Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Biggest Winner

I dont think I would call myself skinny, but on the spectrum of body size, I definitely lean towards the thin side. The same goes for my roommates. As part of our combined new years resolutions, we all want to get back into shape and put some meat on our bones (easier said than done, ive been the same weight since i was 17). So we decided to have a competition.



We all joined the Matt Ross Community Center and are trying our best to work out at least 3 times a week. Along with working out we are eating everything in sight.

Stay tuned for our weekly weigh-ins, and your chance to vote on your favorite contestant...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Rooooooibos

As I sit here writing this, my little weather widget thing tells me that its a casual 15 degrees outside. Miserable. Although, the cold weather does make drinking hot beverages much more enjoyable. I think over 95% of the liquids I drink in a day are hot. Is that bad? Coffee is always going to be a staple item on daily drink list, but let me take this time to introduce to you a drink that you might not have heard of...

African Rooibos tea. aka "Red Tea."

"Hey greg, have you heard of the new kind of tea people are starting to drink called red tea?" my friend said very naively. "Yes i have, except that I heard about it 10 years ago, and was the first one to drink it." I responded in a less than friendly tone.

Actually it was more like 5 years ago, and my good buddy aaron introduced it to me. The tea originates from south africa, where it has been used for generations. The leaves are grown only in a small area in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape providence. After harvesting the leaves, they are oxidized, where the leaves obtain their distinct reddish color. The best thing about red tea though is the fact that its naturally caffeine free. This makes it enjoyable any time of the day. Its calming effects soothe the body and give you a relaxing buzz almost.

The best red tea in Kansas City that I have found is at latte land on 79th and state line. Just go in and ask for a medium cup of african rooibos. I promise you wont be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One more semester

Today is my last day of Christmas break and to be quite honest im actually ready to start back. Im the kind of person that needs structure in my life and without it I go nuts. Thats a whole other blog entry though...

Did a lot of fun things over break. Saw a ton of people i havent seen in a long time, went to St. Louis with the fam.

And took tons and tons of pictures.

Mostly with this guy:
Photo Credit: Annie Lane

Friday, January 2, 2009

Adventures in Tea

So my friend and I were down at crown centerthe other day and went into this tea store to look around. I asked the guy that was working if i could smell some of the tea leaves, and he goes well why dont i just brew you a cup and you can taste some?

We were the only ones in the store and so he sat us down and brewed 3 or 4 different teas for us to sample and told us just about everything there is to know about tea. Back in China he owns his own business that grows white, green, and red tea that the then ship all over the world. We ended up talking to him for like 2 hours.

I just love hearing peoples stories and seeing people really passionate about things, like tea.

Here is a video of Shang, the tea master, pouring us some tea

Tea from Greg Anderson on Vimeo.