San Francisco 2011 – Samovar

All summer, I have been looking forward to my trip to San Francisco for two reasons:

1) A long lunch, eating local deliciousness at Chez Panisse (blog post coming soon, but you can read last year’s thoughts in the meantime).

2) Lingering cups of tea at Samovar, along with some of my favourite food on the planet.

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I decided to go with the Chinese Service on the lunch menu — the tea was a pu-erh (Shu Enso Maiden Pu-erh Tea): supremely earthy.  It smelled like fresh earth, and reminded me of when I used to go horseback riding.  In a good way!

It came with this awesome veggie & tofu stir-fry with brown & wild rice and squash dumplings with a soy dipping sauce.

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The dumplings were filled with bright yellow-orange squash, and were divine:

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And of course, I needed dessert.  I still had lots of tea left, because you can continue to use the pu-erh grounds over and over and over again.  And the pu-erh was asking to be paired with chocolate.  So what’s a girl to do but order the Fudge Brownie with Green Tea Mousse (“Intoxicating bittersweet fudge meets sumptuous matcha mousse. Perfect for sharing with a partner… or savoring all by yourself.”)  Yes, it had to be done.

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I sat there looking at this lovely wall for almost two hours.

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And I savoured every last bite and sip and nibble possible.  It was a thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating time, and I’ve decided to keep tea-time as an important ritual now that I’m back home.  Maybe not two hours of tea, but at the very least I will sit down with a good cuppa to re-centre and recharge in the middle of the afternoon.

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