TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Oregon Chai

The chai craze began sweeping across America some 15 years ago. It leaped to the mainstream from Indian restaurants and tea parlors, The formal name of the tea in Hindi is masala (spiced) chai (tea*, from the Mandarin cha). It originated on the Indian subcontinent. Americans shortened the term, and chai (CHY) it is. Its…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Indian Spice Blends

[1] Amchoor, an ingredient of chaat masala. A fruity spice powder made from dried unripe green mangoes, it adds citrusy notes (photo courtesy La Boite NYC). [2] Asafoetida, the dried gum of the taproot of an herb, is ground into a powder (photo courtesy Jain Dry Fruits). [3] Black rock salt, another ingredient in chaat…
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PRODUCT: Tea-rrific, Tea Flavored Ice Cream

Ice cream for tea lovers. Photo courtesy Tea-rrific Ice Cream.   Why a line of tea-flavored ice creams? Because there wasn’t one! One day, the tea-loving founder of Tea-rrific Ice Cream made a batch of ice cream from Earl Grey teas, and saw the eyes of friends and family light up when they tasted the…
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PRODUCT: Rishi Organic & Fair Trade Masala Chai

Just mix the concentrate with milk and you’ll be transported to India (photo by Katherine Pollak | THE NIBBLE).   Chai lovers: You can now enjoy this spiced exotic treat in your own home. Rishi, sellers of organic tea, have launched an organic and Fair Trade Masala Chai tea concentrate. Masala chai is made by…
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