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Good day all,
Sonoma County, post the Kincade fire, is quickly getting back to normal. Our weather continues to cool (finally . . .) and the stores have restocked with fresh and frozen foods, much of what was lost when almost whole cities lost power which took refrigeration with it.
We have a small drug store in our little town and I had occasion to stop by a couple of days after power was restored. I walked by their cooler and freezer section to get to the isle I needed and was stuck by their empty, not heavily picked over, but empty shelves behind the glass doors. But of course, I thought, they were without power for 5 days, just like us, so unless they found a way to plug in a generator, quickly relocate or surround with lots of ice and drainage, everything in those coolers would have been lost – which it clearly was.
This got me thinking about the economic impact patterns of the fire and power outages. It would be interesting to map, the towns that lost power, note their populations and locations relative to others that did or did not lose power and try to guess where people would have to go to replace their cold and frozen foods lost to their own outages. This simple thought brought to mind a quick estimate of where the shoppers would have to go – in mass.
I hate crowds and find myself moving as quickly and efficiently as possible to accomplish whatever is needed so I can get away from everyone. We were not left in an urgent situation. We lost food, but had plenty of dry or canned options sufficient for several days so we elected to stay out of everyone else’s way and let those with urgent needs have the first pickings of what nearby towns had in stock.
Give us, our neighbors and the neighboring cities another week or so to restock personal or business shelves and we’ll be fully back to normal. People are resilient as are the businesses they run. The fire itself is now fully contained and the dangerous wind patterns have passed. Our fire fighters and care givers and insurance representatives are all doing their jobs or folding up, being celebrated and thanked. Churches that took in the displaced are returning cots and portable restroom facilities because their charges are making there way back home or on to more permanent housing.
It seems to me that there are plenty of compelling stories out there to tell about real people – but are those who might be most interested also exhausted by the topic. Perhaps what many need is a simple well-told story that takes them somewhere else to relax, rest and have a few minutes of simple refreshing entertainment. Hmmm?
I thought I’d offer something today that I don’t see in our coffee shares, a tea review.
I’ll own up that I strongly prefer tea to coffee. I know that will distress several of you, but I’m not dismissing coffee at all. I just prefer tea both for the taste and the fact that I can drink a lot of it without the coffee caffeine or acid blast to my stomach. Tea is the way I start almost every morning and some days I follow it up with a good cup of coffee as the mood moves me. Today I’m trying out a new tea I purchased a sample of.
I start all my tea wanderings at a web site that has become my goto for all things tea. Harney & Sons pretty much has it all: bags, sachets of loose leaf as well as normal loose leaf teas. They have a wide variety of qualities of basic black teas, flavored black teas, green and herbal teas.
Today, I’m trying a new (to me) flavored loose leaf green tea named Genmaicha.
I was looking for a simple Japanese green tea, with some mild flavoring. The description of this one interested me enough to order a sample (US$ 3.00 for enough for a few cups). Check this out from their own description.
Genmaicha is a different kind of Japanese green tea that many people find intriguing. Brown rice kernels (“genmai”) are added while the green Bancha leaves (“cha”) are being dried, so the kernels get crispy and some burst open. Genmaicha has a unique appearance and a pleasant roasted flavor. Kosher.
Seriously? Do I want burnt rice in my tea. Not really – right? I’ve had “smoky flavored” teas before and they are not for me, but as I read through the comments of some of it’s reviewers, it sounded mild, rich with a toasty backtone that simply had to tried. One reviewer captured my reaction exactly, calling it the “comfort food of teas”. I caught myself just holding a sip in my mouth to let the flavor sink in. It has one of the most pleasant tea aromas – not unlike, shockingly, toasted rice – yummm. I could drink and smell this all day long and it has a flavor that makes me want to.
I would not be likely to use it as my wake-up drink. As a green tea, it has much less caffeine than both coffee and even normal black tea – so you can drink lots of it. This is much more of a tea you want in hand as you curl up with a book or settling back with friends to chat and start a lazy morning conversation.
The cost is US$ 8.50 for a 4oz tin which translates to ~ .24 cents / cup.
I wish I could offer you a real cup to try, not just the virtual stuff I normally serve. I think you would like it. I also think I’m hooked after 1 mug. If you give it a try (for $3 – why not?) let me know what you think. Have I discovered a gem or what?
Thanks for swinging by. I’ll see you soon over at your coffee share venue.
Cheers & Blessings