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Ambessa Tea Stories: Tis the Season To Cold Brew

By Ashley Beck | April 18, 2013

photo by: El Villano

Photo: El Villano

If your go-to drink is a refreshing ice tea, a cold-brew tea is for you. And if it’s not, a cold-brew might just change that. Cold brewing tea is typically an 8-10 hour process that slowly and delicately extracts the flavor of the tea leaving you with a light, less tannic finish. Because cold water is used instead of hot, the tea molecules aren’t altered as much from their original state, and therefore the taste, if anything, is more true to the tea itself. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: 8 Ways to Pair Tea With Your Meal

By Ashley Beck | April 16, 2013

photo by: pmagalhaes
photo by: pmagalhaes

photo by: pmagalhaes

Just like wine, tea is a great way to accentuate the flavors in a meal. Also like wine, certain teas pair best with certain foods depending on the aroma, texture and taste of the tea. The aroma, for example, can range from floral to fruity to vegetal, from earthy to toasty to spicy, and just like its vinified friend, the list goes on. The lighter end of the spectrum like fruity goes best with fish and delicate fruits, floral often goes great with spicy foods, and deeper scents compliment heavier dishes like meats, buttery sauces, and rich chocolate. When it comes to texture, the tannins in black teas are most apparent, and best taken with creamy, buttery dishes so the astringency has something to cut into. Last, but not in the least, is taste, this is where tea blends can really shine; a perfectly paired dish can compliment the unique flavors that were designed to be tasted in the tea. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: How to Drink Tea the Irish Way

By Ashley Beck | March 14, 2013

photo by: LWY

photo by: ellengwallace

There is a certain hospitality associated with tea. I experienced this kindness on my trip to England; you won’t go to visit anyone without being offered a cup of tea or the host putting the kettle on within moments of entering their home. This tradition is quite true in Ireland as well, and although there are a few differences in preferences and tea strength, the warmth and generosity is no less apparent. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: Choco Nut Balsamic Reduction

By Ashley Beck | March 7, 2013

photo by: FoodMayhem

 

Photo: FoodMayhem

As Marcus told Tea Magazine in an interview, “Tea was always in the cards from day one, it’s part of the restaurant in every sense, from the bar to sipping a cup to cooking with it.” Not only is tea steeped in tradition, the ritual of drinking tea has a healing power to it, and has a way of bringing people together. It provides a certain level of comfort and is a great way to healthfully flavor our favorite foods.  

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Health & Wellness

Ambessa Tea Stories: Tea For Your Face

By Ashley Beck | February 28, 2013

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Sounds a bit weird right? But if you think about it not so much. The benefits we get from tea on the inside can also be benefited from on the outside. And to go further, because our bodies absorb whatever we apply to our skin, it’s best to use products that are made from ingredients that you wouldn’t be afraid to eat. Therefore these tea masks and scrubs are made from 100% natural edible ingredients that will leave your face feeling as good as if it just had a cup of tea. Read More

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Harlem Welcomes The Earl

By mahir | February 9, 2011

Elizabetta & Julio

By Elizabetta Tekeste

Happy Wednesday viewers! This week I have something special in store for you: The Earl of Harlem! A masterfully balanced drink- it promises to hit the mark of a great cocktail with a lil’ bit of heat, sweetness and citrus.

The FIRST cocktail at the Red Rooster made using tea from the upcoming coffee and tea line. That’s right- there is a coffee and tea line coming! Keep posted here for more information over the coming weeks!

Watch Cocktail Architect Julio Torres at work here: Read More

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The Rooster’s Punch

By mahir | February 3, 2011

Leeza & Moses

By Elizabetta Tekeste

Happy Drink Day! I’ve been working on a special drink with mastermind mixologist Julio Torres for the last couple of weeks. It is the first in a series of new drinks that will be introduced at the Rooster over the coming weeks.

The Rooster’s Punch is our take on sangria, a traditional Spanish and Portuguese wine beverage. It’s bright, fruit forward and delicious!

Watch bartender Moses LaBoy make it at the Rooster: Read More

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Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
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