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What a Water-ful World

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Photos by Stephanie Lai, Words by Kiersten Utegg

Did you feel that?  I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months.  Hello, cold.  

As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold.  Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action.  As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls.  A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.  

In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others.   This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.  

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Tea Time, Anytime: Your Guide to Tea

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Photos by Rochelle Li, Words by Natalie Goldberg

When I come home from a long day of fighting off Boston’s chilly winds, the first thing I want to do is make a relaxing cup of tea. Something about a hot, aromatic cup of tea helps me focus and collect myself throughout the day. But I believe that investing in loose leaf teas, in particular, will make your tea-drinking experiences that much better.  

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Why Do I Drink Hot Coffee in the Summertime

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Photos by Cara DiFabio, Words by Nandini Ahuja

Why do I drink hot coffee in the summertime? I pondered this question yesterday when the TasteBUds staff and I grabbed donuts at Mei Mei (more about that in an upcoming article) and I waited patiently for fifteen minutes for my hot pour-over coffee over an instant iced beverage. And I wasn’t alone; editor-in-chief Cat Lau also insisted on a hot drink in the very warm and packed Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Isn’t it counter-intuitive to heat yourself up when all you want is too cool down and embrace the summer’s iced coffees, teas and frozen hot chocolates? Experts disagree.

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Cooking Class in Morocco

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Photos and Words by Daniela Ratner

When asking a person their favorite type of cuisine, one might expect a variety of answers. Most people tend to say Italian, Japanese, Chinese or even Greek. But what about Middle Eastern and Arabic cuisine? Sure, those also tend to be very popular, especially among people with a slightly more adventurous palate. However one Arabic country that people usually don’t consider when they think of their favorite type of food is Morocco. In fact, most people don’t even know what types of foods are served in Morocco. This may be because Moroccan traditions and cuisine are very different from other Arabic countries. The influence of Berbers and Riffians and the domination of the French, Spanish and Portuguese at different times in history have made Morocco more unique not only in its traditions but also in its cuisine.

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