5074 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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I guess i really should rate this tea. Overall, it’s not a bad little tea, but it’s not great. It’s about what i’d expect from a bagged tea. Another pot of this today. I need as much as i can get in terms of liquid so i’m happy to down a pot of this every morning after my bottle of water and in addition to the juice i also have. Late start to the day but it’s hard to get excited about getting up and going, when you just have work to look forward to on a saunday blech. At least i have a bit of my tea from home to keep me company in the room.

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drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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One of two caffeine free teas I thought to bring to china with me. I’m glad for the variety though I likely could have brought a few more since even though caffeine doesn’t usually affect me, I really don’t want to risk it when I’ve got such long days. Had this tonight while catching up on a few things from work after a day of exploring today. As much as it pains me to say it, actually had my first “north American” thing today in the form of Starbucks. Lol. Tracy had to pee desperately but didn’t
Want to use the public washrooms or eat lunch. So I suggested that if anywhere was going to have clean-er bathrooms it would be starbucks since they have to adhere to NA standards. She thought I was crazy….I was right though :p
Score one for the non native!

Highlights of today?
Tongrentang – chain of Chinese pharmacies…..seriously 4 floors of medicinal goodness
Temple of heaven and surrounding park
Best subway signage: “wheel chair fixer-please open door as necessary, take cord and fix wheelchair” go go gadget corded wheelchair fixer?" :)

Simple things to chuckle at.

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75
drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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Having a cup of this tonight while i wait to get on a call with canada. It seems i can’t win no matter which country i’m in, i always have to take the evening calls lol. The only upside to this is that i’m getting more work done (after meeting with the bosses, i have a crazy number of things to help china with). Also, my colleague and i have our day tomorrow planned out, though it sucks that her idea of sleeping in, is to have breakfast at 8:00…sigh oh well…at the very least i know i’ll get to see some things since it appears my sunday may be fully taken up with work :(

However on the scary upside? downside? i’m not too sure yet? there is talk of China seconding me… which basically means i stop my day job and come here to do the job they want me to do here…for however long that might take. O.o yeah i’ll get back to you on how i feel about that heh.

Nicole

Wow. That would be a major change. Exciting and yet… :)

Sil

yeaaaah…not sure how i feel about it yet. The other half is having a hard time even getting through the week without me. though until there’s a more concrete conversation, i am not going to worry about it

Ellyn

Ohh, changes are so scary. As is the unknown! Hopefully you will have all the details and facts soon. In the meantime, enjoy what is in front of you and your travels. :)

Indigobloom

Wowsa! that’s big. Can he come to China with you?

Sil

IB…not if I’m gone for as long as I would be….if its what I think they would want, I’d be here until at least October….so like 7-8 months

Indigobloom

Eeeeps! well hopefully he can atleast visit

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Backlog from this morning as well…

Today was recap day and meet with the “bosses” to update them on our progress this week so it was a long one. I’m pretty happy i had my teas to jump start me this morning. I opted to bring this one over to the office in a travel mug since i have just enough time between breakfast and running back up to the room to brush my teeth, to make tea. I’m happy that i brought a bunch of this one with me, though i’m guessing the tin i put it in isn’t as air tight as i thought it was since it’s gradually becoming less and less flavourful in terms of the aroma of the dry tea. Not a huge deal since it still tastes wonderful, but something to note.

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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wheee! backlog from this morning and it was pretty darn tasty for a bagged tea today. Not sure if they put something in the water here or what today but it was a good morning. I have been finding however, that the tea that i brought with me, totally tastes different than when back home. I’m sure there’s some scientific reason like altitude or some such nonesense but i’m so tired i could hardly care. It’s green..it’s average…it’s here in china!

Indigobloom

might be harder/softer water! I noticed that when I was in the US vs Toronto

Sil

It’s bottled water :) so maybe, but less likely when compared to tap waters. You can’t drink anything from the tap here….and even though I’m boiling it, I’m sticking with bottled water. The tree hugging hippy in me dies a little every day when I see how many bottles are being used by everyone ( I can go through 6+ myself without drinking tea) but that’s the way it is…

Indigobloom

that’s sad. Even if they recycle, it’s a huge waste.

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drank Oolong Creme by Sloane Tea Company
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One more day….until the weekend that is. Having a nice cup of this while i finish up some work for tomorrow’s sessions. This is the last of what i brought to china of this tea but i’ve got a bunch left from my home stash – to the point of feeling bad that i haven’t had more time to enjoy a nice cup in the evening. We’re trying to plan a few things for saturday since i may have to spend all of sunday working. So maybe no great wall of china for me this trip. Maybe i’ll get lucky and be able to come back and have some time off afterwards. if not, i still can’t complain since i’ve had a great time here so far with what limited time i’ve had. Since it was a work trip, i’m happy for whatever i manage to do.

i needed this cup tonight…tempted to have another but i thinkit might get cold or i might crash before i get around to drinking it. :) It was a good thursday.

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66
drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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I feel like i should just log this 14 times for every day that i’m here in China :) I’ve switched to this as my morning tea and apparently i’ve been too buy to really get to drinking my tea in the evening which sucks a lot. Some mornings i get a quick cup while i’m getting ready to go down for breakfast but it’s not happening a lot.

In any case… from the china files for yesterday (or your today, since it’s tomorrow here..haha hello this is the future calling..) anyway..omg i’m a little crazy. Yesterday i got to go to a supermarket that’s in the basement of the high end mall across the street from the hotel. It was amaazing! Pretty much kind of like those giant target grocery stores in the US. and then outside of the supermarket was even more shops. We had a blast and now i have a list of parisienne teas to check oon prices and reviews before i buy them lol

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
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So I wish i could do a comparison of this one and florence side by side, but since i only have this tea with me here – too bad so sad. This is a really nicely done chocolate tea. I have a tagalong thingy with me from winning the H&S contest on FB. I figured the sachets might do well for the travelling thing. In any case..starting to fade. Good night all…

P.S What i learned in china today. never let two men order your dinner…you’ll end up with too much food that’s nearly entirely meat. Also…deep friend whole fish? Not my thing even if it tasted good…they kept staring at me, with their mouths agape…yep. not for me lol

Ellyn

What other interesting food have you been able to try?

Marcel Duchamp

In Japan, I had gone to a fire & water festival and it was 100 degrees and they were waving around fried Octopus on a stick. haha. I looking forward to green tea ice cream, not octopus. ha.

Sil

Ellen – I have at least one new thing for every meal. So it’s pretty all over the place. Th other night it was a traditional fire pot meal….lunch was traditional yunnan soup…I’ve had breaded crispy banana thingy….beijings local alcohol etc… The food that they’ve been taking me to has all been at these little local dives. So nothing “touristy” just good food in these hole in the wall places. It’s been pretty fantastic :)

I pretty much told them, go where you want to eat, don’t worry about me – ill find something, or if its a typical style restaurant, ill just eat whatever’s on the table since its an order 15 things and everyone eats it all kinda thing. It’s also forcing me to just go for it, since I used to be a really picky eater. I’m actually proud of myself for trying the fish since every bit of me was like NOOoOoOoOoOooOooOoOoOoOoO…don’t do it! But I did lol

Nicole

I have been getting braver lately with what I’ll try, too. I’m finding things that I never liked when I was younger that I really like now. I hope I can stay brave for my next trip. :) I love that you are eating in little local places. My husband always wants to eat where the locals eat, too. :)

Sil

Nicole – it’s hard but i’m forcing myself and to be honest, there isn’t a single thing i’ve eaten yet that wasn’t tasty :) So it’s working out so far haha I’ll have pics when i get back. When i was growing up it was chicken and rice or beef and mashed potatoes. that was it. and cheese pizza. haha i’m glad i’ve moved beyond that lol

Ellyn

It sounds so exciting to try all new things – even when you have to push outside your comfort zone. It is so neat to hear about all of your (small, in between work) travel adventures!

Sil

well i’m glad someone’s enjoying my misadventures. just wish there was time for more…

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drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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Evening tea! So tired from today’s events at work that I figured this might be a nice night cap with my giant bath. Nothing says relaxing time like a giant tub full of hot water and some tea….well wine might disagree but since they had me indulge in the local alcohol tonight, I figured tea was better.

I hope everyone has a lovely family dAy today, for those that have one.

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drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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This was my official green tea thi morning that I was given when I went out of my way to specify that they give me not English breakfast lol. I’m thinking tomorrow I go for broke and ask for a gaiwan and see what happens :) it’s not a terrible tea as far as bagged teas go but I am for sure glad I brought my own tea. Especially since at this rate I’m not even going to be able to buy tea here unless its sold at the airport :(

On the upside? Traditional evening meal tonight that was pretty damn spectacular, so there’s no shortage of me trying new food ;)

Dinosara

If there’s even a grocery store anywhere near your hotel, I would pop out to it sometime if you get 10 minutes. The Carrefour near my hotel sold bulk loose leaf tea that was actually pretty tasty!

Indigobloom

baby steps!

ashmanra

Could you go to the tea shops and then tell everyone you were kidnapped by ninjas but escaped?

Sil

LOL ash hahaha. Oh man I can just imagine.
Dinosara yeah that’s on my list because I think there’s one across the street in the mall attached to work. I just have to find away to have some time on my own to check it out lol they keep kidnapping me until late :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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