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alexis
Philadelphia
tea writer & consultant
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Sorry for your loss. Food for the soul always helps the healing process.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on Comfort Food at Ruth Reichl
I guess that means I'll just have to plan a trip to Spain! Have fun in Bilbao!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Sholeh Zard at Ruth Reichl
This sounds delightful. I think I have everything but the saffron. Do you recommend a particular brand? I have plenty of rosewater and unsalted pistachios, as I like to soak and blend pistachios to make pistachio milk and mix that with honey, matcha green tea powder and rosewater for an afternoon treat.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Sholeh Zard at Ruth Reichl
I have been meaning to check out LP's new website, so thank you for the push. I loved the Slurp & the City piece. I felt as though I was slinking in and out of the ramen shops with her. It reminded me a little of your experience seeking an authentic Chinese restaurant in Garlic and Sapphires. And now on this ice dipped day, I'm craving a warming bowl with hand pulled noodles and a steaming cup of puerh tea to cut the fat after the final sip.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2015 on LP at Ruth Reichl
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Earlier this fall I made my way to Blue Moon Acres' Edible Flower Garden and got lost in the scents and tastes of the petite blossoms. Hours later, I was baking a rose bundt cake with vanilla creme fraiche icing (infused with a pink hue) and a candied rose petal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
Such a lovely idea! I'm tempted to send a cheese selection along with a selection of teas that pair well with them (or maybe just a note of suggestions). Also, if French Onion Soup makes your skip a beat (as it does to me), I highly recommend pairing a puerh tea and reading raclette cheese.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2014 on 2014 Gift Guide, Day Seventeen at Ruth Reichl
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My steeped world has been moving at quite a rapid pace, and I've missed posting to teaspoons & petals (although I quench my thirst for immediate sharing on Instagram). So excuse me while I catch my breath and jump right back into posting. Over the past few months, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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There are some teas that make the world slow down around you as your taste buds try to process the flurry of excitement after just one sip. As you brace yourself for the second taste, you passionately focus all your senses as you lift the tea cup to your lips.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
I'm swooning over the seasonal vegetables in a green tea- infused broth. It looks like it might be a matcha green tea based on color alone. Thanks for inviting us to join you on your edible adventures.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2014 on More France at Ruth Reichl
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If you reside within or nearby the city of brotherly love, then I hope you'll meet me for tea on November 9th. While I love to share tips, techniques and stories on teaspoons & petals, I must admit that teaching classes brings me so much joy. This fall, I'm teaching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
Thanks Tannaz! The cake stand is from Anthropologie. When not graciously holding a cake it's covered in little vessels filled with tea.
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While it's clear that I embrace the "teaspoons" of "teaspoons & petals" throughout each and every day, my deep love for "petals" is quietly celebrated via small vases with seasonal blooms tucked within and scattered throughout rooms. In the past, I have nurtured a small pot of nasturtium flowers for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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The art of being a collector walks quite the fine line between an enthusiast and a hoarder. Fortunately for me, tea cups can be perfectly tucked within a bookshelf and handkerchiefs can be folded into a tiny, tidy stack. I can still recall the very first moment my eyes met... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
What a wonderful day!
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on So Brave at Ruth Reichl
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Even though the cool air is creeping in, I'm still craving cold, creamy scoops of ice cream. Top that spoonful with marshmallow spread sandwiched between tea infused dark cocoa cookies, and well, my heart skips a beat. Seeking a whimsical take on s'mores and ice cream, I infused the ice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
happy to see that tea has a mention...
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Pu-erh tea, a tea category all its own, is generally known for its rich, woodsy and earthy flavors with hints of mushrooms, tobacco smoke and even a touch of leather, all depending upon if the pu-erh tea is cooked or raw and how long it’s been aged (above: a Moon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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On a sunny summer sunday, I filled totes and bags with tea tools, infused iced teas, tins of tea and (carefully wrapped) treasured tea pots and tea cups. The air was bright and clear as I made my way to the classroom to teach my tea workshop as part of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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I am a dreamer. I always have been. I can still recall countless moments as a child settling into soft blades of grass on the subtle slope of my front-yard (which seemed like a small hill at the time). It was my nature made chaise lounge that offered just the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
And now I'm craving pie... There's something about summer that makes me want to stain worn plates with bright bits of blueberry that linger long after that last bite. Do you have a favorite/recommended brand for pie pans?
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry Pie at Ruth Reichl
summer always sends my senses to smoked dishes. and yes, "leathery" is such a wonderful word. I just tasted an aged tea that was described as leathery and slight tobacco. p.s. can't wait for your gourmet memoir!
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on Everything Old is New Again at Ruth Reichl
Nicole-I can't wait for you to try it!
Bec - that sounds like the loveliest afternoon!
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Slip back to crisp spring air for a second, and there I was skipping into Van Leeuwen ice cream shop in the city that never sleeps. I tried to keep my cool as I stepped through the doorway with a belly of butterflies. You see, one day while casually scrolling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at teaspoons & petals