Lost Penguin

Yummy, who I’ve known for about three years, showed up at my camp Wednesday afternoon and we arranged to meet up later and tour the playa.

First we checked out his camp in the Lost Penguins.

Then we took off to go to  my camp to get goggles and a face mask – two CRITICAL items I forgot to grab.

After that, it was just a hop, skip, and a jump over to the Empress Tea Room to have a cup of tea – SERVED IN REAL TEA CUPS WITH SAUCERS!

We were also served cookies.

The tea was outstanding and is called Bengal Spice Tea – apparently it’s Celestial Seasonings and you can buy it virtually anywhere.

It was delicious!

We rode out to Esplanade and dodged traffic on our bikes until we arrived at Ali Bar Bar.

None of my friends were bartending so we left and rode all the way down E Street (cue the Bruce Springsteen jokes) into a headwind from 9:00 to 6:00 during a dust storm.

A quick shower before we jumped into the water feature for a nice soak and conversation.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Burning Man?!

Tea – a drink with jam and bread

A few months ago , I was at a party with my friend Barbara.

A TEA party.

Yes, I went to something as dainty as a tea party.

It was a lot of fun – we dined on mini sandwiches with the crusts cut off and sipped on strawberry tea.

I believe there was even a scone or two.

The one thing that BLEW ME AWAY at the party was the tea pot.

It was an electric kettle which would heat the water up to the perfect programmed temperature, then drop a basket with the tea leaves down into the water and steep for the prescribed amount of time before hoisting the basket out of the water.

Voila!  A perfectly made pot of tea.

Well, Barbara has this exact teapot (which I priced at Amazon somewhere around $250).

So obviously she is a fan of tea.

And if you’re reading this Barbara, stop or else you’ll spoil your birthday present.

Scroll down. . .







Further. . .






So for her birthday, I bought her the MOST AMAZING BOXED SET OF TEA OUT THERE.

I bought her the Flavored Tea Tasting Set from Palais des Thés.

All the way from France, folks.

She gets to try 10 new blends of teas – both black and green teas – to her hearts content.

I think I nailed it again this year with the birthday present!