Socha Tea had a great booth that served up speciality tea mocktails all day at Artisanal LA. What exactly are mocktails? They’re basically non alcoholic party drinks! Since I’m not really adrinker, I loved the idea of their mocktail bar.
We sampled all three flavors and my favorite was their Chamomile Peach Citrus. It was light, and so refreshing. Socha Tea Company is based in Pasadena, CA and specializes in blending high quality ingredients and natural flavors to create fun and interesting flavors.
Yesterday Jon and I attended Artisanal LA for the first time (thank you again Bradley for the free tickets) and it was SO FREAKEN FUN. We sampled everything from cookies, cakes, teas, olive oil, and even unicorn poop. We shopped for hours and met lots of artisans. We chit chatted about Comic-Con, Burning Man, roasted nuts, jams, habanero peppers, and even salt. Yes… we had conversations about salt. If you’ve got an inner hipster in you and appreciate good food and craft, you’ll definitely want to stick around for the next couple of posts. I took well over a hundred photos and I’ll be posting them this week. This way you can experience what it was like to attend Artisanal LA’s Spring Show 2014 .
As we pulled into the The Reef, also known as the LA Mart Building, we immediately saw the gigantic wooden chair in the parking lot. Since LA Mart is home to many furniture and design showrooms, I wasn’t surprised to see such a fun statement-making piece outside. According to Roadside America, this 40-foot-tall oak chair was made in Fruili, Italy. The chair was given to America after they dethroned America’s World’s Largest Chair title.
If you love the taste of matcha and obsessed with milk teas like I am, then you’ll love my Honey Almond Matcha Milk Tea recipe (phew! that’s a long name). I always order milk teas when I go to Chinese cafes, but I really hate that they use non-dairy creamer and powdered flavors in their drinks. I know that that’s the traditional Taiwanese Milk Tea recipe, but it’s just not very healthy. But let’s be honest, when I’m at a cafe I’ll still order it (lol), but I prefer to make healthier versions at home. It’s all about a balance right? :D
You need 1 teaspoon of honey (the latte mix is sweetened, but free to add more), 3 tablespoons of heavy cream (you can substitute with any other types of milk you’d like. I prefer the richness of heavy cream for this drink because it just adds a good mouthfeel and pairs well with these strong flavors), 2 bags of PG tips black tea (Amazon affiliate link), and of course 1 tablespoon of Two Hills Tea Almond Matcha Latte Mix. The Almond Matcha Latte Mix was complimentary and sent to me for review and use on my blog. If you’d like more information on their organic matcha and teas please checkout their official website and Facebook page.
After spending a couple of hours having dinner and shopping, we decided to head back to our hotel. I was really worried that our pralines and cigars would have gotten wet if it had started to rain again. Can you imagine how sad it would have been if our pralines melted??
The rain had made the streets dark and shiny, which made all of the photos I took that night even more dramatic.
The three types of matcha they sent me were First Harvest Matcha, Matcha Coconut Latte, and Matcha Almond Latte.
I love to drink tea. I have 2 cabinets at home dedicated to teas and I drink them all day. I’d often have Irish breakfast tea in the morning, genmaicha for lunch, a strong chai in the afternoon, then rooibos or peppermint tea before bed. The right kind of tea can be satisfying, go with every meal, provide energy, or help me relax. I love it when my friends come over and we have an impromptu tea party. Of all the teas I’ve served, the one most people seem to know the least about is matcha. The people that have had matcha recognize it from Starbucks’ Matcha Latte or Japanese green tea ice cream. It seems like very few people have had real matcha at home. Making matcha at home is much more satisfying, tastes way better, and is definitely easier on the wallet. This is why I’m so excited about my collaboration with Two Hills Tea :D
Two Hills Tea is a company in Nelson, BC, Canada and specializes in USDA certified Organic, Direct Trade, and Non-GMO loose leaf teas. They work closely with their tea farms to ensure that everything is organic and each harvest is of the highest quality. Not only does Two Hills Tea have their signature matcha, they’ve also created fun products like their matcha latte mixes. These mixes contain their organic matcha, a variety of organic spices, and is sweetened with organic cane sugar. All you have to do is add any type of milk (hot or cold), and you’ll have a delicious drink that blows Starbucks out of the water.