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A HEALTHY MATCHA LATTÉ WITH TEAPIGS //

Thursday, 16 March 2017















With St. Patricks Day coming up tomorrow I thought it would be fun to put together a healthy green matcha latté to help you celebrate with teapigs

I have always loved my green tea lattes from Starbucks but never knew how easy and healthy it was to make your own at home. I love teapigs for their matcha green tea because the taste is amazing - it has a bit of a natural sweetness to it and doesn't have any bitterness like some matchas can have, it is also organic which is always a plus! I have always enjoyed a good cup of green tea and often find myself preferring it over coffee because it gives me more of a kick without the jitters. Matcha is actually even better because it is 137 times more powerful than regular brewed tea. I also love that it can be made into a delicious creamy latté just by adding in some warm cashew milk. The combination of drinking matcha and axing dairy has helped me to feel even more focused and clear minded which is essential when you are self employed and working from home. 

To make this matcha latté I simply picked up a bamboo whisk or chasen which helps to diffuse the matcha into the warm water and added in some of my homemade vanilla cashew milk which I warmed in a saucepan. I prefer my lattés with minimal or no sugar but if you wanted to add a bit of sweetness, some honey or agave syrup would do the trick! I love having teapigs matcha green tea on hand because it's so quick and easy to whip up one of these to have in the morning or when company stops by!

xx
Tessa

Thank you to teapigs for partnering on this post.

HOMEMADE CASHEW MILK //

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Ever since quitting dairy, I have wanted to try making my own nut milks - I had heard that it was easy but I just never bothered to try. The other day I decided to go ahead and test it out - OMG it is even EASIER than I had imagined. Not only is it crazy easy, it is so much more creamy and delicious than store bought! It's also awesome because you can add dates for sweetness and more or less water depending on the consistency you prefer. I made ours to be probably around a 2% milk but you could even do a thicker version to act as a coffee creamer. Needless to say I am a huge fan and am so excited to make fresh cashew milk every week. 



INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw cashews
water
2-5 dates (depending on preferred sweetness)
vanilla bean or vanilla extract
sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Begin by soaking the cashews anywhere from 4 hours, up to overnight in the fridge (I chose to do overnight). Drain the cashews and rinse until the water runs clear. Pop the drained cashews into the blender and add dates and two cups of water - blend until pureed (around two minutes). Add vanilla, sea salt, and however much water you prefer (I added an additional 3 cups). Blend for an additional 1-2 minutes. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth to remove any remaining pulp and THAT'S IT! 

Not including the soaking time this probably took me about ten minutes.. SO EASY! Not to mention that cup of raw cashews cost me around $5 which is around the price I pay for the store bought cashew milk - amazing! Also, store bought, even though better for you than dairy, still has additives that your homemade milk will not. It's also nice that you can adjust the concentration and sweetness depending on your preference. You can also add some cinnamon to make a super healthy horchata!

xx
Tessa

VELVET SHOES //

Monday, 6 March 2017














Jeans: Similar | Top: c/o Windsor Store (sold out, similar) | Jacket: c/o Misguided (sold out, similar) | Shoes: c/o Windsor Store | Bag: c/o Windsor Store

These little velvet booties give me some serious heart eyes. I love how they look with destroyed denim, but they would also be super cute with a little sweater dress (if the weather would cooperate). I'm also obsessing over this faux fur bag that I also picked up in mauve. So many cute items at Windsor Store lately - I'm excited to pick up some new Spring items and to give my closet a little refresh!

xx
Tessa

CUERNAVACA + MEXICO CITY //

Thursday, 2 March 2017

ready for take off!





we spent our first few days visiting family, browsing downtown Cuernavaca, and strolling through markets. Danny always seems to think the market is unsafe but I have never felt scared and I love visiting when I come to Cuernavaca because it is so busy and bustling and full of local goods, fresh fruit, leather, Mexican candy, and amazing boots and sandals!


A local restaurant you must visit is one of our good friends' called Fonda La Güera (pictured above). If you want authentic Mexican food this is it, they also have three locations, the food is beyond delicious and it's super budget friendly. Some other restaurant recos would be:

- House Café + Lounge: amazing cocktails, brunch, atmosphere
- Aguachil: delicious fresh seafood, super cheap, amazing chamoy michelada (beer/spice cocktail)
- Hacienda De Cortes: honestly the food isn't good and it's expensive, but go and have a glass of wine and take in the stunningly gorgeous scenery of this old Hacienda
- Casa Hidalgo: we actually didn't get a chance to visit this time but it overlooks the whole castle in downtown Cuernavaca and it's stunning at night


brunch at House Café + Lounge, I had the french toast and Danny had the egg, chorizo, avocado toast.

downtown Cuernavaca



The tamarind popsicle + prosecco cocktail at House.


the streets are riddled with colourful walls and gorgeous architecture, I literally wanted to stop at every single one #instagramdreams 



Mexico is so romantic and there's always someone selling fresh roses

the most delicious cajeta + macadamia nut ice cream from an ice cream shop that's over 70 years old called Nevería Roxy.



Our time in Mexico City and Cuernavaca is almost always filled with visiting friends and family so we didn't get too much of a chance to tour around but we had an amazing time and managed to fit in all of our favourite things. I also was able to meet so many more members of Danny's family which was so fun. It's always such a wonderful time visiting, we can't wait to go back!

If you are going for the first time here are some recos:

- visit the Hacienda de Cortez and get massaged in their open roof rooms
- stay a night or two at House Café + Lounge which is actually also a B&B: super stunning and not as expensive as you would think
- take an open roof bus tour of downtown Cuernavaca to get a better idea of the history
- visit downtown Cuernavaca, explore the castle and just take in the hustle and bustle of the busy square
- visit the Adolfo López Mateos market: it can get a little crazy so dress down and go with a friend or a local
- go shopping at Galerias: locals might not suggest it but I always love going to Galerias when I visit Cuernavaca, it's the local mall and has all my favourites - Bershka, Pull & Bear, and Oysho!

xx
Tessa