Well, hello! Welcome to Oh, How Civilized.

New York City-based blog devoted to my love of refined experiences with a focus on afternoon tea, food and travel.

I’m Jee, a freelance digital designer in New York City. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and worked mostly in publishing in creating visual and UI digital experiences for titles like People and InStyle. After my last job as Creative Director, I decided to take the leap and go on my own as a freelancer, working off-site. This is how I’m able to work my own hours and take those three hours in the middle of the day for afternoon tea whenever I damn well please.

When I first started freelancing, I didn’t have clients lined up so I had a lot of free time. It was at that point I decided to start a blog. Well, actually I was thinking it would be more like a repository of places to go for afternoon tea since people would ask me for recommendations.

As I worked on it more and more, a blog made more sense, and lo and behold, Oh, How Civilized was born. The name came from me uttering those exact words “Oh, How Civilized” in a British accent after each and every time I had afternoon tea.

You can find me between posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

I would love to hear from you! If you have questions, inquires or just want to say hello, send me an email: ohhowcivilized@gmail.com

About Oh, How Civilized

Want to know more about Afternoon Tea? You can find information on how to eat a scone properly, learn what to eat first on the three tiered tray, and most importantly, how high tea isn’t afternoon tea.

The Afternoon Tea Reviews section includes all the afternoon teas I’ve had in New York City. See my posts on tea services I’ve had while traveling including Florence (Four Seasons Hotel Firenze), and Paris.

The Recipes section is filled with tea sandwich ideas and matcha and tea-based recipes. The Matchamisu is the most popular recipe on the site with the BLT Tea Sandwich and Matcha Truffles following close behind.

Oh, How Civilized uses affiliate links and any commission earned goes toward providing original content.

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise credited. I use a Sony RX1 (since 03/2014) to take all my photos. Before that, I used a Canon T3i with the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 and a Sony RX100 (10/2013 – 03/2014).

If you would like to feature any of my original photos on your site, please credit Oh, How Civilized or ohhowcivilized.com with a link back to the original post.

A big thanks to contributing copyeditor Michele Perez, who catches and corrects all my grammar and spelling mistakes so things I write make sense.

Queenie Fok is my cooking and baking guru. We collaborate to create recipes inspired by afternoon tea and matcha.