Atlanta Loves Tea Quest Part 1: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot

I’m always excited for January’s National Hot Tea Month. I love discovering new teas and tea companies. This month, four Atlanta tea shops teamed up to give the city a fun tea quest. Tea lover are invited to pick up an Atlanta Loves Tea Passport at one of four participating tea shops: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot, Just Add Honey, Urban Tea, and Tea House Formosa.

Visit each tea shop and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. Keep your receipts and submit your completed passport to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot for a chance to win a prize. But you’re already a winner because you’re supporting these amazing local business.

My first visit was to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot in East Atlanta. They’re Specialty Tea of the Month a Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Their lovely tea expert, Jasmine, made sure our first Jayida Ché experience was a most pleasant one. She was very knowledgeable about the teas as well as their benefits. Jasmine prepare my Mint Matcha Latte in the biggest mug I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I would be able finish it, but it was so good! I drank every last drop! Make sure you pay Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot this month and every month after that.

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January is #NationalHotTeaMonth! I was excited to find out about a tea quest going on in Atlanta this month. My first stop was to @jayidacheteaspot to try their Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Shout out to Jasmine for making my first visit to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea a very pleasant one. Pick up your tea passport at a participating tea shops @jayidacheteaspot @justaddhoney @urbanteaalpharetta & @teahouseformosa and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. After visiting all four tea shops, turn in your passport for a chance to win a special prize! 📷 @amber_truly #shanawashere #atlantateashop #teashoplove #tealove #matchalatte #cupofawesome #atlantablogger #organictea #shoplocal #locallove #atlantalovestea #atlnhtm

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Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019

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Claim your greatness. 💫 #2019

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Save the Date: Seattle Museum Month February 2019

During the month of February 2019, downtown Seattle hotel guests receive 50 percent off admission prices to participating museums and cultural institutions during the fifth annual Seattle Museum Month. It’s the perfect time to explore one or two of Seattle’s 40 museums!

Photo Courtesy of Visit Seattle

These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.

Participating Seattle Museums

  1. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  2. Bellevue Arts Museum 
  3. Center for Wooden Boats
  4. Chihuly Garden and Glass 
  5. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
  6. Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum  
  7. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 
  8. Frye Art Museum
  9. Henry Art Gallery
  10. Job Carr Cabin Museum
  11. Kids Discovery Museum 
  12. Kitsap History Museum
  13. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  14. LeMay – America’s Car Museum 
  15. Living Computers: Museum + Labs 
  16. Museum of Glass 
  17. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 
  18. Museum of Pop Culture 
  19. Nordic Museum 
  20. Northwest African American Museum 
  21. Northwest Railway Museum
  22. Olympic Sculpture Park
  23. Pacific Bonsai Museum
  24. Pacific Science Center 
  25. Puget Sound Navy Museum
  26. Seattle Aquarium 
  27. Seattle Art Museum 
  28. Seattle Children’s Museum 
  29. Seattle Pinball Museum 
  30. Shoreline Historical Museum
  31. Suquamish Tribal Museum 
  32. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
  33. The Museum of Flight 
  34. The Valentinetti Puppet Museum
  35. US Naval Undersea Museum
  36. USS Turner Joy Museum Ship 
  37. UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum
  38. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
  39. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 
  40. Woodland Park Zoo

For more information visit www.seattlemuseummonth.com

First Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic March 1-3, 2019

On March 1-3, 2019, head to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to attend the 1st Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic. This 3-day festival features world-class vintners, master sommeliers, and top chefs in Wailea. The event is curated in partnership with Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wines.

Event Schedule:
(Details are subject to change.)

Masterclasses
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wine tastings feature lively discussion moderated by sommeliers, rare vintages, and sunset views. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Brunello Di Montalcino Legend Biondi Santi

-Napa Valley Superstars featuring The Mascot, Realm, Dana Estates, Sinegal Estate, and Opus One

-Louis Roederer Champagne & Roederer Estate: Francevs. California

-A Discovery of Pinot Noir featuring Williams Selyem, Kistler, Peter Michael, Joseph Drouhin, and Maison Louis Jadot

-Louis XIII Cognac

Elite Wine Dinners
Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Intimate under-the-stars dinners feature one of the top wineries in the world and a visiting celebrity chef. Following dinner, guests will enjoy access to an exclusive After Party at the resort’s famed Serenity Pool featuring spectacular desserts by Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet and Casa Dragones after-dinner cocktails crafted by the Resort’s Master Mixologist, Ben Yabrow. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Colgin Dinner featuring Chef Jennifer Carroll, hosted by Colgin owners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender

-Harlan Estate Dinner featuring Chef Jason Fox, hosted by Harlan Estate director Don Weaver

-Pio Cesare Dinner featuring Chef Jason McLeod, hosted by Pio Cesare seventh-generation winemaker Pio Boffa

-Marciano Estate Dinner featuring Chef Ryan Kluver, hosted by Marciano Estate owner Maurice Marcianoand winemaker Morgan Maureze

-Chateau Cos d’Estournel Dinner featuring Chef Peleg Miron, hosted by Chateau Cos d’Estournel brand director Etienne Nantes

Glassology
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Resort Manager Martin Dell conducts a Riedel-certified glass tasting experience, leading guests through a hands-on experience where they discover how glass shape, density and size effects taste.

200 Anniversary Celebration with Champagne Billecart-Salmon
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Guests will enjoy eight cuvees, including rare vintages, at family-owned champagne house Billecart-Salmon’s 200anniversary set in the Resort’s palatial Presidential Maile Suite.

Oceanfront Gala
Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Twenty-seven world-renowned wine producers, Casa Dragones luxury artisanal tequila, and innovative fresh local cuisine from Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and all celebrity guest chefs will delight guests at the grand tasting event set on the Resort’s stunning Ocean Front Lawn. Guests will mix and mingle with visiting vintners and master sommeliers, as well as the Resort’s robust staff of over 20 sommeliers.

Brunch & Bubbles
Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The weekend concludes with a lavish brunch featuring the best Champagne houses in the world and Italy’s top Prosecco producer, Bisol. Champagne producers include Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, and Billecart-Salmon.

The Resort invites guest to experience the entire schedule with tickets for two to all events and four nights in luxury room accommodations by reserving the Wine & Food Classic package. A la carte tickets are available through the Concierge. Guests must be age 21 years or older to attend all events. For reservations, tickets, or inquiries, call (808) 874-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/mauiclassic.

Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf Featuring Steviva Blend

I took The Steviva Holiday Keto Blogger Recipe Challenge and created a Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf. It’s the perfect bread for holiday entertaining! This recipe uses Steviva Blend, a combination of erythritol and pure stevia in granular form. It’s twice as sweet as sugar so you can use half as much. Plus, Steviva Blend contains zero carbs and calories, and no glycemic impact.

When baking, replaces table sugar about 2 for 1 (2 cups of table sugar = 1 cup of Steviva Blend).

How’s it taste? I personally loved the taste. I especially loved that there wasn’t an aftertaste . I definitely recommend using Steviva Blend as a natural no calorie replacement for sugar.

Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsalted butter room temp

3/4 cup Steviva Blend

3 ounces cream cheese room temp

4 large eggs room temp and lightly beaten.

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

¼ tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp lemon zest

1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 cast iron loaf pan.

3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine.

4. In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer.

5. Add in the Steviva Blend, mix to combine.

6. Add in the cream cheese, mix to combine and until light and fluffy.

7. Add in 1/2 of the eggs, mix. Add in remaining eggs, mix.

8. Add in the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

9. Add and mix in the flour mixture one spoonful at a time.

10. Mix until batter is smooth. Fold in cranberries.

11. Pour batter into prepared pan.

12. Bake for 70-75 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

13. Let cool completely.

14. Slice and enjoy.

For more information about Steviva Blend and other Steviva products visit www.stevivia.com.

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This Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake Is Everything

A slice of Royal Cheesecake will change your life. 💜

This holiday season treat the kings and queens in your family to a Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake. This delicious, vibrant, and easy to make dessert, is made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Get the recipe below!

Royal Cheesecake

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup raw sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/4 cup purple sweet potato baked and mashed

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Crust

10 gingersnaps

1/4 cup raw pecans

1/8 tsp pumpkin spice

2 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1. Make gingersnap crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. combine gingersnaps, pecans and pumpkin spice in a food processor. Pulse until you have a coarse crumb. Pour in melted butter and pulse until combined.

2. Spoon into 4-inch mini springboard pan. Press mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

3. With a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl until blended. Beat in egg.

4. Remove 1/2 cup of cream cheese batter and pour into another bowl. In this bowl, add purple sweet potato and pumpkin spice. Mix until blended.

5. Pour cream cheese filling into crust. Next, pour purple sweet potato filling on top.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool. Chill for 3 hours.

7. (Optional) Top with purple sweet potato crumbles for added color.

8. Slice & Enjoy!

5 Cocktails To Celebrate Repeal Day

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition and reestablishing the right to legally enjoy a cocktail. Now that’s something to celebrate! If you’re looking for place to raise your glass to Repeal Day, visit one of the below Atlanta restaurants and they’ll be more than happy to make one for you! Grab the recipe to enjoy these featured cocktails at home and continue the celebration all month long! Happy sipping!

Photo Courtesy of Atlas

Atlas’ Winter Warmer

1oz mezcal

.75 Captain Morgan

.25 Grand Marnier

.75 lemon

.25 vanilla syrup

.25 Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.25 spiced apple shrub

Directions: Mix ingredients and place in glass. Top with hot water and garnish with orange wheel and star anise. 

Atlas

88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 600-6471

Photo Courtesy of STK Atlanta

STK Peppermint Prosecco 

5oz Prosecco

1oz peppermint liquor

1 Chocolate Bar

3 Candy Canes

Directions:Rim champagne flute with melted chocolate. Finish rim with crushed candy cane. Garnish with mini candy cane.

1075 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 793-0144

Photos Courtesy of Mia Yakel

Dantanna’s Espresso Old Fashioned

1 1/2 ounces Knob Rye

1 shot of espresso

1/4 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Garnish with orange twist

Directions:Combine Knob Rye, espresso, simple syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or cubed ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 760-8873
Photo Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza

Park Tavern’s Salted Caramel

1 oz Svedka Vanilla

1/2 oz Whisper Creek

6 oz Coffee

A dollop of Whipped Cream

A Caramel Drizzle

Sprinkled with a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine Svedka Vodka, Whisper Creek, coffee and ice into a shaker tin and mix. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle caramel over the whipped cream and sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt.

Park Tavern

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 249-0001

Photo Courtesy of City Winery

City Winery’s Mullin’ It Over

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, zested

8 dried cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 dried star anise

4 Tbsp honey

4 oz. brandy

Directions: Add all ingredients to stockpot and heat over low. Be careful not to boil. Continue simmering for at least 30 minutes. Strain and serve garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. This recipe works great in a crock pot.

City Winery

Ponce City Market

650 North Ave NE

Suite #201

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 946-3791