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How to be a Valentine’s Day Hero

We’re more starved for human connection than ever before. This Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to change the routine. To do something different. To give love in a new way that helps heal our isolation.

Live Tea Time with Steve Lawson

Live Tea Time with Creator of the Monk Manual

Join Samovar Tea founder and Monk Manual creator on October 29 at 12pm PT for an interactive tea time and discussion about productivity in times of stress The Monk Manual is the one to-do manager you’ll love to use. Because it’s so much more. On October 29 at 12pm PST Samovar Tea founder, Jesse Jacobs, […]

The Beautiful Monk Manual

Why I Love the Monk Manual

My morning ritual starts with waking up before the sun, brewing some Masala Chai, and opening my journal to a blank sheet. The pen flows and my book becomes a sacred placeholder for thoughts, feelings, and to dos. Starting the day by clearing my mind has always left me more refreshed and more serene. It’s […]

Live tea time with Seth Godin

Live! Join Me for Tea with Seth Godin

Join me and Seth Godin for tea on Friday, Oct. 2 @ 12pm PDT. Seth Godin has been writing and teaching about the creative side of business — and the business side of creativity — for decades, including 19 bestsellers. I discovered Seth in 2002 when I was just starting Samovar. And I’ve been a [...]

How to Cure Burnout with L-Theanine

Remote work has so many perks. No wasted time commuting. Eating healthy home cooked meals. More time with family. More time to workout. More work time in the day: to be Productive.  And yet it doesn’t stop. Working from home means work happens any time, anywhere. In the bedroom before bed, a last glimpse at […]

3 Steps to Transform Stress

3 Steps to Transform Stress

Stress, the Monday morning killer. You might have heard about those crazy people who claim to thrive on stress, but for most of us, stress is a royal pain in the ass. It can be all-consuming, debilitating to the mind and body. Typically we do whatever we can to avoid it. Have another drink. Watch […]

This is NOT goodbye…

It’s with misty eyes and a heavy heart that I am announcing a major transition for Samovar. This Sunday at 5PM, we will cease all cafe and restaurant operations. We have decided to enter a “hibernation” period until the current health crisis situation turns around. Please visit while you can and let us serve you […]

Green Tea Matcha in a Shot Glass

Your Guide to the Ancient Wellness Practice of Mindful Tea Time

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” —THICH NHAT HANH, The Miracle of Mindfulness Everyone I know is experiencing a mounting level of concern around covid-19. We do our best to stay focused on things we […]

Samovar is Open in the Age of COVID-19

Dear reader, 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 […]

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