In honor of my daughter’s seventh birthday this week, I thought I’d share this fun foodie adventure we took last week. Leah is my toughest critic around here, and the least food-adventurous of our bunch, so her love of our recent Chinese Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown, San Francisco just makes me smile.
Uncle Gee, the face of the Vital Tea Leaf company in San Francisco (and Seattle, I think) made quite an impression as he and Ming, his delightful assistant, made my family of four round after round of Chinese teas prepared traditionally while teaching us all about the joys of loose leaf tea. We went home with three of those we sampled and the following two conversations have taken place since:
- It’s early morning and I’m asleep. Leah comes in quietly and says, “Mom, can you turn on the stove for me? I’d like to make myself a cup of Lychee Black.”
- I’ve made my son a cup of tea before school. He has doctored it with a few drops of stevia. Leah says, “DEAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You know you ruin the tea by adding sweeteners!”
So Leah has become our resident loose leaf chinese tea expert (and she makes a crazy good cup of Lychee Black). Are you a fan of the loose leaf tea? We are hooked!
Check out this great video if you’d like to see more Vital Tea Leaf propaganda and meet Uncle Gee. It’s so fun!
Happy Birthday Leapy-Lou!