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Simple Ginger Tea

You’re about to say, “Seriously? You’re posting this?” The simplicity is staggering.

But this simple ginger tea is the one thing that I make every single day this time of year.

In the winter I don’t stay hydrated. I don’t like drinking cold water, and I don’t like letting the water run until it’s warm, and then I’m drinking bland, warm water anyhow: Blech.

So here is my hydration and cold-and-flu-and-other-icky-stuff-season remedy.

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Simple Ginger Tea

Do This

Fill a saucepan full of water. Put in 2 tablespoons of sliced fresh ginger and 1-2 herbal tea bags. Bring to a boil.

That’s it.

Optional add-ins for a punch-you-in-the-face cold elixir: honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper.

Path-of-least-resistance Thoughts on Tea

  • You can peel the ginger–but why? I just slice it thin with the skin on.
  • And why use a tea kettle when a saucepan makes a lot of cup-refills of tea? I find I’m much likelier to drink more water throughout the day if I brew a big batch.
  • I stick the tea bags in when the water is cold, because I can’t be bothered with a two-step process. The tea seems to brew just fine.

Best Herbal Teas

I prefer chamomile, “Organic Spiced Red Rooibos Ruby Red Chai” from Trader Joe’s, “Meadow” from Steven Smith, or “Evening in Missoula” by Montana Tea & Spice.

Do you have an herbal tea you swoon over? I like to play the field.


Blue Star Donuts Knocks Voodoo Doughnuts Off the Pedestal

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Voodoo Doughnut in Portland has been all over the Food Network and all kinds of lists of the best eats in America.

But it’s just not all that.

Voodoo’s bacon-maple bar is delicious, and I will never turn one away should it arrive on my passenger seat after a night of dancing.

But I’m not psyched by Captain Crunch or Fruit Loops on a doughnut. And Voodoo’s super-saccharine icings taste more like medicine flavors than real food.

Make way for local craft doughnut shop Blue Star Donuts.

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Blue Star has everything an obsessive foodie wants in a donut:

  1. Dozens of all-natural ingredients you can see (vanilla beans, nut pieces, coconut shreds…).
  2. Pastry chefs who hand-make your doughnuts (while you stand to the side nonchalantly pretending you are totally friends).
  3. A classic buttermilk cake doughnut that is so dense and delicious it may have just come from the apple-cider doughnut people at your favorite farmers market.
  4. Flavor combos that make you feel smart: basil blueberry, coffee & coconut cheesecake, Meyer lemon and key lime curd… you get the idea.

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I’m sure the coffee is kickin’, too, but I stick to tea, which–of course–is locally made about a mile away by Steven Smith Teamaker. And Steven Smith tea is divine.

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Plus, what foodie doesn’t love some coy signage?

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So what are you waiting for? The line at Blue Star (SW Washington & 13th) is totally manageable, and there’s probably even a lovely seat at the bright and airy bar waiting for you.


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