Foodie Friday: Green Tea Latte

Green tea latte: green tea mixed with warm milk I'm a huge fan of green tea. I like its lighter taste, as compared to its more bitter and darker counterpart. Also, I enjoy knowing that I'm feasting on antioxidants. My new cold weather favorite? Green tea latte. I can't find this in all the cafes I frequent, but when I do, I like to splurge. There's something comforting about a warm mug and sipping the frothy drink. I especially relish the creaminess of the milk (although, truth be told, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Popping Boba

I've had plenty of boba before. However, I had yet to try popping boba until now. Popping boba: balls that pop with juice They're still ball-shaped. Instead of having a chewy center, though, the inside is filled with juice. (Mine was lychee.) Once you chew down on one, the liquid pops out. It's like crunching on a bubble. The skin is super thin, and it's very light in terms of texture. I'm still inclined for the more interesting chewiness of regular tapioca balls, but it's kind of fun … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Kit Kat

Ready for Halloween? I've got my stash of green tea Kit Kat. Green tea Kit Kat: Kit Kat bars with green tea cream coating I found this batch at the local Japanese store. So every year, I see this vibrantly colored bag and think I've gotten exactly what I want: green tea + chocolate + crunchy wafer. And I get fooled all the time because there's no chocolate in these! What? Once I get over this surprise, it's still a pretty cool candy. Especially if I want matcha flavor with a crunch. It's … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pudding in Tea

Pudding: topping option for tea I think you're all familiar with bubble tea, which typically consists of milk tea with boba (even giant boba sometimes!). Anyway, it's definitely a nice drink to have for cooling down. Usually I'm good with a plain iced jasmine tea, or I might splurge on tapioca pearls or lychee jellies. Most recently, though, I ventured adding pudding to my drink. It's been a long time since I went down that road, and it was a pleasant surprise. I guess I was expecting an … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Grapefruit Green Tea

Grapefruit green tea: yep, grapefruit juice mixed with tea Let me tell you. On a beautiful summer day (first day of summer = June 20th), there's nothing more desired than a glass of something refreshing. My latest fave? Green tea mixed with grapefruit juice. It's a great combo of tart and sweet. I guess it's a bit like an Arnold Palmer--but more Asian-style. Cheers!   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Winter melon tea

Winter melon tea: sweet tea made with winter melon Sometimes it's nice to have a delicious drink. In Taiwan, we were given a homemade brew of winter melon tea. The winter melon is a common gourd with white flesh inside it. It has a long shelf life and can be stored in a cool place, lasting well through the winter months (thus, its name). The vegetable is often eaten during the summer because of its cooling properties. Winter melon is also supposed to detoxify our bodies. The taste of … [Read more...]

Serendipity

"Consider your impressions; follow them once in a while." Sometimes you can't plan for things. On the way back from a road trip this weekend, I stumbled upon Ding Tea. (They had me at the words: Taiwanese tea house.) Apparently, their tea leaves come from the central mountains of Taiwan, so you can expect a high quality drink. I also love that you can customize the sweetness level and the amount of ice in your tea. Plus, they offer golden boba.  These tapioca are lighter in color than … [Read more...]

Tea and Colds

"Your home is a pleasant place from which you draw happiness." But not when we're sick... But at least we have our Zojirushi machine.   These hot water dispensers are amazing. If you're a tea drinker like me, they keep the water piping hot and always on tap. For me, the amount of tea I consume triples when I'm sick. Sure, I also go for a good bowl of chicken noodle soup, but tea is my first line of defense. Wish me luck as I battle this little virus going through our … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Green Tea Dumplings

Green tea dumplings: dumplings with tea flavor If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love green tea in all its forms (cake, mousse, etc.). So when I saw green tea dumplings on the menu at a local restaurant, I had to try them. The chefs were supposed to infuse green tea into the wrappers. Sadly, all the taste must have boiled off because I could only find the usual dough flavor. My verdict? Give this dish a pass. Any tea-flavored treats you enjoy? … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Rose Tea

Rose tea: green tea flavored with roses I have roses blooming in my yard, but I haven't been a big fan of eating rose-flavored treats. (The blame goes to a rose Turkish Delight I ate. I thought it would be like ambrosia on my tongue, given its prominence in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... but I was sorely disappointed.) My one exception to this rule is rose tea. It's green tea infused with a hint of the floral. I like the subtlety of the flavor, and the bitterness of the tea … [Read more...]