On 11/23/2014 2:01 PM, jr_esq wrote:

Good mornin' to ya'll,

Good evening.

It's an overcast day out here in my neck of the woods, a nice respite from the needed rain we had last Thursday and Friday....

We had rain last night and today it is clear and warm.

How many of you have tried a packaged chai in the morning? I bought two boxes of this cardamon chai at a Muslim Indian grocery store in Berkeley, CA last week. The chai is just a good as the one you'd get at an Indian restaurant.

We used to enjoy prepared hot /"chai"/ in the morning, or anytime for that matter. We can't consume it much anymore since I am diabetic and Rita is on a diet. Now I have to drink my coffee black, so we only buy beans at Whole Foods and grind them ourselves. I wonder how old those beans are? We can't stand cheap coffee anymore. A friend of ours drives across town just to get fresh-roasted beans that are only one hour old if you get there in the morning. Go figure.

Here is a nice recipe for home brewed /chai /from Epicurious:

Ingredients: /

Filtered water; Darjeeling black tea leaves; cardamon pods, ginger, cinnamon, black peppercorns, whole cloves, brown sugar; and whole milk./

Directions: /

Combine the ingredients by lightly crushing using a mortar and pestle and place in a saucepan. Add and bring to a boil on high heat; reduce heat and cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. ///Place the tea leaves in a strainer. Immerse the strainer full of leaves in the tea cup full of the ingredients mixture and steep for a few minutes. Remove the strainer filled with the tea leaves and add milk and sugar to taste and whisk for a few minutes. Serve hot in a cup or mug./////Enjoy.


/Thoughts on the word /chai:/

/Camellia sinensis/, from the Madarin Chinese word for tea (cha) which was invented in China as a medicinal drink back in the 10th century B.C. The word /"chai"/ comes from the Persian which was derived from Mandarin Chinese, which passed overland to Central Asia and Persia on the Silk Road, where it picked up the Persian grammatical suffix -yi before passing on to Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, and Indian languages.

I couldn't find this brand at Safeway or other supermarket in my neighborhood. But there is a small Indian grocery store at the Fillmore District which sells the same product...

For the naysayers here, you should know that Lindsay Lohan has also taken up TM. That's probably understandable since she has worked for Oprah Winfrey, an ardent TMer. I saw this from a video clip of Ellen Degeneris Show last night. She too is a meditator....There appears to be a tacit connection here with the TMO...

/Everyone seems to be getting into the TM these days./

It was nice to see the Raiders win a football game last Thursday. They might win another game or two. But in the end, they would still have a losing season...

This afternoon the 49ers take on RG3 and the Redskins. The Niners are favored to win. They could probably make the playoffs. But there is still a lingering rumor that Coach Harbaugh might jump ship to another team after the season is over...

Meanwhile, a violin player is playing a blissful tune on the radio...

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