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7 Ways to Relax on Your Day Off

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Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles last year, I have been re-introduced to a long, cold and rainy winter. With that, I’ve been cooking more of these comfort food recipes, finding rainy day activities in Portland and drinking A LOT of tea.  I drink a lot chamomile tea because I love the taste and the relaxing health benefits.

It’s a nice and comforting thing I look forward to when the weather is just miserable outside. We broke records in Portland for rainfall in the months of October, February and March so far! (more…)

Weekend Brunch: DIY Coffee + Tea Station

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Are you getting all set for the holiday season?

I know many of you, myself included are hosting family and friends over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. One of my favorite things to do is to host a killer post-Thanksgiving or post-holiday brunch! It’s just another way to make great memories and spend time with the people you love over great food. (more…)

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

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One of the things I can’t get enough since my trip to Japan is matcha-eurrything.

Matcha is practically a national flavour there, right alongside its friend red bean. I found matcha ice cream, Kit Kat, mochi buns and everything under the sun during my trip to Tokyo.

I love a good Matcha Green Tea Latte and have started crafting my own matcha drinks at home. This one is great hot or iced and you can control the level of sweetness by either leaving out sugar entirely or using agave nectar (I use this one) as a subsitute. (more…)

My Afternoon Tea Ritual

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One of the things I really look forward to is my 3 PM afternoon tea ritual.

For some reason 3 PM is when I totally hit the wall at work and I need a mental break and a snack to get me recharged for the rest of the day. I usually start by brewing myself a warm pot of tea and choose a flavour depending on my mood. (more…)

Winter Tea Questions

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I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately.

I was sick with a cold last month and the dark, cool nights have me reaching for something warm to sip on. I recently chatted with my friend Dan Johanis, a tea expert in Toronto for his advice on all things tea.

What are some teas you would recommend for a long, cold winter?

For a pick-me-up, nothing beats a great cup of masala chai which is black tea with spices. Simmering it on a stove top with honey and coconut cream is my absolute favourite way of preparing it. It also makes your place smell warm and inviting too!

Another favourite is mine is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented and naturally carbonated, cold served tea. It’s been around for ages but has been gaining in popularity here in North America in the past few years. Not many people know, but kombucha is made by first steeping tea leaves, so it actually is a tea! It’s a great way to naturally boost your immune system and get your body prepped for cold & flu season. (more…)

Top 7 Ways to Hibernate this Winter

I’m sharing a blast from the past today. It’s a post I’ve published before – but totally still useful in keeping busy over the cold and long winter months for my friends who don’t live somewhere hot.

Have you been hibernating? When it’s dark at 5 o’clock and your toes are freezing, the last thing you want to do is hang outside all day. So here are my suggestions for fun activities to do inside:

 

1) Go for Indian Food – The hot, hot heat of spicy Indian flavours will keep the fires warm, not to mention your sinuses clear. Round up your besties and make it a girls night out. The spices in curry are full of antioxidants and good for you. Finish your meal off with a refreshing and healthy mango lassi – a yogurt based smoothie. Try my recipe at home for a delicious Cauliflower + Chickpea Curry.

 

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