|Photo from Midwest Tea Fest Facebook Page Captured me looking half asleep and Ben looking...quizzical?|
|Waiting in line to get in, a glass floor over poppies in honor of WWI|
When I met Ben at the Single Origin Tea tasting cafe he hands me this tin, see earlier at the Harney and Son's presentation, a tin of Li Shan Oolong was passed around and I just lost it, it smelled soooo good! Telling Ben it is one of my favorites and it has been forever since I had any, thinking nothing of it. Somehow at their tasting cafe (which he and Fish were at while I was at the Tealet presentation) Ben scored me a tin of it. When we got home I was debating which of my new teas to try, this one won the internal debate!
Sometime after the Tealet presentation I ran into two of the fellow Steepsterites at the event, Andrew (kieblera5) and Maddi (TheLastDodo) we chatted for a bit and I found out after the festival they were going to Shang's and for BBQ and asked if I wanted to go! I also ran into two of my friends Adam and Steph and invited them along. Short Sorceress of Not Starving Yet was also at the event, though sadly I never ran into her, sad! Or I might have and was really oblivious, I almost ran into Andrew (like literally) because I was off in my own head!
The afterparty was kinda awesome, see, we were pretty close to Shang's, apparently in walking distance...and yeah maybe if you have not been on your feet all day! It was a bit of a hike but we arrived and shared a pot of Tang DynasTea before heading off to Joe's BBQ for some tasty noms. We ended up eating at a park, which was fun! Sadly my 'pork salad' which I imagined to be mostly meat because it only lists the ingredients as meat and sauce, was mostly lettuce and a little meat, this made me sad. Also, this park had the scariest bathroom known to mankind!! The whole experience was made of win, as I finally staggered my way home, exhausted and more than a little overwhelmed by it all, I could safely say it was totally worth it! I think one of my favorite things has been seeing all the photos and reading about other people's experiences days and even weeks later, not just because my vibrantly teal hair shows up in several photos (this is hilarious to me) I love how well received and successful the festival was, and I cannot wait till next year! Now that I know that yes, this is something I can handle, I want to be even more involved.
*if you follow on twitter or facebook and saw my plans about reviewing that Shou yesterday and then doing both today. In a perfect world I will review it when I wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, if not I will definitely review it tomorrow along with a fantastic Matcha surprise for Matcha Monday...spoilers, it won't be just me writing!*