Detoxing Tip: Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea

Happy New Year from Capella Ixtapa!  How was your holiday season?  I have to admit, mine was fabulous!  But after enjoying the holidays surrounded with my family and dear ones, savoring many of our traditional dishes at home and at the resort, I think it is time for a thorough detox inside and out.  Fortunately, Alex Branch, Executive Chef has offered to share his favorite detoxing tip: Cocoa Tea!

To help detox our body after a holiday season, Alex recommends enjoying a Cocoa Tea.  Besides it’s amazing smell, this delicious tea is filled with antioxidants.  Cocoa is rich in magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.  Cocoa can increase the level of serotonin, which can contribute our feelings of wellness and happiness.  It is a slight antidepressant and stimulant similar to the body’s own dopamine and adrenaline.  Cocoa can even help to keep blood pressure low.

Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp            Ground Cocoa Beans
2 pieces         Clove
1 stick            Cinnamon
2 oz                Vanilla Extract
4 pieces         Black Peppercorns
4 oz                Ginger
12 oz              Water

Method:
Heat water to a boil, add cocoa beans and boil for 5 minutes.  Then turn off heat and add remaining ingredients.  Allow mixture to steep for 8 minutes, pass through a sieve into a mug.  Serve hot.

Tip De Desintoxicación: Té De Cacao

Cocoa Tea

Feliz Año Nuevo de parte de Capella Ixtapa!  ¿Cómo estuvo tu temporada de celebraciones? Tengo que admitir, ¡la mía estuvo fabulosa! Pero después de disfrutar estas celebraciones rodeada de familia, y seres queridos, saboreando muchos de los platillos tradicionales en casa y en el resort, creo que es hora de una profunda desintoxicación interna y externa. Afortunadamente, Alex Branch, nuestro Chef Ejecutivo nos ha ofrecido compartir su secreto favorito para desintoxicar: ¡Té de cacao!

Para ayudar a desintoxicar nuestro cuerpo después de la temporada navideña, Alex recomienda disfrutar un té de cacao. Además de su maravilloso olor, este delicioso té está lleno de antioxidantes. El cacao es rico en magnesio, zinc, hierro, potasio y vitaminas A, B1, B2, B3, C y E. El cacao incrementa los niveles de serotonina, la cual contribuye a nuestro sentimiento de bienestar y felicidad. Es también antidepresivo y un estimulante similar a la propia dopamina y adrenalina del cuerpo humano. El cacao puede incluso auxiliar a mantener baja la presión sanguínea.

Cocoa Tea

Receta para Té de Cacao

Ingredientes:

2 cucharaditas         Granos de Cacao molidos
2 piezas                     Clavo
1 ramita                     Canela
2 onzas                      Extracto de Vainilla
4 piezas                     Granos de Pimienta Negra
4 onzas                      Jengibre
12 onzas                   Agua

Preparación:
Calentar agua hasta hervir, añadir los granos de cacao y hervir por 5 minutos. Apagar el fuego y añadir el resto de los ingredientes. Dejar reposar la mezcla durante 8 minutos, servir en una taza colándolo a través de un tamiz o filtro. Sírvase caliente.

Afternoon Tea at Breidenbacher Hof

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Now that Autumn has arrived and temperatures are cooling down, I am really getting into the mood for a cup of hot tea, cakes and cookies. It is simply the time of the year where I like to relax inside, not only by myself, but also with good friends. And to be honest, is there anything cozier than an Afternoon Tea session (especially afternoon tea at Breidenbacher Hof!) in a comfortable environment? I don’t think so!

As I am regularly in charge of organizing get-togethers among my friends, I thought it would be nice to meet at Breidenbacher Hof for tea. I have never had Afternoon Tea at our property before and was just as excited as my friends to experience the service and enjoy our time together.

Afternoon tea at Breidenbacher Hof is served in our Lobby Lounge space.  It is the ideal setting because it is both warm and inviting.  Perfect for lounging, talking, and of course, enjoying tea!

Speaking of, service begins with the tea selection.  I was quite impressed by the enormous selection of different blends – in total there are about 24 different Ronnefeldt teas.  If you find yourself overwhelmed, don’t worry! A box with a small sample of each variety is provided for you to smell.  After choosing our teas, we each received our very own teapot with a little hot plate to keep it warm.

Next a display of tea sandwiches, cakes and scones was placed on our table.  What a treat!  It was wonderful to snack on the finger food as we shared stories and chatted the afternoon away.   In fact, the afternoon was such a hit, that we decided to repeat our little gathering during Christmas season when all holiday treats are available!