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Embroidery Workshop to Promote Vietnam’s Native Flora & Fauna

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This week the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour hosted 2 free embroidery workshops for beginner & intermediate crafters, led by Kate Lamteva. Participants learned how to embroider the Vietnamese native pine. This workshop was proudly sponsored by the Hue Essential Hub, promoting Hue’s unique fauna & flora. With the assistance of social enterprise Virico,  the Hue Essential Hub is a hothouse for ethnic minority group producers in the Hue hinterland. Virico assists producers to maintain traditional farming and craft practices, while promoting sustainable living and production processes. Virico products are available at Emporium Hanoi: 39 Xuan Dieu St, Tay Ho & inside the Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake, Hanoi.

 

Save the Sao La Acryllic Painting Workshop

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Experienced art teacher Alina Razghonova taught participants how to paint Vietnam’s critically endangered miniature antelope, the Sao La. This was a free workshop hosted by the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour, proudly presented by Virico & supporting the native flora & fauna of the Hue region of Central Vietnam. In order to prevent the extinction of the Sao La, Virico is working with forest-dwelling tribes in the Hue hinterland to develop alternative and sustainable sources of income via the Hue Essential Hub so that people do not need to turn to wild animals as a source of food. Many of the products produced by the Hue Essential Hub are available at Emporium Hanoi – 39 Xuan Dieu St, Tay Ho & inside the Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake, Hanoi.

Why does my coffee taste bitter & how to fix it

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There appear to be 4 main reasons behind bitter coffee. Here’s a summary:

 

  1. You have ground your coffee beans too finely. The increased surface area of the coffee, when it’s finely ground, means that more bitterness will leach out once you add hot water. 
  2. You’ve over-brewed it. Coffee made in a French press is particularly susceptible to bitterness. Once you’ve brewed your plunger coffee, pour it out into a thermos so that it stops steeping. Problem solved!
  3. The water’s too hot. Ideally, use water that’s heated to between 90 and 96 degrees celsius
  4. Did you clean your coffee equipment thoroughly? If there are traces of yesterday’s coffee in your coffee machine, there’s a good chance your brew will taste bitter.

 

How to make your own lime marmalade

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Limes are right in season now, and they’re super cheap. Here’s an excellent use for this flavorsome fruit:

Lime Marmalade

 

Ingredients:

1kg limes

6 cups water

7 cups white sugar

 

Method:

Cut off the very ends of the limes and slice them as thinly as possible. Then quarter them.

 

Put the limes and water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 1 hour.

 

Next, add the sugar and bring to a boil again, simmering for another 30 mins.

 

Skim the foam off the top of the marmalade and pour it into sterilized jars.

 

Summer serving suggestions:

 

Add 2 teaspoons of lime marmalade to a cup of boiling water, add a tea bag and some ices blocks and you have lime iced tea.

 

Add a dollop of lime marmalade to your morning yoghurt

Summer Lemon & Lime Iced tea

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp black loose leaf tea
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime + more for garnish
  • 1 can club soda (unflavoured sparkling water)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, add tea leaves, stir and let steep while cooling down completely or until lukewarm.
  2. Transfer tea to a large pitcher by laddling it through a mesh strainer, discard the tea leaves. Add maple syrup, squeeze lemon and lime juice, add the peels  to the pitcher, stir with a long wooden spoon and let tea sit for 10 minutes. Discard the citrus skins otherwise iced tea will be bitter tasting.
  3. Now you can store your iced tea covered with plastic wrap or lid in a fridge for quite a few days. Right before serving add ice and a can of club soda to a pitcher, stir and enjoy the best sparkling healthy iced tea (garnish with thin lime slices if desired). Tea tastes amazing without club soda too, adjust sweetness to taste.

Monash University Workshop

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Digital Technology in Educational Settings

A workshop for educators based in Hanoi – men & women welcome to attend
Event Details
Date:
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Time:
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue:
The Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour
26 Quang An St, Tay Ho, Hanoi Vietnam(View on google maps)

Cost: Free

Description
Digital technologies are often presented as solutions that can simply be transported from one context to another that solve problems and enhance student outcomes. In this presentation Dr Michael Phillips will argue that such ‘silicon bullet’ models inevitably miss their target. In contrast, Michael will introduce technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) as a way of understanding the ways expert teachers use digital technologies. Furthermore, Michael will provide insights into the ways in which individual schools and teachers can enhance powerful technology practices including Augmented Reality.

About the presenter

Dr Michael Phillips is an internationally recognised researcher and author who explores the challenging problem of teachers’ powerful integration of digital technologies. In particular, Michael focuses on the ways in which expert teachers develop understandings of the most effective uses of digital technologies in particular contexts.

Additional workshop: Benefits of double degrees in the age of multidisciplinary knowledge

After the workshop, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with Monash University representatives from the faculties of Arts, Education, Information Technology and Science about the benefits of studying a double degree.

Our first-ever dog birthday party

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We hosted our first-ever themed dog birthday party last Saturday, for Charlotte’s poodle Pip. We have a dedicated area for children on the 4th floor, or you can book our courtyard or any indoor area for your next event.

Parenting Solutions

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Open to all members of the public: an evening of parenting workshops presented by Concordia, UNIS, St Paul American School & Hanoi International School. Registration opens at 6pm. Venue: The Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour, 26 Quang An St, Tay Ho, Hanoi email: awaugh@hisvietnam.com

SESSION 1 (from 6:30 PM)
WORKSHOPS

1) The power of play
2) Is your teen getting enough sleep?
3) Raising teenage boys with love
4) The connections between emotions & learning 

SESSION 2 (from 7:30 PM)
WORKSHOPS

5) What is a vision board & how to create one?
6) Self-regulation & parenting: Understanding the stages of your child’s self-regulation
7) How to help your child decide on the right career?
8) Behaviour management techniques

Gin & Tonic with Cucumber & Mint

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Summer is almost here, and you can be prepared for the first day of unbearable heat simply by having a cucumber and a bunch of mint on hand. Here’s our recipe for the best-ever G&T, served up in seconds:

  • 6 thin slices cucumber
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ lime
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water

Fill a glass 1/2 full with ice. Squeeze the cucumber and mint leaves in a citrus press  and drizzle the juice over the ice. Throw  the squished cucumber and mint into the glass as well. Squeeze the lime over the glass and toss that in tool. Pour in the gin, then pour in the tonic, and give a quick stir. Serve it up.