I came home – sick – from my annual trip to Carmel with my baby sister – yuck! I was in bed for six days. The good news was that I got sick on the way home from this heartwarming, relaxing, soul-inspiring vacation. At first I was a little stressed that being bedridden would put me significantly behind on my Christmas preparations…but thanks to online shopping, it’s all good. It helped that I new what I wanted. I actually found I had more choices ordering online than if I had physically shopped at the stores. Well…it didn’t take long for the packages to start streaming in…it is quite exciting. My favorite package so far is my Tea Forte box…which held several Kati Cups and Single Steep Teas I had ordered for gifts. I am hoping that I have one left for me…I just love this double-walled, lidded, steeping and drinking mug. I think cherry blossom is my favorite…but I like them all.
For the past 35 years I’ve been lucky enough to get to make an annual journey to the most darling little town on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, Carmel, California. The annual trek started when my Mom wanted to vacation with my sister and me…and she didn’t fly…so we drove to delightful locales. Eventually we just settled on skipping checking out other towns and committed to Carmel. Better shopping, dining, architecture, beach, walking paths, and charm than any place we’d ever experienced…and pretty much still holds true for my sister and me today…as Mom (Betty) joins in spirit only.
We enjoy this small, friendly Mediterranean restaurant – where they serve the best hummus ever (really)…the best fresh made pita bread ever (again, really, I mean it!) and the most delightful Moroccan hot tea with mint (of which I ask them to not include the honey so I don’t throw my blood sugar level into a tizzy).
Mint tea isn’t just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality, friendship, and tradition. Since this drink is so popular, it is served all day long, after every
meal, and with every conversation. Moroccans take great pride in their tea and will often ask a visitor who among their group of friends makes the best cup of mint tea. And a minimum of two to three cups needs to be drunk so as not to offend the host.
Moroccan mint tea is a favorite among many people outside of Morocco too because of its smooth and sweet taste. It’s served very sweet (but even delicious when served less sweet) and made the old-fashioned way with gunpowder green tea.
As we were enjoying our fresh green tea with tons of mint…I thought of our English cousin Adrienne…who traveled with us in the American South recently and who ordered mint tea wherever we went. Just now I realize why, her favorite place in the world is Morocco…
Well, on to more tea spots in Carmel… Enjoy and Drink tea