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Autumn Tea & Food Pairings

Autumn. The season of colorful leaves, crisp, cool air, and warming comfort foods. Here are some of our autumn picks for tea and food pairings:

Chicken salad finger sandwiches with sliced grapes and Earl Grey
Fresh grapes with assorted cheeses, buttered toast and Samovar Breakfast Blend
Fresh grapes with white chocolate and Hawaii-Grown Oolong Tea

Heirloom Tomatoes
Plain and raw small, sweet varieties of heirloom tomatoes with Nishi First Flush Green Tea
Larger, chopped heirloom tomatoes in fresh salsa with corn and peppers (which are also being harvested in much of the U.S. around now) with a spicy, flavorful Southwestern-style meal and a pot of Russian Blend

Plum pastries (such as Danishes or tarts) with Bai Mudan White Tea
Plum-and-chile-preserves-topped, buttery, homemade biscuits with Ancient Gold
Sliced, fresh plums drizzled with fresh cream and served alongside Golden Phoenix Oolong

Homemade latkes (potato pancakes) with organic applesauce, sour cream and Samovar Russian Blend

Roasted spaghetti or butternut squash with Ocean of Wisdom

What are your favorite foods for autumn? How do you pair them with tea?

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Why Rituals Matter Part 1: My Daily Tea Ritual

It seems that as life has gotten faster and faster, we humans have managed pretty well to keep up with the speed. But I I believe Gandhi: “That there is more to life than increasing its speed.” In fact, I’d suffice to say that things get better by decreasing their speed. Slow is good.

Rituals slow us down and connect us to this moment here and now.

Enter rituals. Rituals slow us down and connect us to this moment here and now. I’m not talking about big, ornate cultural or religious  rituals. Instead I’m referring to simple actions that connect us to ourselves, our place, and the present moment.

These kind of rituals allow us to both forget ourselves and our worries, and to escape into the present moment. They allow us to enter flow – the state of being where we’re actually not thinking, not aware of any single thing other than the act of what we are doing.

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