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.