Saturday, October 23, 2021

Mundo Autrntico, Chin Chin, Cacao Tea- Punta Cana Dominican Republic


While on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic I wanted to take the youth I was working with on an adventure.  The hotel we were staying in recommended  Mundo Autrntico.  So, I went the day before to check it out to be sure it would work.  It was a super fun place to visit.  

We started out in the souvenir shop, then went to the jewelry store, then to the coffee shop and then my favorite was the cacao shop.  (there was also a rum and cigar shop that I did not take the youth too)

There was not much shopping in the area, so this place is some place I would recommend.




The Souvenir Shop had lots of fun items to look through.  I was able to purchase some fun gifts to bring home for friends. 








The Coffee shop and tasting area.



Here was my favorite, shop...the Cacao tea shop!  The day before I got  few Ubers and tried to find tea around the area.  I was unsuccessful in finding tea, but I did enjoy seeing the sights.
So I was thrilled to find this unexpected tea shop here at Mundo Autrnitco. 


"The cacao bean is found inside the pulp of the cacao fruit and serves as the raw ingredient for chocolate. The nutrient-dense shell of the cacao bean has been used to brew cacao husk tea for thousands of years and serves as the foundation for our hand-selected teas. Using the natural properties of this superfood, we deliver a mood-boosting, caffeine-free, antioxidant powerhouse (40x more than blueberries) without a single calorie. That's right - zero calories. So, try a cup today and experience the amazing benefits of our delicious organic cacao tea."


The guys in the shop were super fun.  We tried hot coco cacao and hot cacao tea.  Then we also did cacao chocolate tasting.   The cacao chocolate was incredible!





The cacao shell tea is light with a hint of chocolate and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals—everything you need for a healthy mind and body. It's the calorie-free and guilt-free pleasure you never knew you always wanted.




"Studies have shown that cacao is packed with health benefits. In particular, cacao is naturally rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and a natural compound called theobromine, which provides a gentle energy boost while relaxing the body, decreasing blood pressure, improving brain function, and supporting healthy digestion, circulation and respiration. Cacao is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and zinc."  https://www.cacaoteaco.com/

"Here are some of the benefits of the vitamins and minerals found in the tea:

  • Magnesium – Aids in bone health, decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, helps with muscle and nerve function, lower blood pressure, mitigates migraines, may reduce depression and anxiety
  • Iron – Helps in proper function of hemoglobin, increased energy and focus
  • Zinc – Aids with immune system and metabolism functions, prevents macular degeneration, activates T-cells
  • Vitamin C – Helps with immune system, can lower blood pressure, lowers risk of heart disease, aids in memory
  • Vitamin E – A powerful antioxidant preventing cells from damage, moisturizes skin, promotes wound healing, reduces eczema and psoriasis, prevents fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes nail health."  https://wildkauaichocolate.com/the-health-benefits-of-our-cacao-tea/


The Cacao tea is like drinking chocolate- really!!! And it is healthy for you and caffeine free!!  It is true. It was so yummy!!  I bought a couple bags to take home.


Below is a statue with the cacao bean.







The tea is yummy tasty.  The price is good.  The staff was fun and friendly.  Cacao is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and zinc. Cacao Husk Tea gets 5 tea cups from me.


Side note- when I make it at home I make it as a latte with almond or oat milk.  It really elevates the flavors.
 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tai Chi Instant Chrysanthemum Tea at Cleveland's Asia Plaza

I discovered Chrysanthemum when I was in Malaysia.  I loved it.  It is super sweet, so I don't drink it often.  I have found a couple places that sell this tea.  One of the places is Cleveland Asia town.  I loved the Asia Plaza.  If you are looking for fun Asian food and products this is the place for you.




I went to Cleveland with my friend Heidi.   We went for Dim Sum and while in the Asia Plaza I found some fun Chrysanthemum teas. We also did some fun shopping.  We went to the pharmacy, a flower shop, a tea shop, and souvenir shops.



I also bought this adorable Asian fisherman.  I want to get a bonsai tree for him to live under now.


This tea was super inexpensive, only $3.99 for a box.

This tea is instant.  Just add to hot water.


Chrysanthemum, or Ju Hua in Chinese, is known for cooling internal heat and relieving headache dizziness due to liver inflammation.



I was disappointed in myself...I came home with the bathroom key!!  Since I am over away, I mailed the key back to the store I borrowed it from.  It was so big I put it in my shopping bag when I went to restroom and then I forgot I had it.  OH MAN!!



I love heading up to Cleveland.  To me, it is a quick hour away. There are so many fun little towns around the city.  This was the first time I was in Asia town, but I want to go back again.


CLEVELAND



This tea is really good.  It is super inexpensive.  The draw back for me is the sugar. 



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ohio Tea Company Raspberry Matcha with Oat Milk



I am on the track of getting healthy.  Matcha is healthy.  So, I have been making matcha lattes with oat milk coconut milk, or almond milk.

They say that matcha is one of the healthiest teas.  That it is good for you immune system, it aids digestive health, clean energy without the jitters, it helps with focus, matcha burns calories, it improves heart health and much more!  You can find lots of articles about how good matcha is for you.

I put a scoop of matcha in the milk and froth it.  I then sometimes add ice, but not always.  You can get matcha pouch/sticks from Ohio Tea if you ware just wanting to try some of the matcha flavors.  The pouch/stick has one serving of tea.  They have peach and blueberry too.






Earl Grey wants to check out the latte.  But, he did not try it.  He decided to pass.


Have to say I am not a hug matcha fan when it is made as a hot tea.  Yet, I do like it with oat, coconut, or almond milk.


This matcha is good, it is pricey, but not as pricey as some matchas.  I do get the raspberry notes that some through.  I would recommend this tea.




I am getting healthy!!!  Since March 2021 I have lost 49 pounds.  All I am doing is eating healthy foods.  I cut out fast foods, processed foods, and junk food.  I also have added the gym once a week.


I am not a fan of gym- but I know it is important and good for me.  I will keep trying and keep working.  Also I know that tea is healthy and good for me, so I will keep drinking it too!!