Legend has it that once Art Pollard, master chocolate maker at Amano, dug into famed Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé’s raspberry rose cheesecake, he thought it was so good that he literally cursed out loud. I like to imagine him yelling a long string of obscenities while crushing forkfuls of cheesecake into his mouth and trying to wrap his mind around what must have seemed like extraterrestrial deliciousness.Read More
Did you know vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron? Ritual Vanilla 70% uses whole vanilla beans from Madagascar, where they regularly sell for $200-$400 a pound, depending on the year.
Real vanilla is expensive because it’s extraordinarily difficult to produce. For one thing, it flowers for just 24 hours, and if it’s not pollinated in that time, the flowers just call it quits and die (so much for patience is a virtue, huh?).Read More
Some of you live a life the rest of us dream about, jet setting about from one city to another while, I assume, balancing google hangout sessions with Beyonce and placating your hordes of adoring fans. So once in a while, understandably, you're out of town when one of your Tea with Chocolate shipments arrives at the door.Read More
You've heard the maxim "When live gives you lemons, make lemonade."
What about when life sends swarms of tiny tea crickets that bite all your tea leaves? You make Oriental Beauty, of course.
Oriental Beauty is among the most iconic oolong teas of Taiwan. Legend has it that it came about when an enterprising farmer....Read More