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Tea around the world: From Rooibos to Chai

Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed drink after water? Well, you shouldn’t be surprised by so many different types of this aromatic drink and numerous ways of brewing them. Different cultures around the world have many delicious variants of tea, both hot and cold.

Tea is an amazing way to start the day, enjoy your work break, or finish off your evening. Also, teas have numerous benefits. 

Many teas may ease stomach aches, reduce the chances of heart attacks, and decrease blood pressure. And what is more important, cup of tea is a cup of joy and calmness. Do you need more reasons why this drink is so popular throughout the world? 

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Turkish tea

This drink is called çay (pronounced “chay”), and it is a huge part of their culture and everyday life and among the Turkish people who live around the world. They use a teapot of 2 stacked kettles (called çaydanlık) to make it. In the lower kettle, they boil the water and fill the kettle on top with some of it. Then, they steep the leaves to make a strong drink. They use the rest of the water to dilute it according to the drinker’s preferences. They serve it in small, special glasses with cubes of sugar. This delicious drink is one more reason to visit Istanbul when you have the possibility. 

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Bubble tea 

You will encounter this tea as ‘boba’ too. Taiwan people invented the bubble in the 80s, but it has become a popular drink throughout Southeast and East Asia, and North America as well recently. You can take this type of drink with or without milk. It contains black, green, or oolong teas, and add-ins as tapioca balls (known as boba or pearls), pudding, and jelly. All these ingredients give an interesting taste. You must try it! 

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Maghrebi mint tea

Maghrebi or Moroccan mint tea is a traditional drink in the Greater Maghreb region, which includes Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, and Mauritania. People drink this type of tea throughout North Africa, the Arab world (called ashay al Maghrebi), the Sahel Region, Spain, and France (called Moorish). People make the Moroccan mint tea with very strong green tea, spearmint leaves, sugar, and boiling water. 

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Masala chai 

The Indian subcontinent uses the term chai for this delicious drink. The most common version is black tea, with sugar and milk added to drinker’s tastes. The “chai” you can find in shops and cafes in North America or Europe is more similar to masala chai. The term masala means “spices,” and this chai varies in how people prepare it. However, they typically brew black tea spiced with cinnamon, ginger, black peppercorn, cardamom, and cloves before serving it with sugar and milk.

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Karkadé

Karkadé is a tart hibiscus tea that you can sweeten to your preferences. It is popular in North Africa, but particularly in Sudan and Egypt. So, don’t forget to try it if you ever go to Egypt. People often use this bright red drink for toasts at weddings. However, they also enjoy it in cafés.

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Low-alcohol cocktails are the new trend

We all know that drinking alcohol is bad, but you do not have to give up drinking entirely. This is where low-alcohol cocktails come in.

You don’t have to give up alcohol, but you also don’t need to drink to get drunk. Low-alcohol cocktails are what they sound like: cocktails with less alcohol.  

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Why should you drink low-alcohol cocktails? 

There are many occasions when low-alcohol cocktails are a perfect choice. They are ideal for happy hour or day drinking because you will relax but still be functional. Who doesn’t love day drinking? But it isn’t realistic to do that all the time. But can you have an Aperol spritz at brunch? Yes, you can. 

Low-alcohol cocktails are an ideal place for those that do not want to give up the booze but just want to take it easier. It is a good option for people who want to be healthier and more mindful when it comes to their booze intake. Also, these cocktails contain a few components, so they are easy to pair with food. 

How to make low-alcohol cocktails?

The basic premise for these cocktails is the same whether you make your cocktails with a lot or a little alcohol. Low-alcohol cocktails are complex, layered, and interesting, and they aren’t difficult to make. 

Champagne and wine are an amazing place to begin playing around with these cocktails since they have a lower level of alcohol than most spirits. If you are a fan of Champagne, you are going to like a Champagne cocktail that is going to be with less alcohol. Add an aperitif, a vinegary shrub, or bitters, and you will get a wonderful cocktail that will even pair with your meals. 

Low-alcohol cocktails

Elderflower spritz 

This liqueur adds a range of flavors – from peach to tropical fruit, citrus, and pear, topped off with honeysuckle. You will need 50 mL elderflower liqueur, 60 mL Champagne, and 60 mL club soda. Fill half a glass with ice cubes and add the liqueur, then the Champagne and club soda. You can add a lemon slice as well. If you want you can make an alcohol-free version of this cocktail by using elderflower cordial instead of the liqueur. Of course, you should skip the Champagne and add 120 mL club soda. 

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Sherry Cobbler

This cocktail is a work of art. Sherry, a wine that is common in Spain, is fortified, with a little brandy added. It is higher in alcohol than regular wine but is served with a splash of club soda. Also, it is mixed with lemon and orange slices, simple syrup, and mint for a bright flavor.

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Reverse Manhattan 

If you like classic cocktails, but they are too strong for you, try the Reverse Manhattan. It switches the proportions of vermouth and bourbon, resulting in a lower level of alcohol and sweeter drink. You just need 30 mL whiskey, 60 mL vermouth, 1 cherry, and ice cubes. Fill half a shaker with ice cubes, combine the ingredients, and stir until chilled. Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry.

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5 smart ways to break any bad habit

Are you wondering how to break bad habits? Well, we offer proven and smart ways to break any bad habit that annoys you.

We are here to remind you that everything is possible! You should combine your dedication and these five smart ways below to start your bad habit-breaking journey!

First, you need to identify your triggers because the triggers are the first step in developing a bad habit. Identifying them is also the first step in moving past them. And it should be clear to you why you want to break a certain habit. It can be easier to change your habits when the change is beneficial or valuable to you. If you think about it, you will see the benefits of the change.

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Okay, now it is our turn to reveal to you the smart ways to break any bad habit. 

Get to the root of your bad habit

A bad habit is often a comfort blanket during emotional turmoil. Bad sleeping habits, poor eating, and drinking can be signs of stress or unhappiness in aspects of your professional or personal life.  In identifying the stressors of the habit, you can understand it, so you will be able to target the root of the bad behavior. In this way, you will be better equipped to beat this behavior. 

Accountability 

Accountability is crucial when it comes to changing habits. If you monitor your behaviors through tracking and journaling, you will have a record of your performance. It is good to have a visual representation of your behavior, which will hold you accountable. When you track your diet, water consumption, and goals you can see patterns in where you fell short and where you excelled. When you can see your poor performance and behavioral patterns, this accountability will be a motivation for you to do better tomorrow. 

Smart ways to break any habit: Replace it with another 

It is easier to break a bad habit if you replace the unwanted behavior with new, better behavior. Don’t just stop the unwanted behavior – it doesn’t work that way. Of course, the new habit needs to benefit you spiritually, physically, and mentally. For example, if you like eating fast food, try to replace this habit with learning to cook healthy meals that will satisfy your cravings. Or let’s say you’re stuck in a rut of social media scrolling. In that case, you should practice meditation or pick up a book to improve your mindset. The impulse to follow the new behavior will develop as you repeat it. 

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Visualize breaking the bad habit

Breaking a bad habit doesn’t have to be only a physical process. You should practice new behaviors mentally, too. Imagine how you would typically react in the morning before your work presentation. You might see yourself eating sweets or anxiously biting your nails. Now, imagine how you could react instead. Visualize yourself going over your presentation, practicing deep breathing, tidying your office, or going for a walk – anything that keeps you busy and calms you.

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Motivate yourself with rewards for success

Don’t forget that breaking a bad habit can be incredibly difficult. Acknowledge how far you have come, and give yourself rewards along the way. Celebrate your wins! Even small rewards, like telling yourself what an amazing job you are doing, will increase your drive to keep going. Focus on the progress you make, and you won’t engage in negative self-talk or become discouraged. 

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The biggest fashion trends of 2021

Although it has been a quiet year for the fashion world, this season has unveiled bold and stylish fashion trends.

It is time to check out the fashion trends of 2021 that are already in your closet, along with the others that are worth investing in. 

As you remember the viral TikTok created by Lorena Pages, we really had so many cute outfits planned for 2020 that we couldn’t wear. Who would buy pilgrim collars or strange denim shapes in the middle of a pandemic? We all have spent the last year tucked in sweatshirts and leggings. We strongly hope and pray that 2021 will be different and that we will get a chance to wear so many of these fashion trends. 

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We must admit that one of our New Year’s resolutions was to get dressed up often and keep up with the latest fashion trends. And, we bring good news: this year’s fashion trends won’t cost you a dime. Since many pieces never truly had their moment to shine in 2020, they will be still going strong this year.

Here you can find some style inspiration with the top fashion trends spotted at the latest Fashion Weeks.

Belts

As you can notice, more fashion icons and influencers are bringing back the belt. Yes, we are talking about a midsection belt that makes every dress or shirt look more fashionable.  You can use your old belts this year to cinch a blazer, dress, or even a sweater. 

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Oversized boyfriend jackets

You can easily create a long line silhouette with an 80s-inspired oversized boyfriend blazer. Also, there are endless shapes you can play with. The shoulder pads elongate your legs and cinch in your waist. You should rock this look with leather shorts or a pair of straight-leg trousers for an ultra-modern style. This trend suits colors like charcoal, neutrals, and powder blue.  You can dress this up or down for a chic aesthetic.

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Sorbet pastel tones

Pastel tones will continue to dominate this year. These sorbet-inspired pastel tones are perfect for spring and summer. Also, they suit every skin tone. Choose from an oversized trench coat in cool mint green or boiler suit in soft lavender. Or even better – you can style them both simultaneously. Separates and suits in the buttery and soft tones elevate your aesthetic and will continue to be one of the chicest styles for many seasons to come.

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White boots

Of course, we are talking about knee-high boots! Swing it back to the 1960s with this amazing item of footwear. These boots are from the Youth Revolution in the mid-century. And this Nancy Sinatra-approved look is a fashionable way to freshen your outfit. You can wear them with a roll neck, patterned mini skirt or dress, or a pair of leggings. You can choose tight ones for a sexy look or a slouchy style for an effortless look and feel. 

White Knee High Boots

Matching sets

Yes, we wear sweatsuits and matching sets around the house, but they work perfectly for social settings, as well. You can style your sets with a pair of white boots, layered necklaces, a blazer, or a turtleneck. But, if you do not own a matching set, you can create a similar monochromatic vibe with pieces in the same color.

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