Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Alohoa Beauty Tea


 
This tea was nice.  It is not something I would run out and buy, but if in a basket of tea in a restaurant, I would pick it again.  It has lots of flavor going on.   Not sure if maybe it was the rooibos throwing me off a little, I am not always a fan of rooibos.

 



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bollywood Theater chai- Portland





I believe it used to be endless chai, but now it is limited to one refill.  It was a chai like I have never had before.  My sister was a big fan.  For me, there was something almost floral in it.  I was not a huge fan.  I mean don't get me wrong- I had two cups...but I would not be listed in my top 5 of favorite chai teas.  Now, the food- that was a different story- they might be listed on top 5 Indian places I have eaten.  Very different and VERY fun!!!

Chai: milky and sweet,
served hot or cold$2.75

http://www.bollywoodtheaterpdx.com/





from the website:

Make no mistake, this is not the weak, boring chai you find on supermarket shelves. Our Bollywood Theater Masala Chai is as close as you can get to the stuff served by the Chai Wallahs in the streets of Delhi. 
This is an authentic, rich and robust Masala Chai blend featuring the freshest Indian Assam Black Tea, Green Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper and Ginger (plus more) we could find. We worked with Bollywood Theater's Chef Troy MacLarty, to put together the same blend he serves in his award-winning, third-eye opening restaurants. 
My partner on the ground in India, Mr. Divakar, travels from farm to farm, estate to estate, cherry-picking the freshest spices just for us. He ships them to us in small-batches, so things remain crazy fresh. You'll understand what I'm talking about the second you tear open a bag. 
Delicious served hot or on ice. The 3 oz package makes about 10 cups. The 8 oz tube makes about 25. And the pound size makes about 50. Add sugar to taste. 
Bollywood Theater is a wildly popular Indian street food eatery with two locations in Portland, Oregon. Both are just a rickshaw ride from downtown.

Facts
  • Choose Net Wt. 3oz, 8oz or 16 oz.
  • 3oz makes about 10 cups, 8oz makes about 25 cups, 16oz makes about 50 cups
  • An authentic rich and robust loose leaf tea featuring the freshest farm-direct tea and spices in India
  • Delicious served hot or cold over ice
  • Formulated exclusively for Reluctant Trading by Chef Troy MacLarty of the critically acclaimed Bollywood Theater eateries in Portland, Oregon
  • Sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube

  • Masala Chai Ingredients: Assam Black Tea, Green Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Ginger Root, Cinnamon and Bay Leaves






The food was awesome!!!  I was a big fan of the spices!!!  

great vibe inside.





My sister and I shared 4 different street foods.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Smith Tea


 
 

My happy place- in Portland OR!!!  I told Christy, my sister, that even though this was my third time here, it still did not get old!!!!!  




I did a flight- a taste test of 4 kinds of tea for $8.00
  They give you information cards about the tea and the area they come from, and also the loose tea to smell.


I tried all new kinds this time- except the chai, which I new I loved!!!


They give you the Chai plain, which is nasty, but then they gave you the sugar and milk to add.  It is incredible the difference!   I love the Masala Chai!!!


Kandy- was probably my least favorite.  It is a black tea.  I tried it plain, and I did not like it.  I added milk and it was better, but still my least favorite.

Bai Hao was nice too.  It was an Oolong.



White Petal was a different white tea.  I liked it, but the taste was very unique.

Yummy Chai!!!!!

Christy got the Chocolate Mint Latte,  She really liked it.  It was good, but I am not a huge fan of chocolate in my tea.  But, it was still very good.



As we were paying the nice lady let us try to of the Iced Teas.  We first tried the Strawberry Honeybush- which looks like beer, but was not!!!  We liked this one.  I liked the carbonation that was in it too.






Then we tried a cold carbonated Chai.  Neither of us were fans of this tea.  It was very different, but the taste was just too strange for us.  But, again, that is why tea is so fun everyone has different taste buds and prefers different things!!!