Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In the Kitchen: Mini Tour of Tea


Here’s another demo for you all. This is on one of my favorite topics—tea.

I have to warn you all that I feel I’m especially dorky in this video. I’m a low-budget operation here, so basically I’m working with no script, very little prep, and bad lighting. I mean, this is how it usually goes when I want to do a video:

1) Think of topic, look to see if I have the ingredients
2) Change clothes to look presentable. (Usually picking a favorite T-shirt.)
3) Set up tripod. Press record on my digital camera.
4) Press stop on my digital camera. Erase. Repeat about 5 times per segment.

I find that when I don’t have a script, I end up repeating myself or saying certain words again and again. (In this clip, see how many times I say “basically” and “enjoy.”) But because, again, I have no budget, I can’t afford to spend too much time perfecting these videos.

OK, so I bet you’re all dying to see it now, huh?

I’m not a coffee drinker, so I get my caffeine from tea. I’ve only been drinking tea for the last 10 years of my life, but I drink it virtually every day. Sometimes in the afternoon at work and definitely as a sweetened iced tea with my dinner. I buy a variety of premium tea brands, so the taste and quality are always near perfection.

Oh, I talk on the video briefly about tea bags. I don’t use them, except as a convenience factor at work. I didn’t have a sample to show in the video at the time, but below is a photo of a premium tea bag. A sign of premium tea bags (other than the high price tag) is the fine mesh used and the extra space in the bags to allow for the leaves to unfurl when seeping. You should also get tea bags where the content actually looks like leaves instead of ground spices (which typically means it’s just the leftover tea bits after they placed the full leaves into packages).

OK, enjoy the show. (And please, turn off your cellphones.)

3 comments:

Passionate Eater said...

Okay, this is my last comment for today, I promise! I just spent the last hour looking over your blog and loving it! And this video is fantastic! Great use of multimedia here! I am now officially adding you to my blogroll.

Chef Ben said...

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. Um, are you really reading my blog at 1 a.m.? You are passionate!

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