• Salabat in the Philippines

    When I left for the Philippines I knew it wasn’t a big tea-drinking country. It wasn’t even a small tea-drinking country. Whenever I asked for tea at restaurants the most common response was the splat of a Lipton’s Hot or Iced teabag in my cup and a sad look from the waiter. Expressions of, “Poor

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  • How to Make Great Matcha

      What is this mystical, green beverage? Matcha (抹茶): It’s fun to prepare, has a cool history, tastes awesome and is also pretty healthy. First off, what’s it made of?  Matcha is made from finely ground, high-quality green tea leaves.  The same stuff used to make gyokuro green tea.  A few weeks before harvesting the leaves,  the bushes

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