Tag: ginger

RECIPE REVIEW: Honey, Lemon, Ginger Tea

Before the fall season kicks in and the cold breeze picks up I start preparing a jar of tea that I found from this website two years ago: simplegreensmoothies.com

Even in the middle of winter, it’s always good to warm up and try to maintain some immunity. It’s the most natural tea to help me fight off any possibilities of a cold or flu. It also soothes my throat and prevents me from coughing when I’m desperately trying to get a good night’s sleep.

When I first tried this out, I followed every single step as close as possible. I’ve attached the same instructions below from Simple Green Smoothies’ website but all the pictures were taken with my Iphone 6s.

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons (thoroughly cleaned)
  • 2 pieces of fresh ginger (about the size of your pointer and middle finger)
  • Raw honey
  • 12 oz mason jar (or bigger)
Directions

 

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1. Slice lemons and ginger.

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2. Place the lemon and ginger slices in the mason jar, alternating layers of each.

3. Slowly pour honey over the lemon and ginger. Allow the honey to sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Fill jar to the top with honey and seal tightly.

Tea14. Store in the refrigerator. Over time, the mixture will start to turn into a loose jelly.

5. When you are in need of some soothing tea, scoop 2-3 tablespoons into a mug full of hot water – be sure to scoop whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes and sip away.

There is really not much to this recipe except I would recommend finding a mason jar that is a little bigger so it can hold as much of the ingredients as possible. When I bought a larger jar, I just started to add more ginger and lemon slices so that every cup has more flavour.

Probably the only adjustments I have made is picking out the seeds of the lemon, then adding more honey and ginger to the mix.

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Honestly my family absolutely loves this recipe. Every time we feel like a cold is coming on or we just want something to warm us up, this has become our go-to tea in our home. When you get the chance, check out some of their other recipes they share for some of their smoothie drinks.

Source: www.simplegreensmoothies.com

Heart Sushi – AYCE Sushi and Sashimi

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Heart Sushi
Unit 2, 815 Britannia Road West, Mississauga, Ontario

Want to get your sushi on? If you feel the need to satisfy your appetite for Japanese food then I know the place.

 

In one of the west buildings in Mississauga’s Heartland area is an AYCE (All You Can Eat) restaurant named “Heart Sushi”. They share the building with a few other tenants but if you find the Heart logo you can see they are placed at the very end. Grab a parking spot as quickly as possible because spaces are very limited on the weekends.

 

Like most AYCE sushi places today, their pen and paper ordering system is replaced with the iPad menu. Make your choices from a range of edamame beans to red dragon rolls or Korean kalbi slices to Chinese fried rice.

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Fancy iPad menu. It’s the way to order.

What I like about this place is the sushi and sashimi are fresh. For lunchtime sushi, they don’t stuff each piece with a fistful of rice. The same can be said for all of their maki rolls. At dinner, the thickness of each sashimi is cut just right. The best part is the presentation. When your appetizers arrive one dish at a time, you can’t wait to sink your teeth into some sashimi. But when it arrives in an illuminated bowl of ice with some fancy decor, it totally makes the experience so much more enjoyable. I used think “meh, just feed me the sashimi on a plate and serve it to me as quickly as I order it” but my outlook changed when you see all your sashimi light up! And when you sink your teeth into a cold fresh piece of fish doused with soy sauce and wasabi? Whoa!!! You cannot help but order more!

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Various sashimi of salmon, white tuna, octopus, and clam on an illuminated bowl of ice.

Like many other asian restaurants, there are some minor downsides. Sitting down in the booth seats often leaves feeling the impact of the person moving around behind you. Some of the Chinese dishes are a little bland. Besides, why would I stuff myself with rice or noodles when I’m there to eat sushi??? For the most part your dishes come quickly, but even the iPad system might leave one or two items lagging behind.

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Appetizer Seaweed
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Korean Kalbi
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Shrimp Tempura – lightly battered
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Red Dragon Roll – Bits of cucumber, avocado, some shrimp topped with salmon

There are a few unexpected dishes I particularly like. Available during lunch and dinner, order up the Tom Yum soup. It has a piece of simulated crab, slices of mushroom and one shrimp swimming in a slightly tangy soup base with a small garnish. No coconut milk, so it will never taste like the original in Thailand. White tuna for sushi or sashimi melts in your mouth and tastes far better than other types of fish. Available for dinner only, you must try the chopped spicy salmon sashimi on top of a Pringle chip! I ordered it thinking how crazy it was to eat but surprisingly it was really good! Just think, fish and chips right?

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Tom Yum Soup
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White Tuna Sushi
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Clam and Salmon Sushi

I’ve eaten at several sushi restaurants but this one surpasses a lot of them. Some have their own unique features, much like Heart Sushi, that makes them different from other places like their service or their decor. 

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Cleanse your palette with a scoop or two of red bean ice cream

So after eating here, I have a pretty good idea how to satisfy my cravings. Stay tuned for my next blog about the DO’s and DON’Ts on eating at AYCE sushi restaurants.