A Cup of Tea & an Afternoon with Dad

This Father’s Day, gift Dad an afternoon. No luxury watch, no fancy perfume, no branded pen, just a few leisurely hours spent with you over a nice cup of tea. Over the years, life has gotten busier and the family lunches on Sunday have gotten shorter. Mum probably calls around midweek to see what you’ve […]

Read More Published On  June 10, 2019

The Legacy of a Tea Set

There are few pieces of crockery that bring about as much sentimentalism as tea sets do. When you think of china being passed down over generations in a family, it is usually a tea set. One with flowery patterns that is beautiful in a quaint, old-fashioned way. Or maybe one that has a scene from […]

Read More Published On  January 22, 2019

The Pleasures of the Tea Gardens of the 18th Century

The 18th century saw the mushrooming of tea gardens in England, starting with London. These wonderful green spaces provided respite from the congested, polluted city spaces and provided an opportunity for socialising in the outdoors during the warmer months of the year. Although tea drinking became popular in England in the 17th century, it was […]

Read More Published On  January 16, 2019

A Tea for Every New Year Resolution

The New Year, with its promise of a healthier, happier you, signifies turning over a new leaf and kicking old habits. Although these changes may seem challenging, there are a few small steps that you can take to help you in the right direction. For those who want to exercise more For those who are […]

Read More Published On  December 31, 2018

Winter Foods Infused with Tea

We are in the thick of winter, and the air is filled with anticipation and festivity. The year is coming to an end, but before that, there’s much celebrating to do. Indulging in extravagant food and drink is the norm in December. While there are the classics that cannot be missed, there are ways to […]

Read More Published On  December 21, 2018

Best Tea Moments in Tinseltown

Some of the most memorable scenes in movies have been aided by a strong cup of tea. Here are the ones that have captured our hearts and our imaginations, over the years. Mary Poppins Mary Poppins (1964) takes tea time very seriously, and while there are several scenes that involve a pot of tea, the […]

Read More Published On  December 4, 2018

Tea & Holiday Treats: A Festive Twist to Your Tea Routine

All across the world, the holidays bring with it treats that make this time of the year even more special. In India, whether it’s Christmas, or Diwali, the air is filled with a certain anticipation of the festivities that are about to begin. Although these celebrations are generally accompanied with alcohol, there are several dishes […]

Read More Published On  November 9, 2018

Tips for Hosting a Diwali Brunch

Diwali is around the corner, and while there are myriad social obligations to attend to, hosting a fun brunch is a good way to get into the swing of things. Having friends over for brunch offers flexibility in many ways – in terms of the duration of the brunch (do you want to linger over […]

Read More Published On  November 1, 2018

Teas for Every Hour: Your Guide to Afternoon Tea

This article is the second in the series of the Hillcart Tales’ guide to different teas for the morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Below, we explore teas on a spectrum of flavour and caffeine content to sustain you through a sleepy afternoon. The lunch hour on weekdays is a break that every employee looks forward […]

Read More Published On  October 4, 2018

London’s Best Afternoon Teas

No trip to London can be complete without indulging in afternoon tea, an elaborate tea ritual that has been in vogue in Britain since the mid-19th century. It evolved as a mini meal to stem hunger between lunch and supper. Here’s where to indulge in this tradition on your next trip to London. The Ritz […]

Read More Published On  August 23, 2018