Legend says tea was invented accidentally by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 B.C. Emperor Shen Nong was a scholar and herbalist, as well as a creative scientist and patron of the arts. Among other things, the emperor believed that drinking boiled water contributed to good health. By his decree, his subjects and servants had to boil their water before drinking it as a hygiene precaution.
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I borrowed a couple of cocktail recipes from one of my favorite hangouts in Knoxville, Sapphire, and I threw in a healthy green tea recipe from my favorite Japanese restaurant, TOMO, for good measure.
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Despite standing only 38 feet high, Cape Mears Lighthouse-the shortest in Oregon-guided ships through the fog effectively (with the help of a 200 ft cliff base and fancy French lens) for 73 years. Now subject to occasional vandalism, the small white lighthouse welcomes visitors who want to hear about Tillamook history and shares the spotlight with the other attractions at Cape Mears Scenic Point, such as the famed “Octopus Tree“- an unusual Sitka spruce tree, the largest colony of nesting common murres, miles of hiking trails, and whale sightings.
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Before visiting the West Coast, I had never heard of Tillamook cheese. After one taste, I was hooked. And the best part was actually the ice cream! We visited the farm and factory, as well as the nearby Blue Heron farm in the town of Tillamook, OR.
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Majestic rocks rising from misty waters, fresh seafood, moody waves, and mysterious lighthouses all await along the Oregon coast. We had to stop by the famous Cannon Beach and get the story about Terrible Tilly lighthouse. Rockaway Beach was a hidden coastal gem and we celebrated the arrival of fall season with a cup of hot clam chowder.
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