun tea things going on in Texas, and I wish Georgia had as many tea rooms so we could support a tea magazine here! Lucky Texas! If you'd like to check out the magazine for yourself, visit teaintexas.com.