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2003/12/15 09:16:47 (permalink)

Chai

I wasn't quite sure what topic to put this under so I guess this will just have to do. As I sit here at my desk sipping, I just have to wax poetic about my new favorite drink: Chai. The spices, the cream, the smell, the smoothness, the taste. It is such a nice way to start your day (and end it). In the summer, the place where I get it from makes chai shakes and they are just perfect for a hot muggy day. Anybody else fallen in love with this drink?

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    scbuzz
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 10:31:21 (permalink)
    Are they the freshly made ones or the pre-packaged ones ??

    There is an Indian resturant in the town where I work that makes fresh Chai. And it's really great, especially on a cold day and you have the sniffles !!!

    I like them alot !
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 10:45:33 (permalink)
    I love Chai. There's a tea house in Salisbury, CT (I think) called Chaiwalla, and they have fanstastic Chai, as well as great sandwiches and the most amazing desserts and pies. I'd love a cup of Chai right now...
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 11:26:44 (permalink)
    Sorry, but I don't get it. What's the big deal about Chai? Isn't "Chai" just the Chinese word for tea? Somebody please enlighten me.
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 11:40:49 (permalink)
    Yes, "Chai" is tea in China. The Chai that's been the rage in the States for a few years, however, is the Indian version, which combines sweetened milk and various spices. It's delicious. Interestingly, it was historically a drink enjoyed by peasants and laborers in India. Now, people here pay $3-5 per cup.
    quote:
    Originally posted by yumbo

    Sorry, but I don't get it. What's the big deal about Chai? Isn't "Chai" just the Chinese word for tea? Somebody please enlighten me.
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 12:23:14 (permalink)
    Sorry to be nitpicking but "Chai" is not Chinese for tea. "Cha" is.

    Chai is an Indian word, I believe (if I remember correctly from my research for a fusion Asian-African menu for a ball I was organising catering for). And I think that Chai is originally an Indian drink, as jpatweb says. The spices they put in such as ginger and cinnamon, as well as a dairy content, makes it so (many Chinese are lactose intolerant and apart from Northern China where some of the minorities introduced yoghurt consumption, most Chinese don't drink or take dairy products if they don't have a Westernised upbringing).
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 12:26:02 (permalink)
    PS: I love Chai too!!! Fresh Chai is great but I'll settle for Starbucks Chai if I can't get at fresh Chai... they make it waaaaaaaaay too sweet though!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 12:47:26 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Jellybeans

    Sorry to be nitpicking but "Chai" is not Chinese for tea. "Cha" is.

    Whoops. My bad.
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 13:46:04 (permalink)
    scbuzz--can't stand the packages of chai. I get mine fresh made from a tea house called Teaism.

    Jellybeans--Fourbucks...er, I mean Starbucks...sells chai? I can't imagine it, mostly because I can't stand their coffee.

    jpatweb--$2.50 for me. But the cup was about the size of a very large coffee (they call that a grande, right?). Worth every penny. It is THAT good!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 14:13:04 (permalink)
    Meowzart: Well, here in the UK, Starbucks do serve Chai... and if I recall, I had Starbucks Chai in the U.S. as well...

    I had my first Chai from a smaller coffeeshop chain in the UK that is now defunct (can't remember what it's called) and have been addicted eversince. Unfortunately, I've not had Chai for quite some time now because all that sugar in it isn't good for me (gives me a sugar rush and then my mood drops like a rock!) although I do order Chai without the milk and sugar (Starbucks also, strangely enough... and minue both milk and sugar, it's half or 1/3 the price of normal Chai...).

    I don't drink coffee myself but Starbucks is proving to be the quick-fix place for most people here in the UK (it's them or Coffee Republic or Costa coffee which, according to some of my friends, both serve even worse coffee. At least Starbucks' non-coffee items redeem themselves a little but hot chocolate from either Coffee Republic or Costa Coffee sucks big time!).
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 14:21:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by meowzart

    Anybody else fallen in love with this drink?

    Yes, yes! Me! I fell for it three years ago while braving a fierce Pennsylvania winter. I still indulge here, in Florida now, especially during the fall & winter. I even brew some from bags (by Stash) at work. Makes my cubicle smell so great...This is my lone allowance of granulated sugar in my diet b/c you can't have "unsweetened" Chai...
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 15:36:37 (permalink)
    I'll try the chai at Teaism. $2.50 sounds like a bargain. I pop over to the Dupont Circle location occasionally but usually it's just for a salty oat cookie.
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    Originally posted by meowzart

    scbuzz--can't stand the packages of chai. I get mine fresh made from a tea house called Teaism.

    Jellybeans--Fourbucks...er, I mean Starbucks...sells chai? I can't imagine it, mostly because I can't stand their coffee.

    jpatweb--$2.50 for me. But the cup was about the size of a very large coffee (they call that a grande, right?). Worth every penny. It is THAT good!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 15:52:10 (permalink)
    Their salty oat cookies are like crack!!! Beware!!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 15:59:02 (permalink)
    A well-made mug of steaming hot Chai is great with homemade biscotti too!!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 16:24:08 (permalink)
    I have also had both Chai ice cream and a Chai milk shake. I prefer drinking a nice hot cup of Chai, but I must admit, the milk shake was pretty good.

    jpatweb/meowzart: what's a salty oat cookie?
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 17:12:56 (permalink)
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    jpatweb/meowzart: what's a salty oat cookie?


    Mmmmm....do see:
    http://www.teaism.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/Teaism.woa/1/wo/ZF2dlQ3dNl7zkDfZlFncYw/2.0.5.13.3.13.0.1.3?productId=123
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 17:31:01 (permalink)
    Wow! There's chai milkshake and ice cream?

    I wish we had that here! I've tried Green Tea ice cream before but it tasted kinda weird... Chai ice cream must be nice because of the deep and punchy spices!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 17:43:44 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by meowzart

    Their salty oat cookies are like crack!!! Beware!!


    I know this is about Chai, but I can't help thinking about those salty oatmeal cookies. Hi I am Chinesegirl, I am 60 days sober of Teaism's salty oat cookies and their Salmon Ochazuke.

    chinesegirl who left DC now daydreaming in Pittsburgh
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/15 17:50:05 (permalink)
    I see lotsa DC folk here! Maybe we could meet up and Meowzart could show me the joys of Salty Oat Cookies if I fly in from London come the summer to visit old classmates!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/16 13:33:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Jellybeans

    I see lotsa DC folk here! Maybe we could meet up and Meowzart could show me the joys of Salty Oat Cookies if I fly in from London come the summer to visit old classmates!


    Summer? Sounds like Chai milkshakes (and salty oat cookie) time!! Deal!
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/16 13:45:57 (permalink)
    Must...order...salty...oat....cookies. I wish we had a place like Teaism in Arkansas. The only place I've ever had (or even seen) the Chai milkshake was Chaiwalla, in Salisbury, CT. If you're in the area, I highly recommend a visit. The owner is quite knowledgeable about tea and she bakes a mean cobbler and an addictive tomato pie. Plus, her straight-up hot Chai is awesome.
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    RE: Chai 2003/12/16 14:17:27 (permalink)
    Lucky for me, don't have to fly. Just 4 hour drive :) Salt oat cookies and Chai, and I want Max's ice cream, too.
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