Sunday, January 4, 2015
There's a world of coffee and tea drinkers, and I proudly belong to the latter club. I prefer sweet, fruity teas with dessert and strong, caffeinated ones after a meal. Thank you to my dear friend Todd who showers me with tea gifts and fostering my passion for TEA!
The Tea Farm Cafe boasts hundreds of tea that you enjoy either in a cup or pot. I am partial to the Black Lychee for taste and the Rosebud for beauty! The lovely presentation and health benefits get me so excited that I can't wait for it to cool-ouch!
It took me this long to visit this Manoa gem? I've received delicious teas and elegant pots as gifts, but I've never set foot in the cafe. Loved it so much that I went two days in a row! Clean, spacious, attractive. I especially enjoyed the quiet nook where a comfortable sofa and a wall of books welcome you to enjoy a pot of tea!
Start the new year with a clean fridge is a must! Cranberries, oatmeal, and white chocolate near expiration date made it into a bowl of cookie dough. Especially liked the red, which according to Chinese tradition brings good luck.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
This time of year can be hectic with correcting finals, cookie decorating parties, and endless lists, but I stop to reflect on being thankful to have a job that allows me time to travel, surf, and be with family. I'm also happy to include the newest addition to our family…Edward who has been a source of amusement and delight to us and his new brother Jack.
I've heard horror stories of fruitcake: hard as rocks and being used as a doorstop. I never grew up with fruitcake but I was recently introduced to this Christmas staple. Todd's mom is an amazing cook and baker and I never refuse anything from her kitchen. Her fruitcake banished every negative image of fruitcake and I look forward to having a slice next Christmas!