Lemons – like olives and grapes – are an iconic Italian crop. Travel through the Amalfi coast and you’ll see lemons everywhere. From lemons at fruit stands to painted lemons hidden in beautiful ceramic pottery, they seem to be everywhere you turn. Italy is the world’s largest lemon producer and this fragrant, sour fruit plays a big role in the countries cuisine. From limoncello – a lemon liqueur mainly produced in the South of Italy – to salad dressings, marinades, seafood dishes and even desserts, this do-it-all fruit can be found in much of Italy’s famous cuisine.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when your mom owns a globally-inspired clothing company? Our friend Matthew, age 7, loves the background of Tea — how we travel the world for inspiration for each collection — and he loves telling his friends all about it, like his friend Luke. Luke’s mother is from Ireland. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, these first graders had an idea. Matthew wanted to learn more about Ireland and the Irish culture and he knew their classmates would love to create something of their own. With the help of Luke’s mother, this first grade class had a lesson on designing clothes, the tea way… and destination Ireland was created.
This season, Tea is partnering with The Global Fund for Children to give back to several organizations around the world. This month, we’re featuring Kakenya Center for Excellence in Enoosaen, Kenya. Learn more about this wonderful organization below.
I once read that the main ingredient in an Italian dish is enjoying it with family and friends. In Italy, la famiglia is everything. And family gatherings are at the center of it all. You may have visions of what an Italian family dinner looks like from friendly stories or perhaps something you’ve seen in a movie, but you cannot truly grasp the bond between family members until you join them for a meal.
While in Italy, we were able to spend some quality time with Alexis’ Italian family at Ranise, their family’s olive orchard in Liguria, Italy. The 400-year-old olive trees are tended to by members of their extended family and have been passed down through generations. It was amazing to walk through the historical orchard and learn about the process of harvesting olives (and taste the finished product!). We learned that it takes many steps to get an olive from the tree to your table. Follow along as we share what we’ve learned…
On our trip to Italy, our Editorial Art Director Alexis and her family enjoyed a meal together to celebrate reuniting with their extended family. One of the dishes they fell in love with was a grilled vegetable antipasto. The word antipasto means “before the meal” in Italian. The tradition of an antipasto stretches back to medieval times in Italy, when diners used to mingle over finger foods, both sweet and savory, before sitting down to eat. Early recipes include everything from sugared nuts to clotted cream to spiced ham. Now, antipasti platters can have anything from olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and mushrooms and pepperoncini, chunks of Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, sauteed zucchini, broccoli rabe, nuts, salami, fresh ricotta and bread on the side. We think there is no better way to start a meal, than with an abundant antipasto platter, artfully arranged with layers of meat, cheeses, vegetables and more. Get our recipe for the antipasto we enjoyed in Savona!
If asked what their favorite meal is, how many of your little citizens would say pizza? We know the majority of ours would (us included!). In a world of delicious, deliverable food right at your fingertips, it can be hard not to fall into the trap of ordering delivery instead of cooking. With a little extra energy and a few helping hands, you can take the next Friday family pizza night to a whole new level with our easy homemade pizza and a salad recipes!