Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]

a journal of tea-inspired foods and recipes


What is a tea foodie?

Read my first blog entry to find out!

What is this blog about?

Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] is a journal of tea-inspired foods and cooking with tea recipes.

Who’s writing this blog?Suzanne Klein - Tea Foodie

Hi, I’m Suzanne Klein. I’m a marketing executive by day, but I moonlight as a self-proclaimed foodie, recreational cook and tea geek. I started Zanitea Organic Tea Blends several years ago. I make hand blended loose leaf teas and sell them online at Etsy and at local craft markets, restaurants and cafes around the Denver, Colorado, area.

I am an amateur cook. I have no professional training. While I take lots of cooking classes and read lots of food books, most of my experience is from pure exploration combined with an adventurous spirit in the kitchen. My mom and siblings are all great cooks, so there is a lot of inspiration in the family.

I am also an amateur when it comes to tea. I’ve been around tea for several years and have certainly learned a lot. But, like wine, tea has a rich history and comes in what seems like an infinite number of varieties from all over the world. One can spend many years learning about tea before claiming to be an expert on the subject.

In an effort to keep up my tea education, I am studying for a professional tea certification with the Specialty Tea Institute of the Tea Association of the USA, and I’m writing about Denver’s tea scene as the Denver Tea Examiner for the local news site Examiner.com.

Why does this blog exist?

In short, I love food and I love tea, so I’m combining these passions here. I spend many hours of my free time in the kitchen cooking and, more specifically, exploring the role tea plays with food. I’ve even taught several cooking with tea classes in promotion of my own Zanitea Organic Tea Blends business. The further down this food and tea path I get, the more I realize I need a place to chronicle my journey.

This blog will track my observations and experiences with food and tea, which may include reviews of cool tea-based food products I find at markets, restaurant dishes that incorporate tea as an ingredient, reviews of cookbooks with tea themes, and of course sharing the cooking with tea recipes I’ve tested.

Where does your content come from?

I create the content and take the photos for this blog. The recipes come from a variety of places, like food-based web sites, cookbooks and friends. In many cases, after rounds of recipe testing, I have adapted the original recipe that inspired me to fit my tea foodie style.  All recipes that I share in this blog will be credited with the source that inspired me to write about the recipe.


15 comments on “About

  1. Laurie
    June 16, 2012

    Hi, Suzanne. I enjoy your blog so much that I have nominated you for an Illuminating Blogger Award in my most recent post.

  2. Zanitea
    June 19, 2012

    Thanks so much for the nomination, Laurie!

  3. thebakerybyliajames
    June 27, 2012

    Suzanne, you are an amazing chef. I look forward every time I get invited over and hope there are many more dinners together to come!

    • Zanitea
      June 27, 2012

      Thanks, Carrie. Ditto to you!

  4. essbur
    July 3, 2012

    Hi Suzanne

    Very happy to stumble across your blog, we’re moving to Denver from Chile soon, so it’s a bit exciting to find out that you are based there too. Happy that I’ll be able to try your teas in Denver too!

    Best wishes.

    • Zanitea
      July 3, 2012

      Glad you found my blog! Good luck with your move to Denver. There’s a growing food scene here, and lots of places to get tea!

  5. Kitchen Butterfly
    February 16, 2013

    What a wonderful blog!!!!!! Superb. I love branching out with tea!!

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      February 24, 2013

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Yours is beautiful as well.

  6. superfoodista
    October 15, 2013

    Wow!!! LOVE your blog!!! It would be something I would also love to write about. I am an absolute tea fanatic and your blog idea is genius! I am also a marketeer by day and a blogger by night (=not much sleep ;-)
    So happy I found your blog! big hug, Sylvia

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      October 15, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by my blog Sylvia! I’m now following yours, it’s gorgeous. Love your photos and your healthy approach. It’s hard to blog at night, right?

  7. superfoodista
    October 15, 2013

    Wow, thank you so much!! Sooo happy you liked my blog! ;-) Yes, it’s hard sometimes to keep up, especially during busy times at the office….But aren’t we just so passionate about it and that keeps us going? The picture taking part is I think the most difficult, but I bought some lights recently, so that should help ;-) big hug to you! ;-)

  8. superfoodista
    November 23, 2013

    Hi Susanne, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I simply love your blog and am inspired by what you do! If you would like to accept it, the link is below – participation is completely voluntary of course ;-)

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      December 12, 2013

      Thank you Superfoodista! I gladly accept the nomination, and I love your blog as well!

  9. Jen
    January 22, 2014

    What a neat blog! I can’t say I’ve found many recipes that use tea but it’s something I’ve always wondered about. I can’t wait to see what recipe you come up with next!

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks for the kind words, Jen!

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About Zanitea

Combining a love of tea and food through hand blended teas and cooking with tea inspiration.

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