Foodie Friday: Winter melon tea

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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

Ding Tea

"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

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"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

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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

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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...]

Foodie Friday First: Osmanthus Tea

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I tried out a new drink... Osmanthus tea: an earthy tea infused with the yellow flowers I'm one of those people who order the same thing over and over again at a restaurant. What can I say? Usually when I venture out and order something new, I dislike it. My tried-and-true beverage of choice is jasmine green tea. On a recent trip to the local cafe, though, my hubby urged me to drink something different. I ended up ordering osmanthus tea. Despite its floral origins, osmanthus tea didn't … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Hong Kong Lemon Tea

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My first... Hong Kong lemon tea: iced tea with a refreshing lemon flavor Looking for a drink to cool you off this summer? Lemon tea is where it's at. Here's a recipe, complete with cutesy drawings. Very popular in Hong Kong, this drink uses a strong black tea as its base. Think of a dark, bitter brew counterbalanced by sweet sugar (or sometimes honey) and a squeeze of tart lemon. It's iced tea, Asian-style.   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Mousse

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Green tea mousse: a smooth, tea-flavored dessert   The picture says it all. Green tea mousse is the Asian version of the mousse dessert. It has a sweet taste with a touch of the earthy bitterness of green tea to counterbalance the sugar. The white chocolate rectangle and fresh fruit also serve to round out the taste. … [Read more...]

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