Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Battling the Summer Heat with Ice Cream and Tiesta Tea

The summer heat in Texas is so unbearable that everyone should stock several pints of ice cream in the fridge. While shopping for ice cream, I was distracted by these colorful Tiesta Teas in the bulk aisle. I've never heard of them before so I bagged a few flavors to try.  I actually love drinking hot tea after eating vast quantities of ice cream. Something about the warmth of tea and the coolness of ice cream blends incredibly well together.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Milk Tea's Favorite Cookie: Earl Grey from Fortnum and Mason

I very rarely take milk with my tea. My favorite sencha just doesn't go well with milk. And matcha can go well with milk but I don't normally dilute the flavors of my matcha with milk. But a lot of people love to pair milk and tea. Tea with a splash of milk and biscuits just sounds so proper! So, sometimes I do take milk. But when I do, it has to be Darjeeling, Assam, or Earl Grey. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fresh Spring Pea Soup

March in Texas means Spring is upon us. Vibrant, green grass shoots and leaves sprout from what withered looking branches and bare ground, flooding the Hill Country in waves of bright color. My favorite color is the intense, bright green of a nascent bud or blade of grass. Today I'll share a recipe that perfectly captures this color and the essence of spring to come.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Texas

My parents left last week to celebrate Lunar New Year as it should be celebrated - in Asia. Weeks of preparation culminate in a festive occasion young and old look forward to every year. It truly is the biggest holiday of the year, one where the entire country celebrates. So, if you are not in Asia right now, exchanging well wishes and giving/receiving lucky money bags, how can you participate in the festivities?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Japanese Sakura Blend Tea

Come spring time in Japan, and everything - I mean everything, from macarons to white rice is flavored with cherry blossoms. They are incredibly beautiful, no doubt. They smell wonderful. And they will likely fall in your food anyway (if you are eating outdoors). As for taste - for me, I don't love it but I don't hate it. I buy it because I love the fragrance of the subtly sweet and earthy cherry blossom. And, it looks quite pretty. Now that the weather is resoundly cold everywhere in the US (yes, even in Texas), I brewed some of this to remind myself of spring to come.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Got it in the Bag: Rishi's Matcha Super Green Tea Bags

Tea and coloring books - best way to relax during the holidays.
Many a tea snob (myself included) will tell you that tea bags are often not worth the cost. Cheap tea bags (looking at you Tazo/Lipton/etc) are inexpensive and convenient but the drawback is taste. And for me, that is a major drawback. So, are there any good tea bags out there? Of course. But they are expensive. For the same cost of bagged teas, it is much more cost effective to buy loose leaf teas and bag them yourself. This is what I normally do but sometimes, especially if there is a sale, I will buy tea bags. My favorites include Mighty Leaf and Palais des Thes. These guys known how to make a tea bag and the tea itself is often whole leaves and delicious. Today I will talk about my newest favorite - Matcha Super Green by Rishi.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Autumn Moon Festival Tea Party

Well, this is slightly late (only a few months). I had a small Autumn Moon Festival party way back at the end of September to celebrate my new living space and the incredible balcony it came with. With that much balcony space, it was impossible not to decorate. So I decorated and asked my friends to come over and view the full moon. We feasted on all kinds of Asian goodies and for dessert - moon cakes and of course tea.

For my Asian inspired decor, I went with a predominantly green and white color scheme. I added red ixora (flame of the woods) for pops of color. The ixora looked a bit like chrysanthemums from far away so they reminded me of those big, beautiful chrysanthemums you see in old Chinese paintings. I cut the flowers low so we could see each other and converse more easily. It always bums me out to cut flowers so short but I think adding several vases along the table made it look elegant.