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Midnight Fireworks for Lunar New Year

Midnight Fireworks for Lunar New Year

When you think “Chinese food,” Formaggio Kitchen might not be the first place that comes to mind, but that’s a shame. While it’s true that cheese is still only just starting to make inroads into East Asian cuisines, here at the Cambridge shop we have more than enough products for a Chinese New Year feast. (more…)

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Drinking Longjing Tea in Hangzhou

Drinking Longjing Tea in Hangzhou

I love Chinese teas. While I won’t turn down a full-bodied British cuppa or Indian Assam, China is where I fell in love with tea, and it’s Chinese teas that keep me coming back for more. The world of tea is at least as complex as the world of wine, but like wine, the most important part is that you enjoy what you’re drinking! While there are “best practices” for brewing certain flavors, Chinese tea culture emphasizes that the same tea leaves can be prepared different ways and multiple times to create different taste experiences. With so much to choose from, tea drinking really becomes a very personal experience, and tea drinking in China is all about this kind of casual enjoyment among family and friends. (more…)

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Tranquil Tuesdays TeaI first met Charlene Wang from Tranquil Tuesdays during one of her many trips to Boston from Beijing (as a Boston native and Wellesley College alumna, Charlene tends to be in Boston quite a bit). Charlene came into the shop and introduced herself as the founder of Tranquil Tuesdays tea company, a company that specializes in sourcing tea from small, family-owned farms in China. Her timing couldn’t have been more perfect! (more…)

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Iced Tea

I am a year-round tea drinker and always start my day with a hot cup. That said, when it gets really steamy outside, there is nothing better than a fresh brewed cup of iced tea.

As the shop’s tea buyer, I love experimenting with different varieties and different preparations. For a great iced tea, I love  a less tannic brew with nice color and strong aromas and I have also found that unique and unexpected teas often make the most enjoyable cups. With this in mind, here are a few of my favorites: (more…)

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Darjeeling Teas

Over the past few months, Julia, our tea buyer, has been working hard to refine and focus our tea selection. Among the companies she works with is Dammann Frères, an impressive, third-generation French company that specializes in blending fine, loose leaf teas.

We just received in a shipment from Dammann Frères and asked Julia to share her top five picks with us. A lot of difficult decision-making was involved but, ultimately, she narrowed down her picks to the below – a selection of teas that encompass a variety of styles, flavor profiles and countries of origin. (more…)

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Bergamot oranges

A couple of Sundays ago, a fellow Formaggio Kitchen colleague introduced me to Bergamot oranges.  Our produce department recently received a batch and I had never seen one before!

Bergamot gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor (the essence is extracted from the skin of the orange).  When I sampled one, I was given a small slice to try because it turns out they are more like lemons in terms of their sourness than they are like conventional oranges. (more…)

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Darjeeling Teas

A cup of hot tea has always been something of a rallying cry in my family – over the summer, iced tea prevails, generally garnished with fresh slices of orange.  In winter time, however, hot tea reigns supreme, usually accompanied by a piece of shortbread, a ginger cookie or a slice of fruit cake.

This past summer, I deviated from my usual stove-top iced tea routine and invested in a dedicated iced tea maker.  Determined to find my optimal brew, I purchased small quantities of different loose teas we have here at Formaggio Kitchen.  It was difficult to choose a favorite but, in the end, Everglad from Dammann Frères‘s became my go-to tea – a green tea with notes of grapefruit, imparted by dried bits of grapefruit rind.  It is amazingly refreshing when iced and, given the tendency to drink more during the hot months, it was nice that it wasn’t as caffeinated as black tea. (more…)

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