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What’s Your Favorite Snack With Tea?


Assorted cakes and teacups laid out on table, outdoors, close-upSo what kind of good snacks do you like to have with your tea?  I have a long list but some favorites include cookies, scones, any thing on a toast especially if it’s black tea or regular Chai.  Oh and tea rusks! The ones that are round in shape.  I don’t really care for the flat kind.  I grew up calling them “papa” for singular or “papay” for plural and I always laughed when I heard someone say I want a Papa since a lot of people call their dad Papa hahaha, yeah I still crack up! I’m not sure if that’s just my family thing or specifically a Karachi, Pakistan thing, but It’s always been Chai Papay for my family and I.   I’m glad a lot of the South Asian stores carry them here so you can actually try them out.   They are so Yum especially if you put jelly and butter or margarine on them! They’re just the perfect snacks with Chai.

My Tea For The Moment: I feel like I need some energy so I’m going to try Yogi Tea’s Green Tea Energy. Let’s see if it really revives my body since I still have a lot to do.

My First Bubble Tea!


Bubble TeaYes, I finally tried Bubble Tea!  I don’t really know why it has taken me this long but I’m happy to inform everyone that I really enjoyed it.  This great occurrence took place at  The Saint’s Alps Teahouse in East Village.  I tried out the Green Milk Tea and it was great! At first I was a little confused as to how you order them, I was wondering if you would say, could I please have it with the bubbles? or the balls? but thanks to my friend I didn’t really make a fool of myself and said it rather properly as in, could I please have it with the tapioca balls? Actually “pearl tapioca” like their site describes it would have been better but I’m sure you’re saying who cares!? Hey, I say it’s good to know! Oh and speaking of sites, you should know that Saint Alps Teahouse site is actually the Hong K0ng one. So don’t be surprised if you see crazy high prices because those are actually in Hong Kong Dollars!  As for the tapiocas that I tried, they were chewy and didn’t really taste like anything to me.  I’m sure they vary from place to place?  Has any one of you tried them?  Yes? Then tell me your Bubble Tea story! 🙂


My Tea For The Moment: Just keeping it simple and drinking STASH’s Organic Premium White Tea.  It’s nice and light and goes perfect with the post ugly weather day!

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It’s Snack time!


healthy_meal_cd2dNo, not nap time! I said snack time! Although I must say it’s just as good as a naptime, don’t you think?  After all, the perfect snack contributes to a perfect nap time. Okay seriously, don’t try this at work because snoozing is not good, particularly if you’re in a cube setting or in the theatre!  Yes, we can hear you snore! And hey you, yes, YOU texting in the middle of the dark movie theatre, we can all see you, so stop it before I send the phone snatchers after you!  Ahhh so where was I?  yes snacks, they fill our hearts with joy and lights up our eyes.  As soon as we hear that growl in our tummy, our mind goes ping! Then it’s all about the Snack time!

You know that when you were pretending to be all busy and working away and staring at the computer screen, what you were actually thinking about was man, what will I have for lunch today? Or what quick snack would do me good right now?  Or I’m so hungry I can’t concentrate are those even words coming out of his/her mouth?  Whether it’s that long dreadful day at work, or the peak hunger hours of 6-9 of class hours, or watching a game, movie, or a TV show or maybe it’s just when you used your brain too much or spoke too much. Basically you feel exhausted and hungry! And all you want are SNACKS! IMG_9064

Well to help you guys out, I have decided to occasionally share with you some snacks I consider healthy or more like wholesome. I am looking at a snack that will fit nicely in a Ziploc bag and then in your bag or purse, something that will give you the feeling of being full without any guilt.  And it won’t hurt if it was a little healthy too hehe. I am not an expert but as a poor student trying to balance life and school, I have been able to find some interesting food options to help me live. Perhaps you might like some of these snack options as well?

IMG_9065My first find are Thomas’ “Bagel Holes!”  I know what you’re thinking looking at that little girls happy picture and no they’re not only for the kids! Big kids and their moms can eat them too okay.  They’re great because they’re really like these small round bagels or holes.  Although I don’t get why they are holes? Seriously if it is a hole then shouldn’t you literally see a hole? like as in a doughnut?  In any case, I do agree when they say it’s “Breakfast That’s Good To Go!” or more like a snack that’s good to go. You can pack about 2-4 holes in a bag and it fuels you up good.  I tried the Blueberry ones and they were so yummy.  If you have tried them, did you like them? If not, let me know when you do try them.

My tea for the moment: Celestial Seasonings’ Decaf Green Tea with (Bai Mu Dan) White Tea.  This is an interesting blend for sure.  Is anyone a fan of green and white tea fusions?  I think white tea normally tastes much better on its own.  Have you guys tried fusions before? Do you like them? yes? no?

Oh No, Not On My Jelly Sandwich!


So it’s  one of those laaazy days. You really don’t feel like getting out but you’re really hungry.  You somehow manage to drag yourself to the fridge and finally discover, “Oh Crap, there is no food!”  Well you’re about to lose hope when you see that red raspberry jelly and think of the delicious sandwich that is to follow.  You’re  excited, and happy that you didn’t go crazy and eat all your bread while wasting time watching TV over the weekend.  Ahh Finally it’s ready! And you dive in for your first bite when you’re blinded by this black, blue, or green vision. You hope that it was an odd colored grain patch or something in your eye but unfortunately such is not the case.  Yes another sad ending on the realization that you have been a victim of a moldy bread once again!

You know as hardworking students, there is a lot on our plate. Well just not in terms of food but there is lot of other stuff on our plate.  We’re not really known to eat healthy. I started wondering if one could really die from eating a moldy bread so like a good student I went to google it!  I discovered this great article http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/11/food.safety/

I highly recommend it if you’re on a student diet.  My personal takeaways from this article are as follows:

1.    Don’t eat mold.
2.    You will not die if you skipped your “Best if used by” date.
3.    Fridges were invented for a reason! So use it wisely.
4.    If something smells funny, there is a problem.
5.    Drinking water after expiration date is okay. Seriously, why would you ask such a question!?

My tea for the moment: In honor of future tummy aches, some nice loose green tea! They say it’s good for your immune system. I got this brand from Tranquil Tea (http://tranquilitea.com/) when I visited MI this summer.