This is one of my absolutely favorite things to give away at the holiday time. It makes a great gift, especially if given with a hand-thrown mug and one of those long, involved novels that are best read in January. (Armchair optional.) It's also great to keep a few batches on hand as hostess or last-minute gifts.
When you’re as impatient for a morning cup of coffee as we usually are, it seems like starting with water that’s already hot from the tap would shave a few precious seconds off the cooking time. Kenji Lopez-Alt was on the Good Food radioshow a few weeks ago to explain why patience is a virtue.
When the weather turns cool (c'mon weather... turn cool already!), it's so nice to wrap your hands around a mug without handles, whether it's full of tea or coffee. But slim, Asian tea cups—especially these colorful, modern ones—could also serve as chic pencil holders or a vessel for slurping miso soup.
I'm on vacation in South Carolina and it's hot! So hot that I'm constantly drinking to keep from getting dehydrated. Growing up in the South, I know that constantly drinking cold liquids is the key to staying sane — and my favorite is of course iced tea.
About a month ago, the drink of the moment, kombucha, vanished (poof!) from Whole Foods and other major groceries. Why? Concerns that the alcohol level might be a tad too high.
Did this freak you out? How have you been getting your kombucha fix since then? And what's the report in your area? Are there bottles of that addictively fizzy, sour tea back on your grocery shelves yet?
You've probably heard of matcha, a form of high-quality Japanese green tea that has been ground into a powder. It's been showing up in ice cream, shakes and smoothies, salt, cookies and cakes, and even chocolate truffles and frosting. But my favorite way to enjoy matcha is in its traditional form as a hot beverage. Made in single servings and sipped quickly while it is still hot, this bracing, stimulating and slightly bitter drink makes me wonder: Will matcha become the new espresso?
Looking for a cool, new summer drink to toast these last weeks of August? How about this prize-winning cocktail with a refreshingly romantic - if somewhat surprising - list of ingredients? (Don't worry, it's easy to make too.)
Q: I have been looking everywhere for a modern elegant chest to store tea bags and bring to the table, similar to the kind they bring out at the end of the meal at a nice restaurant or in a hotel. I can't seem to find one anywhere.
I'm thinking something made of dark wood, or finished with dark leather, or white enamel, not clear plastic or thin wood. Do you know where I could find one?
With all the talk of delicious, refreshing tea concoctions, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite spots for picking up loose leaf and hard to find teas locally in Los Angeles. Bird Pick, named for the birds that in Chinese folklore could pick out only the best tea leaves to feast on, not only imports tons of tea but also offers a tea bar for some pretty amazing tea drinks.