“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”- Chaim Potok

Posts from the ““Tea & Happy Things”” Category

scope of {hope}.

Posted on December 31, 2014

As this year of 2014 comes to a final finish, I thought I’d continue along the theme of dreaming Tutus&Tea has been indulging in of late… a welcome way to greet the new year, oui? Earlier this month I had the honor of attending the Massachusetts Women’s Conference— a gathering of 10,000 women who came to see and hear from the empowering female voices of our time. Among them, the lovely Lupita Nyong’o who spoke so eloquently, her words resonated in my heart for weeks afterward… “Dreams are portals to your purpose,” she stated humbly – Daring doors of opportunity, if you will… By sharing her own story, her own fearful climb to success, Lupita explained how despite her fears and obstacles, she would…


Posted on December 3, 2014

cake. think about it. Is there any other food that encompasses celebration so perfectly? I’d argue viably there is not…Birthdays, Graduations, Retirements, Holidays of all shapes and sizes…Gentle whiffs of Chocolate, Vanilla, Carrot, Red Velvet …vying for your palate’s pleasure… It’s always a good idea. That’s why when I had family come to visit for the end of our Swan Lake run, I thought it would be the ideal time to break out a new recipe, to celebrate holidays and milestones past, present and future with those I love and hold so dear. So, Hummingbird Cake. A playful variation on Carrot Cake (my usual favorite), that trades pineapple and bananas for carrots, and gracefully hosts decadent layersonlayers of cream cheese frosting. (The only frosting that…

{giving thanks}.

Posted on November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving. a day for acknowledging our many blessings…for friends and family near or far, for resurrected recipes, traditional tastes, seasonal spices… On this holiday, may we all stop a moment to give thanks for the lives we lead, the lives we share, the lives we learn from. While every day is truly an opportunity to give thanks, this special one encourages a unique bonding of people we find precious and memories we seek to mold. I’m grateful for so many things, and as I sit here on a chilly Boston morning, they seem to overwhelm me like the flurry of snowflakes falling gently from the sky… For humility, grace and opportunities to be inspired. For nourishment, a strong body, a stronger mind. For the…


Posted on October 8, 2014

Boston, you innovative hub of surprises you :) Since my move to this beautiful city, I’ve been consistently inspired by the people I’ve met and the talent I’ve come across… This past weekend was no exception as I had the opportunity to photograph for a genius dinner concept that in a name {TAG}, provides a Table for Artists to Gather. I often get asked my reasons for having a blog that chronicles both food and dance – to me this pairing seems perfectly paralleled. While food, as well as dance, remains a necessity to my every day, I love the idea that every meal may be a performance in and of itself — each ingredient playing a key role of color, flavor, composition, shape on your plate…

Labor Day Monday

Posted on September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day! I love the fact that our hard working Country values a special day in the year to stop and celebrate how very hard at work we all are most of the time…Crazy to think it takes a National Holiday to allow us to stop…to recognize the passionate pursuits of those who came before us, to appreciate our own efforts… to slow down a tid bit, and to smell the late summer roses {sunflowers!!!} A brief little wiki of this free day’s point of interest >> along with some particularly captivating black and whites I found here… “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.…

the bee’s {knees}.

Posted on August 9, 2014

Bee Pollen. It’s #alltherage I’d read about it on several blogs… eyed it in the aisles of Whole Foods and seen it sprinkled around Instagram…More recently I found myself tucked into the tiniest specialty spice shop atop a quaint European village (Château de Gourdon) when a jar of it singled me out and made room for itself in my already overweight suitcase… So what are these magical little golden sprinkles? Bee pollen is the food of the young bee, and is considered more rich in proteins than any other animal source. One teaspoon of these fragrant honey-nuggets takes one bee an entire month of eight-hour work days to gather – and each pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains. “It is considered one…

shells & sand & sea.

Posted on July 27, 2014

It was a rainy morning in Paris when we packed up our bags, savored one last, most flaky croissant and made our way to Gare de Lyon. I don’t know about you, but I just love trains. The beautiful stations, the old-timey feel you get when the conductor makes his call, the whistle blows and you’re well on your way to adventure…the scenic blurs of countryside that fade by with passing time as you go chugging along. Part of me pretends I’m lost in an episode of Downton Abbey while the other part of me secretly hopes we’re headed for Hogwarts. Alas, this particular trip delivered us smoothly to Cannes via Marseilles where we changed into suits and sandals and went running for the sea. Snails seemed like…


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