While I never seem to make it out of the South very often, Boston, Massachusetts, has long been on my bucket list of places to visit. As much as I love American history, I think a tour of New England really needs to figure into my future before too many more years pass!
• Without a doubt, the Boston Tea Party would have to top any list of the most significant tea events not only in Massachusetts but also in the entire country. How do we sum that up succinctly, considering all that most of us now know about the event? I'll let History.com do the talking: "This famed act of American colonial defiance served as a protest against taxation. Seeking to boost the troubled East India Company, British Parliament adjusted import duties with the passage of the Tea Act in 1773. While consignees in Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia rejected tea shipments, merchants in Boston refused to concede to Patriot pressure. On the night of December 16, 1773, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty boarded three ships in the Boston harbor and threw 342 chests of tea overboard." Of course, since my early grade-school lessons about the Boston Tea Party, I've learned there were quite a few other such tea-tax protests along the East Coast, but Boston's remains the most famous, and I think it's fair to rank this the number one tea event of all time in America. (Do you agree?)
• Oh, the fun of exploring the digital archives of the New York Public Library. That's where I came across this old but undated stereoscope image from the Oriental Tea Co.'s Store, located at 85, 87 and 89 Court Street in Boston. Can you just imagine wearing your long gown and fancy hat as you shopped for tea in such a store? Wow!
• A couple of years ago, tea friend Jenn in Massachusetts was kind enough to send me a gorgeous little 1904 cookbook that was originally published by her Daughters of the American Revolution chapter there. Titled "A Book of Beverages," the book includes (fittingly) a recipe for Boston Punch, which I was delighted to see lists tea as an ingredient. Last week I was thinking about "Lady Baltimore Cake" during my focus on Maryland, and this week, it's "Boston Punch." Wouldn't it be fun to research all the recipes named after cities in the US?