Golden Gate Bridge, Tea and Curry

Lately it has been all work and no play in my corner of the world.  However, this past weekend I hopped a flight up to San Francisco to visit with friends I hadn’t seen in 4 years!  Time certainly does fly by but as the old saving goes, “with good friends not a day passes” or something to that effect.  We promptly fell back into our old habits of shopping, eating and drinking tea.  I was fortunate enough to be in SF for the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  We also saw the most fantastic exhibit at the de Young Gallery on Jean Paul Gaultier!  If you have an opportunity to see it, Please RUN to it.  It’s amazing!

We took tea and curry at a very cool little restaurant in Japantown called “On The Bridge.”  We also checked out some of the shops and I purchased some traditional Japanese Sencha tea.  The trip was amazing!

Visiting a city like San Francisco and feeling renewed and rejuvenated by the creativity that seems to flow through the streets.  There is so much diversity and wonder it’s hard to believe such a place exists.

Monday morning we said our goodbyes until we meet again but I’ll treasure my memories of such a special weekend forever.

Dorothee and myself at the de Young Observatory Deck

Curry at On the Bridge

 

My green tea in a green cup

Kreative Blogger Award

Thank you so much for the nomination:)  I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and I love reading about your home and tea experiences in South Africa as well!  Also, so happy that you are a Rooibos fan too!

http://slowlifecuppa.wordpress.com/

So, let me get down and dirty with the detail of the award. The rules of this award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass the award to 7 nominees

I love reading “slowlifecuppa” and the experiences of tea in South Africa.  I love learning how others take their tea and how much this wonderful beverage brings people together from all walks of life:)  Continue with the wonderful posts and I look forward to visiting your Country some time!

About me:

My favorite season is Fall and I have an obsession with pumpkins

My dog Sabrina is my best buddy

My all time favorite movie as a child was “The Wizard of Oz.”

My dog Sabrina has a very strong resemblance to Toto (from Wizard of Oz:)

I have an infatuation with someday living in Prince Edward Island

One of my favorite books “Anne of Green Gables.”  (explains the above obsession:)

I love visiting Historic homes and landmarks

 

I wish I had more time to read every bit of information and find new and inspiring blogs.  However, here are a few I subscribe to have enjoyed reading.

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Nutrition? Yes, Please

Wax Wan

Girl in a Food Frenzy

Almost Nothing But Music


Full moon and the Sacred Female Flow

Last night I attended a workshop called the “Sacred Female Flow” hosted by the always lovely Bekah Turner of Yoga Blend.  The workshop centered around the mid spring holiday of Beltane and the Scorpio full moon.  It’s a spiritual night which at the peak of the season should bring on a surge of female fertility, inspiration and energy.  It’s a celebration of the Ancient ways that are sometimes lost in our Modern world.  How we as Women connect to the Mother Earth; Body, Soul and Spirit.  Also, it’s a reason for a wonderful group of women to form a circle- chant, meditate and just feel good about ourselves and our bodies.

It was a beautiful night and a beautiful moon.  After our ritual and celebration I headed home and sat on my patio with a cup of Gypsy’s Dragon Well green tea.  I stared at the moon and contemplated life and its various changes and how I want to continue to explore my own connection with the Earth.  She gives us so much and I want to begin giving a bit more gratitude to the original creator and mother of us all.

Happy Mother’s Day to our Mother Earth:)

borrowed from a lovely blog I found online http://www.vibrakeys.com/wordpress/

borrowed from seilju’s flickr site

“Launch your Creativity” and tea

Yesterday I attended a really fantastic event called “Launch your Creativity” at the beautiful “Paris in a Cuptearoom in Orange, CA.  I attended the same event last year and really came away with a renewed sense of inspiration and excitement!  My friend Lisa who has been in the need to spark her creative juices came along with me.  It was a really fabulous day full of interesting and creative presentations along with an amazing morning tea.  The food as always was delish!  The room was full of energy and lots of creative ladies looking to follow their dreams and launch their businesses.  It’s hard to be surrounded by that kind of positive energy and not come away completely excited!  I sat next to a girl who is a pilates instructor and would like to open a wellness center.  We chatted about health and tea and at the end of the event swapped emails.

The message of the day, “Follow your Dreams.”  As simple as that statement, there are always naysayers who tell you to stay safe and secure and keep things status quo.  However, if you have a burning passion to shake things up and live a genuine life than by all means proceed.  One speaker went as far as to say to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support your goals and to drop those who are pessimistic and energy suckers.

The day was beautiful and I left with a renewed excitement toward my future tearoom.

FAB table presentation

Lisa taking in some creative energy

Tea and me

Yoga and Gypsy Tea….

Last night after a long day of training on new software at work, I dragged myself to a 7:30pm yoga class at Yoga Blend.  It is a mixed level class taught by Christy, the owner.  She is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had.  She has such a warm and welcoming personality.  She always does something different with her class and presents a flow that is inspiring and creative.  Upon leaving her class I feel grounded, happy, safe and secure.  She always gets the energy and juices flowing that really open the mind and the heart.  I was completely exhausted from all the mental powers I had to utilize during my day but leaving her class last night I felt my body and soul cleared out and room made for more that was to come.  I’m thankful to have found her studio and happy to be back in her warm presence.

While practicing at Yoga Blend last year I discovered Zhena’s Gypsy Tea.  I am also thankful to have found this tea because I really do love it.  Christy keeps a wide variety of flavors out and available for pre/post yoga class.  It is a perfect way to finish a class and bask in the glow of doing something good for our bodies.  If you haven’t tried Gypsy tea I suggest checking it out!  The woman behind the company also has an inspiring story which will make you feel glad that you support her tea and her business.

Regardless of how tired or mentally fatigued you feel, do something good for yourself today:)

http://www.gypsytea.com/

The Goji Cacao Berry and the Coconut Chai are two of my favorites!

 

 

Clearing your mind with yoga- and a smelly mat

I’ve recently relocated back to Los Angeles for work.  I arrived over the weekend and for some reason the jet lag really hit me, I was also extremely achy from the flight and stress of the move.  I hadn’t been to a yoga class or even attempted yoga on my own in over a week.  I knew I needed to get back into the swing of things so Monday morning set my alarm for 5:15am and made it to my first early morning class back at Yoga Blend.

My usual yoga mat is a bit on the thick side so I brought my thinner traveling mat.  This mat I bought just before I attended my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and used it the entire time I was there.  The mat has seen a lot of action so it is fairly dirty and very thin.  There were a couple of times in the past where I nearly donated it or threw it in a Goodwill pile.  However, it always brought me good memories and a connection to a very happy time in my life.  So it stuck around:)  On this particular Monday I used it for my practice.

I unrolled the mat a bit embarrassed by its appearance, hoping in vain that the lights in class would soon go off.  As I settled down into my mat and began my pre-class relaxation stretches the mat no longer offended me.  In fact it felt very warm and inviting.  Once we began practice, upon my first Chaturanga as I lowered down and deepened my breath I had this overwhelming sensation of being back in Costa Rica.  The mat literally smells exactly like my memory of the trip.  I was so overjoyed I wanted to sniff the mat some more!  Each pose and each time I was close to the mat I inhaled deeply and the memories of my trip and the happiness of that moment came rushing back.

After class I decided to stop by this apartment I kept seeing online.  It is a  small apartment community in Burbank near the Equestrian center.  I’m not a huge fan of amenity driven, homogenized complexes but after driving past twice I decided to pop in for a look.  I was only going to look.  However, when I saw it and I spoke with the leasing agent, I knew this is exactly where I needed to be.  I will be moving into my new home on Wednesday and I’m getting more and more excited.  In fact, they even have a small yoga studio on the premises.  The manager mentioned they would love to have a resident teach a class once a week.  It definitely has peaked my interest.

I truly do not think I would have had the clarity had I not dragged myself out of bed yesterday morning to attend my first class in LA.  I also feel that the strong smell of the mat and the happiness it invoked really brought me to a level of understanding what I was searching for.

Enjoying a cup of tea

 

 

 

 

 

while watching the sunrise in Costa Rica:)

Alice’s Tea Cup

Today is my last official day on the East Coast.  Sabrina and I are heading back to California.  I am in NYC and had the morning free before heading to the airport.  I took a walk and found myself at Alice’s Tea Cup on 64th Street.  I have always wanted to check out this tearoom but know how popular and busy it usually is.  They have three locations but today I visited their Chapter two location.

It is a very quaint looking tearoom.  The theme of course is Alice in Wonderland.  The tea selection is quite impressive and there were so many I wanted to try.  I was having a bit of travel jitters so settled on the Serenitea which is green tea with chamomile and lemon.  I also ordered the Scones benedict, poached eggs over a savory scone.  It was really yummy and the scone was a very simple buttermilk but delish!  The place is really adorable and a must if you have little girls or can borrow one for the day:)  I plan to go back with my nieces because I know they will love it!  There was a little girl at the table across from me celebrating her 6th birthday.  The staff came out with a decorative cupcake and sang happy birthday to her.  She was very excited!

The entire experience was sublime:)  Next time in NYC plan a visit.  Tip:  I overheard the hostess saying if you come before 10am the crowds are much thinner.

http://alicesteacup.com/

snagged from internet as I forgot my camera

Orlando teatime part 2

On my last night in Orlando I gathered some of my girl’s and headed to Infusion Tea in College Park.  This area of Orlando has really grown since I moved away eight years ago.  It’s a fantastic little “secret” in Orlando, hidden from the tourists and known by locals.  It has a wonderful main street with restaurants and antique shops.  When I read about Infusion tea I knew I had to check it out!  It is a great teashop with fantastic food but also a coop with a cool shop attached selling really fun and funky items.

After over-indulging the previous night on wine and cheese it was nice to have a calming cup of tea and an organic salad.  It was a really fabulous visit and of course it helped by having good company!

Infusion Tea in Orlando, FL (College Park for those in the know!)

http://www.infusionorlando.com/

 

funky shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

display of teas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lavender cupcake I couldn't resist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday tea time at Pom Pom’s

I’m visiting my old stomping ground this week Orlando, FL.  It’s entirely too short of a visit but so refreshing to be back in the “hood.”  Sunday, upon arrival I met my gorgeous friend Birgit for a brunch of tea and sandwiches at a very cute little teahouse called Pom Pom’s.  As soon as I suggested we meet at Pom Pom’s the idea was met with a very satisfying “yes!  the food is fabulous!”  Pom Pom’s is not your typical teahouse, there are no lace girly touches.. it’s a cute, little grungy place that serves a variety of excellent food and a small but good list of teas.  It has a very bohemian artsy flair to it and it is busy!

I had a tea called “New Monk’s Blend.”  It’s a black tea that has a touch of spice and mint.  It was so delish!  The sandwich I ordered was Turkey with Ginger cranberry chutney, Cream Cheese, Smoked Gouda & Red Onions- and soooo good!  It’s pretty dense so ate half and brought the rest home for later.

We stayed for quite a long time, chatting and catching up over a second pot of tea.  It was such a lovely way to arrive back to my old home and a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  A good friend and a pot of tea:)

Pom Pom’s Teahouse

http://pompomsteahouse.com/

Tea and Spices

Currently I am in Florida taking a mini break and enjoying the warm weather.  While here a friend of mine referred me to a small quaint little town called Stuart, FL.  Stuart is on the east coast nestled between Orlando and West Palm beach.  It has a really cute historic downtown that is right on the inlet.  While wandering the downtown I came upon this darling spice shop.  The shop is called “All Spiced up.”  It is owned by a lovely woman named Ana.  As I perused the delicious smelling spices I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ana also carries tea in her shop.  Not only does she carry Elmwood Inn Fine Teas but she also carries tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation.  Did you know the US has a tea plantation?  I have heard the urban legend but never actually encountered the teas.  So you can imagine my surprise when I saw them at this wonderful shop!  I immediately purchased a tin of “Plantation Peach.”

As I sit here writing, I’m sipping a cold, refreshing glass of peach tea and it is fabulous!  I can close my eyes and fantasize that I am a true Southern belle sipping tea on a wrap around porch of a grand olde Plantation!

I cannot wait to plan a visit to Charleston Tea Plantation!

http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/

 

 

 

Charleston Plantation Peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If ever in Stuart, FL be sure to drop by and say “hello” to Ana!

http://www.allspicedup.net/

All Spiced up - Stuart, FL