OWL LANDING: Digg Inn Union Square

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We are super excited that you can now find Brew Lab Tea iced teas being served up Digg Inn Union Square. This unique seasonal market is dishing up delicious food and making it their mission to make it easy to eat well. Chef Daniel Angerer is so good that competed on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”. The six principals listed on their Company Values page makes us proud to be a part of what they do

Transparency

Openness, honesty, communication. We are transparent with each other, our customers, our vendors, and our friends and family. We fundamentally believe that an open, communicative relationship is the only means to a fruitful one. We are proud of who we are and what we do. We want to share.

Respect

Everyone is a person. Anyone who walks into our restaurants, whether to look around, use the bathroom, work, or enjoy some food, deserves to be treated with grace and respect. Treat everyone like your mom. Obvious, but not trivial.

Empowerment & Accountability

Teach a (wo-)man to fish. We believe in educating and empowering those around us, facilitating ownership and accountability. We find that absent these principles, the opportunity for forward progress is limited, whether it be in the context of a professional setting or a personal one. Without empowering our employees, we cannot grow and move forward as an organization. Without educating our customers, our ability to help them achieve their own goals, wellness or otherwise, is limited.

Relentless Improvement

Competitive drive, openness to innovation and change, never being satisfied with the status quo – we are committed to always doing better. We rarely find an instance that lacks the opportunity for improvement, and our competitive spirit drives us to innovate, enhance, and refine. If we are not moving forward, we are moving backward. Complacency is a big 4-letter word.

Focus

Avoiding the pitfalls of focusing on many things and being great at none. We realize that we can’t have it all and must constantly make trade-offs as we move forward and progress as a company.

Balance

We strive for balance, both in and outside of work. We seek balance for both ourselves and our customers – how we all live, eat, and enjoy life. Too much of anything just isn’t good for you, and we practice what we preach. We’re all in this together, after all.

See what we mean? Make sure that you stop by and get your fill of our four very special iced teas.

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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Cup of Tea

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Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? We celebrate tea all year long but we thought that it would be a great time to focus on the many reasons to add a cuppa to your day. We had a hard time keeping the list down to just 10.

1. It relaxes you.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea that is known to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving relaxation.

2. It contains antioxidants
While it will never be a cure-all, tea contains antioxidants which help our bodies defend themselves against free radicals. Some studies suggest that it may protect against certain kinds of cancer.

3. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary drinks
Tea in its natural state contains zero calories. That makes it a great alternative to soft drinks and sugary juices.

4.It protects your teeth and gums
Tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that supports healthy gums and teeth.

5. It keeps you hydrated.
Despite it’s reputation because of caffeine, tea has been proven to hydrate our bodies just as much as water.

6. It keeps your heart healthy.
The flavonoids in tea promote heart health by reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

7. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages.
Tea has been cultivated since the Neolithic period. Each sip connects you thousands of years of history.

8. It’s celebrated by cultures all of the world.
England, India, China, Japan..the list goes on. There’s not many things that the whole word can agree on but a love for tea is definitely one of them.

9. It lets you get creative.
Tea can be prepared in so many different ways. Infuse it with fruit or even try using it as a base for a cocktail.

10. It tastes great!
All other benefits aside, we love tea simply because it tastes amazing.

What are your favorite reasons for drinking tea? Let us know in the comments!

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Coco Chai Spiced Muffins

Coco Chai Muffins

As the weather grows increasingly colder, a comforting cup of chai is just what the doctor ordered. Pair these sweet and spicy muffins with your favorite tea for a festive treat.

Recipe by Nicole Martin of Tea For Me Please.

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 12 muffins
  • Approximately 2 teaspoons of Brew Lab Tea Coco Chai blend
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick of butter
Preparation:
1. Simmer tea in cup of milk for 5 minutes. Keep the flame low to avoid scalding the milk. Pour into heat safe container and set aside to cool.
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2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder
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3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs then add sugar and vanilla. Strain tea and add the milk to this mixture.
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4. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in microwave, let it cool but don’t allow it to solidify
5. Line muffin tin with paper liners
6. Very slowly add melted butter to the egg mixture.
7. Mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture, stirring only until just combined
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8. Spoon batter into muffin liners
9. Top with optional cinnamon streusel (see recipe below)
Step 9
10. Bake in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Store in an airtight container. These will keep for 3 to 4 days.

Enjoy!

Optional Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

Makes enough to top 12 muffins
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1. Add all ingredients together and mash with a fork until a crumbly texture is achieved.
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2. Sprinkle evenly over tops of muffins.
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What’s in My Cup? Ginger

Here at the Brew Lab, we consider ginger a superstar ingredient.

While the knobby root may not be the most aesthetically appealing herb, the flavor and health benefits more than make up for its looks. This spice also happens to be in good company with plant relatives like tumeric, cardamom and galangal.

Ginger is native to the warm regions in South Asia and today is cultivated and used pickled, dried, ground into powder, candied, and fresh. Depending on its preparation, its flavor can be quite spicy, sweet or mild. Because of this range, you’ll find this multipurpose ingredient in savory dinner dishes, sweet desserts, and beverages—our favorite being ginger tisane, of course.

Famed for its natural medicinal properties, ginger may be most well known for its use to ease nausea. There’s a reason you’re offered ginger ale when you have a stomachache (just make sure it has real ginger, and not ginger flavoring!). It is also attributed with immune-boosting properties and aides with general digestion.

Below are a couple of our favorite ginger blends, but be sure to check out our full collection here.

Black & Ginger:

A pure ginger tisane—because ginger doesn’t need additional ingredients to make it great. This tisane is delicious on its own or mixed in tea cocktail form, as designed by Owl’s Brew here.

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The Siberian (Vanilla Houjicha Ginger):

This blend is considered a coffee lover’s blend because of the rich flavor combination of roasted green tea, vanilla and ginger.

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What’s in My Cup? Peppermint!

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In light of the onset of the academic year, we’d like to feature one of our favorite focus-promoting herbs: peppermint. This leaf also happens to make a delicious tisane, alone or combined with other herbs and teas.

A hybrid between water-mint and spearmint, peppermint is native to Europe but is now grown worldwide. Originally cultivated as far back as ten-thousand years ago, peppermint has a storied history of medicinal uses including treatment for nausea and as a digestive aide. Other benefits attributed to peppermint and its aroma are improved alertness, memory and focus—all helpful as we return from summer vacations.

Along with its medicinal uses, peppermint oil is commonly employed as a perfume for skincare products and a natural flavoring in food and beverages. Additionally, the herb can be sprinkled onto all types of dishes, and in particular fresh peppermint leaves are a tasty addition to salads, cocktails and desserts.

Dried peppermint leaves are what we here at The Teaologist care most about. A peppermint tisane can be used to soothe a sore throat, or to provide morning clarity without the caffeine jitters. Our Peppermint Trellis and Chamomile Peppermint blends (pictured below) are two of our favorite, hot or cold.

Peppermint Trellis: An energizing blend comprised of peppermint, white tea and whole strawberries.

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Chamomile Peppermint: This simple combination of chamomile flowers and peppermint makes for a light and smooth tisane that is sure to calm the body and mind.

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What’s in My Cup? Lemon Verbena!

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Health comes in a wonderful array of flavors — admittedly, some of these flavors are less than palatable, but such is the sacrifice we make for wellness!  On the other hand, some foods make living a healthier lifestyle nothing less than a treat.  The lemon verbena herb is a prime example of a healthful and delectable nourishment.

Lemon verbena originates from western South America and was introduced to the global market in the 1700s. This herb has a history as rich as its scent—it was hailed in antiquity as a sacred and medicinal plant and used in drinks and teas for festive parties and parades.  In France during the 1850s  it became the main ingredient in many colognes of that era.

Most importantly to us here at The Teaologist, lemon verbena makes for an especially amazing tisane! In addition to the tangy essence, lemon verbena features an impressive range of health benefits.  It is known to help reduce anxiety, ease fevers and asthma, and relax muscles.  It is also highly regarded as a tonic for the nervous system, and is a mood-booster that helps eliminate stress.

Take advantage of the virtuous lemon verbena herb and try one of our featured blends: Lemon Verbena Peppermint, and the tea cocktail version, created by Owl’s Brew:

Lemon Verbena Peppermint: A caffeine-free blend, this tisane is perfect for the morning, as its components are naturally energizing.

Lemon Verbena Peppermint

Lemon Verbena Peppermint Tea Mojito by Owl’s Brew: A grown-up spin on the energizing tisane, this blend, when paired with lime juice, club soda, mint, agave and rum, is a great late afternoon refresher or evening sipper.

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Honey Bear Sugar Cookies

Honey Bear Sugar Cookies
The second OWL Recipe, designed by Nicole Martin of Tea For Me Please, is perfect for an afternoon weekend baking project. This basic sugar cookie recipe is kicked up a notch with tea infused butter. Our kid-friendly Honey Bear blend adds a touch of creamy caramel flavor and is delicious to sip along with these sweet treats.

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies
  • Approximately 4 teaspoons of The Tealogist Honey Bear blend
  • 1 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
Preparation:
1. Place butter and tea in a small sauce pan.
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2. Melt butter completely a let simmer for 5 minutes.
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3. Use a fine mesh strainer to separate the leaves from the butter and discard them.
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4. Place butter in refrigerator until it becomes solid again.
5. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat eggs and add them to the mixture.
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6. Add milk, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Make sure everything is mixed thoroughly.
7. Slowly add flour and stir until a loose dough is formed.
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8. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour
9. Working in small batches, hand form dough into shapes. If you wish to use a cookie cutter, roll the dough between pieces of parchment paper. You must work quickly as the dough will become sticky if it gets too warm.
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10. Place shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
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11. Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
12. Enjoy your tasty cookies with a cup of Honey Bear!
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Honey Bear Blend by The Teaologist

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