This Spring, It’s Tea!


 

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Nobody panic! I’m not giving up my beloved black nectar of life that is coffee; good, rich, no syrups, no sugars, no milk, no soymilk, steaming hot (not lukewarm), fair-trade coffee, that is. It is wonderfully sacred. One, simply pressed cup of coffee a day (with Bruce and a crossword puzzle on the weekends) works for me.

Ode to coffee aside, I walked into the lovely Serengeti Teas & Spices in Harlem, NY with a yoga student and discovered, in a matter of a couple of hours, a new appreciation for beautiful, aromatic, healing teas. The owner, Caranda Martin, greeted me and asked what I would like.  I stated, “I have a (joyous spring allergy induced) headache. What do you think would help?”  He quickly answered, “Rooibos.” “Great!” I answered, actually knowing what Rooibos tea was.  He brewed and I drank.  It was beyond delicious and my headache melted away.  Go Team Tea!Serengeti Tea

So with that, I’m on a mission to delve into the world of tea this spring.  I know it’s vast and there’s way too much for me to learn in a season, or maybe in a lifetime, but I am happily “playing” with teas – – hot, cold, pairings, and in both sweet and savory recipes.  I hope you’ll join me!

Today, keeping it simple, and enjoying the much warmer 49 degrees in New York City, I brewed and chilled a slightly tart and fruity Hibiscus Lemon Bissap from Serengeti Teas & Spices.  Hibiscus tea is known for its antioxidants and is also said to promote healthy digestion, among many other properties.  And for me, it just tastes yummy!  I added a bit of our vat stash of Trembley Apiaries Golden Honey to my batch and served on its own.  However, this tea, chilled  or iced would pair with a light sandwich or salad for lunch.  Next time!

Enjoy your play.  Live and Be Well.

Join me for my bytracye Spring Tea! Details coming soon.  

 

About Tracye

Known for her motivational mantras and joyful practice, Tracye Warfield puts the play in yoga and yummy food. Tracye began practicing yoga in 1999, when she first hobbled onto the mat after a long and achy marathon. Ten years later, she walked away from a successful career in corporate America to start living the life she was meant to live. Currently, she teaches Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Hatha, and Pilates in studio classes, workshops, online, with private clients, and at her bytracye yoga.yummy food retreats throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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