This article looks at specific paintings by Katka Adams within the context of English afternoon tea through the filters of national identity, ritual and myth and cultural capital.
A selection of paintings representative of items used for a traditional tea in an affluent English home during the 18th, 19th and early 20th C were chosen for this analysis. These items include a silver tea pot, a covered sugar bowl, a small milk pitcher and several tea cups and saucers, as well as small plates of sweets that would accompany the tea service.
In 2007 I was travelling home overland from London to Singapore with my best friend and a shared obsession with trains and frankly, drinks. We found ourselves in a disco jeep driven by a man who knew no English in the desert of Mongolia (ACTUAL Mongolia, not that bit up top in China).
The ‘Barista’, (from the Italian for ‘bartender) is a person, usually a coffee house employee who prepares and serves coffee based drinks.In addition to this above description, it should also be noted that the term ‘Barista’ is also one of the most overused and underestimated job titles known to man.
Coffee really is a basic necessity. Without my morning ‘get up and go jaguar juice’ I am likely to start flipping out and seeing bats like Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I basically have until 10 or 11 am until I turn into a raging, strung out, werewolf.
Sake is a Japaese alcoholic drink made from rice – it is brewed similar to, but not the same as beer and it should be drunk young, as it does not age like wine. Contrary to popular belief most of the sake in Japan is drunk cold.
Warm sake is drunk usually only in winter and only certain types of sake should be heated. Sake goes well with many cuisines but naturally it is best with fish. (Gauntner 2002)
BEER – that cool amber liquid from the gods that we all love. Often when we think of countries that are beer specific, we think of countries like Belgium, Germany and Holland, but today I am going to take you to a place that is internationally better known for its Sake brewing, than it is for brewing our bubbly little amber friend.
The good Doctors first flirtation with the Spritz was when he spent a month in Venice in 2002, doing…let me think here, nothing! But drinking Spritz! My last flirtation was Sunday night when I woke up with underwear on my head and wearing 2 left shoes.
Ask anyone in the wine trade who has spent time in China about the state of play with Chinese wines and you’ll usually get the gruff response of ‘save the glassware and directly pour it down the sink’. BOOM! Harsh but fair when 90%+ of domestic product is pretty average (real average = gag worthy).