June 28th, 2007

4CupsOfTea

The end of the shopping is nigh

Well, I think America, I think ... really good tea. I admit that's not the first thing that comes to mind for everyone, but if you look at the icon for this post, you'll notice a tell tale white square on the "A" of tea. That, my dears, is the Marque of the Bag, the sign of a not particularly good cup of tea. I've been obsessing over Perennial Tea Room's "Red Peach Keemun," aka Hong Tao Mao Feng, and I haven't been able to drink it as much as I like and not run out. So I've placed what will be near to my last order of "stuff" for while I'm in the US: 1/2 pound of this leaf of black glory. I even found a review of it here. I shouldn't be surprised that there are other painfully mad tea geeks out there, but it's actually kind of a pleasure to find my own kind out there in the wilds of the World Wide Web.

Next question: how can I get more?

And finally: what do YOU want me to bring you back from the states? I have a bit of a volume limit, so please try to limit it to a bag of candy or Vicks Vaporub or what have you. If you want something fancy like an Ipod (which is at least small), tell me today and we'll see if we can work something out.
Sea dragon

The trip is nigh, and I'm so ready.to go

I don't know how I managed to do it, but I actually worked today, and I couldn't leave until 5:30 (when I'd been hoping to leave at four!). Rather than bore you (highlight: going to lunch with the Agile dev team, talking about the incipient arrival of my cat, if she had a visa and if I were her sponsor), I'll point this out: the oolong tea list from Silk Road Teas. What cracks me up is right at the top of the list:

Breast Flower Fragrance (Ru Hua Xiang)
Dragon Balls (Long Qui)
Drunken Concubine (Zui Gui)

Normally something like "Dragon Balls" wouldn't even make me bat an eye, but between the other two it does look rather amusing. Anyway, I'm going to give them a call now and see if they can get me some more red peach keemun, as I've bought out every last ounce from the Perennial Tea Room.

Next stop: dinner and packing.