Giveaway // Takeya Deluxe Iced Tea System

Do you drink more iced tea than water? I do. If you're like me, you're going to want to enter this giveaway with Takeya. One lucky winner will get this 2 Quart Deluxe Iced Tea Beverage System (valued at $79.99) which has everything you need to make a perfect pitcher of iced tea.

In the box:
- Iced Tea Pitcher/Maker holds 2 quarts of iced tea
- Thermo Jacket keeps iced tea cold for hours
- Citrus Juicer
- Fruit Infuser and Infuser Stand
- Iced Tea Variety Pack with six pre-measured packets
- Recipe Book

How genius is that citrus juicer? It's designed to screw onto the pitcher so you can juice right into the iced tea. Brilliant.

The recipe book is filled with fantastic beverage recipes so you won't run out of iced tea ideas to quench your thirst. The book also gives step-by-step instructions on how to flash chill your iced tea so it's ready in minutes.

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This giveaway is only open to US residents. Good luck!

NOTE: Winner will be contacted by email and comments/follows will be verified. If winner does not respond within three days of being contacted, another winner be chosen. Good luck!

//Giveaway prize courtesy of Takeya.//

Posted on August 23, 2015 .

Traditional Korean Aluminum Kettle

Last year in November, I went to Seoul where all I did was eat, then eat some more. (Oh, how I much I love you, Korean street food!) On that trip, I spotted these traditional aluminum kettles everywhere. I saw them in my relative's homes and in restaurants where they contained either cold or hot water.

Traditionally, they're for serving Makgeolli, a cold Korean rice-based alcohol. Because they're made from aluminum, they're super light and easy to pour with one hand.

 

So, of course I went nuts once I spotted these kettles in a tiny, one liter size. They're perfect for holding enough water for four cups of water or tea. I use mine for hot water for when I make matcha and for iced tea when a friend comes over. They're so cute.

Plus, the lovely light gold sheen makes it always Instagram ready (here and here). Ha. 

After a couple of months of sourcing and working out the logistics, they're available for purchase! They're made and imported from South Korea. Each one is unique in that elements of the kettle are handcrafted. (Note the marks left from smoothing down of the spout by hand.) 

Shop the kettle now!

P.S. That shot of me pouring took multiple takes! It's not easy to pour and hold the camera steady at the same time. 

Posted on August 16, 2015 .

Made-to-Order Ice Cream Rolls at 10Below

My Instagram has been slowly filling up with shots of these ice cream rolls from 10Below so I made my way over to Chinatown with my friend Queenie yesterday. Thankfully, because I went on a Tuesday at 3PM, there wasn't much of a wait with only just a couple of people on line ahead of us. I hear the wait can be about an hour on the weekends.

Cream is mixed with fruit and other flavors on a cold plate, which turns into ice cream in a couple of minutes. The ice cream is then rolled and placed into a cup where you can add any toppings of your choice. (I got the Monkey Business which is hazelnut, banana, and chocolate syrup. I topped that with more chocolate syrup and a toasted marshmallow.) The ice cream is very creamy and dense.

If you want to see this in action, check out my Snapchat (ohhowcivilized) before it's gone at 3PM.

Posted on August 12, 2015 .

Matcha Sugar Toast

Matcha Sugar Toast is my green tea twist on cinnamon toast. The hardest part is waiting for the butter to soften, although you can smash the butter to make it easier to mix with the matcha and sugar.

I used Milk Bread from Paris Baguette, which is a thick sliced white bread that's super soft and fluffy, but regular white bread will work.

Make sure you're using culinary or cooking grade matcha since you don't need the more expensive ceremonial grade. With this recipe, no need to sift the matcha since it mixes pretty well with the butter without doing so. 

Best when eaten right out of the toaster oven, although really, what doesn't? (Don't burn your mouth though -- ahem, speaking from experience.) I have a Cusinart toaster oven, which I refer to as my oven since I never use the real one, and I set the toaster time setting to 5.

If you're on Snapchat, follow me on there under ohhowcivilized to see behind the scenes or sneak peeks of upcoming recipes.

MATCHA SUGAR TOAST
Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
2 slices of bread (I used thick sliced Milk Bread from Paris Baguette.)
2 tablespoons softened salted butter
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon matcha

DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, mix together butter, sugar, and matcha. Spread butter mixture to two pieces of bread. Toast in a toaster oven until golden brown.

//Wood plate, teak knife (similar), slate cheese board, glass cup, Muji wooden prep bowls & white bowl, //

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Posted on August 9, 2015 .

Introducing...the TOWELKET!

What's a towelket? Why, it's a towel that's the size of a blanket!

In Japan, the towelket is a summer bedding staple in every household. I got one from a friend who was traveling back to New York from Tokyo and I use it instead of a flat sheet (so flimsy and ends up in a big ball) or a light comforter (annoying to wash). 

The one I got from Japan was a bit rough, even with multiple washings, so I decided to have my own made. I visited a few fabric shops in the Garment District and found this luxurious 100% cotton velour in a lovely neutral beige. It's smooth on one side and has terry loops on the other. 

I love it and think you will too. 

They're so comfy and so easy to wash, which is a huge bonus for me since I throw them in the wash with my sheets.

They're made to order, so it'll take about 1–2 weeks once the order is placed. 

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Posted on August 6, 2015 .