Archive | October, 2011

A Magic Carpet Ride

27 Oct

Oh. My. Tea. I slept last night. It’s a miracle. I slept nine hours. NINE hours. I wonder if it was the Cherry Marzipan from last night. If it was, I need to buy more. Now. In fact, I got so much sleep that I’m awake enough to do a tea review early today, before martial arts. Amazing.

I saw the sample offer from Magic Carpet Tea and decided to jump on it. Oolong with dates you say? Yes, please. Interest in an oolong sample requires no explanation but you may be wondering, dates? Really? I like dates. You know why? Because Indiana Jones likes them. I know you’ve seen Raiders Of The Lost Ark. If you haven’t, get out. Right now. Don’t come back until you’ve watched it.

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Tea Forte’s Skin Smart (2 of 5)

27 Oct

It’s Tea Day! Or it must be since I received so much tea in the mail. Three different packages on the same day – two samples, one from Steepster Select. This is good because it was a terrible morning preceded by a terrible evening. If you ever misplace a significant amount of money, yet you’re 99.99% sure it’s in your home, you’ll understand. There’s this feeling that if only you looked a little longer, you’d find it. When you haven’t found it four hours later you start to think that maybe the 00.01% chance is actually a likelihood and perhaps you left it elsewhere. Then you retrace your steps and rationalize that you remember bringing it in the house, therefore it is in the house and you should look some more.

If nothing else, my office and bedroom are much, much cleaner now. (more…)

Tea Forte’s Skin Smart (1 of 5)

24 Oct

It’s cookin’ night! The house was wicked cold so instead of assuming a fetal position under a pile of blankets and going into hibernation, I decided to jet to the store and make soup. Usually warms things up. Really, nothing warms the house like baking but I’m at my gluten limit for the week. Gluten free cooking is NOT fun. So fragging goopy and sticky. In any case, while I’m in the kitchen I thought I might as well try Tea Forte’s new Skin-Smart sampler. It shouldn’t have so much caffeine that it’ll keep me up until the morning. It’s just a green tea bag after all… (more…)

Sexy RTD Glasses – My Impluse Shopping Weakness

21 Oct

I don’t like grocery shopping. At least, I don’t like having to GO grocery shopping. L.A.Z.Y. I aint got no alibi… I’m lazy! Just not a fan. It’s kinda boring, takes awhile, there’s a fair amount of obnoxious people. I suppose since I’m attempting to be gluten and dairy free, it’s also an extreme test of willpower. Trying to find obscure ingredients and exotic spices to use so you stop thinking about how much you miss bread and yogurt… Trying to avoid aisles with gluten and dairy products… Walking by the tortilla end display without grabbing a pack… BTW, if you’ve never been gluten and/or dairy free, try it. Just for lols.

My one grocery weakness is fancy packaging. I’m terrible with fancy packaging. Doesn’t matter what it’s for. Thai Kitchen kills me with packaging. Being gluten free, it’s on my list anyway but I spend forever looking at everything. Ooo… a new curry. Ooo… a new instant noodles. Eww… fish sauce. Barbecue sauce glasses, orange juice jugs, frozen dinner packaging, and of course RTD beverage packaging all cry out to me from the shelves and say, “WE’RE SEXY SO WE MUST TASTE GOOD!” Argo Tea’s RTD called out to me a couple weeks ago, from a low level end display near the produce section. (more…)

Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’ (3 of 3)

19 Oct

 

So much tea. So little time of late. Actually there has still been much tea. Just prescription tea. Yes, one of my prescribed medications, so to speak, is a tea. Which is awesome. Just not awesome for trying new teas. After drinking 4-8 cups of this tea a day, I’m not in the mood to reflect on a new tea. But before I move on to the one new tea I’ve been drinking lately, this is what I’ve been drinking: Honso Kampo Forumlas. And it makes me wonder, why aren’t these popular here yet? I mean really, if they’ve got the excellent statistics from well controlled clinical trials to back up the formulas, it sounds good to me. Two cups, two times a day of the appropriate herbs and you’ll be feeling better without the pain in the ass side effects of more chemical drugs. In fact, why isn’t tea in general more of a medically prescribed thing? I don’t mean in the sense that you have to go to a pharmacy for it, but more in the, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” recommendation. It should be part of a standard health regiment. I’ve seen tea work its way into health publications in terms of weight loss, but just not as a good practice yet. Time to investigate! But first, the new tea… (more…)