Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dear "Addict in the Blue Mountains"


It seems that our Blue Mountain Nilgiri is turning out to satisfy a certain type of palate. Maybe it's because this tea is so understated or because it lacks nearly all the astringency people might expect in a black, but it seems that this delicate tea gets lost on many people. And since we all really love it over here, we get excited to hear when others love it too.

So "Thank You!" to the writer of Tea For Today, for writing about our Organic Nilgiri tea, from the Blue Mountains of southern India. It sounds like our tea came in at just the right time to offer some solace to your day. Check out her post here called, Tea Addict in the Blue Mountains.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

So Stinkin Cute!


With a tip of the hat to The Beatles, this tiny yellow submarine infuser is made from heat-resistant silicone (like our Tuffy Steepers), and submerges to the bottom of your cup to steep. Though it doesn't look like it offers your tea leaves much room to expand, I'd like to see this Tea Sub go head-to-head with the Sharky Infuser in a cuteness contest.

I found this new tea infuser on The Green Head - a great gadget site with quite a lot of tea gear, including our own Steepware. I also snagged these photos from there.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Love for our retailer, Living the Sweet Life, this Valentine's!

Since I'll be talking about one retailer each week, I decided to focus my attention, this week and next, to retailers (and e-tailers) who have a particularly good shop for the Valentine's season.

My focus this week will be on a new bakery in Denver called Living the Sweet Life. This past fall, owner and baker Erika Cunha opened her shop in the Highlands of Denver and has been selling fantastic sweets to people all over the Denver metro area. Click on the website and you begin by seeing mouthwatering red velvet cupcakes (pictured here) that you know are completely moist and delicious.

Take a look at their downloadable menu and you'll see many other delicious treats ranging from Cinnamon Swirl Sweet Breads to Colorado Cherry Pie to my favorite, the Raspberry Linzer Bars (honestly who doesn't like raspberry bars). After less than 2 months, Erika's Huckleberry Pie was reviewed in 5280! This unfortunately is only a seasonal item because Erika goes all the way to Idaho to pick the huckleberries herself! Check out the article and don't miss all the comments which have great reviews as well!

Where does The Tea Spot fit in do you say? If you can force your finger to keep scrolling past all the scrumptious desserts on the menu, you'll find us listed at the bottom with the other drinks served at the shop. Six of our signature loose leaf teas are served at Living the Sweet Life. Since they have some cute sitting areas you can go to either sip a cup of tea while munching on one of their treats or take a cup to-go with your box of Valentine's desserts (we know there was one more cookie in that box before it got to your loved one :) ).

If you haven't already been there and are looking for a cute, quaint shop with unbelievable delicious (have I said their stuff is delicious yet?) treats to grab for Valentine's day, or ANY day, then you HAVE to check them out! Call ahead to place any special order you might have. Contact details and address listed below.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day and go enjoy some desserts with your sweet(tea) ;)


303.477.8088
1535 Central St., Denver, CO 80211
livingthesweetlifedenver.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stir-fried Shrimp & Veggies Sprinkled with Tea-sonings

This dish is so easy to make it is tea-diculous...I know it's not a word, it's a play on words...

Ingredients:
  • 2 TBS oil
  • 2 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 green zucchini, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, choped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • Tea-sonings, blend the following ingredients together:  

o1 TBS Roasted Green Mint, finley grounded

o 1/2 TBS salt

o 1/4 TBS cilantro

o 1/4 TBS basil

o 1/4 TBS thyme

o 1/4 TBS cayenne pepper

o 1/2 tsp cardamom

o 1/2 tsp oregano

Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle 1/2 of teas-soning mixture over garlic and onion, about 1 1/2 TBS. Add shrimp and saute until pink, about 3-4 minutes, remove & reserve. Note: The shrimp don't have to cook all the way because they will continue to cook after they are removed from heat.
  2. Add zucchini, squash, bell pepper and corn to wok. Sprinkle the remaining tea-soning mixture and cook until soft but still crispy. Add reserved shrimp and cook to combine for another 1-2 minutes.
Serve with Oolong Fragrant Rice, for recipe visit Tea Spot's Chef Blog 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Video Review of Monkey-Picked White

I just found this video this morning, made by Lainie from the LainieSips tea blog. She has some interesting tips on varied brewing methods for our Organic Monkey-Picked White Tea. This loose leaf tea is both Organic & Fair Trade Certified, and comes in tea tins as well as bulk bags. Check out what Lainie thinks!