Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer means iced tea with fresh squeezed lemon

Making iced tea
Originally uploaded by love_yellow

I'm lucky enough to have a lemon tree that pretty much bears fruit all year long. But I appreciate it most in the summer, not for lemonade (which requires way too much sugar), but for squeezing into my drinking water and especially for making iced tea.

Not only does it make the tea taste better but I read recently that lemon helps to preserve the antioxidants in the tea. What a great bonus!

All summer long I've been brewing my large assortment of black, green and herbal teas and experimenting with different combinations of tea and other additives like ginger and fresh mint from my garden. Sprigs of fresh mint is wonderful in strong green tea for an extra punch of flavor and refreshing-ness (my Morrocan friend showed me how to make it).

My sister gave me a huge assortment of high quality green and white teas for Christmas last year. I enjoyed them hot throughout the winter and spring, but some of the stronger teas can now be enjoyed over ice.

Just some of the teas I've collected, some from my travels to London, Paris and Shanghai, and some gifted by friends from Japan and Sri Lanka.

Oh, and for all of you fans of Orla Kiely (my favorite bag designer of all time based in the U.K.)... yes, that tea tin is her design. It's a collaboration with Bewley's of Ireland - she designed the adorable tea caddy around the Bewley's Gold Blend box of 160 tea bags. Makes sense that she would choose an Irish tea as she is of Irish decent.

A perfect breakfast or afternoon tea - sweet and strong so a generous dash of milk holds up well. According to Bewley's: "Our award winning signature Gold Blend Tea is full-bodied with a rich, deep golden colour. Teas grown on the highest slopes of Mount Kenya bring a fresh, rich flavour. Tea from Assam in India adds an excellent, full-bodied character. Rwandan leaves finish the blend with a glorious, deep golden colour. Crafted for supreme quality, to bring you the perfect cup of tea that refreshes and uplifts you any time of the day."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Talenti Gelato - Toasted Almond

OMG... now this is real!

I'll admit I was drawn to this gelato because it came in a plastic jar. I'm a sucker for the novelty of unique packaging. At first I felt guilty for buying the plastic container but have redeemed myself by keeping it and have already re-used it. :-)

The natural flavor stands out - fresh cream and cane sugar. The small chunks of almonds was a nice contrast to the smooth texture. It wasn't too sweet, like most ice creams, and didn't quite have the texture of gelato that I was expecting, but still very delicious. Looking forward to eating more soon!

UPDATE: I tried the Double Dark Chocolate - even better! Highly recommend!