This weekend the Tea Emporium had the pleasure of presenting its new line of Gluten Free Teas!

Hold up, wait a minute – doesn’t tea naturally contain no gluten? Ideally, yes. But unless a tea has been certified, there is no assurance whether it has been in contact with any gluten substances during processing or not. The Tea Emporium is the first and only tea company in Canada to carry certified gluten free tea products, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The Delicious Food show was the perfect opportunity for us to re-introduce ourselves. A lot of you showed interest in our new products but more importantly we were happy to see you get excited about our new direction. It is so important to us that we bring forth continuous innovation. It’s not only exciting to our customers but proactively encouraging to us as a company to keep moving forward. Thus, the certified Gluten Free Line of Teas has been born (visit any of our locations and just ask us about it – we’d love to introduce you!)

The show itself, for those who missed it, was a tremendous success! Our weekend started off with a media release of our new Gluten Free Teas and shortly after, a presentation on “cooking with tea” by yours truly (keep an eye out for our delicious recipes in the next few weeks)! In the afternoon, it was time for waffles and tea, made fresh on site and a chance to get a tea reading from our special guest psychic.  In the evening, the Tea Emporium delivered something wild (as promised) – our own tea cocktails! Our Jasmine green tea concentrate mixed with lemons, mint and vodka & the Citrus Sunburst concentrate mixed with orange juice, ginger ale and tequila (alcoholic beverages – courtesy of Cottonwood Wine and Spirit agency). Want to make your own? No problem! Just pick up any delicious package of tea at any of our locations and try mixing your own wild cocktails!

The weekend wrapped up with music, laughter and cheers –  and we couldn’t be happier.

A great thanks to all those who came out and supported us and to our new and devoted customers – I hope you all had fun, I know we did!

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Join us at the Delicious Food Show for a weekend of non-stop foodie fun!

Friday Oct 25: Learn about cooking with tea at 12 PM
& how to make delicious Tea Mocktails at 5 PM
Stick around for a grand after party!

Saturday Oct 26 & Sunday Oct 27: Join us for some tea reading fun at 2:30 PM and more!

Where: Better Living Centre, 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Tickets: Purchase your tickets here!

For more information please visit: http://www.deliciousfoodshow.com/

Get ready to be entertained !

ayurveda

We always strive for a balance in our lives – it is something we earn for naturally. May it be balancing our career, a home, family or love life, we desire harmony among things that define our existence. What we forget however, is that we also have a need for an inner balance.  The inner balance is crucial to our well being, yet many forget the importance of such equilibrium. This balance can be traced back to the classical thought of the four elements (earth, water, air, fire), reflecting the essential parts of everything in existence.  One form of an alternative medicine that follows a variation of the classical elements is the Ayurveda medicine native to the Indian subcontinent, which takes an approach of grouping any bodily substances into elements. Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elements in particular – wind, water and earth (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), also categorized under “doshas”, asserting that a human body possesses a combination of these elements which affect the body’s characteristics. Ayurveda urges each person to seek balance by fulfilling all three doshas in order to achieve overall harmony of the body resulting in a healthy life. Vata is needed for the healthy function on the nerveous system, Pitta for the stomach, bowel, liver, spleen, heart, eyes, skin, and Kapha relates to the carrier of nutrients. Keep in mind that there is much more to this concept and I urge you all to discover this method of approaching our inner imbalances. Sometimes our inner imbalance may reflect poorly on our external lives. So why not start from the inside? We can learn a lot from what our bodies are telling us, and I think it is important to listen. I also encourage you all to stop by any of our store locations and take our Ayurveda test to see which dosha you may be lacking. I guarantee, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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At last it’s here. All my fellow pumpkin lovers rejoice! The season of spiced pumpkin tea lattes has finally arrived. My love for spiced pumpkin lattes goes way back and it has remained one of my favorite treats each fall season. Over the years I have developed my own technique on making a perfect spiced pumpkin tea latte which doesn’t involve hours of preparation (you know those recipes that take you longer to read than to actually make a cup), you know exactly what I’m talking about. So here is an easy, delicious and fun recipe for all of you to try. Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

¾ cup of pumpkin puree

2 cups of water

1 tbs fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

2 tbs of honey or Agave

3 cups of whole milk

2 tbs Rooibos Chai

Preparation:

To start, in a medium sized saucepan bring 1 cup of water to boil. Peel the ginger and grate it. Combine cinnamon stick(s) with grated ginger, add to the boiling water. Remove from heat, cover the pan and let it steep for 20 minutes. Boil another cup of water and steep the Rooibos Chai for 7 minutes. When the ginger and cinnamon infusion is done, add pumpkin puree, honey and milk. Put in a blender and pulse until the contents are homogenized. Add the steeped tea to the blended mass, pulse until the tea is completely dissolved into puree. If you wish you keep your tea hot, I suggest putting it back on the stove and heating it to the desired temperature. If you wish to make it iced, simply add ice cubes to the puree and shake in a cocktail shaker to achieve even temperature, refrigerate. Just a side-note, if you wish to make a tea latte, instead of adding milk into the blender, froth it until desired temperature (or heat on the stove) and simply add afterward. I also recommend adding some whipped cream on top and some cinnamon powder for extra sweetness (maybe even some melted caramel).

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I would love to hear about your own tea latte creations this fall!

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The other day it has dawned on me that tea doesn’t have to be paired only with food (spices, berries, chocolate) it can be paired with a good read just as well (if not better)! I thought I would have some fun with my Sunday night reads and decided to pair up novel genres with tea characteristics. And since I thought some of you might be curious, I wanted to share my crazy discovery with you all. If you’re like me, and enjoy curling up with a book (or two), you know that tea is essential to the process of thematic exploration. No matter what you are reading, no matter where, there is a tea out there that can perfectly match your mood and surroundings. I guess you can say that it is all about symbolism. A good book evokes feelings, thoughts and reflections. Tea can evoke a sense of tranquility, peace and mindfulness. The symbolic nature of the two lies in our associations, and so the formula for a perfect afternoon is simple – a good book plus your favourite cup. It’s the calm, comforting feeling of holding a story in one hand and a part of history in the other. Both tell their own chronicles, and both fill our void of whatever it may be that we are missing. So if you are looking for a good read or simply wish to re-read something you haven’t in a while, try pairing it with a perfect cup!And don’t forget to have fun! Here are some examples of how tea can be paired with a book:

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen: Rooibos Provence

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Garden of Eden

“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll : Pommeberry

“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden : Madame Butterfly

“Atonement” by Ian McEwen: Formosa Silver Moon

“Vanity Fair” by William Thackeray: Candied Almonds

“Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro: English Breakfast

“Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle: Blend 107

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy: Russian Caravan

“English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje: Rooibos Prickly Pear