September 25, 2012
The teapot was full of hot herbal tea, but the weather made the sweating pitcher of Arnold Palmers more inviting. An immaculate lemon tart, sinful-looking chocolate French silk pie and homemade whipped cream stood at the ready as the eight ladies sat around the Dover Shores living room chatting. The day was like most of their Monday afternoons. "We get together here once a week - 31 years of tea," said Patricia Dawson, who always hosts. "It's just great. We've gone through so much together.
January 20, 2012
The elegant gals of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County came together to host a tea at AnQi in South Coast Plaza in advance of the society's upcoming 2012 gala benefit. They are calling the gala, which will take place in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 9, "A Night of Broadway at the Philharmonic Supper Club. " Gala chairs Marsha Anderson and Marta Bhathal will transform the Samueli into a fabulous nightclub atmosphere. Guests will begin the evening with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner catered by Patina.
April 19, 2003
Coral Wilson In Lissi Kaplan's mind, a warm cup of tea opens the soul and ignites conversation. Life seems to slow down, and flowers begin to bloom. "Over a cup of tea, people open up to you," she said. "It is a very ancient ritual and people, they melt. Then you can really feel them if you are sensitive." Awakening the long lost art of porcelain painting, teacups blossom into gardens in Kaplan's hands -- inner gardens that reflect the very essence of a person.
July 19, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT HARBOR -- It started with tea and silk, and it ended with boats that tore through the ocean like rockets. The trade between the West and China during the 18th and 19th centuries was more than a cultural exchange: it was the driving force behind a nautical revolution. That's the message that's driven home by "Mariners and Mandarins," the new exhibit at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The exhibit displays many of the Chinese items that European consumers found most tantalizing: things like ornate fans, elaborately engraved silver ewers, lacquer boxes and, above all, tremendous quantities of tea. An extensive collection of paintings also showcases the scenes of port cities -- like Shanghai, Canton and Singapore -- that exercised a powerful force on the Western imagination.
June 3, 2004
B.W. COOK Newport went Hollywood for the Doheny Eye Institute. The Luminaires, a volunteer support wing of the institute, threw a gala dinner at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, attracting a large turnout of Southern California support. Newport Beach was represented by Barbara Nielsen, serving on the gala committee with Bea Stathatos, Mary Cooper, Mary Jane Harris, Mary Jane Kurlander and Bobbie Niblo. The evening, billed as "Let Us Entertain You," was chaired by Jackie Flynn with assistance from Rita Coulter.
January 21, 2008
COSTA MESA — Ethel Walley can tell, looking out the window of her shop on Baker Street, that she’s not in England anymore. For one thing, the window is much larger than the tiny one she had in her old tea room in Cornwall. For another, the teenagers who dart past on skateboards are a distinctly American touch. Aside from that, though, the Copper Kettle offers a pretty remarkable simulation of an afternoon across the Atlantic. The shop, which Walley founded with her daughter in May, leaves most American brand names behind and lines its shelves with bags of Barry’s tea, jars of Yorkshire pickled red cabbage and cans of Spotted Dick sponge pudding.
April 21, 2002
To stain or not to stain, that is the question. Why on earth would I want to ruin perfectly good fabric by dousing it with a tea concentrate? The answer is patina. Ahhh, now it makes sense. Tea staining is an excellent way to give new materials an old look. Sort of a reverse face-lift. Tea staining takes the "blush" off of new fabric, creating an instant vintage aura. Styles that incorporate antique furnishings like shabby chic, English cottage and Mediterranean are good candidates for a few stains here and there.
February 28, 2003
house and tea Every era has its own 'look' -- forever branded by the clothes that people wore. In this way, fashion is an integral part of history. In 1970, the California Lutheran Homes Auxiliary opened a thrift shop in Alhambra, California. As items were received from members and friends of congregations, it was observed that some of the donated clothing was historically valuable and pieces were set aside. Eventually, a number of dresses from the early 1900s and a few large-brimmed hats appeared along with many valuable accessories.
November 4, 2001
Young Chang Susan and Jim Hart got to do more than just climb the Great Wall of China during a trip to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong early last month. Traveling with the Young President's Organization, which Jim Hart is a member of, the Corona del Mar couple spent almost three weeks learning about everything from traditional tea preparations to Muslim extremism, as understood by business leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
April 20, 2000
B.W. Cook For 39 years, the nondenominational Christian-based Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County has been serving the community, providing adoption placement services, pregnancy and post-delivery counseling, and child care. Recently, the ladies of the guild joined forces for their annual patroness tea, held at the Newport Beach home of Dac and Donna Clark. Some 250 guests surveyed the expansive Pacific Ocean view from the Clark's Shorecliffs estate while sampling the afternoon buffet catered by Sun Dried Tomatoes of Orange.