I'm a bad Chinese tea drinker, according to my grandfather. He drank his oolong black, the way good Chinese should. Me? Almost as soon as I could read, I learned about the English and their sweet, milky tea. When I tried it, I knew I'd found my tea people. Maybe it was environmental, since I was born in Hong Kong when it was still a British colony.
Of course I'm simpfliying. At dim sum, I'll sip my tea straight; same with many fine rare teas. My tea expert friends need not worry.
But at a recent afternoon tea, hosted by Bertha Palmer—or rather, the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presenting the historical actress Leslie Goddard playing the part of Mrs.