New Orleans School of Cooking, Morning Class Part 1

new orleans school of cooking class

I love cooking and I always want to learn about the history of food, different techniques, and unique recipes.  Every time I see cooking classes online I always want to sign up.  So when I found out that New Orleans School of Cooking was only a couple of blocks from our hotel, I knew I had to sign us up.  As a matter of fact, I signed us up for two classes.

new orleans school of cooking class

Since the school was so close to our hotel, we arrived a little early for our morning class.  It was a good thing we did because there were so many fun things to look at in their little shop.  Shelves and counters were filled with spices, books, jams, jellies, and even pralines they make right in the shop.

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Coconut Matcha Popsicles

Coconut Matcha Popsicles

Summer is upon us and it’s time to whip out the popsicle recipes!  I’ve always loved making popsicles and ever since we bought the Zoku Quick Pop Maker (Amazon affiliate link), I’ve been making them more often.  Made too much fruit smoothie?  Pour it in the Zoku!  Have leftover coffee?  In the Zoku it goes!  Since the machine is so small, we always put it back into the freezer after it’s been washed.  This way we can make popsicles all the time.

Lately I’ve been having coconuts on my mind.  You know Summer = coconuts!  Makes sense to me…lol.  Well if you have coconuts on your mind and love matcha, you’ll love my Coconut Matcha Popsicles!  These pops are vegan, low calorie (only 36 calories each), low carb, and they even give you a little caffeine kick.

vegan coconut matcha popsicle recipe

Ingredients: 2 TBSP Two Hills Tea Matcha Coconut Latte,  2 TBSP Trader Joe’s Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar, 1 TBSP Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut (Amazon affiliate link), and 1 3/4 cups of So Delicious Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk.

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Artisanal LA Spring Show 2014 Part 2

Artisanal LA Socha Tea

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.

Artisanal LA Spring Show

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.

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Artisanal LA Spring Show 2014 Part 1

Artisanal LA Spring Show

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 .

Artisanal LA LA Mart

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.

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Honey Almond Matcha Milk Tea

honey almond matcha milk tea recipe

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

matcha milk tea recipe

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.

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