Posts tagged with ‘tea’

I went to bed feeling fine last night and woke up this morning and knew the instant that my eyes opened that I was getting sick. I’m hoping this doesn’t take a turn for the worse because I’m going to need every ounce of energy possible to make it through this week and the next. 
I swear by this weird tea concoction when I first feel a cold coming on and it usually works. Whether it’s a placebo effect or there’s actually something to it—well, I don’t really care so long as it nips this thing in the bud. 
About a 1/2 tsp of grated or ground ginger
2-3 tbsp of lemon juice 
Dash of cayenne pepper (or more than a dash, depending on how sensitive you are to heat) 
If you like honey, you can add about 1 tbsp of that as well
Bag of green, ginger, peppermint or Detox tea—or whatever tea you like 
I put this all in a mug and just run hot water into it from my Keurig. I know I’m breaking about 30 rules of tea making, but it’s fast and convenient…and actually seems to help! If I’m in a hurry, I’ll just put as much lemon as I can stand in ice or hot water and drink that. 
Here’s to feeling better! Cheers. 

I went to bed feeling fine last night and woke up this morning and knew the instant that my eyes opened that I was getting sick. I’m hoping this doesn’t take a turn for the worse because I’m going to need every ounce of energy possible to make it through this week and the next. 

I swear by this weird tea concoction when I first feel a cold coming on and it usually works. Whether it’s a placebo effect or there’s actually something to it—well, I don’t really care so long as it nips this thing in the bud. 

  • About a 1/2 tsp of grated or ground ginger
  • 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice 
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (or more than a dash, depending on how sensitive you are to heat) 
  • If you like honey, you can add about 1 tbsp of that as well
  • Bag of green, ginger, peppermint or Detox tea—or whatever tea you like 

I put this all in a mug and just run hot water into it from my Keurig. I know I’m breaking about 30 rules of tea making, but it’s fast and convenient…and actually seems to help! If I’m in a hurry, I’ll just put as much lemon as I can stand in ice or hot water and drink that. 

Here’s to feeling better! Cheers. 


I know Kombucha is all the rage these days, but I never really gave it a go because I thought, well, Lindsay Lohan also wore little red strings around her wrist for a while and then everyone started doing it.
When I ran out of my Kusmi Tea Green Tea packet last week, I suddenly got a huge green tea craving (I’ve found that it really helps my sensitive stomach), but Kusmi Tea, being a specialty tea and all, is not available at my local supermarket.
While wandering the tea aisle, I saw a packet of Yogi Green Tea Kombucha and thought, what the heck, let’s give it a try. Surprise: I love it! It has a potentially disgusting bunch of ingredients in it (spearmint, passion fruit, Kombucha, plum, lemongrass), but except for a slight hint of the spearmint, it’s mostly the passion fruit flavoring I can taste. (There is also no bitter Kombucha flavor.)
Bonus: it’s really affordable, especially if you buy it online. Wish I’d known that before I spent $3.50 on 20 tea bags instead of $15 for 96!
Yogi Green Tea Kombucha, $15.87 for 6 packs of 16 tea bags from Amazon.com
Have you tried this? Do you like Kombucha?

I know Kombucha is all the rage these days, but I never really gave it a go because I thought, well, Lindsay Lohan also wore little red strings around her wrist for a while and then everyone started doing it.

When I ran out of my Kusmi Tea Green Tea packet last week, I suddenly got a huge green tea craving (I’ve found that it really helps my sensitive stomach), but Kusmi Tea, being a specialty tea and all, is not available at my local supermarket.

While wandering the tea aisle, I saw a packet of Yogi Green Tea Kombucha and thought, what the heck, let’s give it a try. Surprise: I love it! It has a potentially disgusting bunch of ingredients in it (spearmint, passion fruit, Kombucha, plum, lemongrass), but except for a slight hint of the spearmint, it’s mostly the passion fruit flavoring I can taste. (There is also no bitter Kombucha flavor.)

Bonus: it’s really affordable, especially if you buy it online. Wish I’d known that before I spent $3.50 on 20 tea bags instead of $15 for 96!

Yogi Green Tea Kombucha, $15.87 for 6 packs of 16 tea bags from Amazon.com

Have you tried this? Do you like Kombucha?

Tea time!

Review: Kusmi Tea

If you have been reading my blog for some time, you may know of my little-disguised addiction to coffee. I am definitely more of a coffee person. Tea seems a little twee to me—kind of coffee’s watery, less potent cousin. Thus, I don’t really drink tea unless it comes in the intensely sweetened, delicious Southern iced tea style.

Kusmi Tea is trying to change my mind about this whole coffee addiction thing. They even seem to have timed their delivery of complimentary teas to my doorstep strategically. A chilly, rainy day and, lo and behold! A big box of adorably packaged teas. Alright, you’ve got my attention now, tea-mongers!

Kusmi Tea, a Paris-based Russian-style tea manufacturer, has been making tea for the past 140 years and sent me one of their all-time bestsellers: their Detox blend, made from Chinese Green Tea and lemongrass. They tout it to be slimming and invigorating, without the side effects of caffeine.

Err, what? No caffeine. Ah well, I shall soldier on nonetheless.

(Also, I was completely taken by the adorable satchels that hold the tea blends. See above.)


Verdict? Detox was pretty tasty, actually, not too bold or bitter and, although I am no tea expert, it was so enjoyable to drink a hot cup of tea on a rainy day. (Oh no, I’m a cliche!) :) The Love flavor, a more spicy blend, was even more satisfying.

But, please note: whether this is or is not related to the tea, I’m not 100% sure, but while drinking the Detox tea, I noticed my mouth starting to feel very dry. I thought it was strange, but finished the cup. Several minutes later I was incredibly thirsty and felt extremely dehydrated. I proceeded to drink about 16 more cups of water the rest of the evening to try and get rid of the dry, thirsty feeling. I don’t know if this is due to the detoxifying ingredients in the tea, or I was dehydrated myself and it was completely unrelated, but I thought it strange and worth a second go. I’ll be conducting a few experiments over the next several days to see if that situation replicates itself, or if it was just a weird coincidence.

Despite the weird dehydration thing, I thought the teas were tasty, beautifully-packaged and strong enough to please a coffee drinker, like myself. They would make a really wonderful gift for a tea-lover, or even a coffee drinker who you hope to convert. A gift of these teas, a teapot and some adorable cups would be perfect!

There are several ways to find/buy Kusmi Tea online:

Buy Kusmi Tea directly off their website.

Buy Kusmi Tea on Amazon.com via EuroGrocer. (This is one of the only spots I found that had Detox tea in stock—last night it was entirely sold out on Kusmi Tea’s website.)

Buy Kusmi Tea from TeaDog. (This website also has Detox in stock, but they appear to sell quickly.)