Thai Iced Tea


You can buy drink mix packets to make Thai Iced Tea, but since I’m not into that, here’s what I do for an iced perk that isn’t coffee:

  • 3-4 star anise pods
  • 6-8 tea bags of black tea (loose leaf is best, use 8 tsp)
  • ~6 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
  • whole milk
  • ice

Brew a big pitcher of DARK black tea with star anise pods (I got mine from World Market for $2) and sugar.  You want this tea to be so dark you’d never think of drinking it. (Can you tell I don’t often make iced tea?)

When it cools, throw away the tea bags (keep the star anise), and keep the tea  it in the fridge.

To serve, fill a glass with ice, fill the glass half-way with tea, and add milk to taste (I use ~3 tbsp).




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Philz Coffee Turkish Blend Copycat {food notes}


For a more interesting morning brew, add some ground cardamom to your coffee grounds before you percolate.  The product is a mild cardamom flavor without the grainy-ness of spices added after the coffee is made.


It’s very reminiscent of Philz Coffee’s Turkish blend.


Ginger Lemon Refresher

This is a good summertime beverage to drink with exceedingly spicy Asian food.  They also serve it at Burma Superstar.

  • Wheat beer (like Hefeweizen)
  • Ginger beer
  • Lemon juice

3 parts beer to 1 part ginger beer.  Lemon juice to taste.

You can also add salt to bring out the flavor.  For a spicier ginger kick, grate some ginger into the pitcher.


Anna’s Chai Tea

  • 2 bags of Lipton tea
  • 1/4 tsp each of ground cardamom and allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • sugar to taste

So what she does is heat the milk with the spices and uses a whisk to add some foam.  You can vary the spice amounts to suit your taste.

Meanwhile, two tea bags of Lipton are steeping  in about 1/2 cup of hot water.

Discard the tea bags, add the spiced milk and some sugar to taste. Voila!

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Beer & Chocolate Pairs

It all started at Mt. Tam Watershed:  Sam Adams Coastal Wheat and Dark Chocolate.  “Taste the beer with the chocolate” turned into  “OMG! we need to have a beer & chocolate pairing party!”  After researching beer and chocolate pairings, I discovered that amber ale goes with raspberry dark chocolate  and that any porter/stout goes well with dark chocolate.  After a real-life attempt, I’m less convinced of this.  There are oh-so-many ways to go wrong in the beer aisle!  Please learn from the wisdom of the practiced:

We had a beer & chocolate pairing party and discovered two AMAZING pairs  of pearls among swine. (I know)

The first: La Fin Du Monde  & Eclipse Chocolat Sea-salt Nib (vegan-friendly chocolate)

The chocolate:  Lavender sea-salt

The beer: I don’t know

The pair: Mickey Mouse orange creamsicle

The Second: Diabhal Belgian Style Golden Strong Ale Fermented with Honey & Jade Chocolates MaHaL indonesian cinnamon ylang ylang coconut

The chocolate: I don’t know

The beer: Honey Goodness

The pair: pineapple!