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Today in Ohio it is a cloudy cold day with the threat of rain. While sitting snug as a bug at home in my cozy sweats, I can’t help thinking about comfort food. Which for me usually equates to something hot and sweet in the winter and cold and sweet in the summer. If you are not familiar with the term “comfort food”, I define it as food that a person is instantly drawn to when feeling strong emotions – positive or negative. Wikipedia defines “comfort food” as familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informal restaurants. They are foods that are often emotionally significant to a person or group of people and are sometimes related to pleasant associations of childhood. Either way, I think you get the picture.

Never a stranger to multi-tasking, I find myself engrossed in blogging, tweeting, watching the Bengals’ game while simultaneously thinking about and searching allrecipes.com for comfort food.  I was excited to discover the following recipe for Indian Chai Hot Chocolate, as it appeals to my winter comfort food craving – hot and sweet to taste while easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • chai tea**
  • 1 (.55 ounce) package instant hot chocolate mix

Directions

  1. Mix water and milk together
  2. Bring to a boil (either microwave or stove top)
  3. Pour liquid over chai tea and steep according to tea directions and strain
  4. Stir in the hot chocolate mix

** There are many chai options. Some of my favorite chai teas that I would use in this recipe are: Black Vanilla Chai from Dragonwater Tea, Original Masala Chai from Yogic Chai, or Indian Spice from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.  If you are not a loose tea drinker or prefer the convenience of a tea bag, feel free to substitute for this recipe.

I hope you enjoy creating and drinking this winter treat. Please return to share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Even more importantly, it is the retail shopping event of the year  and the kick-off for holiday shopping. But have you ever heard of Cyber Monday?  For you techy types, you are probably well aware of the term Cyber Monday. However, for those of you who are still in the dark…

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of e-commerce. It is the Monday following Thanksgiving and represents the kick-off of Internet holiday shopping. So if you missed Black Friday… No problem! Pull out your computer and begin e-tailing!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have compiled a list of fantastic tea companies, who in the spirit of holiday shopping are offering some awesome deals.  Find great gift-giving ideas for your friends, family and co-workers. Don’t forget to add a little something special in the shopping cart for yourself.

Let the shopping begin!

Company Name: Golden Moon Tea
Sales Event: Visit Golden Moon Tea and get 10% off all orders from November 27th – December 25th.
Promo Code: ESCAPADE (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.GoldenMoontea.com
Company Name: Kamelia Luxe
Sales Event: Get 15% discount on all black teas, which includes the whole StripTeas flagship line! Promotion runs November 26th – December 4th.
Promo Code: blackfriday
Company URL: http://www.originalstripteas.com
Company Name: thepuriTea
Sales Event: Now until 12/1, we’re offering 10% off on all orders and Free Shipping on order of $50 or more. Just in time for the holidays, thepuriTea Gift Box is now available. Choose from 6 different sets, designed for all kinds of Tea Lovers!
Promo Code: CYBMON09
Company URL: http://www.thepuritea.com
Company Name: Red Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% OFF all teas from November 26th – December 1st.
Promo Code: thanksgiving (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.redleaftea.com
Company Name: Teas Etc
Sales Event: Beginning November 26th – November 29th  11:59PM EST Teas Etc is taking 20% of everything with FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Promo Code: GIFT2009
Company URL: http://www.TeasEtc.com
Company Name: Tea Forte
Sales Event: *  Purchase our Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher and one box of Twelve-Over-Ice Iced teas for $39 from November 27th – December 1st.
Promo Code: Iced39 (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Six Free Exotics Duos with $100 purchase, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREEDUOS (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Free Solstice Cup & Saucer with purchase of Winter Solstice Gift Set, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREECUP (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.teaforte.com/
Company Name: Teavana
Sales Event: Shop Teavana’s Holiday Gift Center for Gifts with Meaning. Starting Thursday, 11/26 through Monday 11/30, receive a 2oz bag of Rooibos Rose Garden tea with any order at Teavana.com! As always, you can get Free Shipping on all Teavana orders over $50.
Promo Code: No coupon code is required
Company URL: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-with-Meaning/
Company Name: The Simple Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% off your order (before shipping and tax). Limit 1 per person now through midnight November 30th.
Promo Code: simple2009
Company URL: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com
Company Name: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co
Sales Event: All loose teas (14 new exclusively loose teas) 15% off from November 26th through December 1st.
Promo Code: THANKS09 (at check out)
Company URL: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com
Company Name: White Lion Tea
Sales Event: * Shop White Lion Tea for $1 shipping on all orders, any product, no minimum purchase from November 26th – 29th.
*  Receive a complimentary Winter Tea Sampler Gift Box with all orders of $150 or more from November 26th – December 18th.
Promo Code: No special codes or coupons necessary for either promo.
Company URL: http://www.whiteliontea.com
Company Name: Yogic Chai
Sales Event: Annual sales event, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase on November 26th.
Promo Code: Must visit website and sign up for Yogic Chai Newsletter
Company URL: http://www.yogicchai.com

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So I’m a sucker for the word free…

Which leads me to the crux of this post. I received a “top secret” notification from one of my online sources about a great new program being offered by Yogic Chai. A program geared at removing the mystery that shrouds online shopping. The try me first then buy me program. Here’s how it works according to Yogic Chai… 

“Shopping online can be quite a mystery & risk sometimes. Whether you are buying a pair of jeans, shoes, a new perfume or some loose chai tea… how would you know you will actually like what you are buying?

1) You can read reviews, both from customers and from critics
2) You can take a look at different pictures of the product.

But that’s really it. In the case of clothes, you can’t try them on and see if they fit you right. In the case of tea, you can’t take a sip and see if you like it. So, what to do? You take a chance.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to request a FREE sample of any blend you think you would be interested in buying before you buy it.  If you like it, you can then buy it with confidence.   If you don’t, try another one!  

(Note: at this time we are only offering one sample request per month per customer, unless you buy a previously requested sample in that month which will entitle you to be able to request another sample)”

To join Yogic Chai’s FREE sample promotion click HERE and join!

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We shouldn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving day to appreciate our friends and family. However, now that the day is upon us, please take time to enjoy one another. Relinquish your stress, lay down your problems and spend the day remembering your blessings. I know I am thankful for the roof over our heads, the clothes we wear every day, the fact that we have plenty to eat and drink. I am thankful that we are healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally. I am thankful that both my husband and I are employed. I continually count myself blessed to be surrounded by family today.

As you prepare for Black Friday, I encourage you to spend wisely. In years passed I used to shop until I dropped; but I am older and wiser now. I have found greater enjoyment giving to those in need. This year, I challenge you to take the opportunity to find and bless those less fortunate than yourself.

Here are a few specials that will enable you to share your love of tea, be a blessing to others, and spare your pocketbook!

Yogic Chai

On Black Friday check out Yogic Chai where you can purchase any of their tea blends for 40% off! Visit their website at http://www.yogicchai.com for the 40% discount coupon code to be used only on Friday. This will be their last Yogic Chai Maha (huge in Sanskrit) Sale offer for the rest of the year.

Rishi Teas

Rishi’s One Day Web Sales are back! Check out their website daily, Black Friday included, to discover the daily special.

The most recent special… Ancient Emerald Lily (Organic, Fair Trade tea) 1/4 lb  on sale for $18 regularly $30 (also available in 1oz, 1/2 lb and 1lb). One Day Sale items will be updated daily until the New Year! 

Culinary Teas

Save 10% on any purchase by using the special Coupon Code: T4Y3KJ. Don’t delay, the sale ends on December 1, 2008.

Zhi Teas

One sample that you place in your shopping cart will be free with every order. You will be charged $3.50 for any additional samples placed in your cart with the same order.  Remember, there are no special conditions, just remember to choose a sample from the pull-down menu while you are shopping.

Dragonwater

Get $5 off orders of $25 or more. Discount appears in your shopping cart. Additionally, you save 20% on everything in the store, including sale items. 

The Simple Leaf

Want to update your old teapot? Need last minute gift ideas? Or do you just want to stock up on your favorite loose teas? From now until Sunday, you can get 33.3% off your entire order. And remember, shipping is always free for orders over $75. To redeem your coupon, enter code thanksgiving when you checkout. Limit one coupon per customer.

This promotion not only makes Black Friday fun, but does not end until Sunday, November 30 at midnight.

TeaGschwendner

TeaGschwendner is having their “Biggest Sale of the Year” with 20% off everything online. Enter promotion code BIGSALE at checkout. Another sale that begins on Black Friday, but extends until December 5, 2008. TeaGschwendner offers free shipping on orders over $35.
Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and take advantage of these Black Friday Specials. Don’t forget to return and share some of the great deals you received! Until then… Happy Tea Drinking! 

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Due to technical issues, this post has been re-posted above.

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Not a tea drinker, I conned my husband into drinking a cup with me. :-) I asked him while he was asleep if he would like a cup of tea. Of course he answered yes. I decided on a cup of Original Masala Chai, brewed according to Yogic Chai’s instructions, albeit with minor modifications. When complete and ready to drink, I woke my darling husband up for his afternoon cup of tea. Of course he says, “I don’t want any tea.” And of course I responded, “well you said you did when I asked.”  With great restraint, I handed my husband his cup of tea. It was obvious he felt obligated to drink the cup of tea I so graciously made for him. Even now, I’m laughing as I recount the story.

Composition: Black Assam tea grown in the lowlands of Assam, India, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.

Dry Visual: Very dark brown Indian pellet tea with bits of cream, tan and green.

Dry Aroma: Incredibly spicy! Original Masala Chai smells delicious and reminds me of time spent with family during the holidays.

Flavor: Original Masala Chai was delicious! After brewing, the tea was very robust and bitter. However, according to Yogic Chai’s instructions (although somewhat deviated) I added 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. The Assam stood up superbly to the cream and both the honey and cream eliminated the bitterness. Even in the midst of the cream and honey the Assam was quite bold and maintained its malty character.

Each of the spices – ginger, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, added a wonderful complexity to Original Masala Chai. The tea was creamy from the first sip to the last with a spicy finish.

Liquor: A rich dark brown color.

Brewing Time: It is recommended that Original Masala Chai plus water should be combined in a pot and brought to boil, then simmered for an additional 2 – 3 minutes. I followed the recommended brewing instructions.

Manufacturer: Yogic Chai

Caffeine: Yes.

Original Masala Chai was a wonderful afternoon treat. Even my husband admitted, albeit grudgingly, that he enjoyed his cup of tea. If you have had an opportunity to enjoy a cup of Original Masala Chai, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking.

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Recently I discovered Yogic Chai when reading the blog of another tea lover… Insani-Tea. On Sunday, June 1, 2008, Yogic Chai will relaunch their website to included added features.

During the first 48 hours of this grand occasion Yogic Chai is offering all customers a 25% off coupon. When making a purchase, simply use coupon code ea0e73 to receive 25% off the entire purchase. Redemption is easy – just enter the coupon code on the checkout page.

I’m on my way to the Yogic Chai website now. Be sure to return to Tea Escapade to share what you purchased.

Check out the video for brewing the perfect cup of chai tea now included on the new website…

 

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