Theatrical tea

While Emily napped yesterday (for four hours!), I took care of some business of my own … and snacked of course!

Jasmine tea biscotti bites (with soymilked yogi mexican sweet chili tea in the kitty mug):

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And the last 2 tbsp of my Total Cranberry Crunch sample with splash of soymilk:

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I also got this recipe for peanut roasted chickpeas (from The Peanut Butter Boy) underway after my developmentally delayed chickpeas took nearly 24 hours to cook. I’ve never had that happen before. Once the chickpeas were finally tender, the roasting took an hour and a half (twice the amount of time in the recipe!), probably because my oven is old and slow. They also weren’t tasting peanutty enough, so I added lots of extra PB2 and a big pile of cashew-almond butter.

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They still weren’t all that peanutty once they were done and crunchy, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t addictive! I snacked on about a tablespoon of them. Three or four times.

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I’m pretty sure there was also some straight-out-of-the-jar cashew-almond butter action πŸ™‚

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I roused Emily from her slumber around 12:30 so she could start getting ready for the afternoon while I pulled together a sister lunch for us. We started on arugula salads with Newman’s dried berries, chopped dates, fat free feta, peanut roasted chickpeas, and Annie’s Lite Gingerly Vinaigrette:

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I also made us steak and spinach wraps. I made the wraps from scratch as usual (for 2: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp olive oil, dash salt, teeny bit of water to pull it all together). I gave the perfect one to Em, but mine got a little extra toasted — fine because I love the crunch, but troublesome because it wouldn’t wrap.

For the wrap filling, I sauteed the last 1/3 cup of leftover steak Nydia gave me on Friday with about 3 cups of spinach, 1/2 a baby onion, and 1 tbsp of the sofrito I made the other day. I split the sauteed mix between the two wraps and added a teeny bit of gouda to each, a bunch of grated homemade parmesan, and a huge pile of arugula:

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For dessert, Emily and I split one of the little tangerines she’d brought for airplane snacking:

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We hung around and chatted for a bit, and then we headed to Gramercy to drop her luggage off at her friend’s apartment. From there, we walked down to the Lower East Side in the general direction of dinner #1 (yes, there was more than one dinner on the agenda last night). We were running a little bit ahead of schedule, so Em asked if I’d like to stop into Whole Foods for samples. She knows me so well!

Pistachio ice cream and camembert (not in the same bite obviously):

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Cranberry granola and maple granola (and unpictured similar cups of blueberry granola and berry medley granola):

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For dinner #1, we met Emily’s friend Yan at Stanton Social. We ate way too much in light of the fact that we were going to head right off to another dinner, but what else is new? I’ll have a full review of the dinner and the expansion coming along shortly.

After that first dinner, we took a walk around the block to “burn it off” and, while doing so, to sample a peanut butter cookie piece and an m&m cookie piece from Sugar:

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We still had about 30 minutes to kill — and I had a camera battery in need of charging — so we stopped into teany for a spot of tea. We ordered a performance by tea #33. Watch the process:

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Fully charged and partially digested, we left teany around 9:30 to go meet Emily’s friends Megan (the birthday girl!) and Aimee at Apizz for another expansion-inducing festival of deliciousness. I’ll have a full review of this one coming along shortly, too. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with my favorite quote of the night. The waiter asked if we’d like more bread for the table, and Megan responded:

Why not? I’m trying to get in as many calories as possible before I turn 40 in an hour and a half!

So we got more bread πŸ˜€

I’ll be back with like 10,000 more food updates eventually, so brace yourselves.

In the meantime, what’s the most exciting tea you’ve ever experienced?

And remember to enter this giveaway by Monday for the chance to win your very own stash of safe pistachios!

13 thoughts on “Theatrical tea

  1. verbalriot says:

    yay for fun with the sis! Honestly, drinking jasmine tea has been the best experience for me, i just LOVE the explosion of that flower πŸ™‚

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  2. Ashley says:

    I’m a big fan of tea! But I wouldn’t say any of mine is particularly exciting. We have a green tea at home which we buy from a proper Chinese shop, and it comes in a brown paper bag which contributes to a more derelict rather than exciting feel…

    I think your wrap looks very pretty – it has character! I need to try to make my own. I’ll have a search on your blog and see if I can find how you do it…

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  3. Alison says:

    That first tea pic looks kind of creepy πŸ™‚

    I had an exciting tea (or tisane) day today. I had my first latte. I don’t drink coffee or tea made from actual tea leaves – only herbal tea. Starbucks just started offering a vanilla roiboos latte (roibbos is some kind of herbal tea). I tried it this morning. Not something I’d get everyday – it was very sweet – but definitely interesting.

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  4. Leanne says:

    I mentioned Twig tea a couple of days ago in a post and it’s my current fave! Sounds weird but it’s got a really yummy roasted flavor to it. The brand is Eden, and you can read about it here:

    http://www.edenfoods.com/store
    /product_info.php?products_id=110550

    Oh and I love going into stores just for the samples… Do you do the whole “oh, this looks interesting… I’ve never tried this before” even though it’s your favorite ice cream/granola/whatever… LOL please don’t tell me I’m the only one?!

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