Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Music Therapy with Miss Moon



Deee Lite: "Power of Love"




























































Monday, September 28, 2009

DOPE: Michael Eric Dyson vs. "Morning Joke" & the Crew....




I know Michael Eric Dyson wanted to say, "Is you crazy?" (Or maybe that was just me!)...


"George Bush was called an idiot...." (Was he called a CRACKER idiot?). "Bill Clinton was called a murderer...." (Was he called a murdering HONKY?) What does the personality critique of our former Presidents have anything to do with this


or this


or this


and finally...

........need I go on?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'm REALLY Diggin': The Fall Movie Explosion

Never have there been such a flux of movies I want to go see. When I was in my twenties, I would go see a movie every weekend. But as I got older, I just found more important things to spend my money on (like bills.. lol). My attitude is usually, "Ehh... I'll wait until it comes on cable(or DVD)". But the last few weeks, I've seen previews for movies that have literally made me turn to Chris and say "We HAVE to go see that!!!!".

So in light of this change, I thought I would share a few of the movies I can't wait to go see:


The Final Destination I saw two out of the four movies in this series in the theater, so I feel it's only fitting to go see the final (side eye - yeah right) installment... especially in Digital 3D!!!




Capitalism: A Love Story: Michael Moore is the man!!! That's all I have to say about that!




Zombieland: I love Horror films.. I love comedies.. and this flick looks like the perfect combination of both.




Good Hair: Did I have to mention I want to see this movie? LMAO




Saw VI: Sure Jigsaw has been dead for oh, two movies! I have resigned myself to finish this series out! LOL

Click here to see the trailer!

Peace (and Pass the Popcorn) from Brooklyn!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

:::drools::: Janet Jackson-style for Plus Size Fashionistas


So when I spotted this picture of Janet Jackson in NYC during fashion week on Bossip, I knew I had to seek out a full(er?) figure version of this outfit. The people at Bossip might be questioning if this outfit is a hit or miss, but I certainly think it rocks and am looking forward to incorporating it into my everyday work steeze!

And how D-O-P-E dope is it that the entire ensemble I found on Lane Bryant's website? The only thing not from there is the handbag (which I got from another site) and the shoes (which I didnt pick out at all! lol)


Fine-gauge V-neck argyle sweater (Lane Bryant, $54.50) Soft V-neck sweater is a fashion classic you'll wear again and again. Updated with deep ribbed cuffs you can wear long or rolled. Wide ribbed bottom and ribbed trim at neck. (item 20597)


Textured sateen finish shirt (Lane Bryant, $39.50) The polished textured fabric of this updated menswear style shirt gives it the look of shadow striping. Contour seaming and yokes front and back provide an excellent fit. Point collar. Deep cuffs with two buttons. Full placket front. (item 37208)


Flap front pocket trouser (Lane Bryant, Sale $41.70) This perfect wear-to-work pant features a comfortable wide waistband with an extended asymmetrical tab closing and a notched back with two button accent. Faux pocket flaps with buttons on front. Bar and slide closure with inside waistband button and zip fly. (item 31757)



Jessica Simpson Delia Bucket (Zappos, $84.00) Keep it simple yet chic with Jessica Simpson's 'Delia Bucket' bag. Bucket shaped shoulder bag made of quilted synthetic leather.
Holds your wallet, sunglasses, personal technology and a bottle of water.
Dimensions: 14" wide x 5 1/2" deep x 11" high. Single shoulder strap. Shoulder drop: 9" in length. (SKU #7450369)




Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mizz Lennnid* (This is Your Birthday Card!)


* (Mizz Lennnid is the nickname many of her friends have given to my Mum.)

Mama Moon sailing the seven seas
While Miss Moon reps the NYC
I'm not troubled by the space between
I'll send my love with the ocean breeze

Seagulls seem to call out her name
Clouds crown her absent of rain
The sun shining each step she makes
The world's wishing her Happy Birthday!!!



Dear Mother I love you and want you to know,
I think of you often wherever I go.
You lift me up; you're like walking sunshine;
I am lucky to have a great mother like mine.
Your endless affection makes you special and rare;
I'm always amazed by how much you care.
What you've given to me I can never repay,
Thank you, Mom, on your 65th birthday.
By Joanna Fuchs

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUM! I LOVE YOU!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yummm! Vege-tastic Vegetarian Feast!

Usually, for several months out of the year (mostly in the summer) I stop eating red meat and chicken, focusing on a diet of predominantly vegetarian diet (though I do eat fish and seafood at this time!). This year I didn't do it, but it doesn't mean that I can't incorporate vegetarian meals into my carnivorous diet!

I found these recipes from a fantastic website VegWeb. Be sure to check them out for a ginormous listing of vegetarian goodies from around the world!

Here is a meal that I am really looking forward to recreating -


Baked Polenta with Ripen Tomato and Eggplant

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs to 2 lbs. fresh vine ripened whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Bay Leaf
2 basil leaves
2 bunches pasley
1/2 yellow onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic minced.
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
1 1/2 cups coarse corn meal
1 large eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch lengthwise and grilled, reserve
(Optional) vegan cheese substitute.
Fresh herbs: oregano, marjoram, basil, chopped for garnish

Directions:

Heat olive oil and add fresh tomatoes, bay leaf, basil, parsley onion
and garlic. Cook for 30 minutes till tender. Pass through food mill.
Return to saucepan and add vegan sugar to balance acidity. Season
with salt and pepper. Bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil and add 1
1/2 teaspoons of salt. Whisk in the cornmeal in a stream so that
there are no lumps. Use wooden spoon and stir till smooth. Let cool.
Take out of pan and slice into 1/2 inch x 3 inch long pcs. Preheat
oven to 400. Lightly grease a gratin dish, spread out 1 cup of tomato
sauce over the bottom. Arrange polenta, sliced eggplant and crumbled
cheese in loverlapping layers. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over
layers to create bands of red sauce, yellow polenta and cheese.
Crumble desired cheese over top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Slice.
Serve over wilted greens such as spinach. Bueno Appetito!!

Serves: 6-8

Preparation time: 45 min.


Cucumber Salad Extraordinaire

Ingredients:

4-5 medium cucumbers
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon vegan sour cream or vegan yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 clove garlic, pressed (as a garlic lover, I usually ratchet that up to 3)
pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel cucumbers and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Add salt, mix together
and set aside 1 hour. Rinse off salt and press out excess liquid.
Stir in remaining ingredients and chill at least 1 hour. Stir before
serving. Easy and heavenly!

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 2 hr, 15 min, including chilling time


Low-fat Gingerbread Pudding

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sugar (any kind, Sucanat works well)
3 tablespoons 807]cornstarch[/url]
pinch salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cup soy milk (or your preferred "milk")
1 1/4 tablespoons molasses

Directions:

In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cornstarch, salt and spices well.
Add 1/4 cup soy milk, and blend to make a thick goo.

Turn the burner on to medium, and add the remaining soy milk, stirring
constantly. Drizzle in the molasses while stirring constantly (I
always estimate the molasses, you can use less or more, to taste).
Cook this mixture until it thickens, making sure to stir constantly
(takes about 7 minutes).

Pour into serving dish(es) and cover. Place in the refrigerator until set.

Enjoy!

Feel free to change the spices to your liking. I made up this pudding
to try to make a new twist on an old favorite. I've always loved
banana pudding with gingersnaps, so I thought: "why not make a
gingersnap pudding with banana cookies?" The cookies I made sucked,
but the pudding was excellent. Spicy and cold and new-tasting. I've
never had a pudding outside traditional banana, chocolate and vanilla.
What a refreshing treat! It works well if you slice bananas into it
for garnish.

Serves: 2-4

Yes! Success! (Update to DIY Nappturaliciously: Deep Conditioning with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak)

In my last blog posting, (DIY Nappturaliciously: Deep Conditioning with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak) I was talking about trying to figure out a hair routine to coincide with my new work schedule. One of the benefits of being unemployed is a)You can do your hair whenever you feel like it and b)If your hair is jacked up, you can't go out anywhere anyway because YOU'RE BROKE! LOL

But such is not the case with me anymore (Well.. I'm still broke! LOL). Now I have the opportunity to go to work everyday and with that opportunity is the challenge to keep my hair presentable and healthy without spending hours everyday on it. Which to me means my steady and true, braid out.

Like I wrote on Saturday, I made the mistake to do my hair Sunday afternoon, so by Monday morning, my hair is overloaded with oil, frizzy (because it hasn't had ample time to dry) and although I love the curl, texture and poof.. my hair felt dryer and dryer and crunchier by week's end, which prompted me to do the Deep conditioning with the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak.

:::drum roll::: here are the results -


BEFORE: Doesn't look bad, but felt very stiff, lifeless and oily to the touch. It didn't feel healthy to me, and its important that my hair feels full of life AND look cute.


AFTER: This is more like it. My hair is soft, I have minimal frizz and curl definition, and more importantly, my hair has life to it, sheen and shine and I can run my fingers through it without coming back with a hand full of hair.

So far, I am really diggin' the conditioning pak. I will give it a month to see if I like it. And if there is a dramatic result.. I will post a one month update! Regardless, I will take a picture at the end of the week to show how (and if) the braid out lasted.

Peace from Brooklyn!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

DIY Nappturaliciously: Deep Conditioning with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak

I think I've finally figured out a routine for washing and deep conditioning my hair so that it's not an oily, frizzy mess by the time the work weeks starts.

The previous week, I waited until Sunday to wash, deep condition and braid my hair and when I took my hair out on Monday morning, it was still a bit damp. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I braid my hair with DOO GRO® Triple Strength Medicated Hair Vitalizer, and since I didn't have the opportunity to let it absorb in my hair, it was oily as hell and frizzy. By the end of the week, I had hair that was oily at the roots and dry and crunchy at the ends... and that's NOT hot! lol

So despite the fact that I was tired from work and had to go grocery shopping on Friday, I washed, deep-co'd, and braided my hair up that night:



I started by sectioning my hair into four and braided them loosely. Then, while in the shower, I undo a section, finger comb to detangle while under the shower, add shampoo (I am currently using Aphogee's Shampoo for Damaged Hair ), comb shampoo through with a shampoo comb, rinse and braid that section back up.

Once I was done with my whole head, I tried a new Deep Conditioner this time, that was recommended by Twitter friend @sugahjones (Thanks, girl).



Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak.... It's my first time using it, and so far, I'm diggin' it. The smell wasn't really what I expected it to be (it smells a bit like Like 'Em Aid!), but it has a nice slip. I ended up using two packs on my hair, and I kept it in for two hours, and my hair was silky when I washed it out. I am going to keep using it for about a month and if I am 100% satisfied with the results, I will keep using it!

Friday, September 18, 2009

DOPE: If Only Out of Vanity Staceyann Chin





If only out of vanity
I have wondered what kind of woman I will be
when I am well past the summer of my raging youth
Will I still be raising revolutionary flags
and making impassioned speeches
that stir up anger in the hearts of pseudo-liberals
dressed in navy-blue conservative wear

In those years when I am grateful
I still have a good sturdy bladder
that does not leak undigested prune juice
onto diapers—no longer adorable
will I be more grateful for that
than for any forward movement in any current political cause
and will it have been worth it then
Will it have been worth the long hours
of not sleeping
that produced little more than reams
of badly written verses that catapulted me into literary spasms
but did not even whet the appetite
of the three O' clock crowd
in the least respected of the New York poetry cafes

Will I wish then that I had taken that job working at the bank
or the one to watch that old lady drool
all over her soft boiled eggs
as she tells me how she was a raving beauty in the sixties
how she could have had any man she wanted
but she chose the one least likely to succeed
and that's why when the son of a bitch died
she had to move into this place
because it was government subsidized

Will I tell my young attendant
how slender I was then
and paint for her pictures
of the young me more beautiful than I ever was
if only to make her forget the shriveled paper skin
the stained but even dental plates
and the faint smell of urine that tends to linger
in places built especially for revolutionaries
whose causes have been won
or forgotten

Will I still be lesbian then
or will the church or family finally convince me
to marry some man with a smaller dick
than the one my woman uses to afford me
violent and multiple orgasms

Will the staff smile at me
humor my eccentricities to my face
but laugh at me in their private resting rooms
saying she must have been something in her day

Most days I don't know what I will be like then
but everyday—I know what I want to be now
I want to be that voice that makes Guilani
so scared he hires two (butch) black bodyguards

I want to write the poem
that The New York Times cannot print
because it might start some kind of black or lesbian
or even a white revolution

I want to go to secret meetings and under the guise
of female friendship I want to bed the women
of those young and eager revolutionaries
with too much zeal for their cause
and too little passion for the women
who follow them from city to city
all the while waiting in separate rooms

I want to be forty years old
and weigh three hundred pounds
and ride a motorcycle in the wintertime
with four hell raising children
and a one hundred ten pound female lover
who writes poetry about my life
and my children and loves me
like no one has ever loved me before

I want to be the girl your parents will use
as a bad example of a lady

I want to be the dyke who likes to fuck men

I want to be the politician who never lies

I want to be the girl who never cries

I want to go down in history
in a chapter marked miscellaneous
because the writers could find
no other way to categorize me
In this world where classification is key
I want to erase the straight lines
So I can be me

Thursday, September 17, 2009

::drools:: Hair Products I CANNOT WAIT to Try!!!

I am feeling SOOOO much like Jane and Michael from "Mary Poppins" right about now:



"Hurry Money.... much thanks.... Miss Moon and her... kinks" LMAO





I've been reading blogs as part of my training last week, so I've had a rare opportunity to read countless product reviews, and after many months of using the bare minimum (namely, swag from my old job at Carol's Daughter and the minuscule remnants of the products I last purchased) I am looking forward to sampling new products and discovering which ones work well with my hair.

So, for your drool-along enjoyment, I bring you my list of hair products I cannot wait to try --



First up is the Califa Care Sample Kit (Price $25.00) from Komaza Care. This set contains a 2oz Califa Care Shampoo, 2oz Califa Care Conditioner, 2oz Califa Care Leave-in-Conditioner, 2oz Califa Care Moistening Spray, and 2oz Califa Moisturizing Cream.

Designed for Type 4 hair (I believe I am a type 4a), This kit specializes in coil care and (according to the website) is designed to give your coils shine, softness, and minimize breakage so you can see your hair growth.

I have heard so many rave reviews about this next sampler pack, I am ASTONISHED I haven't used any of the products before.



The 4-piece Hair Care Sampler (Price $17.50)from Oyin Handmade was recommended to me by the ‘grand mixtress’ Jamyla herself, and I am really looking forward to trying it out. The 4-piece sampler contains generously sized 2 ounce containers of Honey Hemp Conditioner, Greg Juice leave-in spray, Shine & Define coaxing serum, and Whipped Pudding (which can be used as rich moisture on either hair or skin - DOPE!).



I love Qhemet Biologic's products, thanks to Mizz Empress Ri (Shout Out to you, girl!). The product that just made my hair go "Whoooooooo!" like little Richard was the Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm, and I totally plan on scooping up a jar of that. But what I am really looking forward to trying is the Karkady Tea Replenishing Mist (Price $11.00). This water based moisturizing and replenishing mist instantly softens dry, coarse hair leaving it healthy, soft and supple!(I am hoping to use this daily as a more natural replacement to the Jamaican Mango & Lime No More Itch Grow Spray).

These two are from the same company, so I will give them an honorable mention together.




The Ashlii Amala Red Raspberry Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Mask (Price $21.95) &
Shikakai Hair Growth Elixir (Price $12.00) are both from AfroVeda, and just from spending some time browsing their website and blog, in addition to taking their Dosha quiz, I cannot wait to get my hands on these products.

I am also planning on drinking the Denman-flavored Kool-Aid big time! I plan on getting a Denman Freeflow Styling Brush 9 Row #d41 (Price $10.95).



And last but not least, I am finally going to get me a conditioning heat cap. Where I live in Bed-Stuy, I pass 3 beauty supply stores on my way to the subway, but everytime I go shopping in one, the thought of getting a heat cap completely leaves my mind, so I plan on buying this one along with my Denman brush.



The Thermal Spa Cap Professional Hair Conditioning Heat Cap By Mastex (Price $19.99) offers 3 Heat Settings, Dual Thernostatic Control, Reusable Inner cap Liner & Improved Temperature Control. Frankly I dont know from these things, so I picked the cheapest one. If there is another brand I should look into, be sure to drop me a comment and let a sister know!

I plan on getting all the items from this little "wish list" by the end of the year, and I will be sure to post reviews on all of them as I try them out to let y'all know what I think.

Next up, I will be talking about the body and facial products I am dying to sample (I'm looking at YOU Brown Butter Beauty!) LOL

Peace from Brooklyn!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DOPE: "Billionaires for WealthCare"







This is heeee-larious! LMAO

Billionaires for Wealthcare are a political Guerrilla theatre and culture jamming group that is satirically opposed to U.S. President Barack Obama's attempts at healthcare reform in the United States. Their real goal is to further the cause of reform by publicly mocking the teabaggers and various other protesters against the president's proposed plan.

For more information on Billionaires for Wealthcare, visit http://www.billionairesforwealthcare.com/

Kanye, Kanye, Kanye....

Never have I felt so much like Joan Morgan. Joan, in case, you didn't know, is the author of the FANTASTIC book, "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost : My Life as A Hip Hop Feminist"

While I find Kanye's actions toward Taylor Swift despicable, I immediately find myself bristling when I see the violent and racist words spoken about him online. An amazing article from Media Assassin questions if Kanye's actions secured his position as the new "OJ".







I find myself so torn about this whole situation. On the one hand, I do not like the fact that Taylor Swift had a wonderful moment taken from her so disrespectfully. And I don't like the fact that Kanye thought picking on that young woman was acceptable. But I do think someone from Taylor Swift's camp should condemn the "lynching" speech, as Beyonce in her own way condemned Kanye's outburst.

All in all, I think we have a lot more important matters to be discussing (health care debate, anyone?) and focusing on.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Little [GOAPELE] for a Saturday Night




 This woman's voice immediately puts me in a relaxed state! After the long and hectic day my honey and I had today, I thought we would definitely benefit from a cool down before bed!

Friday, September 11, 2009

DO SOMETHING: Glenn Beck.. nuff said!




Excuse me one sec, y'all.... (looks at cartoon) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA
Okay, now to the serious stuff -

As you may know, right-wing talk show hosts have been bringing race-based fear mongering into the mainstream, but FOX's Glenn Beck has taken it to another level.

I signed ColorOfChange.org's petition to stop Glenn Beck's lies and distortions, and so far, 62 major companies have stopped their ads from running on his show. These companies have decided they don't want to be associated with Beck's race-baiting.

But Beck is only stepping up his fear-mongering, so we can't stop now. We have to make sure advertisers keep leaving, and stay away from his show.

Will you take a stand and be counted, and invite your friends and family to do the same? It takes just a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/hold/?id=2026-910062

This summer, Beck said:

This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people... this guy is, I believe, a racist.

That statement fits into a pattern of rhetoric from Beck designed to stoke racial paranoia and fear. He has claimed that President Obama has a "reparation appetite" and a desire to use his policies to settle old racial scores. Beck's overall plan is to create an atmosphere in which the White House can accomplish nothing, and he's carrying it out by preying on race-based fears and mobilizing hate. Beck relies on dishonesty, distortion and exaggeration, and he is embarking on character assassinations of Obama administration officials with whom he disagrees.

FOX has a horrible track record on pushing racist propaganda, but Glenn Beck appears to be taking the network to an even lower standard. He's trying to divide and distract America when we should be coming together and talking about issues that really matter--like health care and the economy.

The good news is that we have the power to stop this. Over 175,000 people have joined this campaign, and 62 advertisers have already stopped their ads from being run during Beck's show. Please help keep the momentum building.

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/hold/?id=2026-910062

Thanks.

Here are some links to more info:

"Beck: Obama has 'exposed himself as a guy' with 'a deep seated hatred for white people'"
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907280008

"Glenn Beck: Obama agenda driven by 'reparations' and desire to 'settle old racial scores'"
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907230040

This is a Public Service Announcement...





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DOPE: Corner Talk, September by Danny Hoch





Corner Talk, September By Danny Hoch ©2001

corner talk, september

1. I came out the subway and i was eatin' a bagel. i look up, and at first i was like- -Man, where the fuck they get these pilots at, man? Then it was like-- boom- some illuminati-nostradamus-dionne warwick type shit, bee. I just started runnin'. All the way to the Bronx. Shook.
I didnt even look back.

2. my cousin was on the 90th floor and got out. /Word? My ex-girl was on the 61st floor. we aint heard from her still. that's the girl i was gonna marry yo. Pst..How was you gonna marry her but she's your ex? I know she's my ex, but still, we were gonna get married before, i'm saying though. I cant even think.

3. hey yo, i rented the siege last nite son. i swear to my mother george bush is quoting bruce willis from the siege son. they had rounded up all the arabs and put em in some sprung shit, you know like internment camps in brooklyn, and i swear to my grandmother kid, bruce willis said, "make no mistake, we will hunt them down, and find them, and we will wipe out evil in the world." Rent that shit son! george bush said that shit yesterday! He think he in a movie son! George Bush think he fuckin bruce willis. He think colin powell is denzel washington. That shit is fucking crazy son.

4. yo man, i got a petition in my email. you know, one of those- stop bush from bombing the world type-emails. 60,000 people signed it by the time it got to me. i was scrolling that shit down for like a hour and 20 minutes. but half the people signed it anonymous. theyre scared a' aol!

What? motherfuckers better be. AOL/COINTEL...

I don't know to be scared some religious fanatic's gonna bomb my starbucks or one of these flag-waving nutsos is gonna bomb ME for speakin my mind.

Right? these flag heads is crazy son. i was talkin to this chinese cat that just came here on vacation last week, he thought it was fuckin fouth of july kid. people actin all patriotic.

you wasnt patriotic when they was shootin amadou 41 times or was you?

you wasn't patriotic when they was shovin a broom handle in abner louima's ass
or when they was chokin anthony baez to death

or when we was bombing vieques or buying israel 7000 brand new torture kits, or bombing 200,000 iraqui civilians, or bombin everybody in the motherfuckin world thats poor and brown-skinned

or was you?
or was you just... shook?

5. hey yo- but i aint scared yo, i aint scared. people on my block was already threatening to kill me man.

what? my block already look like a plane hit it.

hey yo. but i dont understand kid, if it was four motherfuckers with box cutters on a plane, and I'M on the plane, i'ma have to get cut or... somebody gonna have to get cut up on some pizza type shit. cause i aint goin out like that son. they say you cant bring knifes on planes now? i'ma bring a stick next time yo. somebody try to hijack the plane I'M on, they gonna catch multiple bumps kid. hard wood.

you know that hard wood they make fancy chairs out of. i'm go to macy's furniture department, or fuck it, i'ma go to huffman koos

and take a leg off of one of them expensive chairs, you know them overpriced shits they be sellin for a thousand dollars, cause they had to go to brasil and kill the rainforest for that shit.

i'ma take a leg off that shit and fly anywhere. i'ma fly to fuckin idaho. or oregon or some shit. and watch. let some motherfucker even say some shit to me son. cats is catchin bumps kid. everybody in my aisle, i don't even care. like WHAT.

and tomorrow's october 1st, but for real, i aint scared yo.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm REALLY Diggin': Bubble Tea

Years ago, when I worked for an acupuncture school here in NYC, I would drink bubble tea AAAAAALLLLLLL the time. It got to the point that anytime students or faculty were trecking within a 2-block radius of the bubble tea shop, they immediately thought to ask me if I wanted one.

As the years progressed, I hadn't had the opportunity to have indulge in one of my favorite deliciousness. When I first came to my building for interviews, I was delighted to learn that there was a bubble tea cart outside. With the last $4 to my name, I decided to reacquaint myself with an old, much missed friend.

I've been at my new job for three days now, and I have had a bubble tea 5 times! LMAO Today, I forced myself to not have one just to prove (to myself) I'm not hooked (I can quit at anytime!)...






From Wikipedia: Bubble tea is a tea beverage shaken with cocktail shaker to produce bubbles, typically served cold. It originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, first spread to nearby East Asian countries, migrated to Canada before spreading to Chinatown in New York City, then to various spots throughout the West Coast of the United States[1].
There are many variants of the drink, depending on types of tea used and ingredients added. The most popular kinds are "bubble black tea (traditional Chinese: 泡沫紅茶; pinyin: pào mò hóng chá; lit. bubble red tea)", "bubble green tea (traditional Chinese: 泡沫綠茶; pinyin: pào mò lyù chá)", and "pearl milk tea (traditional Chinese: 珍珠奶茶; pinyin: zhen zhu nǎi chá)".
In the most common English usage, the name "bubble tea" is often associated with pearl milk tea, as it is the most popular variant of the drink. Pearl milk tea, also known as "boba milk tea", is traditionally made by adding boba balls(made from a mixture of tapioca and carrageenan powder), large or small, to shaken milk black tea. Some tea houses used pre-mixed milk tea to simplify the steps and to reduce cost, thus remove the "shake" part from step and lessen its connection to the "bubble tea" name. This caused some confusion as to what "bubble" is referring to in pearl milk tea.

Bubble teas are generally of two distinct types: fruit-flavored teas, and milk teas. However, some shops offer a hybrid "fruit milk tea." Milk teas may use dairy or non-dairy creamers. Some healthier offers are 100% crushed fruit smoothies with pearls and signature ice cream shakes made from local ice cream sources. Some small cafes offer sweetener substitutes such as honey, agave, stevia, and aspartame upon special request.
The original bubble tea consisted of a hot mixture of Taiwanese black tea, brown large pearl tapioca, condensed milk, and honey. As this drink became more popular, variations were created. Iced versions appeared soon, and then came along green bubble tea which uses jasmine-infused green tea instead of black tea. Peach or plum flavoring began to appear, then more fruit flavors were added until, in some variations, the tea was removed entirely in favor of real fruit. These fruit versions usually contain colored pearls (and/or "jelly cubes" as in the related drink taho), the color chosen to match whatever fruit juice is used. Flavors may be added in the form of powder, fruit juice, pulp, or syrup to hot black or green tea, which is shaken in a cocktail shaker or mixed in a blender with ice until chilled. Cooked tapioca pearls and other mix-ins are added at the end.
Today one can find shops entirely devoted to bubble tea, similar to juice bars of the early 1990s. Bubble tea bars often serve bubble tea using a machine to seal the top of the cup with plastic cellophane. This allows the tea to be shaken in the serving cup. The cellophane is then pierced with a straw. The straw may be brightly colored, and is oversized, large enough for the pearls to pass through. Other cafés use plastic dome-shaped lids.