Love comes in many forms... for us it's a shared pot of #OnlyTheGoodStuff
We believe that tea time connects us to each other. Tea allows for a space of calmness & appreciation. Prana Chai isn’t just a tasty and healthy tea, but it’s also a time. If you have any experience sharing tea with people, you will quickly realise that conversations automatically turn to what’s meaningful.
We have something special for this month of LOVE. Prana Chai and Sttoke join forces for a month to celebrate V-Day. In our ever popular starter box we have placed a beautiful ceramic reusable Sttoke cup that has won a good design award in 2018. Double walled, shatter resistant, elegantly designed and coloured, the Sttoke cup will be yours with all the other good stuff found in our starter box.
This month, we had a cup of chai with Vince Pizzinga, composer and the Vinny half of @Markandvinnys . Mark & Vinny is a new hot place for bright-coloured pastas, vegan eggs and charcoal-black cocktails, located in Surrey Hills, NSW. We interviewed him in this edition and asked him, among other things, from where the inspiration for the restaurant came.
We also have a recipe for Flourless Fudgy Chai Dark Chocolate Brownies.
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai insider news.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
Prana Chai & Sttoke Cup Starter Box - LIMITED EDITION
In our ever popular starter box we have placed a ceramic reusable Sttoke cup that has won a good design award in 2018.
Sttoke: Timeless, seamless, and shatterproof – the key components of the product provide a degree of elegance and practicality to enhance the style and substance of your lifestyle. With a team of passionate designers, engineers, and innovators, they were able to combine minimalist and sophisticated design elements to create a beautiful, timeless, and perfectly balanced product. Just like Prana Chai. German engineered GREBLON® water-based ceramic – shatterproof - double wall insulated and light weight.
Get all your essentials in one easy place with one of our Starter Boxes. These boxes make a great gift or an approachable starter pack for any Prana Chai devo-teas. Every box comes with everything you’d need to brew the ultimate masala chai tea, including:
- 250g Prana Chai Original Masala Blend
- Stainless steel stove top pot
- Fine mesh strainer
- Sttoke Ceramic Reusable Cup
- Prana Chai Recipe Booklet packed with 6 original recipes to help you make the most of your chai.
Grab one of these chai tea kits as the perfect gift set or treat yourself to this exquisite equipment today.
Gift the love HERE
Prana Chai Story
Benefits of star anise in Prana Chai
Aside from looking cool, star anise has a number of health benefits when consumed, including but not limited to antioxidant properties – a 2007 study found the development of cancer was inhibited in animals given star anise –it also showed anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits.
Star anise has been used in South East Asia and China as a remedy to indigestion, bloating, constipation and abdominal cramps, as well as to ease coughs and soothe sore throats.
So, that’s another reason why you would want to enjoy a Prana Chai :)
A Cup of Chai with Vince Pizzinga from Mark & Vinny’s
We had a cup of chai with Vince, he is a composer and the vinny half of @Markandvinnys. Mark & Vinny is a new hot place for bright-coloured pastas, vegan eggs and charcoal-black cocktails and located in Surrey Hills NSW. We interviewed him in this edition:
1- A short sentence to describe your career history
I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering then gave that up to pursue a career as a composer which I’ve practiced for 20 years. Now I have a restaurant.
2- Where does the idea for Mark & Vinny come from initially?
I started an Instagram account purely for fun called The Spaghetti Collective featuring pasta dishes from some of my favorite restaurants around the world. After only a few months it had attracted nearly five thousand followers and was getting over a thousand likes per post so it dawned on me that people must really like spaghetti! That inspired me to try and transform it into a concept for an actual restaurant and my business partner Mark Filippelli came up with the idea of combining spaghetti with spritz. We then saw this as an opportunity to conceptualize a menu that would be true to both our traditional Italian roots as well as our creative innovation. For Mark & I, our single greatest inspiration is to be creative and Mark And Vinny’s became a canvas for exactly that.
3- What makes you excited the most at the moment?
Seeing people come to M+V. Sometimes I look around the restaurant watching people eating our food and enjoying the experience and I’m so humbled and incredulous knowing that something that only a little while ago was just an idea in our heads has become a reality.
4- Where do you get your inspiration?
Art. The opportunity to be creative is the single most inspiring thing that drives me every day.
5- If you could travel any cities in the world tomorrow, where would that be and why?
New York is my favorite city in the world, I find the energy there infectious. I love the culture of the people, the buildings and all its history, there is a romance about it that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.
I also adore Florence because it is such a beautiful, creative place. The collective energy of the people combined with the gravity of its history I find truly inspiring.
6- The strangest thing about you?
Apart from my toe-thumb? I can eat my own body weight in one “bowl” of popcorn.
7- What does art & creativity mean to you?
Art to me is a profoundly powerful phenomenon. Whether it’s through music, words, film, painting or even food, the expression of ideas through whatever medium is one of the most joyous experiences of being alive. I find something inherently beautiful in both the creation of art and the experience of observing it.
Doing More with Chai
Chai . . . It’s not just for sipping. There are countless ways to integrate healthy, tasty chai into your everyday life. Here is one for you:
Flourless Prana Chai Fudgy Chai Dark Chocolate Brownies:
Author: Jayde Hwang
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2/3 cups coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- ½ potato starch
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 30g Prana Chai + 100ml Hot Water drained
- 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Line a 6 hole muffin tin and lightly spray with cooking spray or you can use silicon moulds. Set aside.
- Set your oven for 180C.
- Make the Chai syrup (Chai 30g + 100ml water in a small pot and boil for 2 mins and strain) Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and coconut sugar.
- Add vanilla, chai syrup and eggs and mix well.
- Sift almond flour, potato starch, cinnamon powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Using a spatula, fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture until combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips until combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared tin upto 80% full.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool completely and gently pull up to lift the brownies out and enjoy.