This Tea Princess and her Tea Hubby took a short trip recently. Just a one night stay-over to visit a new town and check out the local tea scene, which was said to be “really steeping.” And this meant a night in a motel and facing the … take a deep breath … motel room tea!
Hubby and I tend not to go first class when we travel. And we don’t travel too much, since hubby can hardly bare to be aware from “Frederick” for long and neither of us tolerates strange quarters very well anymore. (We’re getting set in our ways, it seems.) The motel was sort of mid-range, so the in-room tea setup was not quite as unspeakable as some we’ve experienced.
As you can see in the photo, the “tea station” consisted of:
- a little one-cup-at-a-time hot water dispenser
- cups that were some kind of morphing of paper with Styrofoam (sort of like Jeff Goldblum in that nauseating remake of “The Fly” morphing into some weird mashed looking creature)
- packets wrapped in clear plastic containing sugar, powdered creamer, a tiny paper napkin, and those annoying thin red plastic straws that are supposed to help you stir in the sugar and creamer
- and individually wrapped teabags, which contained what turned out to be a quite suitable tasting tea
*screeeeee* (sound of old phonograph needle scratching across the surface of a vinyl LP)
Yes, you heard right — “quite suitable.”
The bagged tea definitely turned out to taste much better than expected. Perhaps it was being far from home and knowing that I could not just put the kettle on. And since we were there to check out some local tea places, I had decided to forego packing the “Tea Princess Kit.” (The idea of having it surgically attached has crossed my mind, but only for the briefest of fleeting moments.)
In fact, as things turned out, the “tea scene” in our motel room proved to be better than the tea scene in the town we visited. Being a most kind and fair-minded Tea Princes, I will reveal neither the town nor the specific tea places we visited. Suffice it to say that I feel very fortunate to live in an area where there are Indian stores stocking loose teas by the 2-pound-bagful and Asian stores where Gunpowder, Chun Mee, Dian Hong, and a host of other teas are practically bursting from the shelves. And then there are a host of online tea vendors to supply anything missing in these brick-and-mortar stores.
One final note: Were I to live in the area that hubby and I visited, online tea vendors would be my lifeline to good tea even more than they are now!
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