Monday, June 22, 2009

Absolute Iced Blooming tea!!




what you need:
cocktail strainer for the pitcher
4 blooms of Grade A Collection (4 different blooms will compliment each other for the taste and display),
sliced lime or lemon,
1 pitcher,
Ice cubes

Iced blooming tea instruction:

1. Boil water 40-48 oz until it reaches boiling. Pour the boiling water into a teapot or stainless steel pot that has a wide opening. (This will allow you to take the blooms out easily). Drop 4 blooms. Wait until fully bloom. If you prefer stronger taste, let the tea sit for a little bit longer time.
2. Pour roughly 8-10 oz cold water into the pitcher first (This will avoid break the glass) Then use food tong to move the blooms into the pitcher.
4. Pour 30%-50% of the tea into the pitcher, then add ice cubes...Or you can mix the iced cubs with tea first then pour the mixture into the pitcher.
5. When you serve it, you can add one slice of lime, fruits or anything you want. Putting sliced limes into the pitcher directly will make the water look not too clear.

Put the strainer on top of the pitcher and you can serve it immediately! Refill ice cubes and tea when 30% left. You can refill iced cubes few times. If need stronger taste, add the rest of tea to you pitcher or wait a little longer time after each refill.

You also can use Tea Fame collection or Thé Luxe collection to make iced blooming tea, 4 blooms or 2 blooms, depends on your personal preference.

Wanna a different Summer experience? Want your event memorable? Try iced blooming tea!! You will be amazed about the results!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

H1N1 V.S. Green tea

I think nobody take H1N1 flu as serious as the Chinese government. Before I left for China, I called my parents. They always asked me about swine flu in the US.

When the plane landed at the Shanghai Airport, we were told to wait 30 minutes to get body temperature inspected.




I joked with people sat next to me that this scene reminds me about the natural disaster movie in which Dustin Huffman played the doctor.

On May 11th, the local news says a Chinese student from a college in Michigan was diagnosed with swine flu after he got home in China 4 days later. At night, the M hotel asked me to move to another one since they have a better sanity control. I was obviously “kicked out” by the M hotel. I even noticed the hotel manager stayed quite a distance when he spoke to me. I do not complain about people’s concerns. Chinese certainly have reasons to worry after few epidemic disease-SARS and Bird flu- outbreak in China few years ago.

When SARS outbreak in China few years ago, guess what people were looking for as a drink for prevention? Green Tea, Period! No kidding! People believe green tea helps improve immune system and keep you strong!!! Interesting enough during that time period, my friend said green tea was out of stock in his store!

I have met many professors in China who drink tea on a daily basis. They share a lot in common:
  • Look much younger: very smooth skin, less wrinkles.
  • Energetic: most of the professors are in their 70s, but the way they walk is more like they are just 50s.
  • barely get sick: this is another proof that tea helps improve health
  • Always have good mood: positive attitude about life.
  • Think fast

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