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  1. I am very intriqued by this thread. I have always wanted to try tea that is brewed this way but didn't know how to go about it. I have a box of the Ahmad cardamom tea and for a while I was drinking that in the morning. I never put milk in tea, but I am curious enough to try it, I guess I never did simply because I could never get the tea strong enough using "American" black teas.

    I am going to have to go and look for some Alwazah tea.

    Anything to replace that *gulp* coffee I have been slurping down in the morning. :)

  2. Tried my first zin on the weekend and loved it....Seven Deadly Zins from California. WOW! One of my new faves and am thinking I need to run out and try more of this grape. Being from northern BC, our selection is not the greatest, but I am going to see if I can find any of the recommended wines mentioned above.

    I was hoping that someone would mention this wine. It was what I drank for an introduction to Zin's and it is my "go to" wine when I want or need a zin.

    I love it!

  3. For some reason or another I flip between the two, depending on how broke I am that week. If it is the week before pay day, I plan, after pay day, I don't. It certainly saves the cash to plan I noticed and have given thought to doing it all the time, but it seems the minute I get a fridge full of food I don't want anything that is it and we end up eating out. I will go to specialty stores for items when I get in the mood to make a certain recipe, but that happens more on the weekend than the weekdays.

    What I would love to have is a pantry list of stuff that stays stocked, then the fresh stuff gets cycled. I have yet to figure one out.

  4. Do I feel guilty about eating meat? No. But I used to. I was a very strict vegan in my early 20's because I thought the whole meat industry was just nasty. Then I started working in a hotel where the chef made my lunch for me as a benefit of my job. She would complain about me not eating meat, and would leave bacon on my desk. Needless to say the aroma of that bacon got me. I have to say I think there is something evolutionary about eating meat. Humans are at the top of the food chain, therefore, we are omnivores. (my opinion) Now this is not to say I want to ever see an animal abused. We can figure out a way to eat meat, and do it humanely.

    I no longer feel guilt over eating meat...

  5. To me once you start getting into tea, you really learn that it is a lot like fine wine. The different estates, brews, kinds and like wine the kind that is good is the kind you like and will drink.

    I also happen to feel that some really good teas come in bags. A lot of my "every day tea" and what I call "work tea" comes in bag form. Easy to brew. Now when I am at home I break out all the stuff to brew up a pot. But I am a tea snob, I admit.

    I think you have a fine book for getting into it. I know you will enjoy the adventure!

  6. We don't have that here in Oklahoma (wine in grocery stores), but did in Texas. Now that I live in Oklahoma it sure is a pain in the 'you know what' to make the extra stop on a week night if I want a bottle of wine. I don't see the harm in it. The high end stuff will still be in the stores that sell it.


  7. I second a doctor recommended specialist in this area. However, I cut salt and meat for health reasons and it is not that hard once you get used to it. Lemon juice works wonders in the place of salt in some dishes. Sticking with your non processed foods is paramount, that will rack up the salt fast!

  8. I don't have too much to add to the scientific end of things, but I think it is far too easy to take a complex problem like obesity and diabetes and reduce it down to a far to simple answer. It is a comfortable place to point at something and "go that is culprit" when the issue requires more in the way of research. I think they are just trying to sell more low carb garbage, personally. People want to hear "just cut the sugar and all your problems will go away" instead of hearing, "eat in moderation and be active".

    The American Diabetic Association has come out in recent years to say that sugar does not cause diabetes. Over eating overall causes type II diabetes. Every time we eat it sparks an insulin response in the system. So in less you are on a very low carb diet, you eat, you get a response. And chronic over eating means chronic over responses. Eventually, it breaks down.

    That is just want I heard, don't hold me to how factual it actually is, I am not a doctor.

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