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alexis
Philadelphia
tea writer & consultant
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Some may like a spoonful or sugar, but for me I would happily fill mine with butter. I've had a deliciously long romance with the creamy treat, swapping salted for unsalted and leaning towards the rich european style with a welcomed tanginess on the taste buds. My heart has grown... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at teaspoons & petals
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As a tea consultant, my everyday life is fully steeped in tea. However, each day is brimming with new tea tasks that send me into the kitchen and then typing away at my desk. One of my most memorable tea challenges was developing fifty iced tea recipes for my client,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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There is an art to pairing tea that connects with the spirit of steeping well beyond the aroma of the brewed tea and the first sip. The steeped tea can elevate the flavor of what's on your plate and even change the flavor of the tea in a deliciously exciting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
You are the sweetest! This means so much to me.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Tea with Alexis at Create With Nutty
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The past few months have been a whirlwind of steeped adventures. While I haven't been busy on the blog, you may have seen glimmers on my Instagram feed. And as I settle into spring and take a deep breath from the hustle and bustle, I look forward to sharing stories... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
alexis is now following Create With Nutty
Mar 5, 2014
Thanks Courtney!
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2013 on cooking with tea on phl17 at teaspoons & petals
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You've taken the time to source the perfect tea and had a petite party for the very first sip. But now it's time to let the tea rest next to its fellow friends, however, the airtight foil bag doesn't fit with your kitchen style. Rather than hide it away in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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The hum of the kettle on the stove, the sizzling splashes in saucepan, and the clinking of a whisk on the sides of a metal bowl are all sounds that make my heart skip a beat. I am at home in any kitchen, especially when I'm infusing new dishes with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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The winter coat has migrated from the back of the closet to my kitchen chair for easy access when early morning walks call my name. Whipping cold winds have me longing for sweet summer days filled with small bites under the sun. These sweet cherries adorned with edible flowers were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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Considering that my kitchen could technically pass for a tea shop, it's easy to find ways to infuse new dishes with a favorite tea that's well within reach. A little over a month ago I volunteered to test a Genmaicha Pilaf recipe, as part of the Food52's Community Picks Recipe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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I've gathered my favorite Japanese green teas, tea cups and glass tea pots and carefully packed them in delicate tea towels in preparation for my Japanese Green Tea 101 class tomorrow evening (march 27th) in Philadelphia. In addition to sharing endless sips, proper steeping techniques, and stories behind the leaves,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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"The nuances that linger within green tea can leave your palate with endless taste memories: from rich chestnut aromas, luscious floral flavors, buttery and brothy sips, clean and crisp grassiness that brightens the taste buds, to toasted notes that warm you to the core better than a favorite sweater." Continue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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As I try to heal after losing a dear friend, I have found great comfort in sipping tea from one of her teacups. I carefully carried her vintage jewel home, unsure if I would be able to sip from it so soon since the sight of it made me quickly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
Madame, yes it would add a nutty touch to popcorn. And if you want to be truly decadent you could make a genmaicha butter and melt it over the popcorn.
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I can still recall opening the tiny gold lock to my metal journal, resting the white cushion cover against my knobby knees under a floral bedspread as I scribbled childhood thoughts and poems. Those daily jots have been replaced by keyboards clicks and photos snapped throughout the day via my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
Yes, another tea tool! I'm not sure where I found that scoop (the problem with too many tea tools), but I found a few here http://www.taooftea.com/categ.php?catid=83
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Toasted and popped brown rice mingles with grassy Japanese bancha tea in the well known genmaicha green tea blend. And for the sencha lovers, keep in mind that bancha is made from the second flush of sencha between summer and autumn months. There is something so wonderfully savory to this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
So wonderful to hear Perwink13! I hope you enjoy your morning tea.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on talking tea with terrain at teaspoons & petals
I sent moleskine an email mentioning that idea last year...let's see if they take our advice.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on keep a tea journal at teaspoons & petals
Thanks Sara! Please do try it and let me know what you think. Maybe I'll bring some matcha by the fountain...
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Even though the past few weeks of glittering snow showers have brought a smile to my face, a wintry wonderland can only feel magical for a moment. Here's hoping that the grandiose groundhog was right in his spring prediction. Until mother nature decides to turn down the chill, I'm filling... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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Over the past five years, I've built quite a collection of tea tools that can be found filling drawers and lingering on the kitchen counter. In honor of this steeped obsession I thought that I would share a bit about these necessary objects in a new series, tea tools. First... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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I'm partial to antique gems with delicate hints of ladylike charm, which is why I created my collection of heirloom haiku handkerchiefs. Each heirloom haiku handkerchief is adorned with my original haiku that celebrates tea, the lady songbirds of jazz and the imaginative journey of alice in wonderland. I have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at teaspoons & petals