A friend has been raving about an artisan milk teahouse that has opened in her neck of the woods for some time.
Curious, I decided to give the high-end tea a try and ordered via a food delivery service.
The milk tea was delivered in this beautiful paper bag...
and in a tall, elegant, 9 inch cup.
It cost me almost twice the price I would pay for my regular bubble tea but I thought it was well worth the money, judging by the height of the cup.
I had the White Peach Oolong Milk Tea and it really was amazing!
Funnily, when I savoured the last drop, it didn't feel like there was a lot of tea in such a tall cup.
My curiosity piqued, I tore up the back of the cup and here's what was revealed!
Haha! This explains the very short thin straw that came with it!
So was I duped?
Not really. I was told that when the milk tea shop first opened, they launched their "Tear Cup" campaign where mystery gifts like discount vouchers, lipsticks, mini bottles of hand sanitizers and perfumes, etc were hidden in their signature cups.
A rather clever marketing gimmick, don't you agree?
I used to think that calamari was the Italian name for squid! Although they are both cephalopods, squid and calamari are two different species. They also differ in price — the more tender calamari costs more than its tougher cousin.
An easy way to distinguish them is by the fins. On a squid, the fins form an arrow shape and these run only for a short distance on the sides of the body. A calamari's fins extend much longer than a squid's, almost all the way down the hood.
An amazing squid recipe to share.
I am interested to know— do you use the fast or slow method when you cook squid?
Around this time for the past few years, I would be hopping from mall to mall to photograph kolams for the upcoming Deepawali/Diwali festival.
This year, Covid-19 has stolen the fun from me.
Here, you might instead enjoy these photos I snagged from a local newspaper!
image credit - S.S Kanesan, Art Chen & Sia Hong Kiau
You can see photos of kolams I've captured over the years here - 2019, 2018, 2014.
Wishing all my Hindu pallies a very Happy *Deepavali in advance!
For those who are new to my blog, below is an excerpt from a previous post explaining what Deepavali/Diwali and kolam/rangoli are.
* Deepavali/Diwali also known as the Festival of Lights is celebrated by the Hindu Community to symbolize the triumph of good over evil; the victory of light over dark.
The entrances to Hindu homes are decorated with fresh mango leaves and kolams. It is believed that Lakshmi, The Goddess of Wealth, will only enter a home that is adorned with a *kolam.
* Kolam is an ancient Indian art of drawing using colored rice grains or powdered rice to form symmetrical geometric patterns on the floor. The Hindus believe that a kolam at the entrance of a house will usher prosperity and harmony to the home. It is also believed that a kolam wards off evil spirits and diseases.
Another purpose of the kolam is to invite birds and small insects like ants to a home to symbolize man’s co-existence with and consideration for other living things.
Traditionally, the ritual is performed daily by the women of a household early in the morning.
Fun Kolam Facts
1. The lines in a kolam must be continuous and unbroken so that evil cannot enter the house via the gaps.
2. The patterns are traditionally passed on from mothers to their daughters.
3. Kolam in the Tamil language means form and beauty.
4. As the kolam erases during the course of the day by birds and insects feeding on the rice, people's foot steps and the natural elements, a new kolam is drawn again the next morning, thus repeating the cycle. It imparts the idea that life is renewed daily.