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Hot drink season is firmly upon us, and with National Hot Chocolate Day coming up on January 31st we thought we’d share our favourite recipe for gourmet hot chocolate.

Courtesy of Simple Things Magazine, our resident experts on the finer things in life, this delicious recipe with warming flavours of cardamom and cinnamon will keep you feeling cozy for the rest of the winter.

Cheers!

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A Guest Blog by Elfi Schlegel

New year, new goals, new dreams… New Year’s resolutions almost always involve getting fit. What’s stopping you?

It’s likely fear. Or a little voice in your brain saying it’s too much of a bother.

Well, I’m here to suggest an alternative to jogging or going to the gym or yet another fitness class. Here’s a shocker: I’m going to pitch gymnastics.

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In the late 16th century, the Japanese Tea Master Sen No Rikyu said, “Tea is nothing more than this: heat the water, prepare the tea, and drink it properly. That is all you need to know.”

Though we love the idea that pouring the perfect cup of tea could be so simple, having recently published the new 3rd edition of Camellia Sinensis Teahouse’s expert guide to tea, Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties we know there’s a lot more to it.

Tea can react to various factors, from the ratio of tea to water to the length of infusion to the material of your teapot. Fortunately, there is a method you can learn that will help you brew a near-perfect cup of tea every time you boil the kettle.

Now that’s a skill that’s sure to come in handy!

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