Thursday, April 30, 2009

Derby Dreams

Guess where I’m going this Saturday? A few hints . . . thoroughbred horses, the Churchill Downs, a two minute run, Louisville . . . .

Yes, you’ve got it! The Kentucky Derby . . . party. No, I won’t be at the actual race, but I am attending my first derby party, complete with extravagant hat and (I hope) mint juleps.

Speaking of mint juleps, here’s a suggestion for Derby attendees and partygoers who want to replace (or space out) their drinks. Mint herbal tea (like Chai, Baby!’s Energy Blend) over ice is a wonderful – and stylish! – beverage for the Derby or your derby party. Simply prepare your tea as usual -- remember not to over-steep – and pour over ice into a tall, cool glass. Ooooh, I can taste it now.

Enjoy the race, everyone! And though it’s my dream to get myself and my fabulous hat to the Derby one day, I’m happy to report that Chai, Baby! has gotten there already. Chai, Baby!’s Energy Blend was selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Derby’s VIP gift bags!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Black tea benefits

Many new tea drinkers are surprised to find that all teas -- black, green, white, oolong -- come from the very same plant, camellia sinensis. Nevertheless, due to different processing methods, each tea type provides somewhat different health benefits.

All teas contain flavonoids, naturally occurring chemical compounds with antioxidant properties. During processing though, black tea is oxidized and therefore contains particularly complex flavonoids.

In a article, columnist Michael Shaw listed various documented health benefits derived from flavonoids in black tea: increased immunity to flu, better bone density, reduced risk of heart attack, better oral health, as well as slowing of the progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What's your (tea) story, baby?

We at Chai, Baby! believe that tea drinking is so much more than consuming a beverage. Rather, tea drinking gives us quiet moments of mindfulness spaced throughout our very, very busy days.

Do you, too, feel passionately about tea drinking? Do you have memorable experiences and important events associated with tea? Consider submitting your true story as an essay for inclusion in the upcoming anthology Tea Memories: Living Life One Cup at a Time.

Essays are due June 30, 2009 to Check out all of the contest details at, and write on, baby!