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Russian Tea: A Soulful Experience

Russians love tea more than vodka. Even though it is vodka, bears and Siberia that became the ubiquitous symbols of Russian culture in North America, for Russians it is the tea drinking that stands at the very core of…

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Posted by: on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Summertime is still tea time at the Urban Tea Merchant

Summer isn’t typically the time of year when one can’t wait to get their hands on a nice, steaming, hot cup of tea, but at The Urban Tea Merchant over heated tea lovers can opt for something substantially…

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Posted by: on Friday, July 13th, 2012
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Foodists at The Urban Tea Merchant

‘Luxury’ isn’t often the first word that comes to mind when you think of tea. Unlike a Cartier watch, Louis Vuitton purse or Harry Winston diamonds, high end tea is feasible as an everyday indulgence. It’s…

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Posted by: on Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Lychee Ginger White Tea Poached Asian Winter Pear

The last of our unique Chinese New Year recipes created by Vancouver’s Chinese food guru Nathan Fong is a dessert of Asian winter pear poached in lychee ginger white tea and served with a delicious chocolate spice…

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Posted by: on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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Green Tea Spice Rub Salmon

Today’s Chinese New Year recipe by local Chinese food guru Nathan Fong is green tea spice rubbed salmon. Barbecue rubs have always been popular in the South. Here, I’ve used aromatic green tea, high in…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
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Chinese New Year…with a twist!

Our latest guest contributor is local Chinese food guru Nathan Fong, who kicks off Chinese New Year by offering us three unique recipes for the season; an salad appetizer featuring lime ginger mint herbal tea poached…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. It begins on first new moon of the new year as determined by the traditional calendar in the…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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West Coast Chocolate Festival

Chocolate is one of the few foods we as humans will plan an entire festival around. It knows no boundaries. Despite its tiny geographical crop footprint, the cocao bean has penetrated every culture with its uniquely…

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Posted by: on Saturday, October 30th, 2010
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Mushroom Soup

This version is decidedly earthy. If you have a cow and want to skim off some cream, that would be delicious. If you live in Jerez, grow grapes and make sherry, that might be a nice addition too (Sherry might also be a…

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Posted by: on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
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Matcha Tea Truffles

When I think of dark chocolate, matcha tea is something I never considered as a pairing. I first experienced these truffles at Hapa Izakaya restaurant, as a dessert. The combination was so perfect, I couldn’t get enough…

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Posted by: on Saturday, January 24th, 2009
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Green is the New White

As far as powdered addicting substances go, green is the new white. Lately we’ve become hooked on the buzz we get drinking iced matcha lattes. Matcha is a powdered green tea first discoverd over 900 years ago. It…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
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Tea Cupcakes

Everyone knows that tea goes quite well with cupcakes, but how about in them? I recenly acquired the 125 Best Cupcake Recipes book which included a few recipes involving matcha, earl grey and chai. So naturally, living…

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Posted by: on Monday, May 8th, 2006
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Chai (Indian Tea)

Another easy and wonderful traditional Indian dish you can impress your friends with is home made chai. Not the crap you make from a box or pour from concentrate either. Real chai. Chai is black tea steeped in hot milk,…

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Posted by: on Friday, April 28th, 2006
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