Nice, Affordable Glass Teapots

I have been looking for nice, quality teaware made out of glass so I can see the leaves infusing (and the strength of the tea). I have wanted a teapot that is not too expensive, so I wouldn’t feel bad about replacing it if I break it. I thought I would share the results of my research with you.

I have found three glass teapots which are nice sizes and that while being quailty and good looking, they won’t break the bank! They all have little metal screens that are designed to keep the tea leaves in the teapot when you pour (so they won’t go into your cup).

Click the images of each teapot to see it on Amazon.com

Tea is really such a beautiful art, and having nice teaware really feels good.

Daydream 24oz teapot

24oz glass teapot, $23

Duo 16oz teapot

16oz glass teapot, $17

Tea for One 12oz teapot

12oz glass teapot, $13

Looking for a travel mug for tea? Check this one out:

Travel Mug - Eco Tumbler 15oz

15oz Travel Mug – Eco Tumbler, $18

(See all 4 items on this list on Amazon)

Kombucha, Green Juice and Vegan Food in NYC

I finally made it back to New York.

Arriving in Manhattan

Arriving in Manhattan

*****

Albeit a very short trip, the 36 hours I spent in the city were jam-packed and mega-fun, healthy-vegan-style. ;) The trip was full of green juice, kombucha, raw food and LOTS of walking!!

The highlight of this trip was Kombucha. It seemed to be just about everywhere in New York these days. The trick is to find fresh, potent, and refined kombucha. The best Kombuchas I found in New York were: Kombucha Brooklyn and Beyond Kombucha (both sold at Organic Planet in Brooklyn), Kejiwa Kombucha (retails at 3 ROOTS in Greenpoint), and One Lucky Duck kombucha selection (at Gramercy location).

I visited a whole array of vegan restaurants in the short time I had in the city.

But, the focus of the trip remained on kombucha, green juice, raw food, superfoods, and health-promoting vegan food experiences in New York City.

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The first place I visited was called 3 ROOTS. It is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
(3 ROOTS facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-ROOTS/443420302381345)

3 ROOTS is a juice bar, but also veritable superfood laboratory. There’s some great alchemy going on here. They sell green juice, smoothies and superfood shots (mushroom/goji, Vitamin B, etc. See the menu below) and Kejiwa Kombucha. (What’s so special about Kejiwa? See Kejiwa facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kejiwa).

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint

Entrance to 3 ROOTS, view from the street. New Green Juice on the board outside features Spirulina

Entrance to 3 ROOTS, view from the street. New Green Juice on the board outside features Spirulina

3 ROOTS Menu (Superfood shots, smoothies, juicess)

3 ROOTS Menu (Superfood shots, smoothies, juicess)

Display Case at 3 ROOTS

Display Case at 3 ROOTS

Kejiwa Kombucha at 3 ROOTS in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), NYC

Kejiwa Kombucha (!!!) and Raw Cold-Pressed Juice at 3 ROOTS in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), NYC

Superfood Alchemy Laboratory at 3 ROOTS Juice Bar in NYC

Superfood Alchemy Laboratory at 3 ROOTS Juice Bar in NYC

3 ROOTS, Greenpoint NY

Window seating area. 3 ROOTS, Greenpoint NY

*****

After 3 ROOTS, my friend and I also visited Tiny Empire, One Lucky Duck, Quintessence (AWESOME raw food restaurant. Check out the raw food pizza photos below), and Juice Press on that first day in New York.

Tiny Empire Juice Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Tiny Empire Juice Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

 

*One Lucky Duck*

One Lucky Duck entrance (@ Pure Food & Wine), Gramercy NYC

One Lucky Duck entrance (@ Pure Food & Wine), Gramercy NYC

Wall of Packaged Raw Food Snacks for Sale at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy NYC

Wall of Packaged Raw Food Snacks for Sale at the tiny One Lucky Duck location at Pure Food & Wine, Gramercy NYC

(Raw Food) Dessert display case at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy

(Raw Food) Dessert display case at One Lucky Duck, Gramercy. Hungry? No bad cholesterol in here!

Raw Vegan Lemon Bar from One Lucky Duck, NYC

Before Lunch Snack? Raw Vegan Lemon Bar from One Lucky Duck, Gramercy NYC

* LUNCH at Quintessence *

Raw Pizza at Quintessence raw food restaurant in East Village NYC

Raw Pizza at Quintessence raw food restaurant in East Village NYC

Salad and Raw Food Pizza from Quintessence NYC (LifeFood in East Village)

Salad and Raw Food Pizza from Quintessence NYC (LifeFood in East Village). FYI: BEST SALAD DRESSING EVER. I would make a trip to NYC JUST FOR THIS DRESSING.

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Amazing day? Yes. Lots of running around. The green juice in New York is so good. While last trip I focused on Green Juice exclusively, this trip I noticed more and more kombucha (Everywhere! Is it because we attract what we focus on?)

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I stayed at the Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District. I was able to get a good rate by booking last minute with Hotel Tonight. We got upgraded which was awesome! Here’s room tour from the room I was on the hotel’s 16th floor:

The Standard High Line hotel has an amazing Greenwhich Village location, and it is walking distance from everything. I stocked the minibar with many bottles of kombucha and up to 5 green juices at a time.

In the evening, I went to a healing, spiritual didgeridoo concert by One Tribe didgeridoo group with friends near Union Square at Jivamukti yoga studio. The experience was transformative and grounding. Amazing, in the center of Manhattan, to find a space of peace, in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Dinner was at Caravan of Dreams. While I did not like the food (too unrefined), I impressed by beverage menu selections (which included superfood smoothies, CHO-WA tea, coconut water kefir…) and inspired by the food ideas (raw vegan ravioli made from pear… interesting!).

Kejiwa Kombucha (from 3 ROOTS), Beyond Kombucha and Kombucha Brooklyn fueled the night (I took a trip to Organic Planet in Brooklyn on the L train at night, specifically to buy kombucha at Organic Planet; LOVE that place)…

Organic Planet Brooklyn grocery

Organic Planet Brooklyn grocery (Williamsburg). Open until 1am on weekends and opens at 7am on Weekdays. They make fresh pressed organic juice, too. Reasonably priced.

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The next morning, after waking up early (and opening the blinds of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Standard High Line overlooking Downtown from the 16th floor!), serveral stops were due: Juice Press flagship location (for a breakfast of smoothies or green juice – take your pick), Organic Avenue (more green juice), and One Lucky Duck at Chelsea Market, for lunch ($25 for a salad + juice:: wow, expensive.. but it turned out to be so refined that it may win my heart for favorite food from this trip.. although a close call with Quintessence raw food pizza from the day before still on my mind… hehehe).

Display Case at Juice Press NYC, flagship location (1 Jackson Square, Greenwich Avenue)

Display Case at Juice Press NYC, flagship location (1 Jackson Square, Greenwich Avenue)

Organic Avenue Green Juice, NYC

Organic Avenue Green Juice, NYC

* LUNCH at One Lucky Duck *

One Lucky  Duck Green Juice takeaway at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck Green Juice takeaway at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck (Raw Vegan Food) at Chelsea Market NYC

One Lucky Duck (Raw Vegan Food) at Chelsea Market NYC

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All in all, all I can say is: Whoa!! What a jam-packed and super fun 36 hours in NYC!! #VeganStyle

Before hitting the road back to DC, a quick stop back to 3 ROOTS was once again necessary for more kombucha, green juice, raw cacao truffles, and goji berries for the drive home.

 

Most Nutrient-Dense Vegan Foods:

WHAT’S NEXT ON MY SHOPPING LIST.

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nutrient-dense superfood

nutrient-dense superfoods

SiTea Spice, the Enchanted Tea Shop

If you’re ever in the mood for a sexy place to relax and have tea (by yourself or with a lover!), SiTea Spice in the Takoma area of Washington DC is your place! It’s right by the Takoma metro stop on the red line (so you don’t have worry about parking).

At SiTea you’ll find a cosmopolitan living room style layout of couches and comfortable chairs. The color scheme is warm, the space feels sexy and the food/drink is refined. Wherever you’re from, you’ll feel at home at SiTea.

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More than a tea shop, this places feels like a spiritual haven.

But, there’s no messing around when it comes to their tea. Quality, hand-blended, and seved to you with the utmost care and dedication (in a cast iron tea service with candle warmer)… You’ll revere these teas; they are amazing!

There are so many to choose from:
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(You can find chai blends, herbals, ancient-functional healing-elixirs, greens, and blacks: over 75 blends to choose from!! And don’t worry coffee drinkers, there’s Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee here too!)
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Yes, they have food. Samosas, chili, soups, vegan muffins and treats… A place where vegans will find food options. ;)

The owner’s family knows their spices. The spiced chai recipe (made with whole spices, not a pre-ground and pre-packaged chai mix) is their Grandmother’s.. They’ve been in the spice trade for generations, and the chai recipe is still a family secret! There are over 10 spiced chais to choose from and they are all made with almond milk (while soy and rice milks also available, you won’t find cow’s milk anywhere near this place. Vegan all the way!).

*Tip: If you’re in the mood for something out-of-this-world, ask for the “Love Potion #10“. I’m sure you’ll be feeling the Love and Appreciation when you indulge in this special treat!

Overall, this tea shop is a gem. With teas that are organic, natural and fairtrade, the focus of this tea shop is health, healing, and rejuvenation. I really recommend this place to you.
You can also buy their tea and spice blends online at: www.siteaspice.com

SiTea Spice
6902 4th St NW, Washington, DC
(202) 525-5386
http://www.siteaspice.com
Hours OPEN: Mon-Fri 12-8pm, Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6
(Tea shop has free WiFi and lots of power outlets!)

Seriously, I’m loving my cup of Guayusa right now…

Have you tried it?
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It’s been known about in the Amazon for thousands of years. Quote from Wikipedia:

In addition to caffeine, guayusa also contains theobromine, a stimulant commonly found in chocolate, and L-theanine, a glutamic acid analog found in green tea that has been shown to reduce physical and mental stress.
Chemical analyses in 2009 and 2010 have shown caffeine content in guayusa of 2.90-3.28% by dry weight. Guayusa contains all of the essential amino acids for humans and has a “high antioxidant activity,” with ORAC antioxidant values of 58μM per gram, compared to 28-29μM per gram for commercial green teas.
There have been few published studies on the possible medical benefits of guayusa, but one study has shown that ingesting guayusa helped reduce hyperglycemia and other side-effects of Type 1 diabetes in an animal model.

Seriously?? Theobromine?! L-theanine?! Antioxidants! This is awesome. :)

Get some: http://www.runa.org/

Organic Cinnamon and Ginseng Herbal Chai Latte (It’s Vegan!)

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Lima’s (Soft & Spicy) Mu tea (Peony, Parsleyroot, Thistle, Orangepeel, Liquorice, Cypress, Cinnamon, Hoelen, Peachstone, Ginger, Rehmannia, Cloves, Peony root, Ginseng, Coptis), spices (cloves, schezwan pepper, cardamom – steeped in hot water and sweetened with stevia), rice milk (infused with almond by blending with almond paste), cinnamon powder, raw silk lucuma (eggfruit) and a cinnamon stick. :)