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Comment by Pat on January 17, 2015 at 12:57pm

k.h. Here's what I could find on chai tea allergies from a Canadian website.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 17, 2015 at 12:38pm
Tea again. I've been drinking a lot of chai. And I've been itching a lot! Has anyone else had this reaction to it? Does anyone know what the ingredient is that could be causing this?
Comment by kathy: ky on January 15, 2015 at 4:32pm
I used to drink a lot of sleepytime brand and like it. I also used to brew loose leaf tea as Randall said. Over the years l went back to coffee. Bad for my stomach l know. The teas have much bigger benefits with much less caffeine. If they have any caffeine . at all. Depends on the type of course. With this cold weather it seems to be easy enough to switch back.
Thanks for the info every one. I appreciate it.
Comment by Randall Smith on January 15, 2015 at 7:23am

I think I'm one of the few people on the planet that makes his hot and iced tea using loose leaf (leaves). I concoct a mixture of Lipton's regular and green (forgot brand name). I make it by the quart, boiling water in the microwave. A little Stevia slightly sweetens it.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2015 at 10:27pm

Celestial Seasonings makes a mint/chamomile tea, with a little Valerian root.  It's called Sleepytime.  I think the mint is an attempt to hide the funky taste of the chamomile.  NOT very successful, IMO.  You might try adding black mint tea to the mix....

Right now, I'm halfway through a (weak) cup of Bigelow's Cinnamon Stick.

If you go to the Stash Tea web site can find every kind of loose and bagged tea imaginable....WITH descriptions!  Some are reasonably priced, and some are outrageous, but worth it.  They also have tea ware, DIY loose tea bags, cookies, honey sticks, and so forth..  (And 2oz sample bags for $1.50 or so.)  I bought a pair of Bodum double-walled glass mugs from them years ago.  Never use anything else anymore.  I am fascinated with hand-blown glass in any form...

They ship from Portland, OR....don't know if they ship to Canada, but you're a lot closer than I am to Portland!  Ask.

Dale Chihuly:

If you come into Tacoma by night...this is one of the first things you see.  GLORIOUS!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2015 at 8:22pm

I have discovered that I can make tea in the microwave; I put Splenda, Tea bag, and the hottest water I can ge from the tap, in a microwaveable glass cup (so I can see how it's doing), and zap it for a minute and a half for 12oz.  More, or cooler, water takes a little longer.  At first I was afraid the staples in the tea bags would make sparks, so I mostly used Tetley Tea, but I guess the staples in Stash and Bigelow are too small to affect the microwaves, so I've been doing chai and cinnamon tea, too.

Best drink on a cold day!

Comment by kathy: ky on January 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
That chai french vanilla. Very good with a teaspoon of dark honey, as Daniel suggestion.
I tried the chamomile earlier but I didn't boil the water so it was far to weak to suit me. I'll remember next time.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 14, 2015 at 6:26pm
Thanks Daniel, Patricia. Please call me Kathy if you like. I went out and bought both chamomile and black chain. Now I'm going to drink some ;)
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 13, 2015 at 10:05am

I just had mac & cheese for breakfast.  Delicious.  Added a couple of eggs, but was too lazy to add vegetables.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 13, 2015 at 7:42am

I think my "comfort food for the day" will be mac and cheese. I toss in broccoli, maybe some sausage.


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