custom pet portraits
small batch chai blends
benefitting non-profit animal shelters
chai wala, artist, dog lover
Hi! I'm Tiff. 'Tipala' is an affectionate nickname from my Ba. Few things about Ba: she is my paternal grandmother, she prefers black olives on her pizza, and she really didn't like when I pranked her with rubber snakes as a kid (understandably). She has a heart of gold- in fact, her favorite song is Heart of Gold by Neil Young, so clearly she also has incredible music taste. My favorite time to hang out with Ba is cha time (cha=chai: sweet, milky Indian tea). Her morning routine includes spicy & sweet cha paired with delicious Indian biscuits that are way too dunkable. Living with my dad as a teen, he would make this tea every morning, and I thought it looked and smelled so delicious. I asked him to make me a cup, and I was in love. There was something about the spicy ginger kick with sweetness and creaminess, combined with cozy spices. Now, I'm sharing that love with as many people as I can!
So thank you for being here! I'll keep it simple and straight forward.
My two greatest joys in life are cha and dogs.
You may know it better as "chai". My family has roots in small villages in Gujarat, where the popular slang for this magical tea is "cha". The perfect balance of sweetness and spice, paired with aromatic whole spices and teas, simmered with fresh ginger and creamy milk (or in my case, mylk)... what's not to love? A cup of cha is a treat to the body, mind, and soul. Truly a nourishing and comforting break in the day, it's no wonder India dwellers commit to savoring these sweet moments every few hours.
Is there anything quite like the love from your dog? Since I was a tiny baby Tipala, dogs have been a source of love, joy, and protection. The face of Tipala's Cha is Forrest aka Noe aka Moishi. A true mutt, he is the smartest, goodest boi you'll ever meet. I adopted him from Austin Pets Alive, a truly remarkable no-kill shelter.
I carry the most love for the underdogs; mutts, shelter seals, breeds deemed unadoptable and illegal. Since it is unrealistic to believe I will adopt every homeless dog and give them the life they deserve (maybe someday though??), I am taking a more feasible approach.
A portion of Tipala's Cha proceeds goes to various no-kill animal shelters and organizations around the country. Together we can help those sweet pups stay warm, safe, and loved until they find their furever homes.
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Balsam gift box coming soon!
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spice blend to sprinkle atop your cup of cha
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included in all gift boxes