When I was researching tea room cookbooks a few years ago, one of the few states I could not find had ever produced such a cookbook was Alaska. Perhaps some tea room there had a cookbook years ago, but if they did, I haven't been able to find it. That made me a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to discover much of anything about tea in Alaska at all, but I needn't have worried …
• I like to learn about herbal teas, or "tisanes," across our fair country, and I just discovered a unique one I’d never heard of before, chaga tea made from chaga mushrooms found in Alaska. According to this website, "Wild Alaska Chaga from Fairbanks is the northernmost chaga you can buy in the Western Hemisphere." I’m quite intrigued by this tea that’s said to be so packed with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. As you can see above from this screen grab on my computer, one company, Wild Alaska Chaga, is dedicated to this wildcrafted chaga and sells it in tea bags, ground tea, blueberry chaga tea bags, and more. Click here if you'd like to learn more. (Chaga tea is now on my bucket list of new "teas" to try!)
• Have you been on an Alaskan cruise? I haven't, but those who have tell me it's a wonderful experience. I've been on a cruise (to Mexico) only once and haven't really considered cruising again. Then I came across this YouTube video of afternoon tea on the Oceana Regatta, posted by a gentleman named Dennis Champion, and I think I may just reconsider! Have any of you enjoyed tea on a cruise, any cruise? Recommendations would be nice!
Next week's featured state: Arizona