Delicious. I love how Butiki took that characteristic rooibos smell and taste and made it an advantage, not a distraction or thing to be merely tolerated when you want a flavored hot drink past 6pm (personally I don’t mind it but I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed its qualities for their own sake before either). I had never thought about how rooibos has the capacity to smell kind of graham cracker-y, and then I noticed it while it was steeping and thought “brilliant!” The coconut and cream flavors come out in the middle and end of the experience. This is one of those “so eerily accurate” Butikis. It’s all gone now but I keep running my tongue over my mouth and it feels like there’s a layer of creamy, coconutty flavor and texture still coating it, like fresh whipped cream. Yum!
I’ve had a long day—we did a (for us) super hurried mini-trip to a friend’s wedding in San Diego (I’d never been to CA before!), left after work Friday night, taco hunting and poking around thrift shops and the fantastic wedding (at the nature center full of creatures like the coconut crab, zillions of sharks, rays, eels, an alligator tortoise, etc., and wonderful music and decorations and homemade vows and delicious food like empanadas and proper tacos and grilled scallions and Pimm’s cups, a photobooth with goofy props…and nicest of all, great people to meet and converse with over dinner) Saturday, headed to the airport today at 5am for the flight back (nearly missing it due to a lot of snowballed mishaps big and small…we ran past gates like the Home Alone mom, pretty embarassing), got in and have spent the rest of the afternoon and evening catching up with the weekend’s normal chores and duties. Memphis greeted us with truly fall-like weather (the heater turned on, oh happy day for this ex-Northeasterner), which has me pleased but my husband worryingly sniffly, hrm. Finally sitting down and relaxing now—still got to finish doing dishes and then I can take a nice hot shower and go to bed. This was just the surprise treat I needed.