April 17, 2002 |
I spent part of my childhood in Kamakura, Japan, living with my grandmother in a house that had a traditional tearoom. Kamakura is a town near Tokyo that dates from the 12th century and where Zen Buddhism flourished. The monks, who drank tea to combat drowsiness during meditation, popularized the practice of the formal tearoom, and later they developed it into an aesthetic and philosophical ritual that eventually evolved into the tea ceremony.
May 25, 1995 |
Imagine sipping tea brewed from leaves misted by a Vietnamese waterfall, or tea grown at the spot where Hung Vuong, Vietnam's first king, was born 4,000 years ago. How about relaxing with a steaming cup of the same green tea that everyone in Hanoi drinks? Imported by the Indochina Tea Co., these are the first Vietnamese teas to go on sale here. The waterfall tea, called Thac Hoa, and the royal tea, Phu Tho, are black; the green tea is Bac Thai, grown in Thai Nguyen Province.
April 7, 2005 |
Fruit smoothies with caffeine? Great idea! But does the caffeine concept make Jamba Juice jittery? Jamba has introduced a new line of beverages that have one thing in common: natural caffeine. But for some reason the company has decided to label it Jamba Energy, a curious name since all fruit drinks provide energy. For that wacky high caffeine provides, you'd expect a more zany, in-your-face name to attract caffeine lovers and steer away those poor souls leery of its addictive qualities.
January 4, 1990 |
Eat your tomatoes. The red globes are rich in a compound that Johns Hopkins University researchers have found lacking in people most apt to develop pancreatic cancer. The malignancy is especially virulent, killing 22,000 Americans yearly. The investigators examined blood samples collected 10 years ago from 26,000 people. The scientists were searching for clues that might identify those most likely to later develop cancer of the pancreas.
April 30, 2006 |
FOR some coffee drinkers, Starbucks is an addiction. But for an elite class of "javanistas" the Seattle-based company -- which helped bring beverages like "the soy caramel macchiato" and "a half-caf caffe misto"" to the American palate -- is an obsession. These usually overcaffeinated folks can be found coffee-talking online at Starbucksgossip.com. With its mission to "monitor America's favorite drug dealer," the blog was created in August 2004 by Evanston, Ill.
April 17, 2002
* What teas to use: Not all teas take to the gaiwan. I have had particular luck with Dragonwell green tea and Tu Lu--a variety of Taiwanese high mountain oolong--obtained from the Ten Ren Tea Co. in Chinatown, though all of their teas are not of this quality. I have also done well with Grand Keemun, obtained from Chado Tea Room in Los Angeles. You can buy truly beautiful Dragonwell from Dat Sun Ginseng and Tea in Westminster.
February 24, 2003 |
When Americans drink tea, it's usually black tea, often iced (and in the South, sugared). Many of the recent studies on tea, however, have been done on green tea, served hot, the kind favored in Asia. No one knows for sure whether tea type makes a difference when it comes to health, but experts say all kinds of teas from the Camellia sinensis plant probably have some health benefits.
December 28, 2010 |
There’s a lot of bad buzz out there about belly fat, and most of it's true. Now researchers in Virginia say they may have found an enzyme in belly fat that accounts for the increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. A team from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and others are studying how enzymes known as lipoxygenase work and what drugs could be developed to target these enzymes. This Newport News Daily Press story gives the details. Meanwhile, other studies have linked belly fat to osteoporosis and early death . How to get rid of it?
February 5, 2004 |
Cut out pasta? Sure. But cocktail hour? Some things are sacred. Bartenders -- catering to the masses of Atkins, South Beach and Zone dieters prohibited from ingesting too many sugars and starches -- are retooling their concoctions. Sweet mixers and simple syrup are out; green tea and sugar substitutes are golden.