For Tea Lovers Only

A Japanese teahouse opened up in my neighborhood recently. I saw nitro green tea on the menu (a la nitro coffee) and thought that would be interesting to try for the birthday list.

Well, they were out of the nitro green tea the day that I went. I had been eyeing the pastries as I waited in line to order, so when denied the green tea, I said, “I’ll have a houjicha cookie then. What exactly is that?”

The cashier said it was a cookie made with tea leaves. “OK, sure,” I said. Since I love tea, how bad could it be?

Happy to report that it wasn’t bad. I would even order it again. But this is definitely a cookie for people who like tea. It’s basically like eating tea leaves but in a soft and slightly sweet form.

I also had an iced oolong tea, which was very good. I’ll keep trying for the nitro green tea and will also be trying a sweet bun that is in the shape of a turtle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My birthday is a couple of days away and I’m a little more than halfway through the birthday list. I gave myself an extension until the end of the summer to finish the list this year, since I’ve been busy trying to keep my shit together after my father died suddenly in December. Almost six months later, I’m feeling like one loses the ability to entirely keep one’s shit together after a parent dies. Maybe I’ll feel differently in another six months…

 

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Weekend Day Drinking

I like drinking beer. Especially on weekend afternoons.

Trillium is a local brewery that did a “pop-up” beer garden in a Boston suburb during the winter months. My boyfriend and I met up with friends there one recent Saturday afternoon. The place was packed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought at the time, “Oh, I’ll remember the names of the beers I try,” and did not write them down. When will I learn that I have never had a good memory? I know that I tried two beers, one of which was an IPA. And they were both enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve done a lot of eating and drinking for the birthday list so far this year. More exciting things to come, I promise. Such as touring a submarine (on land) and seeing Bill Murray sing…

 

A Is for Aloe and Apple

So aloe vera juice is a thing. I had read about it months ago somewhere and didn’t give it another thought until I saw it on the shelf at Trader Joe’s. I bought a bottle and tried it the other day.

I found it to be kind of weird. Like drinking a flower…but a weird flower. I could only drink half of the bottle in one sitting. I’ll see if my impression changes after the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was in Wegmans the other day (my version of mecca) and noticed an apple called “La PiƱata” in the produce department. That’s a fun apple, I thought. I should try one!

It was another shall we say odd experience (for my taste buds anyway, I must stress). It was fine overall, but it was a little too tangy/tart for my liking. I’ll stick to Golden Delicious and Galas.

 

Free Rise

New England is a great place to live if beer is your libation of choice. New breweries seem to be popping up all the time.

Don’t ask me why it took me a few years to make it to Trillium Brewing Company, even though it’s a 15-minute walk from my office, because I have no answer.

But this was the year that I added it to the birthday list. It’s a small shop on a random side street in South Boston. There is no tasting room; you stop here to buy growlers or cans. Just about two years ago now, Trillium opened a tasting room outside of Boston. Maybe I will get there next year…

I bought a mini-growler of the Free Rise, which is a dry hopped saison. And it was delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next on my list to try is one of its IPAs. Next brewery on my list to try is Turtle Swamp!

Another New England Delicacy

I’ve lived in Boston for almost two decades and yet I’d never heard of the New England delicacy known as Richie’s Slush…until a few coworkers started raving about it in the office. Some of us hadn’t heard of Richie’s (I wasn’t the only one), so we asked what it was like.

One of the raving coworkers said something along the lines of “It’s creamy like ice cream, but it’s not ice cream.”

“Is it like a Slurpee?” I asked. Because I love Slurpees. My coworker claimed it was better than that.

She proceeded to track down the nearest retailer, a chocolate shop around the corner from the office. Within a few days, I was ordering a watermelon Richie’s Slush at the chocolate shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It WAS creamy…but not really. It was smooth, with no crunchy bits of ice at all. I dare say it’s even better than a Slurpee. Or maybe just different. I will always love Slurpees. But I can find room in my heart to love Richie’s as well.

 

 

 

 

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