Charentais au Porto

Alcohol in a melon. No, this isn’t about anything as pedestrian as Watermelon with Vodka. The Charentais melon deserves something more refined.

Charentais Melon

Charentais melon

Brian’s Pink Pomelos

This is a pic of my friend Hawaiian Brian‘s laden pomelo tree.

Brian’s Pomelo Tree

Brians pomelo tree

BTW, any guesses as to what is the green vine growing up the tree on the left-hand side of this pic? I’ll tell you at the end of the post. (Hint: Brian likes orchids)


Peach and Plum Granitas: The Easiest Way to Deal with Summertime Bounty

You’ve had it with making peach cobblers and plum preserves. Your coworkers are saying, “no thank you” to your offered bags of ripe fruit. You look out your window and sigh at all the fallen fruit underneath the trees, but just don’t have the heart anymore to go out and collect them. You secretly wish you had knocked off half the fruit when they first started growing in the Spring.

Now what are you gonna do?

Plum Granita and Peach Lime Ginger Granita

plum granita


Lichee – It’s (in) My Cup of Tea

I heart tea!

I drink tea all year round. My morning routine is to have a cup of Earl Grey or Lady Grey (Twinings being one of my favorite brands for these flavors). At other times of the day, I will indulge in a cup or two of tea in the mid-afternoon and in the evening.

I have a drawer full of teas that I go to for tea during this time. I have teas from so many places, sometimes it’s hard to keep track. I try not to buy too many at a time as I want to be able to finish the ones I have while they are still fresh. But it’s really hard to resist buying when I walk into a tea shop. Hence, my stuffed tea drawer:

Annie’s Tea Drawer

Annie's tea drawer

My current favorite tea shop is Lupicia (oh, how I wish they had a Mariage Frères near me!). If you are fortunate enough to have a Lupicia store near you, do check them out. They have a vast array of different teas and lots of flavored teas galore!


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