Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kolbeh with Perisan Tea








While in Washington with my sister we visisted this Lebanese restuatant.  It was good, not outstanding, but good.  I asked for tea- thinking they may have something fun.  She said that they had a persian tea, I got all exited to try it.  Boy, was I disappointed, it tasted like any other boring black tea.  This is not something I would run out and try again.  The food was good- nothing wrong with it, but just not what I was thinking.  My sister said last time she was there the buffet was completely different, so I am sure it varies, I probaly just was there on a day when they did not have things that interested me.  I did like the humus and the fun cilantro dish that is pictured above though.


Conveniently located across from PCC Sylvania on Capitol Highway and just minutes from I-5. Kolbeh's excuisite food is the talk of the town with an amazing selection of Middle Eastern & Mediterranean flavors.

Our address is:
11830 SW Kerr Parkway
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
CALL: 503.245.1662

Lavender Mint Tea: Willakenzie Lavender


This might be my new FAVORITE tea...it is at least in the top 5!!!!!  I love it. 


It smells so wonderful.  Hints of mint with a lovely lavender scent.

Be sure to heat you water to 212 for herbal tea




I am for sure re-cycling this tea!!!  I think once I enjoy two cups of tea I will shake the tea out of the steeper, let the tea dry and then use it in a bath!!!  (is that weird?)  I just love the smell.



the flavor of this tea is incredible!!!  Let me say right now, it DOES NOT taste like potpourri!!  The flavors blend so well together.  The mint and the lavender do not fight for attention they taste so great.  I also had a cup turn cold, and the flavor was still great!  I may need to make a pitcher of ice tea with this tea very soon!

Lavender Mint Tea: Willakenzie Lavender  

http://www.willakenzielavender.com/Willakenzie_Lavender/About.html                     
  • For a surprisingly delightful experience try our Lavender Mint Tea, from Willakenzie Lavender. The essential oils from culinary grade Gros Bleu lavender add a delightful flavor and aroma to this fine blend of peppermint and spearmint tea.
 Photo: Make it Lavender Friday--Not Black Friday! Here's one of our new products, Lavender Mint Tea. Perfect for this cold weather. We'll have some waiting for you. See more at www.willakenzielavender.com

Photo: Photo by Mike Monnin of Sunset at Willakenzie Lavender. Yes, it really is this pretty.



DIRECTIONS to WILLAKENZIE LAVENDER :

Head west on Highway 99W toward Newberg.  Continue on Highway 99W into Newberg.  At the west end of Newberg, turn right off of 99W onto Highway 240.  There are prominent signs for “Highway 240 – Yamhill.”  Take Highway 240 to the city of Yamhill.  Highway 240 terminates in Yamhill, at Highway 47.  This is the center of the small town of Yamhill.  Turn right onto Highway 47.

Go about six blocks to the edge of town.  Immediately, before Highway 47 takes a severe right hand jog, there will be a prominent sign for Pike Rd. on your left.  Take this left hand turn. You will be turning onto Pike Rd., though there is no good signage for Pike Rd.  You will only be on Pike Rd. for about 300 feet before you take a hard right onto Adcock Rd.  Drive slowly because Adcock Road comes up quickly.

Go down Adcock Road, past Bony Road.  WILLAKENZIE LAVENDER will be on your right.  It sits atop a knoll on twenty acres of grass hay and lavender.  If you have trouble finding us or get lost please call us at 503.662.4297 and we’ll help you get here





Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Neti Pot is NOT a tea pot!!!!


If you see a small, blue, plastic, tea pot looking thing on a counter of a friends house, DO NOT MAKE TEA IN IT!!!  This a neti pot, used to clear you sinuses!!!  Don't worry, I did not use it for tea.  I knew what it was.  I am a huge fan of the Neti Pot.  While at my sisters my neice was using this pot for her allergies.  When I came into the kitchen it made me chuckle to see the Neti Pot sitting by the "tea maker"



here is my Neti Pot




If you're one of the millions of Americans dealing with sinus problems, you know how miserable facial pain and clogged nasal passages can be. In their search for relief, many sinus sufferers have turned to nasal saline irrigation, a therapy that uses a salt and water solution to flush out the nasal passages.
Although several methods of nasal irrigation exist, one of the most popular is the Neti pot -- a ceramic or plastic pot that looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin's magic lamp. Although nasal irrigation using the Neti pot has been around for centuries, its use is on the rise in the U.S. The Neti pot originally comes from the Ayurvedic/yoga medical tradition.

Does the Neti Pot Really Work?

Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend nasal irrigation with a Neti pot or other method for their patients who've undergone sinus surgery, to clear away crusting in the nasal passages. Many people with sinus symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants also have begun to regularly use the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, and facial pain and pressure. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments. For some people, nasal irrigation may bring relief of sinus symptoms without the use of medications.
The basic explanation of how the Neti pot works is that it thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages.
A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.

CARIBOU- Mint Verbena with Gloria Jean's Peppermint Mint tea


I have started making iced tea and leaving it in a pitcher in the work fridge.  I just grab what ever herbal tea bags I have and throw 3-4 of them in the gallon pitcher and add water.  Today I had two Caribou Mint Verbena tea bags, one Gloria Jean Peppermint Mint tea bag, and another generic mint tea bag.
I am a fan of Gloria Jean's Peppermint Tea.  It is light and refreshing.



I really like the Caribou Mint Verbena- it reminds me of a tea my grandparents used to bring back from Switzerland.


Add 3-4 herbal tea bags ( I let the tea bags sit in the pitcher until I empty it out.  Herbal tea does not get bitter when sitting in the water)


FIll up the gallon pitcher, put in the fridge and ejoy in about 8 hours.....