Monday, March 14, 2016

Ultracrepidarian Tea Tasting

Our friends Debbie and David invited us to a tea tasting brunch. Jieun had to work, but that didn't prevent me from partaking in the pleasantly pretentious tea sipping shenanigans. (Clearly, I enjoy alliteration way too much).

I arrived early and seized the opportunity to snap some shots of their impressive setup. We would end up sampling ten teas that afternoon—a collection of white, green, yellow, oolong, and red (otherwise known as black).

All guests had their own labeled double-walled vessel. Putting that labeler to good use for sure.

At first I thought David had created his own tea bag labels. David's Tea turns out to be a Canadian specialty tea company from Montreal.

If you haven't Googled by now, "ultracrepidarianism" is the habit of giving opinions or advice on matters outside of one's knowledge. Luckily, we had some reference material.

A few of the teas had food pairing, but we also had excellent snack options in front of us.

This herbal tea wasn't actually part of the tasting. Pure decoration.

A closer look at one of the teas—Jasmine Phoenix Eyes white tea if I'm not mistaken. It turns out that all tea comes from the same plant. The end product depends on how it is processed.

Judging by the color, this might be the rare yellow tea. Even my unrefined palate easily picked up on its earthiness.

A shot of one of the food pairings. I regret not photographing the deliciously sweet black garlic item.

No Debbie and David event is complete without a culinary visit to Baguette Cafe. Olivier's quiche is always on point.

As is the uber rich and decadent chocolate torte.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Yesterday's Death Valley day trip to check out the rare "superbloom" reminded me that I haven't posted in this blog in quite some time—ever since I ended my 100 Days of Macro project, in fact. So I'm doing a quick post in hopes of kickstarting this thing back into gear.

This photo is from our camping trip last October. I made it a point to visit the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, primarily to photograph this pier. It's not original by any stretch, but always a fun subject to capture.