January 11th

Day four and going strong.  Email me or tweet me with your thoughts and suggestions – some of your favourite recipes!  We have a lot of days ahead of us, recipes shared that get posted…will get a detox package of teas from us! 🙂

 

INSPIRATION:

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

Look at your day and everything around you as though it were a miracle.  Set that as your intention of the day as you start your morning with five minutes of quiet time and reflection.  Stretch your limbs.

OUT OF THE BOX:

Walk or drive home a different route today.  If you’re like most people, you walk or drive home the same way every singe day and become quite oblivious to the things around you.  Take a different route today and be aware of your surroundings.  The houses, the people, the trees.


MENU:


You guessed it.  Drink and drink and drink.  We truly don’t understand how much our bodies need hydration.  I have the coolest new tea toy to share with you next week – it will change your water forever!!

BREAKFAST
Hot water with lemon
Cottage cheese with fresh fruit

Formosa Silver Moon with a splash of skim milk – this tea is a rather full bodied black tea and my stomach is happier if I put a splash of milk into it

LUNCH
Whole wheat wrap with avocado and sliced vegetables.
Cut your vegetables into strips – peppers, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes – pick your favourites.  Slice in some avocado.  Squeeze in a touch of lemon juice and hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.  Roll into a whole wheat tortilla wrap.

Rooibos Tropicana 

SNACK
Fruit smoothie – in  a blender combine your favourite fruits – add unsweetened apple or orange juice, 1tsp Matcha – blend well. 

DINNER
Soy cured Tuna – click for recipe.  Now this recipe is served with egg noodles, so replace the egg noodles with whole wheat noodles.  Remember, we are eating nothing WHITE!

Dung Ti Oolong – everyone who knows me, knows this is my absolute favourite tea in the world 🙂

 

INSPIRATION

There is a story that an engineer performed some aerodynamic calculations on the wingspan, body weight and shape of a bumblebee and concluded that bumblebees should not be mathematically capable of flying.  And yet…we all know that they can and do.  How is this possible?  Because nobody ever told them that they can’t.  This is one of my favourite stories and one I try to remember when I hear the words ‘you can’t’.  

Think of that as you wake up and give yourself your five minutes of quiet time.  Stretch and start your day.

 

OUT OF THE BOX

Smile at a stranger today.  Not a cashier or a sales person.  I mean a random person that crosses your path on the street.  A real smile – smiles don’t count if you don’t look the person in the eyes.

 

EXCERCISE

I’m going to go for a run today – 5km – but I’m a runner and don’t expect you to suddenly start running.  Put on your sneakers and go for a walk – 30 minute brisk walk.  Put your favourite music in your ears and walk in the clouds!

DRINK DRINK AND DRINK.  Water or tea.  Make sure there is no sugar in what you’re drinking.  Add flavour with my favourite Genmaicha Sticks in a bottle of water.

MENU

BREAKFAST
Hot water with lemon
Whole wheat toast with almond butter and sugar free jam
Fruit Salad

Blend 103

LUNCH
Spinach salad with grilled skinless chicken.  Make your own dressing:  Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper

Sencha Kiwi Garden

SNACK
Green Drink:  Combine kale, apple, grapes, cucumber, 1tsp agave in a blender, fill half with cold water.  Blend well.

DINNER
Vegetarian Chili  – click for recipe

Sunburst Raspberry iced – sweetened with 1tsp of agave and a splash of club soda

 

 

 

For some this is just another holiday to get together with family they never see, but hopefully like and to eat far too much food.

Consider taking a moment this year though to look around you and give thanks. Sometimes we need to look at the literal words in front of us…thanks giving. Look around you and give thanks for the people you have. Give thanks for what you are given. Give thanks for what you give. Be Present…Be Grateful…Be Awed.

And if that doesn’t work…make a pie!!!

I send you all my thanks, my gratitude and my love for being a part of my world.

The Tea Emporium took part at the Las Vegas Convention Centre for the World Tea Expo just this past weekend, from June the 1st to the 3rd. Here is a small smattering of the many photos that were taken during the three-day event.

Shabnam Weber delivered a talk on the morning of the 1st. ‘How to Compete with the Big Guys‘ was the title of her presentation,  and her aim was to give those who own small tea shops a leg up against some of the bigger tea companies who want to open a chain of stores in every corner, Starbucks-style.

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One of the highlights of her trip was meeting the legendary James Norwood Pratt of Tea Society Classics. His article, Love the Leaf (Why and How Coffee Shops Should Do Tea), is one of the many articles this widely-read author on tea has written. Julie Beals, editor-in-chief of Fresh Cup Magazine, writes of James, “After a short time with Norwood, one becomes imbued with the notion of tea as poetry, both being art forms that require reverence and reflection to fully appreciate.” A thorough reading of his many articles and literature on tea proves exactly this.

As Shabnam approached James Norwood Pratt to say hello, there was a look of recognition from the man himself, evidently aware of the work Shabnam Weber does with the Tea Sommelier Program in Canada. James has even expressed interest in taking her course, much to an incredulous Shabnam, who exclaimed, “There is absolutely nothing I can teach you about tea! Nothing!”

Laughs and smiles were shared, as evidenced by this very star-struck Shabnam, who describes her meeting James Norwood Pratt as something akin to meeting The Beatles.

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And they say tea drinkers don’t know how to have fun… 😉

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