Just in time for Cinco de Mayo and this beautiful summer weather, we have an easy step by step way to make delicious hibiscus iced tea right in your own home. This is such a refreshing beverage, with no calories and it can be in your glass ready to enjoy in minutes!
2. Pour the hibiscus into a strainer and pour in boiling water. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. Add sugar, agave, honey etc at this step if you desire to have it sweetened so it will dissolve right into the hot water.
3. Pour the steeped hibiscus over ice and enjoy! Its really that simple!
Earl Grey Green Tea pairs very well with croissants. Here the croissant is served plain, but served with cheese would pair just fine as well. The simplicity of the flavors is what allows the hint of orange from the Earl Grey Green Tea to come out. It is a wonderful combination to try as part of a brunch or afternoon tea.
What better combination than pancakes and tea?This pancake has chocolate chips inside and is topped with strawberries, bananas and whipped cream.TEANZO 1856’s loose leaf Breakfast Tea is the perfect tea pairing for these delicious pancakes.The bold flavor of the Breakfast Tea holds its own against the sweetness of this treat, and doesn’t compete with it for flavors.After all, the pancakes are the star of the show!
This blog post is a lengthy one, so get your teacup ready with your favorite loose leaf tea.
Jaipur is called the “Pink City” because of the pink color of the stone used in much of its architecture. The city has a main area that is gated, which contains the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal, both major tourist attractions. What is most enjoyable, however, is to just walk around and take in the old architecture of the city and the bustling marketplaces within. The clothing in Jaipur and the rest of Rajasthan is brightly colored, and makes for a beautiful contrast to the desert landscape. Not far from the old city area is the Albert Hall Museum. This building has beautiful architecture and lovely artifacts inside. It is a pretty small museum as museums go, but just splendid!
Jaipur is famous for the art of block printing, so we visit Anokhi, the block printing museum, where we meet craftsmen who have been practicing the carving of blocks and the art of block printing for generations. The building is also something to see, as it was restored from a crumbling ruin. Because it retained its traditional architecture, it is not wheelchair accessible.
There are palaces everywhere in Jaipur and even brand new hotels have been designed with the old world palace theme. One such hotel is the Fairmont, which is a most spectacular site. We are also fortunate to meet a world expert in the art of falconry there.
We also visit the famous Amber Fort where watch an evening light show. On the way there, we see elephants, camels and cows. We stop at a row of marble shops where active carving of large statues is going on. It is an amazing task, and again, these experts have been practicing this art for generations.
We could spend days exploring Jaipur, but it was a whirlwind trip, and it is time to go.We hope you enjoyed this travelogue.
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Born as Arjumand Banu Begum, Mumtaz Mahal was a Persian princess.Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, only a prince then, fell in love with the princess and eventually married her.Being Shah Jahan’s favorite wife and the most beloved, he gave her the name “Mumtaz Mahal”, meaning , “Jewel of the Palace”.She was a loving wife and she would escort Shah Jahan on his many trips. On one such trip in 1631, Mumtaz accompanied her husband while pregnant.Unfortunately she died during childbirth of their 14th child. Shah Jahan loved Mumtaz so much that he ordered the royal court into mourning for 2 years.He spent 22 years and much of his wealth constructing a monument tomb for his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal.Later, Shah Jahan was buried next to his wife in the Taj Mahal.
We hope you are enjoying this travelogue of India. Please get ready with your next cup of tea, as we travel to our next stop, Jaipur.
We decide to head out to the Taj Mahal early in the morning while it was still cool and before it gets too crowded. An auto-rickshaw transports us as far as the tourism bureau. There, we purchase our tickets and take a large golf cart type of bus to the checkpoint before the gate. From there, we have to walk. For those who need assistance, there are plenty of people with wheelchairs for hire at the checkpoint or inside the Taj Mahal.
Once inside the Taj Mahal complex, you begin to appreciate the immenseness of the property. There are gardens leading up to the main gate of the Taj Mahal. The view as you enter through the main gate takes your breath away as you catch your first glimpse of this stunning wonder of the world. The morning rays glow softly on the white marble.
We just arrived in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Now we'll look at the artistry behind the Taj Mahal. Marble inlay work is an extremely intricate and time consuming art. Each precious/semi-precious stone is cut to size and delicately put together in flower motifs. Then they are glued down onto the carved out marble with precision to create one flowing surface. After our tea break, we found a craftsman who showed us the process of inlaying semi-precious stones into marble. It is truly an art form that requires high skill. These crafts people have been practicing the craft of marble inlay for generations. Experts indeed!
Here is an example of intricate inlay work on the Taj Mahal.
In the next blog post, we will visit the Taj Mahal. Sit back with your favorite cup of tea and
enjoy the continuing journey!
Delhi is connected to Agra by a very nice toll road. We see a truck full of people commuting. How did they all fit on there?!
Once in Agra, things begin to change
dramatically. It looks like Delhi of the
past, full of little shops, old structures, cows, and men rolling their
carts. There are monkeys on the roofs
of the buildings and shops built over old ruins. Once past this area, the road opens up a
bit, and after a while we arrive at our hotel, which as it turns
out, is just down the road from one of the gates of the Taj Mahal.
Time for a nice cup of loose leaf tea after that exciting drive!
We invite you into our exciting tea world. A world of inspiration and adventure. A world that is fresh, beautiful and delicious. Although you appreciate the high quality and health benefits of our teas, you come to Teanzo 1856 for more than that. You come to us for a tea experience that transcends the ordinary into the extraordinary.