98 Tasting Notes

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Oh yes, Shmiracles ordered this one for me and I’m SO GLAD right now because it’s SO STRONG and GOOD and TEA and I’m listening to that song “Sidewalk Talk” from the 80s on Spotify. SO GLAD SO STRONG GOOD TEA.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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So lovely! I tried this yesterday, because Jump was nice enough to share with Shmiracles, and Shmiracles was nice enough to share with me. I knew this tea was going to be special, and it really was. Someday I will go to a Lupicia store and stock up on all the things.

Cavocorax

Oh you guys should totally do a Lupicia order some time! (Carefully clutches her precious Lupician tins…. Hsssss)

oddree

OH! I forgot that it was only the Golden Honeydew that you can’t get online. And Shmiracles already has a list haha. We’ll def do this sometime!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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Mmmm, flowers almonds rose nuts jasmine – all my favorite things! This tastes like I’m eating a nutty teacake in a European garden. Win! Thank you, Sil, for sharing with Shmiracles so I could have a taste :)

I’ve been stressed out about work, but doing lovely things like listening to opera and running and reading fanfic and planning a trip to Eastern Europe, so I can’t complain. But that’s what I’ve been doing while I’ve been AWOL, JSYK. Happy Summer Friday Shmiracles’ Birthday Day!

Sil

yay! glad you enjoyed it :)

OMGsrsly

Trip planning = super awesome! (Also, happy day to Shmiracles! :) )

yyz

I love this tea too! Sounds like a great day. Have fun trip planning! Where are you planning to visit?

oddree

Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Venice, Sarajevo, possibly in that order :) So excited! I’ve never been to any of those places, and I get to plan and go and see dear friends.

yyz

Nice, and to have friends to show you around even better. I realise now that I’ve mostly been to Coastal parts of Europe. The only place in that list I’ve been to is Venice. One of my friends lives part of the year in Bosnia and my Aunts niece is in Vienna though. Have fun. I’ve heard that they are all great places to visit.

oddree

I’ve been to Western Europe once, and Venice is kind of in the middle, but it’s so easy to just hop on a train and go wherever once you’re there… I’m really excited about Bosnia, actually. Maybe you can visit your aunt’s niece someday! There’s so much in Vienna, I think I’m going to wear myself out pretty fast. Not that I’m complaining…

yyz

So true about Venice and Vienna! I’ve been to Zagreb and Dubrovnik in Croatia and Belgrade ( briefly in Serbia). Bosnia seems really dynamic right now. Though my perspective on it is through my friend who is a photographer.

oddree

Awesome! Does your friend have any pics posted online? Worth a try :) I’m considering a late night train layover in Zagreb but that’s really not the way to see a city!

yyz

He does, but he mostly does portfolio shots, and fashion/celeb shots. He is a photographer for a local edition of Grazia a fashion/celeb magazine. Most of his landscape shots are from his travels. He spends part of the year on a cruise ship. He documented the flood in his hometown. He has a lot of pictures on his company Facebook site, but be warned there ate a lot of pictures of half dressed men:-).
https://m.facebook.com/mladenphotography/photos/a.10150726343337845.464586.161120637844/10151445659627845/?type=1&source=44

oddree

Yes, there are :) Thanks!

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So lovely! This tea still deserves the 100%. Shmiracles bought me a bag of this because she knows it’s my two favorite things – roses & Chinese black tea – and a very high quality of both. I love Shmiracles!

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drank Thé de Vendome by Nina's Paris
98 tasting notes

I love this one. So incredibly lovely. And I’m having some cantaloupe at my desk, so I’m in heaven. (I made this recipe for cantaloupe salsa and it was delicious: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/07/cantaloupe-salsa/)

I didn’t read Dune last night (!!!) but instead watched the season premiere of TeWo… which managed to include a HUGE fanfic trope that I have never seen done in canon before. Bravo, you silly show.

OMGsrsly

“Huge fanfic trope” = … Coffee shop AU? Yeah, I’m hopeful. Probably isn’t gonna happen tho.

oddree

Coffee shop AU! I’d like to see that too. And it actually is WAY more realistic than the one they did… which was SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS that they took a main character and deaged him. Like, kept everyone else the same and just made him a 15 year old with no memory of what had happened since. I was trying to remember if I’d seen that in canon before, and I can’t think of a case. It’s kind of hilarious. And a good way of getting around an unavailable actor, which I’m assuming is why.

OMGsrsly

A main character. I’m gonna assume it wasn’t any of the 16 year olds. ;) Yeah, waking up in a coffee shop AU sounds like it would be way more fun.

OMGsrsly

Possibly a little happier, too!

oddree

Hey, they’re 17 now! Ha. Yeah I’m hoping it’s all AUs and fandom tropes from here on out. This character will wake up a deaged pregnant genderswapped wolf with partial ownership of a coffee shop and secretly tattooed with her true love’s name. The end.

OMGsrsly

YES. Awesome.

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The last of Perfect Carlos. Not a bad chocolate tea, but I’m not crazy about chocolate tea.

I’m 77% of the way through Dune and I really want to finish it today. But I’m at work, boo!

Cavocorax

DUNE! First time? OR a reread?

oddree

First time!! I know. It’s kind of amazing. And Shmiracles sent me all the sequels, so I may keep going. Have you an uber fan???

OMGsrsly

Oh, Dune! I totally need to re-read those. I think I got through the 5th book and then my mom was reading the next one and she kept taking it to work with her or hiding it in her room. :)

Cavocorax

I really REALLY like the first book, but I’ve never managed to keep on with the entire series – I falter around the 3rd or 4th? Maybe I should just jump to some of the newer books set in the same universe!

oddree

I LOVE YOU GUYS t read Harry Potter. The first book of Dune is pretty impressive though.

oddree

Gah! I have to stop hearting things on steepster, it always deletes half my post. Anyway, I was feeling lonely at work and thought maybe you guys had read Dune, and there you go ! I know how book series go (read all the Hitchhiker Guides but didn’t need to, still haven’t read Harry Potter) and I didn’t even know about the newer prequels/sequels. I’ve been told the Dune series is pretty good, if not quite as good as the first. Anyway, I wish I could read things like this with my mom – that’s adorable. But I think sand worms sound cute, too, so my cuteness button is on overload.

OMGsrsly

The whole family was fighting over the books at one point. :) Dad was nice and left his (my brother was able to read ahead because of this), but mom foiled my plans.

oddree

Your family is the cutest. Though Dune is about a family and there’s something for everyone, so I understand the pull. In comparison, my parents used to get mad at me for reading too much when I was younger and not paying enough attention to them or not watching TV. Parent fail fail fail.

OMGsrsly

We go camping and at the end of the day we sit around the campfire or on the beach with our headlamps… reading. We are such an unsociable family. :) But it’s awesome. That really sucks you weren’t encouraged to read as much as you could.

oddree

Gaaahhhhh I take it back, your family is PERFECT, haha. Awesome.

OMGsrsly

LOL We’re something, all right. :D

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Ooh malty black tea, yum! I made the hong kong milk tea recipe from David’s Tea site – 1/6 C. of sweetened condensed milk, 2 perfect teaspoons & 1 L. hot water for the tea part, mix together and add ice. It’s pretty yummy and strong and I can feel my teeth rotting out of my skull already, but it’s worth it for summer sweet tea drinks that taste like Thai iced coffee. I drank 2 yesterday and I’m only drinking 1 today because my sleep is all over the place lately. Hey, Monday…

So, this author (I adore) has started writing kinky Hannigram fics and they are really perfect. One is about Darjeeling 2nd flush, but I will warn you, you will never look at Darjeeling 2nd flush the same way again lol (warning is warning):
http://archiveofourown.org/users/berlynn_wohl/pseuds/berlynn_wohl/works?fandom_id=801274

Oh, Will…

Cavocorax

Hahaha. You posted it! <3
And yes…. that tea will always hold a special association…

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Bye, Steve Carlsberg. I actually really enjoyed the light grapefruit flavor. Though I realized that I should be steeping twice as much Adagio tea as I usually do – I find the teas light, and my literal teaspoon isn’t very exact – so for the future I’ll load up the spoons.

Ooh at lunch I started reading a 3-part close to 300k-word Hannibal fic by an author I’ve never read… and it seems really good. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend… and next week… and perhaps next weekend. (This fic’s podfic even has a gag reel. That’s a first for me.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/813951?view_full_work=true

Terri HarpLady

I have a sample of this that I need to drink…So many Adagio fandom samples left to drink…

Cavocorax

Oh, I’m adding this to Calibre toutsuite!
And a gag reel? Neat-o! Do you listen to many podfics? I was thinking of trying it for my commute home (busses are too crowded to sit & read, but I can listen to things at least)

Cavocorax

Also, I just found out that Adagio has cheaper shipping to Canada (starting at $7 instead of $28 so now I can go nuts! I bought Thor & Loki thanks to Shmiracles samples getting me hooked)

Roswell Strange

(Cavo I may bug you for a sample of Thor)

Cavocorax

Yes! No problem Roswell. :)

OMGsrsly

Just make sure your headphones are fully plugged in. ;)

oddree

That’s good news about Canada shipping! Yay, Adagio! Some of those fandom blends are hook-worthy for sure (hello, Bilbo and Stiles). I have tried podfics and audio books, but it’s hard for me because I tend to pause and daydream (ahem) when I read fics and then I just get lost when I try audio. But there are fanfic podcasts (I used to listen to these a little: http://spnfic-podcast.livejournal.com/ but they’re gone I guess) – This one is pretty great, and multi fandom: http://www.slashreport.com/
I trust rageprufrock :) (ooh, there’s a Hannibal one from last year…) though I will warn you, you may get sucked into other fandoms you never thought you’d like…
(P.S. I started that long fic I linked to above and it’s AWESOME oh no oh no! Read to 2 am and now I’m at work booo)

Cavocorax

I love Slashreport! :D They just posted a new one on SPN that I’m itching to listen to, but… newest NightVale ep is first. :D

But I had no idea it was RagePrufrock who did the podcast? :O A friend recced it and I got hooked without actually looking into the who’s and why’s! And the other lady is from Toronto! Neat-o!

Cavocorax

Also, I’m adding that to my Kindle! :D Here’s hoping I’m off a few days soon so i can ust read without worrying about sleep. (I couldn’t sleep last night so read a shmoopy Dean/Cas domestic fic instead)

oddree

I have regular weekends, and because I’m a genius, I am now 30% through 2 books (Dune, Eckhart Tolle) and that longfic and I REALLY don’t want to be at work this week or sleep or do anything else but read. I couldn’t sleep last night, and then when I finally did, I woke up sweat soaked from a nightmare where I was back teaching high school again. Horrors horrors! My go-to feel good Dean/Cas was always wingfic hahahahaha. Oh wingfic. I hope you get some time off soon! I always want to be all, blah blah Mondays to you and then I realize you probably have no regular schedule like us 9-5ers.

Cavocorax

Haha. I’m reading The Wisdom of Psychopaths, all the fic that gets thrown at me, and then I just started A Storm of Swords on my bus ride to work this morning! Sometimes a kindle is bad because it’s TOO easy to switch back and forth!

ll be great if it happens.

oddree

Ooh the nonfic-fanfic-fantasy(I’m guessing) triad! Let’s guess which will get finished first… HA. You are a reading machine… on your reading machine :) I always blame Shmiracles because she bought me my kindle when I had stopped (stopped!!!) reading fanfic. Then I got her into it, so now we’re even steven.

Everyone deserves a day off. Good luck to you!

Cavocorax

Oh god. Even steven…. :D
and I don’t know how I’d manage without my kindle. I love it so much! (I just don’t like the newest update bc it wants to sync everything and I don’t want anything online – I’m all Calibre-baby!)

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Finishing off this tea, steeped in my sister’s adorable little blue teapot and bubble teacup at my work desk – making the days better with tea!

I am trying to get through my Nightvale teas, since they aren’t my favorite, but allergies are bad so drinking tea by the potful is necessary anyway.

On Monday night I went to a rave on an island about 1.5 miles from my house, and yesterday I went to Kings Dominion with Shmiracles and rode every single roller coaster with no wait (plus froyo, Instagramming, & Kindle time). Friday I’m going to a baseball game, and tonight is the penultimate episode of Martin Freeman’s Fargo. Getting through day by day by day…

Flavors: Flowers

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Um, I am trying this iced, and chocolate iced tea is not the best idea. What was I thinking with that one?

I woke up this morning and Shmiracles gave me a Hannicure – what’s that you ask? Why, it’s a Hannibal manicure. No flesh eating involved, just fandom-themed nails, like a little knife and fork decal, or crazy plaid, or extreme paisley, or super gorgeous light peach paint with antler decals. She is so talented. I love them so. Fandom nails, it’s a thing! Sorry I can’t post pics at work, but we’ll have to get pics up somewhere. Because it’s awesome.

Finally, can someone send me Kenyan Tinderet from David’s Tea so I can make the Hong Kong Milk Tea recipe from this page: http://www.davidstea.com/recipes?&currid=usd&LN=EN
How good does that sound? So very very good. I’m joking, I can find some on my own, but has anyone tried any good Thai iced tea style recipes???

Cavocorax

Hahah. The hannicure sounds awesome! Also, sounds like it’s supposed to cure the angst from the heATEus!

oddree

Totes! Oh man, I LOVE all the puns in this fandom SO MUCH. They’re constant and never ending. Shmiracles already has separation anxiety from the nails currently being on my hands, but I will force a Tumblr post dedicated to them. I’m also waiting for my etsy antler necklace to arrive from Vietnam. So I can coordinate.

Cavocorax

OMG. Oh. that’s just SO COOL. #jealous. Hahah.
My friend made me an SPN necklace so I will just have to be happy with that I suppose. :P (should be here soon too!)

oddree

Ooh I want to see it! And someone made it for you too. I have a Robin necklace, a Sourwolf necklace for TeWo fandom, Dean’s amulet (of course) and perhaps more that I shouldn’t admit to in public haha. It just happens, I swear. Fandom.

Cavocorax

Hahahaha. Well, seeing as I’ve spent HOURS knitting a Game of Thrones scarf that I could probably have just bought, I understand. (And I hope to have it ready for NEXT winter.)

Cavocorax

I’ll put it on tumblr when it arrives! And maybe here too! :D
Dean’s amulet! m absorbing more and more of it through Tumblr. I might become an accidental fan. These things happen.

oddree

I’m very impressed by knitting. I have trouble completing a simple cross stitch. I’m all, OOOOOOHHH SCARF!!! when I see a completed one. Though I will spare you a winter-is-coming joke and just wish you good luck in finishing it :) Though I guess where you are you could die from cold and the lack of scarves, so these things are important. I’m basing this on Hannibal’s ridiculous fur hat and stereotypes.

Cavocorax

I really enjoy knitting but I’m self-taught (something I did while on mat leave) and I’m sure I’m holding the needles wrong so while I can knit, I do it very slowly! That being said scarves are the easiest best way to start. :P And if you can cross stitch, you could probably knit. At least a scarf.

Yeah I could have REALLY used that scarf this winter. I’d wrap it around the most of my face too because there were days where I’d go outside and it felt like my eyes were freezing. WHUT? Maybe I just need a mask like Bucky in Winter Soldier.

I adore his ridiculous fur hat. :) So happy I didn’t have to work outside like those guys!

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