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alexis
Philadelphia
tea writer & consultant
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Tea, cheese & bread, yes please. All the holiday bites I need. Set out a spread that is perfectly paired. Pop over to La Colombe's blog to get the details about each pairing. 1. Hojicha Green Tea with bloomy rind cheese (like Brie) and seeded earthy toasts/crackers 2. Ruby Oolong... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at teaspoons & petals
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A little visit from the land of funk (and aged on aged). Assertive spices and flavors often make their way into wintry holiday cuisine, so I like to finish meals with a pairing that can stand up to it all. Blue cheese + Puerh Tea (Aged Shu Cake) + Clementines.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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I'm still drifting in the clouds on a holiday high, and even though my heart (and stomach) are full I can't help but continue to crave the flavors of the season. As the tea consultant for La Colombe, I collaborated with them to create a holiday recipe featuring their oh... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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Gone are the days of delicate sprouts and wildflowers at the farmer's market. We are settled into fading fall and tucking under blankets as we anticipate winter's arrival. Brisk air and flickering sunlight that begins to bid adieu in the late afternoon send me craving a cup and a nibble... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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It's chilled and rainy today and I can't help but crave a comforting, warm sip that's frothy and rich. The moment my slippers hit the kitchen floor I headed for my jar of cashews to save the day. Rather than simply blending cashew nuts with water to make a dairy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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If you happen to subscribe to The Philadelphia Inquirer, head to the Food section today for my feature on cooking with tea that includes three fall inspired recipes (while I always prefer print- you can also find the digital version right here). And as a bonus, I have shared an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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Fall may only be days away but I'm still singing sweet summer sounds while sipping this Iced Matcha Paloma with ruby red grapefruit juice, lemon juice, basil, American Tea Room sweet matcha and organic cane sugar. Try the recipe below or visit any American Tea Room cafes in California to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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Celebrate the start of the autumn season with a guided tasting from local producers featuring tea, cheese, and bread at Cuttalossa, a textile shop in historic Old City, Philadelphia on Sept 28th 6:30 - 830pm. 🧀 Purchase Tickets Here: http://bit.ly/2xayDbp Alex Jones of Collective Creamery will offer four artisan cheeses... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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It's hard to believe that one year has skipped on by since the La Colombe Tea & Tisane cafe program officially launched last September. Working with the La Colombe team to develop and establish this multi-facetted program has been one of my greatest career accomplishments to date. I truly feel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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A part of my heart has been longing to return to this space. A place where I can wax on about my passion for the steep. While I have been sharing my tea journeys on instagram, I craved the chance to let you in on all of the details and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at teaspoons & petals
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I can never bear to bid adieu to my tea leaves after several rounds of steeping. The steeped leaves may be nestled into the garden for added nutrients, or even tucked into a mason jar for a cold brew steep in an effort to seek out the remaining lingering essence.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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When patience meets a craving, you may find yourself with an iced almond milk masala chai tea. Trust me when I tell you that the overnight almond soak is essential for the creamiest sip. Even if your counter is graced with a blender that can turn the petite nuts into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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Tea, cheese & chocolate. Yes, please. Let’s consider why this trio of steeped selections, cocoa confections and dairy delights are truly better together. Swap the wine glasses for teacups, but apply the same happy hour pairing principles. You will either want to pick teas, cheese and chocolate with similar flavor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at teaspoons & petals
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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