Friday Night Date Night

It’s already going to be one of those days I can tell. The kind where the rain has cleared and the sun is shining, the kind where I haven’t yet managed to get coffee grinds mixed in with my coffee (a not so rare occasion..I suppose I haven’t mastered the art of coffee making yet), and the kind where you smile from ear to ear all day long because..well..its going to be one of those days!

It’s Friday, the ONE day of the week that I don’t have any work obligations and where I don’t have to solve the week’s problems. I can forget about them until Monday. But on a higher note, it’s Date Night 🙂 Between the Bachelorette, working nights, bocce, buying a condo, my boyfriend doing his real estate “stuff,” my boyfriend and I function side by side on a daily basis without much of an exchange except our 10 min(if that) compressed account of our day before drifting of to sleep. The weekends are ours to catch up on our week and revel in each other’s stories, accomplishments, and happenings. It’s quite exciting for this foodie as we often frequent “special” restaurants, the kind with gracious hospitality, glamorous surroundings ( enough to excite and inspire), artfully displayed cuisine that pleases all of the senses, and offerings that demonstrate devotion to seasonality. I never was one for Red Lobster. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with how many great restaurants are in Boston, this city I now call home. After spending countless hours reading restaurant reviews and blogs, I usually am able to decide on one, but luckily tonight is Adam’s turn to choose 🙂 It’s cute to see how excited he gets for date night like I do and it’s touching because I know he took the time to pick someplace really unique and special for us.

And as we’ve carved out the same routines from day to day – gyms, dry cleaners, grocery stores, laundry, vaccuum..etc., this time is especially important to us to escape from it all, even if just for a few hours.

So, as I lay here in bed at 10:40am, because I can, I urge you to let today be a good day 🙂

Playwrights, Shipwrights, TEAWRIGHTS! Crafting Tea

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It’s been one of those weeks, where the rain doesn’t seem to stop, it’s dreary, and you’re dreaming of pina coladas and the beach when the little technological device next to your bed starts to ring incessantly, reminding you that it’s time to leave your oversized plush comforter and the heat you’ve closed in around you. With weeks like this, it’s no wonder I crave something warm and cozy to trickle down my throat as I prepare for the day ahead of me. Usually, like the rest of you I would assume, choose coffee. But on rainy, miserable mornings, there’s something so quintessential about watching my morning HGTV and sipping on tea as opposed to coffee. Tea is soothing and de-stressing and many of us are familiar with the much touted health benefits associated with tea. However, many of us are too far removed from tea cultivation and the methods and specifics of brewing the perfect cup of tea. We’re impatient, so oftentimes a bag from a box will do. But what if we could connect to the scent of the tea leaves, mirror tea making in its finest, right from our own homes? That my friends is where Caleb Hodes from Boston Teawrights comes in. Attempting to do things differently, Caleb crafts tea from scratch, as well as sells the leaves so that you can master the craft of tea making as well.

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I had the opportunity to speak with Caleb this week about Boston Teawrights that was founded just last year in 2012 and incorporated in 2013!

Their mission: Help you create your own tea using the leaves of the plant in their basic form. People craft their own beer in their home, why not do the same with tea?

As I sat down with Caleb I asked him a few basic questions as follows:

You are a very new company, so where do you eventually see the company going?
 
Teawrights is all about the experience of Tea Craft (creating tea from scratch). The more I chat with folks, the more I realize that this can grow in many different directions. It’s a little ambitious, but I would love to see this company spearhead a community of Teawrights and craft tea enthusiasts.

Where are some of the places your leaves come from?

Right now, our leaves come from Taiwan. They’re grown & harvested by a family business with which we’ve developed a relationship. We have growers in other countries ready to go as we grow. eventually, I would love to include tea grown from all over the globe, including here in the US. Yup, there are growers right here (well not in the Northeast).

What are you excited for at the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest (HLB)?

I’m definitely looking forward to meeting all sorts of craft beverage fans. The energy in the place will be great and seeing what many of these brewers share could possibly inspire some new types of tea. In fact, I’m also looking forward to trying out a whole new tea I’ve been working on just for this event!

How do you plan on being a part of HLB- what do you plan to bring/contribute?

Well of course we plan on giving out samples of some teas I crafted. The other week I spent some time creating a couple kilograms of black tea to use as a base. A friend of mine who is a local farmer gave me some locally grown willamette hops from Four Star Farms. Right now I’m trying out methods to include it into a hop-flavored tea. It should be interesting if I can get it to work!

What is your favorite place (anywhere in the world) to get tea if you do not make and brew it yourself?

Some amazing teas can be found online through Imperial Tea Court & Ten Ren.

Locally, it really depends on what part of town I’m at. I’ll share a cup with folks at Render, George Howell, Voltage, & Thinking Cup. They all offer Mem tea and equally good coffee (yeah, I drink that too). Tealuxe & Dado specialize more in tea, have their own blends & I love taking some reading to their cafes.

Special thanks to Caleb Hodes!

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