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alexis
Philadelphia
tea writer & consultant
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A few months ago I collaborated on a guest post with Free People to share the tradition behind Moroccan Mint Tea. Julie (the editorial specialist at Free People) and I joined paths at Terrain at Glenn Mills on a blustery grey day, where she photographed the warm, sweet sip after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Winter weekends mean that I'm often lingering by the kettle or near the oven to keep warm and away from the chill beyond the window. And when I find myself struggling to get out from under the comfy covers, I recall flavors of this tea infused baked breakfast treat that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Even though the air is crisp in my neighborhood, I still crave cold sips to revive my afternoon after a morning of steamy sips. Instead of seeking out a standard iced steep, I opt for a small burst of chilled complex flavors with gyokuro brewed in the shinobi-cha method. Threaded... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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The start to a new year carries an abundance of joy as we look to refresh our perspectives. Even though the daily ritual of tea is a constant and not a resolution, I look to January as a time to practice being a bit more mindful and present as I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Throughout this past weekend's snow storm, I could count on a steep to cheerily call me in from the cold. The allure and sentiment of a fireside glow or a favorite sweater hanging within reach can all be captured in a cup of tea. As we linger longer in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Join me tomorrow (Saturday, January 16th) anytime between 12 & 3pm at BAGGU in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a free tea tasting to celebrate National Hot Tea Month (hooray!). I'll be sharing sips of my favorite teas, tea tips and giving a closer look at how I pack my favorite tea... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Join me for an Afternoon Tea Pop-Up at Washington Square Park in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 8th from 11:30 to 1:30pm to benefit FEED SUPPER. In exchange for your $10+per person donation (made via this page), you will be served two teas (one hot oolong tea from Tea Ave and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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While pumpkin patches, apple picking and spiced lattes are the familiar signals of autumn's arrival, let's pause for a moment to celebrate the the harvest moon with a peaceful tea ceremony (especially considering tonight's special super moon appearance). Otsukimi, the Japanese mid-autumn harvest moon-viewing celebration, often takes place in September... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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Even though we’ve shifted into the season of crisp fall air, I still crave chilled treats in the afternoon to wake up my senses. Iced tea lattes are a go-to sip guaranteed to please, but why not add a touch of ice cream truck whimsy by transforming the iced latte... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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It's safe to say that we've settled into a period of matcha madness, and I couldn't be happier. When I'm not sipping the jade foam after a quick whisk in water, I'm mixing matcha into fresh fruit juice (honeydew is my favorite) or stirring it into savory treat like my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
If you run to the market right now, you might be able to catch the last of the luscious summer peaches. And to help you savor each juicy bite for just a bit longer, I'm sharing my recipe for Masala Chai Tea Pickled Peaches. Sweet summer peaches infuse in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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The crisp autumn air is calling me closer to the kettle, so I'm filling my calendar with tea infused events for the fall season. From a steeped pairing class in an arboretum to a wonderland inspired tart and tea tasting at the very top floor of the main library branch,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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To say that matcha is having its moment is an understatement. From the traditional frothy whisk, to green smoothies and baked treats, matcha has found its footing in our culture. Beyond straight, grassy sip or popular sweetened latte, there are many creative ways mixologists and baristas are using matcha. Considering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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Join me for a series of Pop-Up Tea events in Philadelphia and New York from August 14th through August 19th to celebrate the launch of my premiere summer issue of with tea, a quarterly journey on cooking with tea. The summer issue of the quarterly journal, with tea, features 11... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
Ah I adore L'Amuse gouda. I often pick up a special wedge to pair with a da hong pao oolong tea. The tea has a charcoal aroma and smooth/earthy/woodsy tastes with a hint of sweetness (like cooked brown sugar). I actually love to dunk bits of the cheese into that tea to transform them into melty marvels. The earthy, nutty elements of the gruyère complement the roasted, earthy notes of the oolong, ultimately letting the sweet notes that they both share shine (brown sugar-roasted fruit). And now I want to drive to a cheese shop immediately...
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2015 on Things I Love: Just Say Howda at Ruth Reichl
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Imagine a pure ocean wave washing over freshly cut grass. Now take a sip. To me, that is what defines my experience with shincha green tea. Shincha, which translates to “new tea,” is a Japanese green tea made from the year’s first plucking of the tender leaves in the sencha... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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As summer solstice nears, we're readying our backyards for evening picnics and filling our refrigerator with chilled sips to help us keep our cool. In anticipation of the start of summer, take time today to celebrate National Iced Tea Day (and National Iced Tea Month throughout June). To celebrate this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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Crisp spring air calls for late morning brunches that are effortless. This easy, breezy state of mind and appetite inspired me to seek out seasonal berries that I could slice and spoon onto sweet pastry shells or crumbling biscuits. I imagined that the berries would beg for a hearty dollop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
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Even though we've settled int spring, I'm still savoring tea experience from the fall that took place as the matcha media frenzy was just beginning to buzz. Nestled within the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn you will find MatchaBar. I shared my story of the matcha centric cafe on Fresh Cup... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
Patiently waiting to let the cheese come to room temperature, I distract myself with the art of the steep. Water bubbling about is then gently cooled as the steam wisps dance about in late afternoon sunlight filtering in through leaf covered branches just beyond the window. I hear the soft... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at teaspoons & petals
Thanks for the kind words, Emily. Hopefully we run into each other at an upcoming tea event in philadelphia soon.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on seven years & seven steeps at teaspoons & petals
I second High Street for any meal (I'm partial to their beet cured salmon on their airy pretzel roll for bfast). I also second Stock and Bing Bing (on my list of places to go this month). Love the decor, sips & dishes at One Shot Cafe. Shane Candy (brought to you by the brothers who own Franklin Fountain) recently opened a petite hot chocolate cafe tucked in the back with unique chocolate drinks made by hand to order. PS & Co near rittenhouse for healthy, tasty bites (and nice design). Good King Tavern for a cozy meal. Ah so many options.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2015 on happy friday + philly-bound! at Oh Joy!
Thanks Nicole! And congrats to you as well. I can't wait to hear what you think about the Wenshan. It so perfectly captures what I crave about spring. And yes, I guess I do wax on and on about high mountain oolong teas. ha!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2015 on seven years & seven steeps at teaspoons & petals
Oh mother nature! Looking forward to next year as well. Every session was delightful. Hearing April Bloomfield speak so honestly and poetically was quite the highlight.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2015 on The Cherry Bombe Jubilee at Ruth Reichl
Thanks Neysa! If you try, it let me know what you think.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2015 on candied rose petals at teaspoons & petals