Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tastes like Aix-en-Provence

In August during my travels, while lost, I was shocked to find exceedingly expensive tins of Hedley's tea (I believe it's a Canadian brand) at Big Lots for $2/tin. This would usually retail for $8-$10, so I stocked up on many flavors; so many that I haven't gotten around to trying them all. Some of you may be familiar with my cabinet/drawer/shelves of tea and the fact that there's always more, and it's often growing more quickly than I can drink it, even with dedicated assistance.

For a caffeine-soft start to my day I brewed a cup of blackcurrant (cassis) tea. Cassis is a common flavor in France, but I don't often find it here. So as I sit with the internet and sip, it tastes like France all over again.

The kitchen with its cluttered miniature fridge, doomed-to-failure gas stove, and the European map on which we planned our grand travels. The tiny wicker-top stools and the mountains of dishes in the sink. Sitting on my foam-mattress-bed/couch in the living room around the hookah with everyone, tea doctored with cream and sugar.

It tastes like a chilly and painful year in Aix-en-Provence in a way that is nostalgically delicious.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The AP has an article about how Bush's personality shaped his presidency and will shape his legacy. This line, about presidential lunches, was my favorite:

Former White House executive chef Walter Scheib learned from Bush never to serve a grilled cheese sandwich unless it came with a side of French's yellow mustard.

It's an interesting read.