Tetley Tea contest

I love tea. So much so that I have a whole shelf in my kitchen filled with different kinds of tea. Green tea, black teas, flavoured teas, herbal teas… you name it I probably have it or have at least tried it once.

The Tetley Tea company sent me a sample from their new Tetley Colour Therapy herbal tea line to try. Titled “dream,” my sample was chamomile lemon flavoured. The chamomile taste was dominant, while the lemon part was almost non-existent. I have to admit that chamomile isn’t my favourite kind of tea; I actually prefer Tetley’s honey lemon ginseng green tea. Some of the other flavours in the Colour Therapy line look more interesting to me, like the “soothe” (ginger mint) tea.

But don’t take my word on the quality of this tea; Tetley is offering my blog readers a chance to try it yourselves by winning a tea basket of your very own. The winner will receive two containers of tea, a canister/tea pot and 50 mood influencing greeting cards. To enter, simply reply below and tell me what kinds of moods you find yourself in when craving a cup of tea. This contest is only open to addresses within Canada only, excluding Quebec. One entry per person only, make sure to include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Entries will be accepted until end of day January 19, 2011.

*This contest is now closed. Congratulations, Mary!*

Tetley Tea basket

photo courtesy of Tetley Tea

 

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

Sheep’s head, anise flavoured snails and cinnamon are three things that immediately flood my memory when I think about Djemaa el Fna and Marrakech.

Djemaa el Fna is the main square in Marrakech’s medina quarter. Bustling and filled with merchants and performers all day and night, this area inspired the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity UNESCO project, where they identify cultural history such as music and performances, rather than physical buildings and places.

Djemaa el Fna in the daytime

Djemaa el Fna in the daytime

During the day, stalls sell orange juice, dates and nuts. Performers wander around with poor Barbary apes on chains and snake charmers try to lure in tourists.

another shot of Djemaa el Fna in the daytime

another shot of Djemaa el Fna in the daytime

There are a number of cafés facing the square.

doughnut seller and cafe

doughnut seller and cafe

merchants

merchants

snake charmers

snake charmers

And then, before sunset, the snakes move out and the food carts start moving in.

food carts

food carts

To me, this is when Djemaa el Fna really comes alive. At night the square is filled with food stalls, hungry people, singers, drummers, dancers, storytellers, women doing tattoos with some dubious henna and people selling traditional medicines.

nuts and dried fruits

nuts and dried fruits

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Sofra, Edmonton

A group of friends and I planned a night out at Sofra, a Turkish restaurant that none of us had tried before. The interior is small but interesting – lots of wood and a giant horse statue at the entrance. Each table has a charm embedded into the table surface – a glass eye as a charm against the evil eye. I did think about taking a photo of one, but I decided that it would probably give me bad luck or something and erred on the safe side.

To drink, I tried some Turk Cayi – Turkish tea. It arrived in a tiny cup with a spoon and a sugar cube. And it tasted like orange pekoe. Yeah, I felt a little ripped off.

Turk Cayi (Turkish tea)

Turk Cayi (Turkish tea)

Two people tried the pideler – traditional forno-baked pizzas.

The first was the Tavuklu Pide, a chicken, tomato, green pepper and cheese pizza.

Tavuklu Pide (chicken pizza)

Tavuklu Pide (chicken pizza)

The second was a Kiymali Pide, a ground beef pizza with with vegetables and cheese.

Kiymali Pide (ground beef pizza)

Kiymali Pide (ground beef pizza)

Both pizzas had plenty of cheese and the toppings tasted okay, but the pizzas didn’t wow anyone at the table except for the light, flaky crust. Continue reading

Fun Friday

Japanese commercials are odd. And funny. Surprisingly short as well; wish advertising here was that short!

Pocky-loving zombies doing a vaguely Irish/Scottish inspired dance. (Pocky‘s a chocolate covered cookie, in case you didn’t know.)

A series of Fanta commercials, with English sub-titles.

And lastly, a Japanese/Thai tea commercial.