Steeped in Tradition

Thank you for talking tea. As a clinical and corporate psychologist, I often use the beverage as a metaphor for living. Stopping to smell the coffee doesn’t work, but a cup of tea carves a calmness into the busyness of our days. — member DrShelley

“The Traveler’s Guide to Tea” was well-written and informative. Although the sidebar “Global Tea Etiquette” suggests it’s not offensive to put milk and sugar in Japanese tea, doing so will shock your host or server. Japanese tea is served without sugar since, in many cases, a sweet cake or dry sweet (higashi) accompanies the drink. Adding sugar is no different from asking for ketchup in a Michelin two-starred restaurant. If you must have milk and sugar, order koucha—black tea. —Anthony M. Lee (author of The Japanese Tea Ceremony) Toronto, Ont.

Eating Up the Islands

Hawaii’s culinary scene is experiencing a delicious change. I’m going in August—yay! —@GretaPeters

A Day in the Life

Thank you for Bruno Maddox’s “A Week in the Life of a Las Vegas Concierge” [June], which truly captures the essence of my profession. Although I have never given it much thought, concierges do read maps upside down when giving guests directions. — member ninae (concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Miami)

T+L’s New Look

I like the fuller, more descriptive, and more leisurely appearance of T+L [June]. Keep it up. —Mary Gielow Mequon, Wis.


Surprised to find the Philippines’ Jollibee fast-food chain on the list. I would eat there all the time, if the flight weren’t so long. —@eatabel

Reader’s Find: Touring India

My family and I recently returned from an Abercrombie & Kent trip to India. It was an incredible experience, and much of the credit goes to our guide, Vivekanand, who took us on a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk bazaar; to the City Palace, in Jaipur; and, of course, to the Taj Mahal, in Agra—which he described as “a teardrop on the cheek of time.” Vivekanand paid attention to our interests, adjusting our itinerary as needed. We recommend him to anyone visiting India, especially for the first time. —Sandra Wagner-Wright Hilo, Hawaii

Sounding Off: The Burger Kings

Ah, summer. The time for swimming pools, ice cream cones, and, yes, burgers. In May,’s annual “America’s Best Burger Cities” (based on T+L’s America’s Favorite Cities survey) ranked the contenders. Commenters lauded the returning champions: Providence, Rhode Island, which took the No. 1 spot this year; Houston, which slipped to No. 4 from its first-place ranking in 2011, as well as Minneapolis/St. Paul (No. 7) and New York City (No. 9). The surprises? Salt Lake City’s conspicuous absence from the list after its second-place finish last year. Also noted: Savannah, Georgia’s ranking at No. 12. “There are perhaps two non-chains in the city that offer an above-average burger,” said one local. “It’s sorely lacking in the food department.”