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Author Archives: Marcus Stout

Owner of Golden Moon Tea. Amateur chef, wannabe world traveler and an obsessive compulsive tea drinker. Half Chinese, Half Irish which gives me a unique perspective on tea, culture and turning red when drinking alcohol.

Vanilla: A Flavor so Delicious You Don’t Realize it is Expensive

Have you ever seen those bottles of saffron threads at the grocery store? It looks like there are about 5 or 6 threads in there and it costs almost triple of every spice on the rack. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice and, because of this, most people never…

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Chinese Tea Eggs: The Perfect Snack

My mother would always talk about her childhood trips of hiking in the mountains with her family in China. There were two things that were customary. The first is they would always fight the entire time. She does have a large family, and anytime you put that many Chinese people…

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Jasmine Pearls: What Jasmine Tea Should Taste like

An obvious sign of a really good vanilla ice cream is the use of real vanilla beans. A lot of times you can even see the specs of black in the ice cream itself. If you have ever tasted a real version of vanilla ice cream you know it blows…

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The 10 Commandments of Breakfast Tea

No, these have nothing to do with Holy Commandments from atop a mountain, but what they are is my morning ritual. Much like a warm beer on a hot Summer afternoon, unless I make my tea using all 10 of these commandments, I am left unsatisfied.

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If the Entire World Called it “Cha,” Where does “Tea” Come From?

Peter Bretter: Hey are you Chuck? Surfing Instructor: Man they won’t change that stupid flyer, Chuck’s my mainland name, my Hawaiian name’s Kunu Peter Bretter: Oh sorrySurfing Instructor: It’s cool, it’s all goodPeter Bretter: So does Kunu have some cool Hawaiian meaning?Surfing Instructor: It means Chuck Much like Chuck in…

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Bi Lo Chun: The Worst Name in Tea

www.flickr.com/photos/nadiapriestley/304929880/ OK. There is no way around this. This tea has a “gross” name. While the proper name for it is “Bi Lo Chun,” the Western name for this tea is “Green Snail Tea.” They should have just called it “Weird Chinese Gross Tea.” While I am thinking it makes…

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White Tea: The New Green Tea?

Photo: www.flickr.com/photos/barnkim/2271432174/ It is hard to believe… Facebook is only 6 years oldEmail is only about 13 years oldThe Internet has only been popular for 15 yearsWhite Tea was introduced in the US only 18 years ago…. I know what you are thinking. White tea doesn’t fit in with the…

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The Names Grey… Earl Grey

“Martini… Shaken, not stirred” There may not be a more famous line from any movie than that James Bond Classic. It is so famous, that there have been spinoffs to the classic martini due to their popularity. Now you can order a Dirty Martini, French Martini or even a Tea-Tini….

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Enter the Dragon (Well)

photo:www.flickr.com/photos/brtsergio/63684748/ My early life was pretty simple. From age 5 to 9 all I cared about was “playing.” It didn’t matter what I did as long as I was entertained, which was pretty easy at that time. Then came what my mother calls “the age of obsession.” This lasted from…

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Yixing – The Secret Ingredient in the Best Chinese Teapots

A huge benefit to attending college in the South is the breakfast. Southerners know how to cook up a a rib-sticking meal that will energize you throughout the day. Either that or the breakfast will be so good that you eat way too much and are put into a “food…

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