You remember that night in NYC last week with the torrential downpour? That was the night my little sister thought would be perfect for a sisters’ outing. To my credit, I tried to explain to her that subways would be flooded; that I JUST took a shower and dried my hair and the impending poofiness would hurt my feelings; that I might even fall sick. But then she did this:
(Which was so not fair), and the next thing I know, I’m putting on my rain boots to head over to the Tea Spot with her. And to her credit, it ended up being a kinda nice evening.
Inside Tea Spot
I am a tea lover after all. I’ve been frequenting this place for years but I haven’t been back in a while. They have a great selection though, the only thing to its detriment is probably cramped corners (which is also very characteristic of restaurants and cafes in this area). But the staff is always very nice, and they let you take your time to sniff the different loose leaf teas in their silver tins before you settle on one. In our case, we settled on two: Royal Star and Coconut Creme green teas. Both ended up being great choices (we also tried it with soy milk, per the waitress’ suggestion, which was also great).
Teas -- sorry for the dark pics...it's dark in there!
“My morning routine starts with warm water and lemon,” Kerr says. “It really helps kickstart the digestion.” These gems, the recipe for her Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie, knowledge on ingredients (and all with still time to gawk at the gorgeousness) makes it a must see. Check it out below. Expectedly, the smoothie contains coconut water — the source Kerr has given longtime credit to for her glowing skin!
Yesterday, Lipton Iced Tea hosted a “Taste of Summer” party, welcoming the summer solstice (the longest and brightest day of the year) with singer and actress Katharine McPhee. “This happens to be my favorite day of the year,” McPhee said. “We’re celebrating summer in an even bigger way by adding 24 hours of sunlight here.”
McPhee and the Lipton Sun illuminated art installation
She was referring to the one-of-a-kind illuminated orb, named the Lipston Sun, which she helped unveil. Created by the PRATT Institute, the orb will reside at Beekman Beach Club until the June 23rd and will be accessible to the public beginning today.
A quick pic with McPhee. #toomuchwind #longhairproblems
McPhee, who is working on a record right now, said she’s still waiting for her summer anthem. “I don’t know what it will be…maybe there will be a summer song that I can come out with!” she said.
**Read til the end for your chance to win an assortment of teas from Lipton!**
I had a chance to catch up with Mario Lopez and NYC mixologist Scott Fitzgerald recently about how they achieve the “Taste of Summer” with Lipton!
Mario Lopez dishes on his love for Lipton teas
Beauty and the Feast: Why did you decide to collaborate with Lipton? Mario Lopez: Lipton was a staple in the Lopez house! I grew up with my mom always having Lipton iced tea in the fridge. Now, with my own family it’s a staple in the kitchen too. BATF: How do you get a ‘taste of summer’? Lopez: We grew up in San Diego and blessed with beautiful weather year round. I love the outdoors, hiking, swimming — I’m all about it. I really think being outdoors and having a cold glass of iced tea is a great way to celebrate summer. It really makes me nostalgic of home. BATF: What are some of your favorite things to do during summertime in NYC? Lopez: I love New York. I was just there for a week. The great thing about NYC is that there’s always a lot of things going on. There’s a lot of culture, great restaurants, a great music scene. I always try to catch a show when I’m out there. The people are really cool, the energy is just great. BATF: What are your favorite Lipton drinks? Lopez: I really like the White Citrus Sangria and Berried Green Iced Tea with Pomegranate. I wouldn’t link up with a company unless I really believed in it, and I love that Lipton is all about really getting the taste of summer with their teas. If you want to take it up a notch, you can add bourbon to these iced tea cocktails. It’s cool to experiment with all the flavors.
I also had a chance to talk to Fitzgerald, who gave me some of his favorite drink recipes for the summer. “I’m in LA right now, and the sun is beating down on us,” he said over the phone. “So, I definitely appreciate these recipes. They hit the spot and really go with the whole theme of ‘getting a taste of summer.’” Check out his recipes in the videos below of his beloved summer mocktails:
Get 1 bottle of chilled water, empty in carafe
Add 1 Lipton Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea Mix Pitcher Packet, and stir.
Add a quarter cup of sliced strawberries and whole blueberries
Add ice and stir
How are you getting a taste of summer? Lipton’s ready to help! I’m going to give ONE winner an assortment of Lipton teas (Lipton Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate, Honey Mango Pineapple, Half & Half Berry Lemonade Decaf, Diet Green Tea with Citrus, Diet Green Tea Mixed Berry).
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