Flora Teas

Flora Teas (short term for Flowering teas) is a brand of tea from London UK. Before I opened the box, I thought Flora Teas is just loose tea with flowers. I was wrong, but I got excited when I found out that Flora Tea actually is a blooming tea because brewing it is a feast for the eyes. It is not your typical type of tea as the tea leaves tied into a ball and inside it is a flower full of aroma.

I got this as a Christmas gift two years ago. But because of my hectic schedule and the growing number of teas that I have at home, I did not open it and I just saved it for later. It has also expired a couple of months ago but it did not stop me from brewing one.

To enjoy Flora Teas, I used a transparent teapot. A clear glass is alright as well as long as it is heat resistant. Place the tea ball in the teapot, then pour very hot or boiling water into the teapot and watch as the tea begins to bloom.

This is not my first time to brew and drink a blooming tea. However, I still get fascinated every time. Who wouldn’t be?

When it comes to taste, it does not taste like green tea. No hint of green tea taste at all. For me, it has a dried banana (lol. I know. I think my tastebuds were not working that time or it was because it had already expired.) leaf taste, plus the nutty aroma which is a common denominator in all the blooming teas that I’ve tried. The one that I brewed is called Flying Snow which consist of green tea, marigold and coconut fruit fibers.

I can say that Flora Tea has one of the best blooming teas in the market because it is good quality and most of all the tea ball does not turn upside down while brewing it. I find it annoying when the blooming tea turns upside down when it starts blooming. I want it perfect! 😂

Flora Tea is not just for tea enthusiasts like me but for everyone who would like to impress their lovers, friends, acquiantances or to just make tea time extraordinary.

The Box.
Sealed for freshness.
There are six tea balls in the box. Flying Snow is one of the flavours.
The second packaging. It is also vacuum packed in plastic.
Ready to brew!
Voila! It’s a marigold flower!
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I’m no foodie

Even though I love to take snaps of my stuff and document them, when it comes to food I’m very impatient especially when I’m hungry. So, kudos to the ones who have the motivation to let their rumbling stomach wait for the sake of the perfect shot. I can’t never be a foodie!

Yesterday was an exemption though, because I wasn’t that hungry. Besides, the dessert serving made me happy because I did not only get a slice of cheesecake but also two scoops of ice cream and whipped cream too!

How about you? Are you a foodie?

 

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Cheesecake for dessert! Worth every penny!

Homemade Avocado Smoothie

What’s the best way to acquire your daily dose of fruits (and vegetables)? Oh yes, through shakes, juices and smoothies! It’s not only time saving but you can get all the vitamins that you need. Besides, shakes, juices and smoothies are a better alternative to sodas these hot summer days.

Today has been also very hot and we find it demotivating to do anything. I tried drinking lots of Cold water but my it didn’t do much of a help. For sure because it keeps flushing out the ions in my body. I drank a glass of cola but that’s it because I don’t want to rely on it and besides it has lots of sugar which is bad for the body. Luckily, I still have a couple of avocados left from yesterday, so I made avocado smoothie with banana and oat milk. I also found a can of condensed milk so I used a very small amount of it to give my smoothie some sweetness in it. I didn’t follow any recipe online, just what my tastebud craves.

Here you go! 🙂

Yields approximately 0,5 liters/ 2 glasses of smoothie.

2 small avocados

1/2 medium banana

2 tbsp condensed milk

1-2 cups of oat milk

2 sachets of raspberry powder (I don’t know the name. Was given to me by my sister who has been to Japan.)

 

Say Cheese

One of the things that I really want to do again is to host a party and/or invite friends over for a cosy dinner/wine evening. My friends and my partner think that I cook good food. I believe them, but I suck in presentation. So yes, I envy people who can make a plain boring meal look awesome.

Last weekend I visited my friends in Stavanger. One of them invited me over to her place and cooked for me. Not only that, she also asked me to stay at her place for two nights. It was really nice of her and to think that she was busy painting her crib. On my last evening at her place, she opened a glass of Merlot and prepared a cheese platter for us to enjoy.

 

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Perfect!

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A crispy baguette.


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A bottle of Merlot. This is one of the best wines in my opinion. A must try!

TAKE Sushi Bergen

Moving to a bigger city is tough and so as finding a good sushi restaurant. Luckily, during my visit to Galleriet (a name of a mall in Bergen) last year I found this sushi restaurant by accident. It was not hard to find because it is located near the main entrance of Galleriet. I love Japanese food so I am glad to find one.

TAKE Sushi is a small restaurant with a sitting capacity of 14. It is not big but I love how the restaurant looks, simple and minimalistic. I have never been in Japan but it felt like I am close to Japan.

Yesterday is my second time eating here. I treat myself with a bowl of miso soup and 10 pieces of crispy spicy laks (salmon) with avocado maki because I am now a certified volunteer of Red Cross Norway (will do a separate post about that later). The miso soup is perfect (The best miso soup I have tasted so far.). The amount of tofu and vegetables is just right and is not bitter compared to the other miso soups that I have tasted before. The maki rolls are good too. The salmon is fresh and the sushi rice has the right consistency and temperature which only proves that all are fresh.

When it comes to service, they are one of the best. They are very accommodating and friendly.

 

Take note: I am not paid nor asked by TAKE Sushi to write about their restaurant. This post is my personal opinion only.