January 16, 2012

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

“Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing to the eye and even more flavorful than before.” - Marilyn vos Savant

It's International Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Sponsored by: Good Earth

Like wine, beer, or coffee, there's an entire culture based around tea: the ingredients, the way in which it's made, the aroma notes, the perfect way to drink it, the flavor profile, etc. I don't quite consider myself a "tea snob," but I do have a deep love for the stuff.

There are a few tea companies that I particularly adore. And one of my favorites is a company called Good Earth.

Why do I love and support Good Earth? Besides the fact that their tea is simply exceptional (it's silky and divine, yet unpretentious - yes, we're talking tea here!) and contains nothing yucky (no sugars, no artificial colors or preservatives, no MSG or soy product), it's because of their commitment to a greener planet, which is a cause I always stand by. They used recycled cardboard and print with soy-based inks, their tea bags are unbleached, and their factory is 75% run by solar energy.

Oh, and did I mention their tea is just exceptional tasting?
(I've been a sucker of their Organic Jasmine Blossom Green Tea for years!)

I was tickled when Good Earth got in touch with me regarding samples. It's always wonderful when a company you love wants to support your endeavors. They were gracious enough to send me two different kinds: their "Sweet & Spicy" tea and herb blend, and Tetley's caffeine-free traditional "Green Tea."

Good Earth's "Sweet & Spicy" tea and herb blend:
This tea is alot of fun to drink: it's got three very different flavor personalities to it. The first thing you taste is something pleasantly sweet, before morphing into the flavor of red hot cinnamon candies, and ending on a completely clean-fresh-breath sensation. It's one of the more unique teas I've tried, and thought it was a great way to start my morning (as I ran outside in the single digit weather to start my car). The ingredients include: black tea, natural flavor, rosehips, cinnamon, chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint, papaya leaves, jasmine tea (yay!), anise seed, ginger root, orange peel and orange oil.

Tetley's "Green Tea":
According to a study by Men's Health Magazine, Tetley's Green Tea was named the most effective tea for kicking a cold. And who doesn't love an all-natural and totally cost-effective way of preventing the sniffles?!

If you're a lover of tea, I encourage you to try Good Earth (and Tetley!). Not only will you be drinking a lush cuppa, but you'll also be supporting a company that's doing it's part to be as sustainable as possible (and keeping you healthy this cold and flu season!).

Happy National Tea Month!

Happy International Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.