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Tea Talk

Bathed in Roses in Vegas

Of all places to experience an excellent dining and cultural experience, Las Vegas wouldn’t be my first pick. This past summer, I was pleasantly surprised. In the corner of an off-the-main-drag strip mall, in the same row with take out Chinese, we were transported to the Middle East; belly dancer and all. The ceremony of [...]

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“Chiya” in Chi-Town with Bhutanese Refugees

“Kami” kindly declined my offer of Chai and syrupy Jalebi, a delightful Indian dessert. After I persisted she took a sip and her eyebrows quickly rose. “Good. How you know to make?” she questioned, in broken English. Together, we put away the henna ink and bottles, since she had just finished designing the hands and [...]

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Chicago’s Cafes Raising the Bar

We’ve got a couple of new favorite hang-outs in Chi-town. Ipsento Coffee House and Overflow Coffee Bar. They’re brewing beans straight from the heart. Overflow is one of the first for-profit/non-profit food businesses in Illinois. We’re keeping an eye on them as they blaze the trail as an L3C business entity, a new legal structure [...]

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Steeped Back to Health with Baubunage Tea

Every land and village has its own remedies, some pungent or even unappetizing in appearance. Village shamans have boiled tonics from local plants, fungus and natural resources for thousands of years. Far from being a medicine man, my dad always had ceylon black tea with a shot of cognac, milk and sugar when he had [...]

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