Celebrate National Hot Tea Month

By January 6, 2014 Brewing Tea, Gifts, Holidays & Events, Tea Profiles
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    Happy New Year! Now that the stress of the holiday season is over, we can all slow down and breathe. January is a great month, it’s the start of something fresh, a new 365 days, and it is also National Hot Tea Month. There are so many delicious teas to try, we at Art of Tea encourage you to try a new blend! How about trying our Happy Tea? It is our January 2014 tea of the month.

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    What better tea to start off the new year on the right foot than this positive blend. Enjoy with a good book or with good friends, just make sure to spread happiness and positivity in 2014.
    We encourage you to share how you are celebrating National Hot Tea month on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #tea_moments. Share your moments, and get inspired by others! Check out our entire line of teas here. You may just find your new favorite blend.
    Before you run off and start your day, one final thought:

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      A New Year

      By December 30, 2013 Gifts, Holidays & Events, Health & Lifestyle
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        At the end of every year, many people find themselves reflecting on the good, bad and the happy things that have happened over the past 12 months. Often times, individuals will see areas that can be improved upon and set resolutions for themselves to try and be better in the new year. New Year’s resolutions can relate to one’s personal health, one’s personal life or their professional life. Resolutions can motivate us to make changes and better our lives in some way. However, sometimes we get so caught up in tangible and visible successes, we forget to just be. We forget to take time, to make moments and to appreciate what we have and where we are. We forget to be grateful for each and every day.

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        This year, Art of Tea challenges you to make “mindful resolutions.” To realize that a new year is a great time to set new goals in motion, but that every day is a gift and a chance to do something positive. Take time to slow down, appreciate the little things and have a cup of tea.

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        Happy New Year from all of us at Art of Tea.

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          Tea of the Month

          By December 23, 2013 Brewing Tea, Tea Profiles
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              Warm Feelings

              By December 18, 2013 Gifts, Holidays & Events, Health & Lifestyle, Tea Profiles
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                The winter season is among us, meaning that pesky common cold is everywhere. Whether you’re staying home sick, or powering through at your office, try brewing one of these teas to keep you warm inside. Sometimes, a little relaxation and staying warm makes all the difference.
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                2: French Lemon Ginger
                3: Feel Better Blend

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                  Winter Guide #3: Hosting a Dessert Party

                  By December 13, 2013 Gifts, Holidays & Events, Tea Profiles
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                    The holidays are a great time to gather your friends and family, reflect on the past year and appreciate the little moments. Try hosting a dessert party, complete with a cup of our delicious dessert tea, to bring together your loved ones. Serve different types of appetizers, and a variety of desserts. Even a picky eater won’t go home hungry.
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                      Winter Guide #2: Visiting Candy Lane

                      By December 11, 2013 Gifts, Holidays & Events, Tea Profiles
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                        What better way to celebrate the holidays than to bundle up, grab some Art of Tea, and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. All of the bright lights, Christmas decor, and holiday tunes playing are a sure way to put you in a jolly mood.
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                          Winter Tea Guide #1: A Snowed in Evening

                          By December 9, 2013 Gifts, Holidays & Events, Tea Profiles
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                            As we welcome the month of December, the temperatures have dropped and the air has a cold bite to it (even in Los Angeles, it has been getting pretty chilly at night!) What better way to stay warm than a nice hot cup of Art of Tea, a fire and good conversation. See our snowed in guide for what we think include all the fixings of a wonderful evening indoors.
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                              Art of Tea Blog

                              By December 2, 2013 Art of Tea News
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                                Welcome to the updated Art of Tea blog! Over the next few weeks you will start to see some changes to the format and content of our blog.  You can expect to find recipes, photographs, fun facts, lifestyle guides, hidden gems in Los Angeles and everything that inspires us here at Art of Tea. Join us in our  journey and discover what we find as we go.

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                                  Gratitude Everyday

                                  By November 27, 2013 Health & Lifestyle, Our Beliefs
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                                    It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that I was writing a new year’s resolution post about the paleo diet. With the year almost over, I’m inspired to look back at my personal goals and declarations I made at the beginning of the year. One of my resolutions was to show gratitude daily.

                                    In light of Thanksgiving tomorrow, it seems even more fitting to talk about giving thanks. When I think of Thanksgiving, I immediately think of an indulgent meal with turkey and all the fixings enjoyed with family and friends. Not to mention the following day is known as Black Friday, a day devoted to getting what you want and need or think you need. It’s easy to forget that this is a holiday of gratitude. I made gratitude a part of my resolution to remind myself to step back from all the daily commotion in life. These include material things I may want or things I need to do. Rather I wanted to focus on being grateful for the present, for things I have and people who are a part of my life now. I wanted to focus on being more aware of my surroundings and appreciate life like a flower blooming, a sunset, or the sound of the waves crashing. I think it’s so important to acknowledge what and who you are grateful for in life and express it as often as you can. Showing gratitude can be as simple as smiling back at someone.

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                                    The recent natural disaster, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, which is where many of my relatives currently live. Fortunately, they were not directly affected, but this tragedy is yet another reminder to be thankful. There are many things in life taken for granted, so I invite you to join me in giving thanks and expressing this gratitude more often. You can start by making a list of things you are grateful for. Look at this list whenever you’re having a challenging day, and it might change your perspective of your bad day. Add on and share the list with someone you love.

                                    Coupled with showing gratitude, it’s a great time to revisit tapping out of technology to tap in to tea. Since tea has natural calming effects for the body, this is the perfect vessel to continue the positivity. Last May, Art of Tea spearheaded a digital detox campaign to unplug from the digital age of phones, computers, social media, etc. to focus on a tea experience to refocus on the beauty and appreciation of life. Check out the post for more details. Happy Thanksgiving!

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                                      Homemade Chai Masala

                                      By November 4, 2013 Brewing Tea, Cocktails, Mocktails & More, Cooking with Tea, History and Culture of Tea, Tea Profiles
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                                        In our neck of the woods, it’s finally beginning to cool off after our extended summer and come into the perfect weather to curl up with a cup of tea. A time-honored brew to warm you up from the inside during these cooler months is a Chai Masala, or tea with spices. In India, every Chai-wallah has their own special recipe to create this sweet, rich treat. And now you can make your very own Chai Masala from scratch by following these simple steps:

                                        Chai Masala

                                        (makes four 8 oz servings)

                                        Ingredients:

                                        10 tsp Tali’s Masala Chai

                                        2 cups hot water

                                        2 cups milk

                                        Sugar to taste

                                        Preparation:

                                        Simmer 10 tsp of Tali’s Masala 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.

                                        You can also substitute other darker, rich black teas in this recipe. Suggestions might be Pumpkin Spice Chai, Cinnamon Fig, or try it with our Classic Black for a Royal Milk Tea.

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