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. Continue reading 

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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… Continue reading 

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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. Continue reading 

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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… Continue reading 

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Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’ (2 of 3)

28 Sep

This is nice. Amidst all of the busy busy busy everything, I am just sitting here, doing nothing, and having a cup of tea. Perfect tea moment. I should be doing other things. Lots of other things. But I’m not. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this tea and originally I had a different write up for it. Something far more chaotic as chaotic was the flavor of the day when I originally started the entry.* This moment is far more deserving of a blog spot though, as these moments are by far rarer in my schedule as of late. I’m not even going to ruin it with sarcasm or cynicism right now. *gasp* It’s a beautiful, early fall day outside and I’m going to enjoy the rest of my delicious cup before I have to go beat on people with sticks at martial arts. Continue reading 

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Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’ (1 of 3)

23 Sep

Three to pick from. Only one winner to be sampled first. I choose you, Ginger Peach! Continue reading 

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Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’

23 Sep

Fall is finally here, for better or worse. Sucks that we only had about one month of summer in Portland. On the other hand, it does mean that I’m in the mood for tea again. Not that I don’t drink tea when it’s 90+ degrees outside. I just don’t drink it for very long or necessarily feel like going through the process of reviewing a tea. My summer tea drinking is more on a drink and run schedule. Too nice and warm outside to be sitting in a dark, air conditioned house in front of a screen. We have enough dark and dismal months here in Oregon. Ew. Time to dig into the first Steepster Select box!

I jumped on this pretty quickly. Three mystery teas every month for $19? Okay! In retrospect, it’s not the soundest tea purchase. Could potentially be three teas that I hate. Why do I always jump on promotions like this? At least I didn’t buy three pints of oysters. No one needs that many oysters. Way to go, Henry.

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Tea of Procrastination – Quick and Dirty Oolong

23 Aug

I haven’t posted in awhile because it took forever to get those Tea Forte pics off the camera, through Photoshop, and uploaded to the blog. I didn’t want to post until I was all caught up and I had time to get photos of a new tea. Read: I got bored amidst sifting through the many photos and procrastinated a lot. In fact, I’m procrastinating now. Yes, I’m writing about tea to procrastinate on something else. I have new bedroom furniture coming in this week. The old furniture gets moved tomorrow morning, in approximately eight hours, and my room is still a disaster, I mean, still has a lived in look. I know where everything is! It’s an organized chaos! Shh…

So I’ve got a lot of work. I’m really tired. I need caffeine – but not so much that I’ll stay up until the morning. I want an oolong, but most of my oolongs are the kind you sit, sip, experience, and enjoy, and I don’t have time for that tonight. Time to bring out Utopia Tea’s Oolong Formosa. Continue reading 

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Five Nights of Forte (5 of 5)

8 Aug

It’s the fifth and final tea tonight from Tea Forte’s Herbal Retreat sampler. This is the only one without an alcoholic beverage related title. The others were amaretto, merlot, mojito, and cosmo. This is just kiwi lime ginger. Seems a little out of place. I do like all three title ingredients though. Hopefully they play nice together. Continue reading 

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Five Nights of Forte (4 of 5)

7 Aug

It’s the home stretch for the herbals. Tonight’s cocktail is Cherry Cosmo. I’m not to hopeful for this one. With the first two ingredients being rose hips and hibiscus and nothing really to sweeten it out, this could have a serious pucker factor. The back of the packet mentions a “fragrant delighting of hibiscus blossoms and faint whispers of raspberry.” We’ll see if it’s fragrantly delightful.

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