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Indian Tea: Mum's Hug in a Mug

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I don't know about you, but at this time of year, I'm a fickle morning brew-drinker. I'm sick of winter's hot and heavy lattes, but not at all ready for the chilly weightlessness of iced coffee. And so I turn to my Ol' Faithful of hot, caffeinated beverages to lift my spirits: Indian tea, Sequeira style!

It's nothing too fancy -- you'd find similar brews at every Indian-run shop in Dubai (where I grew up), but it holds a special place in my heart. It conjures up images of my childhood, when the end to an afternoon siesta was marked by a steaming cup of tea, poured out of a massive stainless steel thermos, possibly paired with a chocolate-covered biscuit... all leading up to an exhilarating "ahhhh!". It tastes like a warm hug from my mum, so now that I live so far away from her, it has an even more special place in my heart.

Have no fear Los Angelenos! If you too are craving a hug from my mum, I am willing to share the secret (no, not the Rhonda Byrne one). Given the added spices, it will remind you on the ubiquitous "chai", but it's a lot easier and much, much cheaper. It is also the perfect cap to a night of drinking. :)