Peppermint-Green Tea with a Twist of Calm

Keep calm and carry on. That is easier said than done sometimes, but I keep telling myself that. See the stack of papers above? Apparently, I need to have it all memorized by October 22nd (cumulative Masters final). Yes, I need to stay calm.

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HH at Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Well, we finally made our way over to Annie’s Cafe and Bar last night located in downtown Austin (319 Congress Ave). It is a quaint little restaurant that has an old-time feel, with soothing jazz playing in the background and vintage-looking furniture. The service was great. I wasn’t that impressed with the food menu though (not very much variety). After speaking with our server/bartender over what the best cocktail was, I decided to try the Liberdade. The Liberdade is made with “Brazilian Rum” called Leblon Cachaca. It also has hints of ginger, cucumber and green tea. It was a pretty cocktail (color was a pastel green) and you could tell the bartender had put a lot of thought into making it. The ginger wasn’t too strong and I really enjoyed it. I had two! Even though it was happy hour, it didn’t seem to discount the amount of their drinks very much, if even at all. Chris ordered two Shiners and as always, he loved the crisp, cool taste (nice, cold beer mug!).

If you would like to see their cocktail menu, click here.

GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha

Edit: February 8, 2010. I get a lot of questions asking if GTS Kombucha is gluten-free. The answer is YES, it is. Along with our local company, Buddha’s Brew.

Kombucha is one of my favorite healthy drinks. It takes a while to get used too. Some say that is smells a little funky.

I have tried plenty of brands out there and the one that is the most consistent with flavor is GT’s Kombucha. They recently came out with 4 new flavors.

Of the new four flavors, No. 7 is my favorite. With hints of hibiscus and orange peel, it is spicy and satisfying.

It has 60 calories for the whole bottle, 4 grams of sugar and 14 carbohydrates. Vitamins (such as the B-vitamins) and probiotics are naturally occurring in the drink because of the fermentation process.

According to GT’s bottle, some of the benefits of drinking kombucha include:

1) Digestion support

2) Faster metabolism

3) Immune system support

4) Appetite control

5) Weight control

6) Healthier Liver function

7) Body alkalinity

8) Anti-aging

9) Cell integrity

10) Healthy skin and hair

The ingredients are: 100% raw kombucha, hibiscus, orange peel, chamomile and fresh pressed ginger.

If you have never had one, you will most likely get a slight buzz from it. You can get your legal buzz on while you work! :)

GT’s kombucha may now be found at most grocery stores around town. Whole Foods and Central Market seem to have the largest selection of flavors.