Do you eat any snacks with your tea?

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klepto
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:36 pm

As I follow #puerh and #oolong on Instagram I've noticed people eating cupcakes and cookies with their tea.
I've had dinner and then had tea which ruined my tastes so I couldn't enjoy the tea. I'm curious if anyone here
does this. I've done it at tea houses that give you great cakes and scones but their tea was bad so I didn't care :D.
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:23 pm

I always have a yearning for a snack while I’m having tea. Usually it is something sweet especially with oolongs and puerhs. Oh well, have to live with it I guess. 😁
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:07 am

Webley wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:23 pm
I always have a yearning for a snack while I’m having tea. Usually it is something sweet especially with oolongs and puerhs. Oh well, have to live with it I guess. 😁
I might want a snack but I'm too focused on how the tea tastes and such so no luck :(
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:20 am

klepto wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:36 pm
As I follow #puerh and #oolong on Instagram I've noticed people eating cupcakes and cookies with their tea.
I've had dinner and then had tea which ruined my tastes so I couldn't enjoy the tea. I'm curious if anyone here
does this. I've done it at tea houses that give you great cakes and scones but their tea was bad so I didn't care :D.
I echo your sentiment, especially sweets are a terrible idea with tea, at least with expensive tea it’s a waste of a good thing.

We do that sometimes in long tea meeting with a dozen+ teas where some might feel queasy after too much(depends on the kind of tea).
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:35 am

usually no, but sometimes i like snacks with tannic black tea. a cookie or something.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:48 am

I've never done so, but this thread has really given me a craving to do so.

I find Japanese snacks really delicious and addictive. Things like senbei and kakipi are so moreish
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:43 am

I typically never eat while drinking tea. I will usually wait long enough after a meal to prevent "aromatic interference" from occurring. I will often refrain from snacking if I expect to be making tea later. To me, if tea is the main focus, food is out of the picture.

I could see myself choosing a tea to go along with something I am intent on eating, but in practice that does not really happen, and in that case it would be with the idea of the tea being in support of the food, not the other way around.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:28 am

Zac wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:48 am
I've never done so, but this thread has really given me a craving to do so.

I find Japanese snacks really delicious and addictive. Things like senbei and kakipi are so moreish
Senbei is amazing, especially made freshly baked or grilled. I'm not sure what tea would go good with it.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:01 am

klepto wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:28 am
Senbei is amazing, especially made freshly baked or grilled. I'm not sure what tea would go good with it.
Risking a cliche here, but you can't go wrong with sencha, or perhaps some lighter Chinese greens. I feel like the toasty senbei (or kakipi) needs a bright tea as a counterpoint. A nutty longjing would be delicious too.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:43 pm

I only have snacks when we have extended multi hour tastings here, nuts, crackers, dried fruits and even break for a real meal. Typically though I don’t eat when having tea. Although I do have a few lower quality, oxidized, and roasted teas that would go well with food. Thing is, I prefer to have a clean palate with my daily high quality teas, so have them on their own, without food.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:24 pm

I'm not sure I would consider it a "snack" but it's customary in Japan to serve sweets with matcha.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:50 pm

I have tea throughout the day. Infusions of sencha in the morning may take turns between sips of hot chocolate; midday sparkling green tea just now accompanied some cheese and crackers; office puerh may go with soup or stew for lunch, or be a welcome interlude in foodless paperwork.

I keep a little jar with tiny broken up bits of chocolate near my tea trays, so a nibble of dark chocolate often accompanies tea enjoyed without a meal.
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I prefer, as some other members have echoed, tea on a fresh palate. On days I enjoy tea, I always have it on an empty stomach, before eating anything that day. I can better appreciate the flavors, aromas, and potency of a tea in this manner. It really makes for a memorable session. I don't mind any queasiness that could potentially arise, though it doesn't happen often. I prefer a powerful session.

In general consuming a liquid during a meal, or snack, can dilute digestive enzymes and delay digestive processes.
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:41 pm

I have my morning ripe pu-erh on an empty stomach (after a glass of water). I've had the same tea after eating, couldn't really discern a big difference in taste.

I often have a bit of 85% dark chocolate before an afternoon session (sheng or sencha). I'm not eating while drinking, just beforehand. For me it feels like a treat and the feeling is worth any hit to tea flavour.
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