Leftover vegetables, soy and noodles; chocolate pie; tea
Leftover vegetables, soy and noodles; chocolate pie; tea
Satay, lam rice with tofu and vegetables, jasmine tea, almond jelly tofu (Lily's)
Ice lemon tea, Indian burger, panipuri (Veggielicious)
Tea, 2 oreos
Edamame, udon with mushroom tempura, spicy maki; iced green tea (Sushi Kitchen)
Dumpling soup, buckwheat tea, watermelon (Coya)
Not-chicken, mushroom and vegetable noodles; Chinese tea (Wan Fo Yuan)
BBQ bao, assam soy fish, rice, tofu, vegetables, herbal tea, sour plum juice (Water Lily)
Iced tea (Gloria Jean's)
Coconut chocolate brownie; maple tea
Melon, green tea
Vegetable mushroom hoto, pickles, kurogoma-pudding, amazake (Gonbachi)
Green tea, blueberry dodol
Deep fried konnyaku, fried potatoes, spicy edamame, rice milk, matcha tiramisou, decaf green tea (Harukucchii)
Vegetable and bean curry, brown rice, pickles, hojicha, sweet pumpkin soup with rice dumplings (Brown Rice)
Soy matcha latte (Tully's)
Rice flour cocoa cake, raisin cake, soy bean oolong (Tsyukusa)
Vegetables and tofu in broth, miso soup, daikon and mushrooms, soy beans and seaweed, brown rice, green tea (Monk's Food)
Konnyaku noodles with mushrooms, bok choi, hot peppers, green peppers, lotus root, aubergine, onion, garlic, soy sauce, peanuts; green tea; rice crackers; glutinous rice sweet thing
Soy matcha latte (Doutor)
Wheat and other grains with mushroom, bok choi, red peppers, tofu, lotus root, onion, garlic, soy sauce; mate; dried papaya
Matcha soy milk
Half a waffle with peanut butter; green tea
Salad, soup, curry, cheesecake, iced tea (Pink Weed)
Chai (Yoga Yoga)
Soysauge and hummus sandwich; current scone with maple praline; assam (Steeping Room)
Tofu scramble with fava beans, homefries and toast (ZuZu); Earl Grey
Seitan tacos, peanut cauliflower, fries, lemon muffin, coconut scone, coffee, lavendar mint tea (The Grange)
Crumpets with coconut oil, vegemite, peanut butter, coconut cheese, tomato, cream cheese; coffee; tea
Four bean chilli, tortillas,sweet potatoes, green tea, ginger FoMu
Baguette with tomato, corn, black beans, jalapenos, mushrooms, coconut cheese; chips and cream cheese; half a cashew Larabar; tea
Wholewheat spaghetti with sweet potato, tomato, celery, green pepper, chard, chilli; lime mate
Tea, beans, tomatoes
Raspberry black tea, chocolate raspberry tart (Anteaques)
Tacos with butternut squash, tofu, lettuce, black beans, brown rice, daiya, guacamole; iced tea (Blockheads)
Fried dumplings, summer rolls, tempeh avocado sushi, peanut chilli noodles, mediterranean bibimbap, chilli red tea latte, black rice pudding
Chilli and brown rice, mint iced tea
Peanut butter coconut cookie and iced mate
Peanut butter coconut cookie and soya milk
Fried tofu, vegetable gyoza, kale, jalapeno, tomato; iced mate
Wrap with carrots, beets, brocolli, kale, tofu, sprouts, hijiki, quinoa, brown rice, ginger sauce; lemon and chamomile iced tea (Life Alive)
Peppermint tea (Starbucks)
Iced mate and lemon
Scrambled tofu, baked beans, mushrooms, jalapeno, fried potatoes, bread with cream cheese; mate
Apricot froyo, iced tea (Katya's no name)
Iced tea (Clover)
Noodles, curry, black beans, courgette, red peppers, tofu; tea; 1 spoon ice cream
Spinach and artichoke ravioli in tomato sauce, garlic bread, banana choc chip cake, iced mint tea (Ananda Fuara)
Mint tea (Cafe La Flore)
Ramen with tofu and vegetables. Green tea.
Iced tea, home fries, veggies (Brookline Diner)
Wrap with curried cauliflower, potatoes, chickpeas, veg. Passionfruit black iced tea.
Deflating in beautiful Hidden Peak teashop. No photos, because no electronics allowed! I'm sinking into a soft, velvety plum red chair with dark wooden arms. The decor is tea paraphenelia, Asian rugs, paneling and wood carving. I can't place the music; it has a Middle Eastern Lint and is chanty. In the front of the shop are tea hardware and decor for sale as well as shelves of books. Lamps and dragons. The seating ranges from wooden chairs and stools to squishy (yet still elegant) armchairs and couches. The lighting is soft with a burgundy ambiance from the walls and dark wood flooring and furniture.
I'm sipping Dama, a Yunnan, and couldn't resist picking one of their four raw vegan desserts (an orange, cardamom cup with cashew cream). They have $400+ (per serving) pu-erhs on the menu, which made me smile. They're very serious about tea here. As anyone should be. I came across this place by accident as I wandered through town looking for a place to sit, and it's perfect. There seems to be a guy here who has brought his tea-novice friends for a pu-erh tasting. That's a test of a friendship.
I'm unwinding and sinking and stretching because I walked about 15 miles today. I'm glad I managed to drag myself out of bed for the 0830 35A to Big Basin. I followed this guide and started out on the Sunset Trail, through forests of giant Redwoods. I deviated by accident to Timm's Creek and doubled back to see Silver Falls and Golden Falls after Berry Creek Falls. Despite this, I remained between one and two hours ahead of schedule according to the times given in the guide. I also detoured (deliberately this time) to Sunset Camp; the guide said not to bother but the trail up was very pretty. A change in foliage, footing and lighting from the forest.
The stretch that followed Waddell Creek was long and samey. But the guide hadn't prepared me for the stretch around a precarious edge of a mountain with a beautiful view of Waddell Beach. Seeing the destination made the last few miles a little easier; especially when the destination was glittering sea and sand.
Ready to thrust my feet into the ocean, I came across park rangers with a variety of local snakes. My new friend Bandita (a King Snake) investigated me throughly before folding herself in half and nesting under my hoodie, stretched around my bank in the nook left by my backpack, with her middle poking out one end and her head and tail out of the other. I patiently stood for about 15 minutes as other hikers came and went, none committing to take over as snake-bed. Eventually I had to wake her so I could go collapse on the beach.
I had 45 minutes before the number 40 bus back to Santa Cruz. I plunged my feet into the mouth of the creek and ate leftover Saturn Cafe pie. When heading back to the bus I saw humpback whales spraying and playing in the surf.
I had no phone signal all day, and after the 40 minute bus ride I walked through downtown looking for somewhere to sit down and catch up. And yet it's somehow a relief that Hidden Peak tells me I'm not allowed to.
Oh, I did only eat old bagels all day after all. And a banana, leftover noodles, some chips from the bus station, and leftover pie. Later... pizza.
Dama tea and raw orange cardamom cashew cream cake
Natto maki, various veg maki, inari, spicy Edamame, genmaicha
Mint tea (Philz Coffee)
Gifts from Canadaland (a Hoppers tshirt, maple tea and a litre of maple syrup)
Silver needle with rosebuds
Cherry blossom green and Turkish apple tea, chocolate raspberry tart (Anteaques)
Chocolate raspberry tart, vanilla black tea (Anteaques)
Tea (black, chocolate mint flavour)
Smoothie: beetroot, apple, pear, banana, lime, orange juice. Vegan cheeses and crackers. Hazelnut black tea.
Cherry almond black tea at Anteaques.
Apple with peanut butter. Black tea (from Daintree in Australia).
Pasta with bolognaise sauce (homemade: dried soya mince, tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs & spices). Black tea (from Daintree in Australia).
Genmaicha, sourdough with vegemite.
Herby tea, 32g vegan chocolate bar.
Genmaicha. Porridge with water, rice milk, assorted fruit and nuts, shredded coconut and golden syrup.
At SocieTea we sit around on Thursday evenings and drink fancy teas, make tea puns, and don't force anyone to socialise who doesn't want to. I'm proud to have facilitated this. Even though I'm no longer in charge, I still host a suitcase of tea, cups and saucers, and a tea urn, under my desk in my office.
Tea and cake and space (Hidden Peak)