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China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019 Part 2 of West Lake Park in Hangzhou, China

More pictures of West Lake. The rest of my trip was relatively quiet, except I really enjoyed my shower at the Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, it was a godsend. Who knew $7.42 was so worth it. I had only 8 – 10 hours of sleep in four days and had not changed clothes until I got to the Hilton. I felt alive again.

I sincerely had a great time in China. The people who I met in the tea industry and the Chinese people at large were lovely. Cannot wait until I can visit China again and see my fellow tea people again!

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 20, 2019

The last day in Yibin was filled with exploring the place we had the 1st Confederation of International Tea Smallholders (CITS) Meeting. The place had a greenhouse and tea gardens.  We took a tour and were entertained until the meeting. The meeting was informative because we were shaping the documents and the tone of the CITS.  Afterward, we had lunch and went to the airport to get on Tibetan Air to Hangzhou.

Was a little sad because we had to say goodbye to some really nice people who were not going to the First International Green Tea Conference in Shengzhou with us. Once we got to Hangzhou we took a bus to Shengzhou where our hotel was.  When we arrived we went to our rooms and went to a dining hall to eat a late meal.

The last two photos are the inside of Yibin Airport.

China Trip March 14- 28, 2019

The afternoon and evening of March 18, 2019.

After lunch, we were shuttled to Mingwei Tea Factory to witness the Shouting Ceremony and visit Mingwei Tea Fields, Museum and Tea Factory. You can watch the videos, but understand I am definitely not a professional videographer and these are just snippets of the ceremony. They closed the roads so our motorcade of shuttles could drive without stopping. We had so many pictures taken of us, interviews for tv & newspapers,  and they even offered to peel oranges for us. After the ceremony, we were shuttled to the Mingwei Tea factory and Museum.

When we got back we had a huge dinner. There was a vegetarian table where I was sitting with a few people from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and a lady from Germany about 7 people in total. It was nice because whenever there was a vegetarian table Tuba the lady from Germany and I would look for each other to make sure we were sitting at the correct table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14-28, 2019

March 18, 2019

We were shuttled to the Specialty Tea Exhibition in Yibin for the Opening Ceremony for the 3rd Annual International Tea Conference.  This is the start ok, well March 17th night was more like the start of the business side of the conference. The opening ceremony was a grand occasion, the Chinese really wanted to impress the international tea community and to hand out awards.

The featured picture is the USA tea people cheering each other. It was great to feel the warmth of my community. We were at the Specialty Tea Exhibition. This happened in the morning because in the afternoon we went to visit the first tea farm of our trip.

I will continue with the trip and the second half of March 18, 2019, next week 🙂

Cheers from some of the USA delegation to you.

 

Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park

After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.

It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.

Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad.  This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.

 

Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.

Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony

There also were a few dance numbers.  Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14th – 28th, 2019

Yibin

We were given the 5 star treatment by the Chinese government. They used a couple shuttle buses to transport us from the airport to the hotel.  Our flight was a popular flight for the World Tea Conference with even the head lady responsible for mine and many other tea leaders trip just two seats back of me. We got to the hotel and had many students trying to help us with our check in, luggage, and room. They were really nice, but I felt a little overwhelm (3 days with only four hours sleep, same clothes for those 3 days, and dealing with a time difference of 13 hours). We each had a personal helper, mine was Micheal. They were students learning English and volunteering helped them with that. We went to our rooms and went down to eat right afterwards because it was late and they wanted to make sure we had supper. So I went down still stinky and a little out of sorts and grab some food. The food was amazing and buffet style (not typical buffet though). I was still out of sorts and had a nice gentleman who could tell I was out of sorts let me sit at his table with his fellow representatives of Bangladesh. They were really kind. Afterwards I went straight to my room to take a bath (see last picture of bathtub). Tried and succeeded in staying up until 9 pm before going to sleep.  I wanted to be on Chinese time. Next post continues my journey.

The featured picture is a close up of a really cool bridge across the Yangtze River in Yibin, Sichuan, China.

Bike share in park in Yibin, China
Interesting architecture of a living quarters in Yibin, China
Yibin, China streetscape.
Yibin, China streetscape from shuttle bus
Unique street lights in Yibin, China and traffic.
Housing towers and park in Yibin, China
Traffic in Yibin, China. There are a lot of scooters, motorbikes, and three wheeled small trucks (there is one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back). 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Collaboration

Hello everyone! The lovely Allison Weintrob is part of a recipe group on facebook with me. She really liked my blog post on blogger.

Here is the really nice write on my post on her blog.   I am glad she contacted me and hope we continue this collaboration.  She has followed my blog and I have done the favor to her too.  Great quality recipes on her blog.

Oh, my post was a recipe for Arugula Ricotta Quiche.

 

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MATCHA GREEN TEA

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MATCHA GREEN TEA

How to Make the Best Matcha Green Tea

An interesting article with many great facts though there are a few things off with it. There are competition grade and heritage grade matchas. You can get quality matcha for a little less than stated, but for the most part, it does cost. The last thing is it is good it was mentioned not to use boiling water, but the water should be much lower than boiling and Japanese green teas usually have the lowest temperature anywhere from 125 F to 180 F.  Matcha tea is on the middle end with somewhere between 140 to 160 F usually. Otherwise, it does give a very good overview of matcha teas with some really great facts and tips.

Beet Greens, Roasted Pepper & Feta Quiche

Beet Greens, Roasted Pepper & Feta Quiche is a recipe I created at my teahouse about 6 years ago. I am half Polish and am used to eating boiled beet greens.  I also know that feta cheese goes well with beets, so why not beet greens.  If you prefer goat cheese to feta cheese use that instead.  I have used goat cheese many times in this recipe instead of feta and it tastes delicious. The photo and the recipe were used for a Journal-Sentinel article about quiches. They asked for the recipe and I gladly obliged.
Makes 6 servings
8 large eggs
2 cups heavy whipping cream or whole milk
¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped beet greens, tightly packed, blanched and squeezed dry (see note)
½ to ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell or homemade crust
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and cream.
3. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
4. Stir in beet greens, feta, and roasted red peppers.
5. Pour mixture into piecrust and bake in preheated oven for an hour, or until golden brown and set.
6. Let sit at least 10 minutes before slicing.
7. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Note: If beet greens are unavailable, fresh spinach or Swiss chard can be substituted.

Second winter in Wisconsin

The above image was taken outside my window.

Well two weeks ago in the greater De Pere area we got over two feet of snow.  The largest snowfall for April and largest snowstorm to hit the city in 130 years.  Not too long afterward we started getting Spring-like temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s. The Saturday of the snowstorm I went to the Annual Girl Scout Leadership Conference. I was to have two tea parties and teach the ladies some etiquette. My first class was supposed to be full, actually overfull and the other class a smaller one. I was supposed to have 21 and 7 in each class. My personal cap was 20, but I was fine with 21. Well, this was in midst of the storm of the century (literally), so I believe I ended up with only 8 people attending.

What can you do?  Not much. Sometimes the second worst snowfall recorded in De Pere happens mid-April.  The irony of the situation is in the midst of the storm I noticed two years prior I was collecting ramps and had declared ramp season.  Below is a picture of a cardboard box with a saucer with raisins and sesame seeds with a robin I made for the poor robins.  Many robins I heard died in this freakish blizzard. I did not see dead robins, just heard from friends there were some robin deaths. Hardly any snow left on the ground today, just some of the huge piles of snow or areas in the shade.  Last weekend it was so warm you could wear shorts, which was kinda funny because there were still huge piles of snow around.