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Verjus – Sustainable – Healthy – Delights On Bainbridge Island, WA

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Chef Brendan & Heidi McGill offer a holistically conscientious experience to the sustainably and locally produced ingredients of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Verjus was born from their passion in growing and consuming wholesome, organic, clean & pure foods.  The McGill’s awareness of the science behind “the process,” honestly makes their spot THE premier place to enjoy real wholesome Northwest vegetarian flavors.

Sara, the vibrant girl that you may encounter at the shop showed me their freshest picks, all grown from neighboring farms right there on Bainbridge Island, WA!
Sara, the vibrant girl that you may encounter at the shop showed me their freshest picks, all grown from neighboring farms right there on Bainbridge Island, WA!

All of their fresh concoctions come from ingredients that are organically grown with love by surrounding local farms including THEIR OWN, Shady Acres. They also source other local farms on the island such as Tani Creek Farm and Persephone Farm, -these biodynamic farms are only a few miles of their shop!

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Verjus’ clean eats are matched with their clean look. What a breath of fresh air -literally! They have a living wall as a sliding door for enhanced air freshness. Such a lovely touch! ^_^

The McGill’s dedication in producing the most healthful products (in the most beautiful environment and colorful presentation), makes this spot an easy healthy and beautiful experience. We are overjoyed to announce that they will be using our Joraku for their nut-based milk lattes! All of their produce is cold-pressed allowing the drinker to enjoy the most abundant way to experience energy and nutrients the plants have to offer. And what a delicious result.

Check out this deliciously satisfying almond & chestnut-based milk Matcha latte! Their milks are oh so devine...
Check out this deliciously satisfying almond & chestnut-based milk Matcha latte! Their milks are oh so devine…

They have built their menu without the use of refined sugars or gluten! Their “plant-based cuisine begins with the finest vegetables and enhances them with umami-rich fermentations, from raw vinegars to koji ferments.” The Verjus teams’ passion for good quality food is evident in their glowing smiles and positive vibes. We at My Green Tea can’t emphasize enough: Verjus’ food is wholesome, organic, clean & pure, specifically designed to deliver the most nutritious concoctions.

Check out this simply stunning vibe! Full of light and breezy decore.
Check out this simply stunning vibe! Full of light and breezy decore.

Their menu changes as the seasons do giving you the freshest and in-seasoned Northwest eats and drink available.

This was my spread last time we were @Verjusbar
This was my spread last time we were @Verjusbar. The large green juice is their 12 oz “Dark Green” – a nutritional powerhouse, consists of: kale, spinach, celery, lemon, ferented habanero. The tiny little shot of golden sunshine you see there is their cold-pressed booster shot that consist simply of ginger and lemon. And the Creamsicle: Orange (carrot, orange, saffron) juice, almond milk. SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!

We love their promise to find sustainable and organic sources and hope to grow with them. Take a relaxing trip out to this little slice of Washington’s hidden island paradise.

124 Medrone Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 – 206.451.4096

Check out Verjus' insta @verjusbar - pretty sure they announce and update all of their lovely eats and treats
Check out Verjus’ insta @verjusbar – pretty sure they announce and update all of their lovely eats and treats
Check out their beautiful humus spread (photographed and reviewed by Rue Daily's Kat Mceachern
Check out their beautiful humus spread (photographed and reviewed by Rue Daily’s Kat McEachern)
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Cheers to HEALTH! Thank you Verjus.

🍵⛩NEW YEARS HATSUMODE (初詣) @ Tsubaki Shinto Shrine, Granite Falls, Washington

A great way to start the year is by purifying your body, mind, and spirit.
A great way to kick start the year – Tsubaki Grand Shrine, Granite Falls, WA. 
This is the big "Torii," the gate to the Shinto Shrine.
This is the big ⛩ “Torii,” the gate to the Shinto Shrine.
Tsubaki Grand Shrine @ Granite Falls
Tsubaki Grand Shrine @ Granite Falls

2017 is encroaching upon us which means it is a time to purify the mind, body, and spirit before we enter the new year. The beautiful Tsubaki Shinto Shrine in Granite Falls Washington is the most powerful place to do so.

HATSUMODE (初詣) Is the first shrine visit of New Years in Japanese Shinto tradition. Everyone will receive Okami’s Blessing / good luck for New Year.

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⛩Just a little matcha moment at one of the most peaceful place I know.

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America, is the North American branch of Tsubaki Okami Yashiro is one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious Shinto shrines with a continuous history of over 2000 years.

For years now we at MY GREEN TEA has been serving tea for the community every new year for it’s first 3 days in the beautiful snowy evergreen forest of Tsubaki Shrine.

In the winter @ Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls, WA
In the winter @ Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls, WA

This new year we’d like to celebrate our 20 year anniversary and will also have some tasty matcha desserts. :)

So we encourage you to bring your friends and family to enjoy the beautiful Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. Let us all start the year with tea and meditate with the intent for World Peace.  We will be there brewing our finest throughout the event ^__^

Wishing you wellness as you enter 2017 <3
Wishing you wellness as you enter 2017 <3
Matcha moment @ Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Granite Falls, WA
Matcha moment @ Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Granite Falls, WA
Be sure to dress warm as it is freezing cold in Granite Falls during this time of the year! ^_<
Be sure to dress warm as it is freezing cold in Granite Falls during this time of the year! ^_<

DETAILS: (also available on the official ⛩Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America website).

*Be sure to dress warm!*

address:  17720 Crooked Mile Rd.
Granite Falls, Washington 98252
phone 360-691-6389
email Kannushi@TsubakiShrine.org

First shrine visit of New Year
Every one can receive Okami’s Blessing /
good luck for new year.

Dec.31,2016 (Sat)
Open gate- 11:30pm-0:30am of Jan.01
SAITANSAI (first ceremony of new year ) at midnight

Jan.01 (Sun) ,2017
Open gate – 9:30am-5pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every 45min.
10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45

Jan.02(Mon) , 2017
Open gate – 10am-4pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every hour. 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

  1. They will close gate for security except Open gate time. Shrine grounds will be open when gate is open.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
  2. No pets allowed on the shrine grounds. Please keep them in your car or leave them at home.

http://www.tsubakishrine.com/schedule/index.html

tokara x My Green Tea x Mika Sullivan

Tokara Wagashi @ 6208 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tokara Wagashi @ 6208 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Come and enjoy a sweet, bowl of matcha, and/or check out some potential gift ideas this Sunday.  

My Green Tea will be accompanying Japanese Confectionary Chef Tokara‘s special Toryanse (open house) to whisk matcha, enjoy this month’s delightful wagashi morsels, and showcase the Japanese community’s beloved ceramic artist, Mika Sullivan’s life works. Her pottery will be available for sale by her family, the pieces will be the last of her works.

Mika-san's works were all so thoughtfully made. Her collections were Kyoto inspired.
Mika-san’s works were all so thoughtfully made. Her collections were Kyoto inspired.
Mika Sullivan (Left), passed this last year from cancer. Her art and spirit live on in her beautiful ceramic works.
@Tokara on Phinney serving up Matcha with Mika Sullivan in 2013. Mika Sullivan (Left), passed this last year from cancer. Her art and spirit live on in her beautiful ceramic works.

 

Every cup has its own personal character and feel. To this day, I use the cup she made with great care, as it was made with so much love thought.
Every cup has its own personal character and feel. To this day, I use the cup she made with great care, as it was made with so much love thought.
We as a family have been using Mika-san’s pieces, as there is no one who can make a “Kata-kuchi chawan” (bowl with a spout), like she can. Actually many, if not all of My Green Tea’s instagram shots of tea use most of her beautiful cups and/or chawans.
Though she has left this earth earlier then we all wanted her to, she’s left us with priceless pieces that are perfectly user-friendly and timeless in design.
If you've seen me at a tasting/tea demonstration, you've probably have seen me use this chawan made by Mika-san.
Kata-kuchi Chawan – Bowl with spout. If you’ve seen me (Nicole Momoko) at a tasting/tea demonstration, you’ve probably have seen me use this chawan made by Mika-san.
Her drip-preventing chawan really makes it easy to pour samples of our Matcha and I am so thankful to experience such well made pieces. To this day, we continue to use her user-friendly, distinctively Kyoto inspired ceramics as tools to help spread the practice of tea.
Hand crafted works ceramic works that suit any and all styles. All made from her studio in Marysville
Hand crafted works ceramic works that suit any and all styles. All made from her studio in Marysville
If you have a chance to stop by to check out her collection, or just to take a moment to enjoy Tokara-san’s quaint Japanese vibe, please do. ^__^
WHERE:
TOKARA (6208 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle WA 98103)
WHEN:
SUNDAY 12.09.2016 1:00PM-5:00PM

Marushichi Tea is MY GREEN TEA ^_<

My Green Tea is a small family run Japanese green tea distributer operating from Seattle, Washington since 1996. We are proud to source our loose leaf and teabags from Marushichi tea family.

(available online at: www.mygreentea.com)

At My Green Tea our mission is very simple, its is to source the finest green tea Japan can offer. When it comes to Japanese green tea, everybody knows that the best is produced in Shizuoka, the green tea capital of Japan.

Marushichi is a Shizuoka tea company with an impeccable reputation that is beloved and employs people within the community. Frankly there is no one that is more professional and dedicated to the quality of tea than the Marushichi tea family. They procure their leaves from select farmers whose families have been growing tea for generations.

The Marushichi tea family have been recognized and awarded for their excellence by both the Imperial palace of Japan and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, & Fisheries of Japan.

Our job as My Green Tea is to humbly bring this amazing tea to you. With love. ❤️

One Fourth Rule

This teapot is from a cute little store in Kumamoto (in the Kyushu Prefecture)
This teapot is from a cute little store in Kumamoto (in the Kyushu Prefecture)

Watching my tea leaves relax 🍃😌 in room temperature water for a minute or so before I surprise💃🏻 them with hot water. (For more details about why I do this visit the My Green Tea blog)

I call this my “1/4 rule”. I fill 1/4 of whatever I’m using as an infuser, teapot, kyusu, with room temp water let is sit for a minute or so to give thanks, and observe the leaves relax, simply add my hot water to get an optimal temp of 160-170 degrees F (70-77 degrees C).

In the event that you don’t have a hot water temperature reader/device accessible the “1/4 rule” comes in handy. You may certainly switch up those sensitive variables by adding/decreasing tea/water quantity, tinkering with water temperature, or increasing/decreasing the steep time.

Many people actually miss-brew Japanese green tea, especially Sencha because people forget how raw green tea is, relative to oolongs and black teas. Steeping Sencha, in scorching hot water will incinerate your leaves as well as most the health benefits 👎😱that make it worth while to drink. And though it still offers cancer fighting proteins known as Catechin, we miss out on the vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and antioxidants that make green tea so healthful.

You may re-brew a good quality Sencha up to 5 times (though my parents might kill me for suggesting that, I find that our Sencha is exceptionally good, full bodied, -especially this year’s crop!)

The variables to making a wonderful cup of green tea are so sensitive (as mentioned above: quantity of tea/water, temperature, etc) but we promise the trick is just to simply be attentive and aware of your process. Took me at least 10 mistake brews to enjoy my “perfect” cup. But don’t forget to not let your precious tea go to waste, as there is still loads of Catechin 👊🏼 in your uber bitter Sencha. So the My Green Tea family encourages you to take time. Make time. For tea time🍵💚. Make it a ritual to figure your own balance and sustain it. 💗