los angeles, California
March 7, 2003
Best buy : Hibiscus Spice Tea in bags. Really really good stuff - needs a little honey or sugar but only a very tiny bit.
Worst buy : I love pumpkin seeds. I have always loved pumpkin seeds. I love green tea. When I saw a bag that said 'green tea flavored pumpkin seeds' I immediately added it to my pile on the counter. Tell me, what was I thinking? They're salty cloying sweet - they're horrible, they're shocking - they're gag-ifying. The worst $8 spent on a vacation in a very long time.
Strangest buy : an ounce of $80/lb white tea. I've heard it tastes great and is pure and full of lots of antioxidants. It's pure allright. It smells wonderful, both as leaves and after steeping, but it tastes like water, like nothing. I checked the Ren Ten website after making my first tasteless cup and made another, strictly following the steeping time indicated - and still - nothing. Then I read the description of the tea "White tea has the sweet aroma of fresh tea leaves and is unique in quality", and it's true the tea DOES have a sweet aroma, but notice they don't mention the taste. That's because there isn't any.
All in all I had a great time buying the tea and pumpkins seeds - I'm just not having a great time drinking/eating my tea and pumpkin seeds.
Will I go back? Of course. Next time I'll probably buy the rose flavored pumpkin seeds and really get upset with myself.
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From journal Alameda Island (a quiet spot on San Francisco Bay)