Monday, October 15, 2012

The TEA BASICS class at 

ACC is coming 

up fast! 

If you had planned to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so soon. There is much preparation to be done for the course (yes, there are parting gifts ....) and I need to know for how many people.

The class is called Tea Basics (no. 10060) and will be held at ACC on Wednesday, October 24 (yes ... that's NEXT WEDNESDAY!) from 6pm-8pm. This is a one-time session (we're testing the waters you know) and cost is $35.00 ($25.00 tuition and $10.00 fee)

If you'd like to register, please call ACC Continuing Education at 
(518) 743-2238 ... but do it soon!

Hope to see you there! 

Let me be your TEAcher!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Considering a gift for the tea lover in your life?

Or are you the tea lover wondering what to wish for?

Have you considered a Tea-of-the-Month plan from SensibiliTeas?
Here's how it works ...
A Tea-Of-The-Month plan is a subscription plan that provides the tea lover with 4 ounces of tea each month for a period of 3 months, 6 months or a year. The plan begins with a teapot with filter (or 1-cup in

fuser) and a teaspoon for measuring a perfect cup of tea. (Other awesome equipment can be substituted at a modified price) You can choose a plan for the recipient, or the recipient can choose the plan later.

There are several plans from which to choose:
Black teas (we choose the black teas for you)
Green teas (we choose the green teas for you)
White Teas (up to 6 months only-- we choose the teas)
Oolong teas (we choose the oolong teas for you)
Herbal Tisanes -- recipient can choose the monthly selection
The Flavorful Plan -- Recipient can choose from flavored, black teas, flavored green teas, herbal tisanes or rooibos (our most popular plan)
World Explorer Plan -- each month features teas from a different country
Beginner Plan -- A different type of tea is featured each month.
Surprise Plan -- we choose the teas, and our guess is honestly as good as yours. Not always 4oz of tea, but still of equal value when much higher priced teas are sent.

Shipping is included.
If your tea lover is already tricked out with tea making equipment, we can just expand the plan to include and extra month of tea.

It's the gift they'll look forward to every month! Call, email or visit to order!
(518) 824-1290 or (800) 449-9888, or, or visit us at The Shirt Factory on the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls NY Tuesday - Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.

3 months = $65.00 (less than $22 per month)
6 months = $105.00 (Less than $18 per month)
12 months = $175.00 (less than $15 per month)

Friday, October 05, 2012

Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea ... can we talk?

``Heart Healthy"
``Perfectly Protein"
"Lactose and Dairy Free"

``FEEL GOOD about what's in this bottle"
``Our Vanilla Chai Tea is a smooth blend of brewed green tea, heart healthy soy portein, chai spices and a hint of vanilla flavor -- it's as nutritious as it is delicious"
``7g Soy protein per serving ..."

Let's take a peek at the ingredients, shall we?
INGREDIENTS: Soymilk from concentrate (water, soymilk concentrate), cane sugar, soy protein isolate, natural flavor, acacia gum, calcium (tricalcium phosphate) carrageenan, salt, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Magnesium (magnesium oxide), green tea (water, green tea extract, vitamin B6 (pyridozine HCL), zinc (zinc sulfate), iron (ferrous lactate, vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

So tea is the 11th ingredient in the ``Vanilla Chai Tea" ? That's not cool.
Let's look at the nutrition facts.  8oz. serving ... that's 1 measuring cup.

1 teaspoon of sugar is about 4 grams.... so 26 grams means 6.5 teaspoons of sugar in a 1 cup serving.
But it's cane sugar, so it's okay, right?
No ... that much sugar is bad for anyone at anytime.
Especially given that tea has no calories at all.
Smooth tasting, sure ... but unless it's cheesecake, I don't need that much sugar... EVER!

I'll make my own, thanks.