Your Entire Life Leads You To The Next Step…

I found this quote scribbled on a pad I pulled out of an old box of papers I had stashed away some time ago…I like it. These kind of sayings inspire me.  The Natasha Bedingfield song, “Unwritten,” touches me too…she writes…

“Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten”

A few months ago I ran into a former work associate/friend – this incidental “run in” at a Cinco de Mayo taco party on the bluff in Dana Point led to my life’s next step…and, you may have noticed, has distracted me a bit from posting here about my favorite tea and food rituals 🙁 .

Ironically, while I got the opportunity to take on a job I’ve wanted to do for a long time…teaching part time at a wonderful university… this experience also led me back to the tea shop that first got me excited about what I call – the contemporary tea shop  – Cha For Tea in Irvine.  On my first day teaching, I had a long break between classes and sought out Cha For Tea…hoping it was still in the same location.  It had been ten years since my first visit to their tea bar. Back then, when the tea barista handed you your cup of tea, he said, “if this needs any kind of adjustment, let me know, we’ll make it to your liking”.  Well, I found them.  Not surprisingly, they were humming with business…they really focus on preparing your great cup of tea.  Your tea choice is steeped in front of you with a timer in your individual infuser. Thrilled that I re-discovered this fabulous tea bar, I ordered a brew.  When the tea maker handed me my cup, she said,  “if this needs any kind of adjustment, let me know…bring it right back to me”.  I had to smile, how cool.  Awesome!  For me…there is great comfort in ritual.  I love my tea rituals – and to tie it to fulfilling one of my life dreams made it even more special.

Cha for tea…check them out.

Cha For Tea, Irvine...your tea steeped to order in an infuser...adjusted to meet your taste...

Cha For Tea, Irvine…your tea steeped to order in an infuser…adjusted to meet your taste…

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Cha For Tea has three locations...

Cha For Tea has three locations…and offers tasty food to eat in or take out

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Infusers and other tea gear

Infusers and other tea gear

5 Comments

  1. How is you class going?

  2. What a cheering post. That’s a wonderful sounding tea bar and many congratulations on your job! Lucky students that get to sit in on your classes, wish I could sneak in with them. 🙂

    • Lorna… I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear from you…think of you often and will be looking forward to reading about your chocolate experiences…tea and chocolate can go well together…I have some chocolate teas that are pretty stunning…

      • You’re most kind my dear. I completely agree with you about tea and chocolate, but can you believe that I’ve never tried chocolate tea? I keep thinking about it and then dodging out of it. I’m afraid it might be a disappointment, but perhaps 2015 is the year I should take the bull by the horns and dive in.

        • There are only a couple of chocolate teas that I really enjoy… one from Kusmi tea in France and an organic chocolate puerh from Numi tea in the U.S.
          Go for it!! (although I am a bit of a stickler for staying with my tried and true Assam and Breakfast teas in the morning and a jasmine or pure oolong in the afternoon…now and then it is fun to venture out though.