Conversational journeys over cups of chai, at home and abroad.


My Canadian mom has been a tea drinker for as long as I can remember, and when I became curious about her tea habit in my early teens, she encouraged me to try some.  Although I grew up in Southern California, I’ve always been drawn to my original birthplace, so I loved this small invitation back to my roots – it soon became a daily ritual for me as well.  For me, tea is most enjoyable when it’s all gussied up with cream and sugar, right next to delicious tea sandwiches and decadent scones, and then shared with others — that’s the most important part.  My niece, Alyssa, is one of my treasured tea buddies.  She always arrives at my house fresh from one of her adventures, with plans to spend a day or more, and then the celebration begins… in my kitchen.  The cooking has become just as enjoyable for me as the eating.  Oftentimes we’ve made so much food that we’ll have several go-rounds in a single day, and there’s even enough to satisfy us for several days afterwards.  We inevitably end up inviting her dad and my mom over to help us out.  Tea has become a fantastic celebration of our unique relationship and lives, an event I start making plans for at the mere mention of Alyssa’s return home.  Chai Travelers is a continuation of that spirit.  You can rest assured that as we add snippets to our blog from separate corners of the world, there’s a steaming hot cup of our favorite chai at hand.  In fact, I’m drinking one right now.  — Patty

Tea with my aunt (who I like to call tia since it reminds me of tea) has always been a special treat for me.  We first started having tea together when I was in high school. Tea with my tia is usually wrapped around lazy afternoons, with special sandwiches, scones, and pots of tea. When I say pots I really do mean pots of tea. Oftentimes we would drink so much that I would get shaky afterward from all the caffeine and sugar. By nature we are slow tea drinkers, relishing in the food, copious cups of chai, and lots of conversation. Over the years having tea with my aunt has become a tradition. As an adult I have made my way around the world, traveling at first while in school and now for work. Even though I am off and about, I always think of my tia whenever I find a great chai spot. And whenever I pass through home it is a must that we get together for tea. This blog was inspired by one of our phone conversations while I’m overseas. I always comment how I miss tea with my tia, not only the food and tea but the great conversations as well. This blog is a way for us to continue to have our conversations over chai, even when there are many miles between us. — Alyssa