Friday, July 21, 2017

Japanese Green Tea In - Issaku

According to their website, this green tea is a premium 
"highest quality" rare green tea from the Arahataen Green Tea Farm in Japan. 
It is a healthy tea and is low in caffeine.
 I enjoyed the mildness and natural sweetness of this
 Isaku Green Tea.  I would be happy to drink this tea daily.
 Steeping Instructions:
Dissolve 2 tsp. in 8 oz. 175 - 185 degree water
Steep 2 minutes.  Strain and serve hot.
Both green teas I received from JapaneseGreenTeaIn,
the Gokuzyo and the Issaku are very pleasant tasting
and have several important health benefits.
Both teas are a "win-win" in my opinion. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Japanese Green Tea In - gokuzyo

I received samples of Gokuzyo High Grade Green Tea from 
According to the website, here
Gokuzyo translates to "The Highest Grade" in Japanese.
This tea has several health benefits and is low in caffeine.
Please take a look at the website for a more detailed description.  
 My description:  This is a very mild, delicate tasting green tea.
I enjoyed this high quality Gokuzyo green tea very much.  So much that I could easily
sip on several cups each day.
Anyone who knows me well, knows i don't like green tea.
This is an exception to my own rule!  

 Brewing instructions:  
Dissolve 2 tsp. in 8 oz. 175 - 185 degree water
and steep 1 to 2 minutes. 
Strain (I used a disposable infuser) 
Visit their beautiful website at JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com
to learn more about their imported green teas.  
Please note:  Kei Nishida, founder of the company has written
a book available on Amazon and the company website.  
The title is: 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Visiting The Greenbrier

This is been a very busy summer at work for Glenn. 
No long travels for us, just a few days here and there.
We traveled 5.5 hours to the Greenbrier in
White Sulphur Springs West Virginia
I had visited once before for our 25th anniversary.
Glenn visited many times in the 1980's on business.
We wanted Austin to have The Greenbrier experience.
We arrived on Monday afternoon.  The first view of the massive hotel
when you round the bend after entering the grounds is breathtaking.
Afternoon Tea, served daily from 4:15 - 5:00 pm
is actually hot or iced tea and a round buffet table of cookies and mini pastries
It is served in the Upper Lobby surrounded with
smaller rooms with hundreds of comfortable places to sit.
On Monday, Austin and I sat in the Victoria Writing Room.


After dinner Monday, Austin and Glenn bowled two games. 
Tuesday, they went on an all day white water rafting trip on the New River.
I don't know anything about rafting, but I heard them describe it as Class 4 and 5 Rapids.
I visited the world-famous Greenbrier Spa during the morning,
and enjoyed a food preparation demonstration in the afternoon.
On Wednesday morning, we toured the Bunker, which had been a secret partnership
with the U.S. government, described as "at one time one of the nation's more guarded secrets," 
The Bunker was a "Secret Capitol" to be used by Congress and the Senate in case
of a nuclear attack.  We were not allowed to take photos, but information is on
the Greenbrier website.  The 35-year secret was exposed in 1992 by a Washington Post reporter. 
After lunch, the guys went Sporting Clay shooting, then Austin visited the Spa.
The decorations and artwork are very impressive.  
The menus and food served in the Main Dinning Room and several restaurants are outstanding.  
The service and hospitality are superb.  







 We were making memories with Austin, and I believe we succeeded!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Busy Iced Tea Summer

It is a very busy summer for our family.  
The kids are enjoying cooling the pool, 
and the adults have are cooling off with lots of iced tea.
I am taking a short break from blogging to spend time
out and about with the family.
Below is a recipe I previously posted.
It is a refreshing summer tea beverage.
My entire family loves it.

Tea Punch 
1 quart water
7 regular-size tea bags (or loose-leaf)
1 ½ cup sugar
1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice, thawed and undiluted
1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade, thawed and undiluted
10 cups water
Bring 1 quart water to a boil.  Remove from heat; add tea bags.  Cover and steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.  Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Combine tea and remaining ingredients; chill.  Serve punch over ice.
Yield: 1 gallon
Note:  I freeze some of the punch into ice cubes if serving in a pitcher or in a ring if serving in a punch bowl.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day

 
 
Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July in the United States
commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the
Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

Happy Fourth of July to all!
 
 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Biltmore Estate Visit

We had a "new to us" experience at the Biltmore House last week. 
We participated in a one-hour rooftop tour.  
The times available and numbers of participants are limited. 
 We experienced the Biltmore House and grounds from a different angle from
previous visits.  The tour included various locations on the roof in the front and back
of the house, and a visit to the attic. 

The rooftop tour was an interesting and unique experience.
The special display in the house was:
The costumes on display were lovely. I was so happy The Biltmore House relaxed 
the no photography rule to allow phone camera photos with no flash. 






In addition to the tours and outdoor activities, we enjoyed several
lovely meals in the Inn Dining Room with amazing views all around.
The Estate is a great place to visit and relax. 
The schedule of future events:

 

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