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 is writing this blog?Suzanne Klein - Tea Foodie

Hi, I’m Suzanne Klein. Self-proclaimed foodie and tea geek. I spent almost 20 years as a marketing executive before I realized I could use my marketing skills to make my passions–tea and food–into a full time job. Currently, I’m a freelance writer, recipe developer, and tea consultant.

I started an organic tea blending company in 2009 called Zanitea. I made hand blended loose leaf teas and sold them on Etsy and at local craft markets, restaurants and cafes around the Denver, Colorado, area. While I no longer sell my tea blends, I instead use my years of tea knowledge to consult with companies about tea, write about tea, and create tea education classes. I’m also studying for a professional tea certification with the Specialty Tea Institute of the Tea Association of the USA.

On the food front, I was lucky to fall into a dream job managing the test kitchen for a Denver-based spice retailer, Savory Spice. Over five years, I developed and tested hundreds of recipes, produced a cookbook, created a recipe-of-the-month program, and managed all the cooking and food styling for photography and video projects. I still love taking cooking classes and I read lots of food books, but 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.

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 taught several cooking with tea classes. 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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