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Peace, Love and Matcha

Matcha, and more specifically, matcha cookies, have been traveling through cyberspace and uniting people around the world. All starting with a common recipe, and a goal to make something special for friends and family. I posted the recipe for our green tea (a.k.a. matcha) tea sweets last June, and since then I have been watching [...]

by on March 29th, 2008
It Really is Sweet

Just a quick note to share my new favorite bakery in New York City, How Sweet it Is. This bakery opened their retail store around the same time as Amai (October 2007), and I finally had a chance to visit it this week. I had met one of the owners, Beth Pilar, previously at a [...]

by on March 28th, 2008

Batch is a new asian-inspired bakery by pastry chef Pichet Ong, owner of P*ONG, the more upscale dessert establishment located next door. I have heard rumors about Batch floating around for awhile, and was very excited to hear that it finally opened this week. Batch is my style of a bakery. It has a casual, [...]

by on March 23rd, 2008
Pecan Pie for the Birthday Guy, Again

Andrew loves pecan pie, and I try to make it for him each year on his birthday. When I first started this blog in 2005, I wrote about a pecan pie that I made for his birthday that came out well, but wasn’t our favorite. I got the recipe from Bon App├ętit, and it was [...]

by on March 23rd, 2008

This Saturday I will be giving my first “professional” chef demo (complete with pro chef picture!) at Macy’s in Herald Square. In honor of Macy’s annual flower show, the theme will be using tea and flowers (tisane) in food and drink. I’ll be showing the audience different ways to steep, grind and mix tea to [...]

by on March 20th, 2008
Sharing is Caring

My friend Karen recently brought me a box of cake mix from Muji in Hong Kong. It was a chocolate cherry mix with green tea swirl, complete with cake pan, cherry cake mix, matcha powder and my favorite part – packaging.

by on March 3rd, 2008
Best New Tea House

Time Out New York has nominated Amai for Best New Tea House in New York City. I’m really honored. Amai has always been about enjoying tea (and something sweet along with it) and we enjoy sharing our collection with everyone from tea novice to enthusiast. If you have a moment and would like to vote, [...]

by on February 16th, 2008
We have a date!

I have been avoiding e-mail, phone calls and even in-person visits because I know the question I will be asked is, “When are you opening?” I have wanted to know the answer to this myself for many months, but I haven’t been able to predict it because of so many unknown variables. Things are finally [...]

by on October 13th, 2007
If you can’t take the heat…

We have been working 20 hours a day to get the store ready, and it’s almost done. I wanted to post more about the experience, but every time I come home I’m so tired I go straight to sleep, or I take time to talk to Andrew about something other than cookies. So many post-worthy [...]

by on September 6th, 2007
When Cooks’ Dreams Outgrow Their Ovens

Amai rents a space at the Artisan Baking Center in Long Island City to do our baking. It has been a wonderful way to get up and running quickly without having to sign a long term lease or invest in commercial equipment before we were ready. The Artisan Baking Center (also known as Mi Kitchen [...]

by on August 8th, 2007

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Lovescool is the documentation of a journey to discover what sweet things are out there, why people love them so much, and perhaps what it takes to start something new.

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An interest, that turned into a blog, that turned into a career. Kelli Bernard is now the owner and baker of Amai Tea & Bake House.

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