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Posted on June 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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Types of Chinese Teas

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Probably you are familiar with the Chinese saying, “Firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar, and tea are the seven necessities to begin a day.” Though tea is last on the list, we can still see how important the tea is for the Chinese.


There are actually thousand of Chinese tea varieties. These are usually classified by procedure, quality, and preparation methods and so on. However, if we will consider tea in terms of quality, there are actually eight classes of Chinese tea. These include green tea, oolong, black, red, white, yellow, flower, and compressed tea.


Now, let’s take a look at these classes one by one.


Green Tea


Green tea is said to be the most natural type of Chinese tea. It is usually picked, naturally dried and fried briefly to get rid of its grassy smell. Unlike the other types, green tea skipped fermentation process.


According to some experts, green tea has the most medicinal value and the least caffeine content of all Chinese tea classes. The aroma of this type of Chinese type range from medium to high, while the flavor is usually light to medium. Today, about 50% of China’s tea is green tea.


Oolong Tea


This type of Chinese tea is halfway between green tea and black tea in a sense that it is half fermented. Chinese also call it “Qing Cha” and its typical leaves are green in the middle and red on the edges as a result of the process to soften tea leaves.


Oolong tea leaves are basically withered and spread before undergoing a brief fermentation process. Then, it is fried, rolled and roasted.


Black Tea


The Chinese black tea produces full-bodied amber when brewed. Also, this type of Chinese tea undergoes withering, then left to ferment for a long while, and then roasted. The leaves of this variety become completely oxidized after processing.


Red Tea


As the name implies, this type of Chinese tea has red leaves and red tea color. This color is strongly highlighted during the fermentation process. It is also considered that red tea has low aroma and medium flavor and it is now divided into three subclasses: Kung Fu Red Tea, Ted Tea Bits, and Small Species Red Tea.


White Tea


This type of Chinese tea is sometimes considered as subclass of green tea. Perhaps it is for the fact that it is only withered and then roasted. Just like green tea, white tea escaped fermentation process. And, it has low caffeine content.


Yellow Tea


Apparently, yellow tea has yellow leaves and yellow tea color. According to some experts, this type of Chinese tea is an uncommon class of Chinese tea. The flavor of yellow tea is usually mild and refreshing.


Flower Tea


Here is a unique type of Chinese tea – the Flower tea. It actually subdivides into Flower Tea and Scented Tea. Well, the Flower Tea is just based on a simple concept that dried flowers are used, without much processing, to make tea. The Scented Tea, on the other hand, uses green tea and red tea as base and mix with scent of flowers. Generally, this class has light to medium flavor and medium to strong aroma.


Compressed Tea


The final type of Chinese tea is the compressed tea. This class uses black tea as base tea. It is steamed and compressed into bricks, cakes, columns, and other shapes. Also, compressed tea has all the characteristics of black tea. It can be stored for years and decades.

Wine Gift Baskets For Any Occasion

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For any celebration or glorious moment in life, wine is essential to have. Parties and celebrations are thought of as being incomplete unless there is wine present, which makes it an ideal gift for virtually any occasion. Wine gift baskets are a great gift, they are very affordable, and perfect for nearly any occasion – such as birthdays, weddings, festivals, parties, or anniversaries.


Wine gift baskets are trendy gifts that are very popular – in terms of price and taste. Along with the bottles of wine, wine gift baskets also contain various accessories as well, such as wine glasses and corkscrews. With most wine baskets, fruit and chocolate is included as well. You can also find cheese in some baskets, which most consider to go perfect with fine wine.


Depending on the occasion, there are suitable wine gift baskets to choose from. When you select a basket, there are several factors that you’ll need to consider in order to make the basket a truly special gift. If you are giving a basket as a wedding present, then you’ll obviously want to choose a different basket than one you would give to a friend at a party. There are wine baskets out there that are cheap in price – to those that are more expensive and more suitable for a wedding gift.


If you are buying a wine gift basket for a beginning enthusiast, you may want to include a book on wine that will help them learn more about wine in general. If you are giving the basket to a wine enthusiast with a lot of experience, you may want to include a stopper. No matter who you are giving the basket to, a wine gift basket with an assortment of fine wine is a great gift that can bring joy to anyone.


For wine lovers, you can find gift baskets that include fruity red wine, tangy white wine, full bodied wine, dry wine, sparkling wine, and even sweet wine. Red wine is ideal for main course meals such as meats, while white wine is ideal for seafood and white meat. Sparkling wine on the other hand, is ideal for special occasions. If you are giving the gift basket as a wedding present, sparkling wine is a choice that you can’t go wrong with. Sparkling wine is one of the most popular types of wine – perfect for weddings and anniversaries.


If you have a bit of difficulty choosing a wine gift basket, you can’t go wrong with mixed baskets that offer a mixture of wines. You can find these types of baskets in local stores or on the Internet. They are affordable, starting around $20.00 and going up from there. If you are thinking of getting fine wine gift baskets, you should keep in mind that it can be a bit more expensive.

Wine Tasting Party

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A wine tasting party is a great way to get together with friends and family and to learn about wines and taste different wines. To begin planning your wine tasting party you must first determine how many people will be attending your party. Once the guest list is determined you must send out invitations at least two weeks in advance.


To make things easier you could just purchase a wine tasting kit which would include all the necessary things for a wine tasting party. If you prefer doing everything yourself you can make your own tasting cards that have the type of wine on it, the vineyard, the year and a description of the wine.


Make a card for each guest so that each can make note of the characteristics of the wine. If you would like to have your guests do what is called a “blind tasting,” then all you do is instead of writing the information on the card have the guest write down what wine they think it is with the year, vineyard, etc.


For your wine tasting decorations first, you want to keep the room well lit. You can go as simple as just a plain table cloth or you could get creative and decorate with vintage things. When tasting wines you don’t want to pour a full glass of wine. You want to pour no more than about two ounces of wine per glass and per wine for each person.


To clear your palate between wine tasting, you want to provide plain crackers or bread so that each wine can be experienced to the fullest. Other supplies needed are wine glasses. Each guest should have one to two glasses. Water for rinsing glasses and some sort of bowl or bucket for discarding wine after each testing.


Appetizers such as cheese, fruit or some other light treat is something that can be served either before or after the wine tasting party. The temperature of all the wines being served should be room temperature to get the best flavor out of the wine. The final thing necessary for a wine tasting party is laughter and a good time had by everyone.

Wine Tasting Courses

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

To learn how to taste wine like an expert there are wine tasting courses that can be taken. Wine tasting courses are offered both online as well as wine schools throughout the country. A wine tasting course can offer you a variety of aspect as there are several things involved in the art of wine tasting.


A wine tasting course can teach you wine and food pairing. How to know what wines go well with what foods. The course can teach you about wine reviews and ratings, how you are to go about ranking or rating a wine. A wine tasting course can offer an academic and certification program where one will learn the history of wine, the ability to learn and understand the components of wine.


There are several levels of a wine tasting course. The foundation program, the intermediate program certificate and the advanced program. The ultimate program is the Diploma Oenotropae, this is named after the granddaughter of the Greek God of wine, Dionysus. This diploma can take up to two years to earn. Wine tasting courses will teach you the language used in the description of the wines, which to the average person can seem strange as the descriptions are usually things that are not edible. Such as oak, pine, grass, even leather.


Another program in the wine tasting course is the art of reading and deciphering wine labels. Most wine labels have eight things listed. For example, 1. The wine maker or winery, 2. The region or country the grapes were grown, 3. The vintage or the year the grapes were harvested, 4. The variety or the kind of grapes the wine was made from. 5. The ripeness. 6. Bottling and winery information 7. Other required information. And 8. Optional information. All of this will be taught when taking a course in wine tasting.


The wine tasting course can either be for the person who just wants to learn more about the world of wines as well as the person who wants to be a professional. Those who are professional wine tasters are also called sommeliers. They are those who are highly trained and knowledgeable and generally work in fine restaurants working with the chefs to pair wines with food dishes.

Wine Tasting For Beginners

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Attending wine tasting events can be a great experience and a lot of fun, although a lot of people choose not to attend out of fear – or not knowing what to do or what to expect. Even though there are no mysteries to wine tasting, there are some things that you should always remember.


During a wine tasting event, women are always served before the men. Some tastings will serve you bottled water between tastings, so you can clean your mouth out and be ready to taste the next wine that is served. When you take the wine, you should always handle the glass by the stem, to avoid heating it with your hands. There will also be crackers and other goodies on hand as well, to help you cleanse your mouth between wine tastings.


As you may already know, you can tell quite a bit about the wine by the color. When you attend a wine tasting for the first time, you’ll notice that the glasses are clear. This helps you to examine the wine better. There should also be white tablecloth on the table as well, to help you see the color the wine more clearly. You should never go by the name of the wine alone, as it can easily fool you.


You’ll also notice the more experienced wine tastes swirl their wine around in the glass before they taste it. Although it may look weird, slightly swirling the wine actually helps to bring out the flavor. Most wines have been aging in bottles for long periods of time, sometimes even years. When the wine is swirled around in the glass, the swirling will release the flavors in the wine and bring them out when the wine is tasted.


At wine tastings, you’ll need to look at the wine, smell it, then after swirling it around in the glass – taste it. Smells play an integral part of the process, as you’ll get a lot more from the wine by smelling it first. Wine has quite an intriguing aroma, which helps to bring out the taste that wine is so well known for. Once you have smelled the wine, you should allow a few moments to take in the smell and think about the wine that you are smelling.


Last but not least, you’ll want to know how to properly taste the wine. Your tongue has taste buds in the front and the back, which helps to detect flavors. Wine is full of flavors, and how you taste it will make the biggest impact. When you put the wine in your mouth, you should always swish it around in your mouth for a few seconds, and allow the flavors plenty of time to dance on your palate. Once your taste buds have started to discover the wine, you can think about what you are tasting. After swallowing the wine, the aftertaste that remains in your mouth should give you even more of an idea as to the type and flavor of the wine.


Before you attend a wine tasting, you should always learn as much as you can about the many different flavors and varieties of wine. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of what you should look for in both taste and flavor. Even though you may be new to wine tasting, you should never pass up an opportunity to go. You’ll get a great experience in the world of wine tasting and get to experience wines that you may have never heard of before.


Posted on October 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you woke up last Tuesday feeling tired and are still feeling run down, do not think that this is the end of the world and that your energy levels have been exhausted completely or that your age is catching up with you . Everyone has at least once felt too tired to get up, dress, drive, work, and come back to the house ten hours later after performing a variety of functions, only to continue cleaning up, filing, cooking, and execute all those routine activities we have learned to complete on a daily basis. But although you tried to sleep your tiredness away, the feeling of fatigue has prevailed and you are now in a worse state than ever before. Do not panic, but instead seek a doctor’s advice and perform a medical check up. If all seem to be fine on the physical level, apart from the low energy levels you have been experiencing, then follow these tips and boost your energy to skyrocket heights.


People that experience a low energy period usually comfort themselves by resorting to sleep and adding extra hours of bed time in their attempt to find their lost energy somewhere in-between their bed sheets and covers. This is usually not the right strategy. If you have maintained a steady sleeping schedule, prior to this recent development, which suited your needs perfectly, the extra sleep you are planning to have will not help you increase your energy levels and take control of your life again. On the contrary, if you decide to sleep when your body does not need that extra sleeping time you are increasing the feelings of being tired and lethargic. Thus, instead of sleeping, try to exercise. Energy needs energy to be produced. By performing simple exercises, like walking or swimming, your body will increase its metabolism which will help you get your energy levels again up. Try introducing exercising as part of your daily routine and you will be witnessing a tremendous change in your energy levels as well as mind awareness.


Do not forget to consume fluids and particularly water. Additionally, by adding more vegetables, complex carbohydrates and proteins into your diet, you will see your energy increase and you will feel much better about yourself and be actually healthier than before.


Another tactic to boost your energy levels is to start working on something you have been postponing for a long time, but would love to see yourself doing. Hobbies, interests, volunteer work or house improvement projects can help you get rid of boredom, which can be a very good reason why you feel the way you do. You can invest time in doing things that are fun and relax your body and mind. Going camping, fishing, playing with your or the neighbor’s kids, can assist you increase your recently dropped energy bucket and become involved again.


Most importantly, you have to get started. If you begin doing something that can take you away from that couch or bed, you will witness the difference in your energy levels instantly. Do not procrastinate. Act today and boost your energy levels back up where they belong.

Thank You To All That Attended Mrs. Ollie Bell Smith Homegoing

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, I would like to Thank all that Attended My Grandmother/Mom Homegoing,I would like to Thank and give my Sincere Blessings as well to all that attended as well as all the wonderful cooks that were a blessing for this occasion to every one that was supportive in making this GOD sent Blessing a All About Love Homegoing.





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