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Summers Are For Bare Feet And Cold-Brewed Tea (from guest blogger Heidi Dixon Kwon)

It’s hot. It unbelievably hot.  It’s my-eye-makeup-is-now-on-my-neck kind of hot. West Coast heat is dry, yet semi-avoidable in the shade. East Coast humidity is unreal and follows me into my lungs. It curls my hair around its clammy fingers and creates beads of sweat in unknown crevices of my body. It sticks around until 4 am, and returns at 9 the same morning.But, the summer’s unrelenting heat allows for some breathtaking sunsets and a never-ending reel of memories featuring sand framed toes. There are perfect moments that blossom when it’s this hot — like when you remember you hid that pint of Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream in the freezer or know there is a refreshing jar of cold-brewed Kenyan Gold waiting for you in the fridge. This Far Leaves...

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10 Best Taiwanese Foods That Make You Want Some Tea: #6 Tea Snacks (by guest blogger Amy Hsiao)

The Taiwanese love to snack, which is perfect for a culture that also enjoys sipping teas all day long.  While the snacks range from sunflower seeds to sweet &/or savory little cakes filled with all sorts of beans, what I wanted to share in this blog post are actually tea snacks made with actual teas, like the tea-infused tea eggs pictured above.  I like to pair tea snacks with teas I am in the mood for that day.  For this blog post, I have chosen the fully roasted Yunnan Supreme FLT co-founder Donna Lo stuck into my suitcase before I left for Taiwan.  Cold brewed fully roasted black teas that taste like sweet honey nectar with hints of caramel are all the...

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10 Best Taiwanese Foods That Make You Want Some Tea: #7 Dumplings (by guest blogger Amy Hsiao)

The combination of a bite-sized starch + protein as a satisfying meal is prevalent throughout the world.  From Eastern Europe's pierogi, Italian ravioli, to Argentina's empanada, baked, boiled, or fried, freshly made dough with flavorful fillings has been the the go-to of many stomach-filling, nutritious meals.  The Chinese version is called dumplings, with the Taiwanese version in particular made with amazingly flavorful pork fillings that ooze of delicious broth when bitten into.  Paired with a delicious cup of earthy, smooth puer, the richness of the dumplings are mellowed out yet the flavor enhanced.  Read on for details on the making of a dumpling below.           Pictured below is the making of a specific type of dumpling...

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10 Best Taiwanese Foods That Make You Want Some Tea: #8 Pineapple Cake (by guest blogger Amy Hsiao)

Pineapple cake ( 鳳梨酥), a widely popular Taiwanese dessert, is as commonly enjoyed as a chocolate chip cookie is in America.  The fragrant buttery crust, containing chewy pineapple jam filling, is a perfect tea snack.   I like mine with a nice semi-oxidized Oolong, especially a "ripe" one that's been roasted longer or at a higher temperature like a Phoenix Orchid or Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess).  I prefer the tea cold brewed on a hot summer day.  Made with eggs, flour, butter, sugar, and pineapple jam, more modern versions have even replaced traditional flour with almond flour.  Some makers add cheese to the batter to increase its flavor, while others have added ingredients like chocolate or matcha green tea powder to...

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Pairings of Yoga & Tea (by Emily Roth of Namaste Yoga)

  Most yogis know yoga and tea are two peas in a pod. The practice of preparing tea dates back for thousands of years and has been used to cure ailments, cultivate community and provide deep moments of mindfulness.  Once you warm up your knowledge around teas you will quickly realize how each variety can provide unique healing properties. If you're looking for a way to anchor your practice with a tea ritual then read on to find out which teas are the best fit for your practice. Black Tea and Vinyasa Flow Fine black tea is the perfect match for a sweaty, powerful vinyasa flow class. Vinyasa is a term used to describe moving continuously through a sequence of poses. Often Vinyasa classes...

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