On October 29 at 12pm PST Samovar Tea founder, Jesse Jacobs, will be joined by Monk Manual creator, Steve Lawson, for tea and discussion — and you’re invited. This talk is exactly what we all need – an intimate and personal talk about tools that help us deal with the challenges of the day and the philosophies that guide us towards an inspired life.
Four months ago this morning ritual got a rude but transformational interruption. My wife came downstairs at 5am and killed the flow by dropping a copy of the “Monk Manual” down on the kitchen table in front of me. It knocked my pen to the side and wrinkled the paper in my journal. “What the heck?!….” Continue reading Why I Love the Monk Manual
The way of the heart is the way of courage.
It is to live in insecurity,
to live in love and trust,
to move into the unknown.
For most of us, stress is uncomfortable and so we keep finding ways to distract ourselves to numb the unpleasant sensations.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Let’s cut to the case. I am scared about covid-19: the danger to individuals, the danger to society, the uncertainty about what comes next. While this might be the most challenging experience I’ve faced, it’s not my first existential crisis. Running a restaurant and cafe business for nearly twenty years has had its ups and downs and I’ve sought out wisdom and guidance wherever I could find it. Two teachers from very different walks of life come to mind now. Continue reading Reality As It Is: What A US Admiral and Burmese Meditation Master Taught Me About Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic
I hope this blog post finds you well.
These are truly extraordinary times. Throughout the day, I find myself doing a double take to see if I’m dreaming because I cannot believe my eyes or ears. Overnight, everything has flipped upside down. It’s been difficult for me, for my family, for our staff, for our customers, and—I suppose—for the whole planet.
At Samovar, we’ve felt a shock that continues to reverberate. But, after 18 years of serving up tea and food to the wonderful, inspiring, beautiful people of San Francisco—and shipping to fans across the globe—we’re taking our role as a mandated “essential business” to heart.
Warning: If you’re prone to earbugs stop reading now because this post may plant a melody in your head that’ll lasts for days.
Undaunted? Read on.
SF Eater shares their first impressions of the newest Samovar on 411 Valencia in The Mission. If you’re looking for a leisurely lunch, be sure to visit one of our Tea Lounges. But if you’re looking for a fresh-baked scone and cup of tea brewed in our Tea Crucibles, the new Samovar Tea Bar is just what you need.
Take a look at the Crucible Brewing Process in this video by SF Business Times.