Archive for August, 2016

Tea Tasting No. 7

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Tea Type: green tea
Tea name: Long Jing
Origin: China, Shi Feng, Xi Hu
Harvest: early spring 2016

Bought at: Tea Drunk, New York City

First impressions: As I mostly do not like Chinese green teas too strong, I prefer to infuse them for only about 1-2 minutes. This way, the tea has a mild and slightly sweet flavor with a hint of a roasty note. I can recommend up to three infusions. 

Overall, I would say it is a nice everyday tea. However, for the price I paid for it, I really expected something a bit more extraodinary. Although Long Jing tea is a very common tea in China, they can still be big difference in quality.

Price: 11 USD for one sample which is enough for one serving only and 43 USD for 28 grams. Also available through their online shop.

One day in Chicago

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It’s August and I have been really busy traveling. 

Three weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago for business to attend the IFT fair. It was actually my first time in Chicago and I was lucky enough to have a full day of leasure time and was able to discover some nice parts of the city. Surely, I have to come back once again to further discover this nice city. 

For now, have a look at my favorite pic(k)s!

I started the morning at one of the Lake Michigan city beaches

Went shopping on Michigan Avenue (also known as the Magnificent Mile) and discovered shops as the „Space519“ for unique fashion and beauty (e.g. beauty brand rms)

Enjoyed some fresh fruits at the Farmers Market, close to Michigan Avenue and open every Tuesday.

Was lucky enough to be invited to the „Chicago Yacht Club“, enjoyed some cocktails and a great sunset.

Tea Tasting No. 6

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Tea type: herbal tea

Tea name: Mulberry Leaf Tea (organic)

Origin: Kagoshima/ Japan

Bought at: The Bellocq Atelier (their tea no. 28)

Impression: Athough this is a herbal tea, you could almost believe it to be some kind of green tea. The flavor and aroma is floral and very light with a hint of a grassy note. Water for infusion should not be hotter than 80 degrees Celsius. This is a great green tea alternative for your evenings in case you are sensitive to caffeine.

Also read the article by T. Ching on mulberry leaf tea on his blog.

first infusion

One day in Lisbon

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Last month, I had one day in Lisboa, coming back from some wonderful relaxing days at the Portoguese ocean side. It was my second time in the city, so I wanted to take it a little more slow this time. Therefore, my priority was on finding some nice tea or coffee place and spending some quality time at a relaxing spot with a bit of sunshine. I think I did pretty well, but get a picture for yourself!

Hotel pick: Check-in Guesthouse – very cosy, comfortable and clean guesthouse, equipped with a big kitchen in case you feel like cooking. Located in the southwest of the city, close to the district Bairro Alto.

Place for tea: Tease – I discovered this cute and cosy café just by incident while I was in search of the Copenhagen Coffee Lab, as it is located across the street. The staff was super friendly and the atmosphere very calm and relaxed.  You can only get great tea, but also great cake and coffee.

Tease Café

Place for coffee: Copenhagen Coffee Lab – looking at the other side of the street, you then have  more great coffee to pick from. I did not have coffee here as I had tea at Tease, but I had a look inside. It has a very clean design with lots of whites and wooden colors.

And here are two more places for a quiet, relaxing break: two parks that I can really recommend are „Praça das Flores“ and „Praça do Principe Real“. The first one is really close to „Tease“ and the „Copenhagen Coffee Lab“. The second one is opposite of the indoor market I talk about in one of my former posts. Bigger than the first one, they both have their own wonderful atmosphere where you can grab a coffee, grab a book and relax.