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Gluten Free Matcha (Japanese Green Tea Powder) Mochi Balls by FLT co-founder Donna Lo

  As you probably know from my earlier blogs, I am a fan of easy cooking.  With Harvest Moon Festival (中秋節; also known as Mid-Autumn Festival) coming up shortly (9/15), it is the perfect time for a pairing of something sweet and a nice cup of tea like one of my favorite oolongs from my hometown, Wenshan Baozhong, one of our featured teas in our Tea Club this month, while watching the beautiful full moon with your family. Buy Monthly Tea Club Subscription: 3 Fresh Teas per Month In this blog, I am sharing a Japanese mochi dessert-inspired recipe, with the added twist of the addition of tofu to the (gluten free) dough for even better texture, as well as a nice...

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Back to School (by guest blogger Heidi Dixon Kwon)

September is a month that brims with a palpable sense of anticipation. As the warmer seasons slowly fade to a close, the roads come alive while children fill hallways and people return tan and giddy from their vacations.  This month is that moment Fall reaches out to take the baton from Summer, marking the unofficial start to a new year of diligence — be it in academia or work. Within the walls of our small apartment, our roles in marriage begin to shift again. Daniel, who had graciously stepped up in his laundry game, grocery shopping and meal prepping during his time off, now returns to his mountain of books and assignments. A fresh year of exams and boards unfolds in a...

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10 Best Taiwanese Foods That Make You Want Some Tea: #1 Vegetarian Temple Food (by guest blogger Amy Hsiao)

I have memories of myself walking by the many temples as a young child growing up in Taiwan on my way to school.  Even though I wasn't necessarily a Buddhist, I would always say a word or two of blessings (especially on exam days) and be on my merry way, feeling more comforted.  Temples are part of the culture in Taiwan, with bustling activities of visitors praying, burning incense, chanting and offering food to the deities on key lunar calendar dates corresponding with days of worship in exchange for blessings of wellness for/protection of their families and loved ones.   Buy Organic Wellness Tea Gift Set In Taiwan, unlike many other Buddhist countries, the monks/nuns eat vegetarian-only food with the...

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10 Best Taiwanese Foods That Make You Want Some Tea: #2 Chinese Herbal Tea (by guest blogger Amy Hsiao)

OK, I cheated.  Blogging live from Taiwan, this is not a post about food, but rather about "teas" that are unlike any tea one can have anywhere else in the world (except perhaps regions of China or Singapore with similar traditions).  Seeing the local Taiwanese drink their traditional Chinese herbal teas as a ready-to-drink beverage (step aside, soda!) anywhere & anytime makes me really want to drink some tea.  This is why Traditional Chinese Herbal Tea claims the #2 spot on my top 10 list of Taiwanese foods that make me want to drink tea.   Chinese herbal teas really don't contain any tea, traditionally made with the plant Camellia Sinensis.  Instead, they are made with a series of herbs...

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An Invitation to a Mindful Tea Party Hosted by Children (with the #3 Best Taiwanese Food That Makes You Want Some Tea) by guest blogger Amy Hsiao

Who doesn't love a tea party?  Delicious tea, food and great company - sign me up!  Lucky me, during my stay in Taiwan this summer, I was fortunate to have been invited to a very special tea party.  Unlike any normal tea parties, this tea party was hosted by a group of amazing elementary-school-age children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, as part of their graduation from the "Mindful Young Tea Scholar" program sponsored by Chong Hong Culture & Education Foundation. As with all great tea parties, there was delicious pastry at this unique tea party.  However, special traditional specialty pastries were selected to represent the unique history of the particular region the tea party was held.  See below for pictures of some...

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