The past month just flew by for me… so, while my posts are normally singularly focused on a specific topic…this one will be a “mish-mosh” of sharing and catching up…and yes, we will end up with some tea talk too.
What’s been going on? Relaxing on the beach, reading food history books, and consuming plenty of tea…
We just returned from our annual family vacation to the beach in North San Diego County. It’s just sooooo enjoyable having sustained time with the family. This was our tenth year with lots of sun, sand, boogie boarding, Uno Mod ( the new favorite game for us), and Auntie V. bought the boys their own Monopoly game. Each morning, just a short walk from our condo, my favorite French pressed tea latte from It’s A Grind, the local’s coffee shop, was waiting for me.
On the literary front…I’ve been fully engaged and enlightened by reading two books on the history of food. They are literally changing my view of eating…both books were purchased from the famous, city-block sized Powell’s Books from our Portland trip last spring. Am so glad that I have the actual books (not e-book format) so I can go back and forth and easily re-read portions. Check these out! The question of “what’s for dinner?” will never be the same (or simple) after finishing these well-crafted and researched books.
A gift from a friend…sometimes, friends surprise you with their thoughtfulness…as my exercise buddy did last month. She knows I love tea, and she loves Tea With Betty, so when she and her husband were downsizing, they decided that this beautiful Chinese tea set should come to me. I am looking forward to serving tea from it and inviting her over…a dim sum tea with some of our mutual friends…when the weather cools a bit.
Lastly, exciting news? Tea Classes are coming. I will be teaching Tea 101 classes at the Spice Merchants in Laguna Beach in October. Next week I will share information on Spice Merchants. We plan to do several tea classes – specific to various tea types, countries of origin and brewing methods. Watch for the details coming soon!