Stephen Colbert does his best British impersonation in Tea & Sympathy

Our humble little teashop received a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the Royal wedding. Not a day went by without a line of journalists waiting eagerly to take photos, ask questions, or film features on cake baking, tea drinking, and all manner of other apparently British pursuits.

One of our favorite pieces to result from this was Stephen Colbert’s exceptionally funny piece on British etiquette. He brought along British historian and Royal biographer Hugo Vickers in a bid to refine his upper crust credentials. Unfortunately, we don’t think poor Mr Vickers knew what he was letting himself in for as Colbert’s merciless humor was soon on full display. This clip of his British impersonation had us in stitches!

You can view the rest of the feature on The Colbert Report website.


Music to our mouths… Tunes to drink tea to!

While perusing the World Wide Tea Web, we came across this interesting musical offering:

“Tea Life” by Silas B. Ritchie and Brian Tairaku Ritchie is a whole album “bound together by the thread of tea drinking“. This astounding musical discovery got our tea sense well and truly tingling and we began to delve deeper into the world of songs to sip your cup of brew to. Before long, we found this interesting little ditty:

We stopped ourselves here, before we lost a whole day, a week, or possibly longer down the rabbit hole of caffeinated, milky and sometimes sugary compositions. But while these may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it got us thinking – what are the best songs to drink tea to? We would really love your suggestions in the comments section below. And who knows, maybe this will lead to the first “Tea & Sympathy” LP…

Here are a couple of our favorites to get the ball rolling:

1. Doris Day – Tea for Two

Written for the 1925 Broadway musical “No, No Nanette!”, ‘Tea for Two’ is a musical declaration from a young man to his love of ‘how happy we could be’ living together, raising a family and sipping tea. We couldn’t agree more! We choose this Doris Day version from the 1950 film of the same name – we do love a bit of Doris, and good on her for making the song HER own. As a slightly tenuous link, this film features in the fabulously eery 1975 documentary ‘Grey Gardens‘, set out on Long Island, which of course is in New York, and therefore not too far from Tea & Sympathy….

2. Sting – Englishman in New York

Ahh, what a classic, and this time, the link is far from tenuous. From the opening line of “I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear”, to the call to “See me walking down Fifth Avenue, a cane here at my side”, to the weird but wonderful refrain of “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien”, this is truly a Tea & Sympathy classic. We’d be surprised if it didn’t hold a special place in the hearts of some of our expat customers.

So now it’s your turn, and we would really appreciated any suggestions you have. Please fire away – do you have a favorite song to drink tea to??