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Archive for June 20, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Molded Ice Coolers

Have you come across ice coolers for wine bottles?

Instead of using a conventional ice bucket or Rapid Ice to keep bottles chilled at the table, you can earn oohs and aahs with a cooler made of molded ice.

Ice coolers can be used plain (just pour water in the mold and freeze). But part of the fun is creating your own custom design. Add fruits, flowers, leaves, holiday ornaments or other thematic decor.

The ice cooler can be used to keep vodka, mineral water and other beverages cold.

  • Check out the Exaco Ice Chiller. It comes gift-boxed for your favorite party hosts.

Create elegant ice coolers for special
events. Photo courtesy Exaco.

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RECIPE: Meet Your Matcha With A Green Tea Latte

With matcha tea, it is easy being green.
Photo courtesy l’Âge de Thé.

Green tea latte (matcha latte), a favorite coffee bar drink, is easy to make at home. Enjoy it hot or cold.

Matcha is a powder of finely ground green tea leaves. It has a vibrant green color due to the high concentration of chlorophyll and contains ten times as many antioxidants as regular green tea. Matcha is the tea used in the acclaimed Japanese tea ceremony, cha no yu.

Matcha powder is not steeped the way tea leaves are, but is whisked into a froth. Some think the beverage resembles warm tea ice cream.

Matcha is also used to flavor other foods, from smoothies and baked goods (cupcakes, tea cakes) to pots de creme.

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