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太陽報 : 中上環 Relax小食事


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太陽報 : 中上環 Relax小食事

香港人做事講求節奏快效率高,只是衝衝衝,衝得多了,總要預留時間找個地方,好好慢下來放鬆一下,才可繼續向前。以下介紹的兩間新食店,選址熙來攘往的中環和上環,目的就是為客人提供一個悠閒空間,可以吃着Good Food,享受Good Life。

香薰茶座再進化

成立近20年的本地香薰品牌DK Aromatherapy,去年夏天在中環的舖內劃了一個空間設立茶室,希望大家能透過店內飲食,接觸到香薰的好處。最近品牌再下一城,於上環地舖開設空間更大的茶室,以木飾為主的裝潢,營造簡樸又和暖的感覺,切合店主Kat希望大家逃離緊張生活、在此品嘗健康滋味的主旨。開設新分店,Kat亦不忘追貼綠色食潮,引入新飲品,說的是5款以水果與草本植物浸泡的Detox Water,比起時興的Detox果汁,含糖量大幅減少,夠晒天然健康。
食用香薰油做甜品

食物方面,同樣以健康有營為本。新店獨家供應的午市沙律自助餐,以每日新鮮運到、不含農藥的水耕菜作主打,並有羽衣甘藍、牛油果、堅果等多款選擇,輔以松露油、意大利黑醋、有機玫瑰純露等調味料,即使吃青菜也有豐富的味道層次。此外,餐牌上好些選擇也包含了香薰元素,Kat特選可供食用的香薰油,加進飲品和甜品裏,但分量必須拿捏得準繩,出來的薰衣草、佛手柑和檸檬等香氣才夠自然,達到調和身心的效果。
DK Cuppa Tea

Unlimited Green Buffet $148/位
水耕菜由附近的Jenny’s Salad提供,夠新鮮,一眾沙律亦加入了羽衣甘藍、藜麥等大熱Superfood,包無限量供應的麵包和飲品一杯,另可加錢追加有機走地雞柳或雞下髀,喜歡沙律當午餐的便對胃口。

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake $49/件
用希臘乳酪製成的芝士餅相對低脂,質感亦偏向腍身,有玫瑰和薰衣草等口味。

以法國有機麵粉製作的包點,備有牛角包、牛油麵包、鬆餅等選擇,每件$28起。

Miracle Fruit Infused Detox Water $48/杯
Detox Water共5款選擇,至少經過24小時浸泡,各有不同功效,如成分包括青瓜、檸檬、青檸、西柚和薄荷的,有助防止水腫。

Guilt-free High Tea Set $298/2位用
輕盈版英國下午茶,集結松露沙律、時令水果、低脂三文魚三文治、低脂烤餅配有機草莓醬、藍莓蘆薈乳酪等多種低脂及有機茶點,另有特飲兩杯,大滿足!

7 Grain Chocolate (前)$48、Holiday Dream (後)$48
不含牛奶和豆奶的朱古力熱飲,以7種穀物加入可可粉調成,麥香撲鼻;夏天合時凍飲,則是菠蘿和椰子香味茶聯乘有機蜜糖的清新果香。

地址:上環新街市街 19 號地舖

電話:2386 3588

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香港商報訪問:夏日輕宜餐單


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香港商報訪問:夏日輕宜餐單
夏日即將來臨,悶意的天氣難免會影響食慾。越是胃口遞減之時,愈應平心靜氣放慢速度,找一處窗明幾淨嘅餐廳,點一份鮮蔬輕食,細嚼慢咽體會食材中的清爽滋味。將香薰理念與健康食材結合的DK Cuppa Tea,最近就於上環開設新分店,趁夏日炎炎推出健康水耕菜自助餐,並引入早前風靡歐洲的Detox Water,幫大家正正腸胃,一掃夏日悶氣。

踏入中上環,除了人來人往、急促的腳步、懷舊的建築和時至今日
還可聽到的叮叮電車聲,你還可以感受到什麼? 港島區給人印象一直是商業雲集的重地,但當小編來到DK Cuppa Tea卻一反這個觀念,簡約深木色的裝潢搭配淺綠色的人工草皮、交織的藤木桌椅,布
置處處盡顯春夏生機,成功營造蠻人身處於鬧市中伊甸園的感覺。

餐廳創辦人賴錦妍( Kat)表示最希望將健康理念帶給大家,[香薰店已開了19年,顧客不是做treatment便是買香薰,直到去年我開始想還有無其他途徑可讓客人接觸到香薰,所以就選了這個有機cafe shop作橋樑,將美食及香蕪的健康資訊帶給大家。」這里的每一杯野飲、乃至蜂蜜、糖均採用有機食材,加入各式香薰,如玫
瑰、薰衣草、佛手相及檸檬草等,製作出與別不同的茶香。就如小編最喜愛的薰衣草拿鐵咖啡,有機薰衣草咖啡底加入以分子料理製成的松露、椰油Cream泡泡持久未散,淡放薰衣草香夾雜著濃郁的松露香,搭配細滑的日感,相得益彰。

大熱健康之選Detox Water.

近日天氣較為悶熱,阿Kat為我遞上店鋪中最新引入的水果detox water ,此飲品以肉桂、蘋果、草莓、薄荷和檸檬等調校而成,味道甜甜酸酸,對比一般果汁入口沒那麼甜膩。她介紹餐廳特意請來營養師調5款Detox Water ,糖分含量比Juice Detox更低,利用最當造的水果透過浸的方式,釋放益生菌,促進腸胃健康,很適合注重健康的人飲用。顧客還可因應自己的口味,選擇害愛的水果味道,包括可防止體內滯留多餘水分的Detox Water,有青瓜、檸檬、酸橙以及西柏;燒脂Detox Water含有蘋果醋、蘋果、檸檬及肉桂;另一王牌排毒 Detox Water更注入綠葉時蔬,減輕腸道問題的煩惱。

水耕菜沙律自助餐

來這裡當然不止飲香薰茶和detox water那麼簡單,餐廳推出的健康水耕菜自助餐,沙律bar上的水耕沙律菜每日新鮮運到。客人亦可選擇配上有機玫瑰純露或黑白松露油,而其他配料則有牛油果及堅果等選擇。擺脫不肉類誘惑的話,可以添加有機走地雞肉或雞髀,提升口感。

來到甜品芳面,首推的香薰低脂乳酪蛋糕,全部選用天然花瓣製成調味,備有薰衣草、玫瑰、檸檬草、佛手柑西袖、薑檸檬、薄荷朱古力及黑松露朱古力可選擇。
有別於坊間以全芝土的做發,餐廳用一半希臘乳酪和一半芝士做成,營這綿滑口感之餘,更不會太易膩,花香宜人。

蘋果日報動新聞 Interview..當咖啡機遇上茶


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蘋果日報動新聞 Interview..當咖啡機遇上茶 自調五味蔗糖

香薰店中的茶室 DK Cuppa Tea則走女性化路線,這茶室位於本地品牌DK Aromatherapy專門店內的一隅,賣的是以香薰為主打的茶及糕點,作為資深香薰療法顧問的店主賴錦妍(Kat)最希望將健康資訊帶給大家,「香薰店已開了12年,顧客不是做treatment便是買香薰,我希望以cafe作橋樑將喝茶及香薰的健康資訊帶給大家。」Kat堅持用紐約的有機茶葉、公平貿易咖啡、有機糖及蜂蜜,而每款拼配出不同的香薰,讓茶香更與別不同。

高壓高溫迫出茶香 近日天氣較寒冷,Kat特意為我送上一杯Sweet Paris,此茶以莓香為主,用藍莓、覆莓子、玫瑰、薰衣草、呍呢拿南非茶等調校而成,味道甜甜酸酸,還帶淡淡的玫瑰及薰衣草香氣,愛花香的女士絕不能錯過,而Kat建議我下點香薰糖。這兒有六款蔗糖選擇,除原味外,還有迷迭香、佛手柑、西柚、羅勒及薄荷,全是Kat自行調配,加一小匙於茶中,以甜帶出茶香。「不少café會用茶壺溫熱着茶以侍客,這裏的茶以高壓式咖啡機沖調,利用高溫及高壓將泡好的茶迫出來,不會因泡久了而讓香薰茶變味。」 喝一口香薰茶消除聖誕夜的宿醉感覺,心靈釋放後便要對肚皮好一點。店內剛推出朱古力火鍋,用上紐約有機朱古力做火鍋漿,食物有香蕉、士多啤梨、薰衣草蛋糕、乳酪蛋糕,還有河南有機栗子及美國有機無花果乾,栗子粉糯又香鮮,無花果乾夠鮮味,絕對是火鍋的主角。吃朱古力火鍋還附送簡單的皮膚分析,分析過後更為你免費調配一支香薰精華素(約值$500),絕對超值。

Crave Magazine interview ~ Fragrant Harbour


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Kat Lai, director, DK Aromatherapy

Director and aromatherapy consultant at DK Aromatherapy, Kat Lai is a certified member
of the International Federal Aromatherapy Association and has been practising aromatherapy for 11 years.
What is aromatherapy?
Aroma means smell and therapy is something with a therapeutic purpose.
So something extracted from aromatic pants that has a therapeutic function is aromatherapy. Essential oils are extracted using different methods, but mostly via distillation. However, not every plant has an aroma or therapeutic purposes – only 15 per cent of plants have these qualities.

Can the aromatic flavour of food be therapeutic?
Aromas affect the brain’s limbic system and have the ability to change your emotion. For example, rose represents romance – the fragrance is very romantic and makes you feel happy. In terms of function, it’s good for women’s organs and reproductive system, so Chinese medicine uses rose to help women recover. Lavender is wonderful for relaxation, as the smell is soothing and quite special. There is nothing quite like it. When used in food, we associate with the smell, but the chemicals in the plant also have therapeutic functions.

Why is it unsafe to experiment with consuming essential oils?
Different aromatherapists have different theories. In France, aromatherapists prescribe essential oils to be ingested, but all aromatherapists in France have a pharmacy background and are certified
doctors so they know how much is safe – it’s like prescription medicine. Other therapists will tell you the use of essential oils internally and in excess is dangerous. Even when applied to the skin, essential oil penetrates the bloodstream and is absorbed by the body, where it can stay for four days. That’s why bottles of essential oil are so small: you only need to dilute a few drops in water, cream or gel. Oils are not used directly in teas, instead it is infused so the tea takes on the flavour.

How is aromatherapy used in food preparation?
In cooking, some chefs like to use hydrosols, or flower waters, because essential oils are strong, toxic and difficult to handle. Hydrosols are extracted from the distillation and are much less concentrated than essential oils butstill have a therapeutic effect, so they can be used in a salad or drinks. Alternatively, dried herbs are very safe in cooking and the tiniest amount can be therapeutic.

Can using essential oils in food preparation be dangerous?
We never recommend anyone use essential oil in cooking unless they know what they are doing. Essential oil is toxic: as professionals, we suggest it be applied for external use only. Once consumed, the toxins stay in the body for a number of days and can accumulate to a dangerous level. The best
way to apply aromatherapy is by massage and inhalation.

Do the oils taste like the plants from which they are extracted?
Not always. Depending on what and how much you use, it may have only a slight flavour. It also depends on the quality. If the herbs have been sitting there for three years, they will have very few active ingredients. If they’re fresh, or stored in an air-tight container, the flavours may be
stronger. The healing chemical components of plants and herbs change and, with every day that goes by, the aroma diminishes.

What are the most common aromatherapy ingredients used in food?
Among the most common is bergamot in Earl Grey tea. Home cooks can use lavender and rose for floral notes in cooking, but make sure the ingredients are very good quality and never boil them
or it will destroy the aroma: vitamins and minerals are easily nullified under high temperature.

 

Spices and Everything Nice
Aromatherapist Kat Lai has the answers.

LAVENDER
Lavender has a floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. One of the most versatile essential oils, it is wonderful for relaxation, especially when dealing with insomnia, headaches, muscle pain and stress.

LEMON
With a strong, uplifting aroma, lemon is great for digestion, blood circulation, arthritis, rheumatism, cold and flu, fever and insect bites. It is also beneficial to the skin, particularly for acne and whitening.

GRAPEFRUIT
Grapefruit’s energising and refreshing citrus scent helps relieve indigestion and brings a feeling of euphoria that helps with muscle pain, depression, stress, headache, cold and flu. It’s also nourishing for the skin, helping with acne and oily skin.

ROSE
With a beautifully strong floral aroma, rose is romantic, intoxicating and happy, helping relieve insomnia, stress and headaches. For women, it is perfect for ageing, dry, sensitive skin.

BLACK PEPPER
With an energising sharp, crisp scent, black pepper does wonders for the digestive system and stimulates the immune system, preventing colds and flu. Its warming nature helps with muscle pain after exercise.

FENNEL
Sweet and earthy fennel facilitates weight loss and relieves constipation. It relaxes muscles, nervous tension and helps to regulate menstrual cycle for women.

NEROLI
A citrusy, floral scent, neroli possesses many healing properties and is particularly useful with anxiety and insomnia caused by stress or depression. It can also help to heal scars, wrinkles and inflammation and improve skin elasticity.

GINGER
Warm and spicy, ginger is commonly used for indigestion. It is also beneficial for travel sickness, vomiting, fatigue, and muscle pains. It is stimulating and grounding, inducing feelings of warmth and happiness.

ROSEMARY
The fresh herbaceous aroma of rosemary is good for energizing and revitalising tired senses, and restoring mental alertness and memory. Popular in skincare and hair products, it’s also beneficial for acne, eczema, dandruff and strengthening hair.

BERGAMOT
Bergamot is famously used to flavour Earl Grey tea. It is wonderfully relaxing and good for depression and anxiety as well as troubled complexions such as acne, oily skin and eczema.

PEPPERMINT
Peppermint has a clean, strong minty aroma that many find refreshing. It is perfect for soothing indigestion and aids concentration, and combats headaches, sore throat, cold and flu.

CYPRESS
During winter, cypress is fresh and comforting, helping the body adapt to stress. It’s also great for troubled skin, pneumonia and painful menstrual cramps.

Sudden+ 忽然一週訪問:中環.香薰下午茶


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位於蘇豪的這家香薰店,門一推,薄荷、馬鬱蘭、桉樹、甘松香油,撲鼻而來,淡雅清新。原來是店鋪的Today’s Blend,具殺菌、提神及放鬆的作用。

最近,香薰店更搞搞新意思,將原來一間百零呎的Treatment Room闢作茶室,推出有機香薰下午茶, 將英國傳統三層架來個輕盈變奏版。小點八項,雜菜沙律、新鮮生果,都是開胃前奏。芝腿三文治採本地手工麵包,不含防腐劑。中層層架是Scone及曲奇,其 中薰衣草曲奇更加入食用天然薰衣草油製成,具紓緩作用。最後是半件綠茶芝士蛋糕及小杯藍莓蘆薈乳酪,以酸甜醒神作結。

想再輕盈一點?Organic Tea Set就包一件蛋糕及一杯飲品。必吃豆腐芝士蛋糕,滑不留口!Rose Cappuccino採上乘的Rose Otto奧圖玫瑰純露,能平衡荷爾蒙及抗氧化。Holiday Dream,茶内注入了菠蘿和椰子香味,再加入有機蜜糖,清爽可口。此茶促進消化、鎮靜緊張、紓緩胃部不適。

着重健康,冷飲不想加冰,店鋪想到以金屬壺冷泡。只需將泡好的熱茶注進金屬壺內,然後置於冰水中不停轉動45秒,飲品便即轉冷,卻又能保留原味。

但凡個人護理產品,都提供Personal Blend Service($200起,視乎香薰油而定),由沐浴露到BB Cream都有,實行由內到外都全面放鬆。

DK Cuppa Tea
地址:中環士丹頓街16A地下
電話:2771 2847
營業時間:12nn-8pm
價錢:High Tea Set有機二人香薰下午茶(英式三層架美點連飲品,需預訂)$298、Organic Tea Set(蛋糕1件及茶或咖啡1杯)$78

— 在 DK Cuppa Tea

國泰航空 Discovery訪問 ~ DK Cuppa Tea茶室蘇豪溢芳香


DK Cuppa Tea茶室供應的有機茶,據稱有助睡眠與消化

25-09-2014 刊載

蘇豪的香薰治療專門店DK Aromatherapy新開設DK Cuppa Tea茶室,供應具有療效的有機茶、可口小吃及手工烘焙蛋糕。可一呷朱古力與薰衣草味的Soothing Love茶(愛的舒緩),或菠蘿與椰子混合的Holiday Dream果茶,據稱可以改善消化,更含抗氧化劑。

茶室的有機二人香薰下午茶是健康之選,供應雜果、無麥麩三文魚與低脂忌廉芝士三文治、低脂藍莓蘆薈乳酪及輕盈蛋糕等茶點。

DK Aromatherapy由香薰療法顧問及催眠治療師Kat Lai創辦,提供整全療法,如另類的香薰療法、催眠療法及靈氣療法(日本氣功)等自然療法。專門店也出售香薰油及精油噴霧器。

中環士丹頓街16A地下
+852 2771 2847
www.aroma.com.hk

頭條日報頭條網 ~ 寫意鬆一鬆 中環歎香薰 High Tea


對 不少女生而言,High Tea可讓人減壓放鬆,香薰亦有助紓緩心情,最近香薰品牌DK Aromatherapy在店內開設茶室DK Cuppwww.hkheadline.coma Tea,主打低脂、有機健康茶點,更有身為香薰療法顧問的店主以花瓣、香薰調製的一系列有機茶,配以下午茶點享用,可說是悠閒午後的一大享受!文:米珠蓮 圖:蔡建新

有機材料入饌

香 薰品牌DK Aromatherapy在中環開業十二年,由店主Kat一手創立。身兼香薰療法顧問及催眠治療師的她,最近在店內闢出一角作為茶室,希望透過飲食,讓更 多人了解香薰的功效和用途。茶室雖只佔一小角,卻成功營造悠閒氣氛,Kat特意擺放一張矮身木,加上毛地毯,讓客人席地而座,在滿室香薰下享用下午茶,輕 鬆寫意。

茶室供應一系列有機茶、咖啡和下午茶糕點,將香薰融入飲品中,需要專門知識,了解香薰特性,Kat解釋:「一 般 香薰油是不能直接食用,因此需要清楚其來源,份量也要拿捏得好。」這裏有八款有機茶,加入了香草、香薰元素,以及紐約有機茶葉、天然有機材料調製,健康有 益。例如Soothing Love,特別引入壓茶機壓出茶的精華,混合朱古力、薰衣草,入口甜度恰到好處,www.hkheadline.com由 於內有薰衣草,具放鬆心情及安睡作用,有助改善體質。下午茶少不得Tea Set,為讓女士們吃得健康,又能大飽口褔,Kat特別設計有機二人香薰下午茶,茶點選用低脂及有機材料製成,像低脂鬆餅,配上有機果醬品嚐,較坊間出品 輕盈。此外,還有脫脂蘆薈乳酪、松露沙律、時令水果等供應,女士們必定吃得開心滿足。

SAVE DK Cuppa Tea

地址:中環士丹頓街16A地下

查詢:2771 2847

有機二人香薰下午茶 $298 ■包括低脂及有機茶點,讓女士吃得健康。

■茶室供應一系列健康糕點,是下午茶好選擇。

 

Soothing Love $48 ■夾雜朱古力和薰衣草味道,有助放鬆心情。

Rose Cappucino $48 ■加入玫瑰純露、花瓣製成,帶有幽幽花香味。