Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe

By September 18, 2014 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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    Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
    (makes four 8 oz servings)

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    You will need:
    - 10 tsp Pumpkin Spice Chai
    - 2 cups hot water
    - 2 cups milk
    - sugar to taste

     Instructions:

    Simmer 10 tsp of Pumpkin Spice Chai in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Add milk and sugar (normally 4 tsp) and bring to a simmer. Do not allow to boil. Strain and serve. If you have a milk frother, you can heat the milk separately, froth it and then add to the strained chai.

    Enjoy this delicious fall treat!

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      By September 18, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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        1. Christine, can you tell us about your little cafe?
        Little Flower is my life’s dream.  A tiny cafe on the edge of town, it’s where we gather to prepare and eat fresh, delicious food, drink strong coffee, listen to great music, and surround ourselves with art, neighbors, friends, and community. The cafe was born in 2007. Our menu has expanded to include soups, salads, bowls, quiches, tarts, breakfast dishes, and many baked goods.  Now, Little Flower is a cafe as well as a bakery and candy-making operation, and many stores across the nation carry our salty caramels.

        2. What’s the most popular item on your menu?
        That’s like asking me to choose between my children, I love all of them!  We have a large menu, and many daily specials to choose from at the cafe.  There is definitely something for everyone.  I would say our Goddess Salad with butter lettuce, haricot vert, cucumbers, chopped egg, feta, and lemon thyme vinaigrette, and our Green Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat with garlic edamame spread, aioli, oven roasted turkey, arugula, cucumber, jalapeño, avocado, onion sprouts, and cilantro are two of our most popular.  We make everything in-house from roasting our own roast beef, turkey, meatloaf made from scratch, to our delicious pastries.
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        3.  What can your fans expect from your cookbook?
        My recipes are simple and approachable.  I love the imperfection of food, and my hope with this book is to encourage home cooks to join me in honoring this imperfection. The goal is not to create masterpieces.  It’s to have fun, keep it simple, keep it fresh, and don’t over think it.  Make your cooking process enjoyable. Surround yourself with people who appreciate your efforts, then go for it. Play when you cook. And embrace the imperfections. Most of all, cook with love. It is the most precious ingredient.
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        4. Why did you choose Art of Tea as your supplier?
        We needed a change.  We needed to fall in love with our teas and offer something to our customers that we knew was of the highest quality and a fantastic selection.  After meeting with Charles (Art of Tea’s Director of Education) about our needs and then tasting, smelling, and loving the teas we knew it would be the right fit for Little Flower.  Art of Tea provided great service, and great tea.  It’s perfect.

        5. Most importantly, which of our teas pairs best with your delicious salted caramels?
        When you have time to sit and are craving something warm and sweet it pairs well with Chamomile Clementine, but you can never go wrong with a savory Classic Black iced tea and a sweet & salty caramel for a quick afternoon pick me up.
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            Choosing a tea can be a difficult process. Have you ever wanted to take a test to find out your tea match? Look no further than the Tea Wizard. We have crafted a test that matches your personality and tastes with our teas. Give it a try, you may just find your new favorite match!
            Check out five of our personalities below.
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              By September 10, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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                Many of us have a super power spice right in our cabinets. Cinnamon is thought to contain a wide range of health benefits and nutrition. Check out eight of the ones we thought were most useful.
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                [We make no health claims to the stated information above. Information found from the following sources: 1 | 2 | 3 ] 

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                  Featuring: Better Booch

                  By August 21, 2014 Art of Tea News
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                    Featuring Better Booch, a maker of kombucha, and carrier of Art of Tea.
                    1. What is Kombucha?
                    Simply put, kombucha is tea and sugar that has been fermented together with a live culture of Bacteria and Yeast, or S.C.O.B.Y. The SCOBY converts the sugar into good-for-you acids and probiotics, which can help aid digestion, keep ulcers and acid reflux at bay, boost the immune system, and help with mental clarity.
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                    2. Can you tell us a little bit about how Better Booch started?
                    Trey and Ashleigh Lockerbie both have a background as touring musicians. Trey discovered kombucha through his sister’s victorious battle with breast cancer, and started making it himself out of his home in Nashville. After moving to LA and meeting Ashleigh, the kombucha addicts decided to quit life on the road and brew kombucha full time  - thus Better Booch was born. 
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                    3. What makes your booch better?
                    Unlike other companies, who flavor their kombucha with sugary syrups and fruit juices, Better Booch flavors only with tea, offering a refreshing, low calorie option. We are also a live, raw, beverage, because we do not pasteurize. Pasteurization kills the live enzymes and probiotics in the brew – significantly limiting the healthful properties of kombucha. 
                    4. Why did you choose Art of Tea as a supplier?
                    Finding premium, certified organic tea was of the utmost importance to us. We also loved that Art of Tea is based out of Los Angeles, as we love supporting other local business. We were able to stop by the Art of Tea headquarters and actually meet the real people who handle our tea, and tour the facility where it is prepped. Location aside, for us, Art of Tea’s beautifully crafted blends cannot be beat. They care very much about quality and consistency, and you can taste it in every sip!
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                    5. Where can we find Better Booch?
                    You can order online at www.betterbooch.com, and find a current list of our locations in California. Adding more daily!
                    [All photos provided by Better Booch]
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                      By August 20, 2014 Health & Lifestyle, Staff Chronicles
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                        Have you ever wanted a certain blend of tea, but couldn’t find that preexisting flavor? By mixing teas, you become your own tea sommelier, and can create an infinite number of possibilities. Maybe you’re in the mood for a green tea, but want there to be hints of mint? Combine one of our green teas with some of our Pacific Coast Mint for the perfect balance. We asked around the office at Art of Tea headquarters to find out what people are blending to make their perfect cup of tea. Let us know what some of your special creations are!

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                            Looking for a gift or send off present to get for someone starting high school, college or their first job? Look no further than Art of Tea’s back to school essentials! From electronics, to a gift set tea tumbler, you are sure to find something perfect for any of these new mile stones.
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                                Looking to get out and be active in the last few weeks of summer? Check out some of our favorite national parks on the west coast. With so much natural beauty surrounding us, grab your favorite Art of Tea iced tea, put it in a thermos, and hit the road. Get lost in nature, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. Which is your tea of choice for long hikes?
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                                  By July 21, 2014 Art of Tea News
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                                    All over, people are drinking Art of Tea. Show us how you enjoy your tea by using the hashtag #MyTeaMoments, and every month we will showcase a handful of our favorites. It could be the art of your brewing process, enjoying a hot cup while reading your morning paper, or sipping iced tea with your friends. We want to see how you celebrate your tea moments. Check out some of our favorites from the last month.
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                                      By July 14, 2014 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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                                        Looking for a treat to cool down with? Look no further. These Hibiscus Cooler iced tea popsicles are the way to go. Bright, tasty and refreshing, both you and your guests can enjoy these tempting delights. Even better, they have no added sugar and are a fun way to “drink” your iced tea. All you need are the ingredients below, and a little bit of time for the popsicles to harden. Enjoy!
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                                        Ingredients:
                                        • Water
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                                        • Lemon juice (optional)
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                                        Directions:
                                        • Follow brewing directions as specified on the back of your Art of Tea Hibiscus Cooler box. Add 2 qt pouch to pitcher and fill with water. Place in fridge and let sit for 8-10 hours.
                                        • Add lemon juice/sweetener to taste (optional)
                                        • Add berries to your popsicle molds and fill with iced tea
                                        • Place in freezer until water freezes (4-7 hrs)
                                        • Pull out from freezer and enjoy!
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                                        Show us how you are enjoying your Hibiscus Cooler Popsicles by tagging #MyTeaMoments. Your instagram could be featured on our blog! Happy Summer!
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