The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“We are a religion of captains hoping to go down with the ship. Though we teach our children that the worst thing Judas ever did – worse even than betraying Jesus – was committing suicide, the truth is that what moves the lifeblood of our faith is a thumping impulse toward self-destruction. Greater love has no one than this, Jesus says in the gospel of John. To lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
This is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve got so much to say that this review has bloated up to the length of a standard novella. You were warned.
Little did we know it was going to be this perfect. We were in for a treat: A 17-course meal that went straight for 3 hours, excluding the 90-minute drive from our crib to the place!!!
The theme for November 2016 through May 2017 is a grocery shopping list, one of the things I’m most familiar with now since we got married. There was a coin purse and the shopping list in it, which listed the complete course menu. The list was written informally on a page that looked like it was torn off a lady’s planner. Very un-intimidating for a 5-star restaurant.
Playing With The Grown Ups by Sophie Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m not surprised that the average Goodreads ratings for this book is a so-so 3.24 out of 5 stars at the moment I’m writing this review. It reaffirms the fact that taste is relative, because I actually really enjoyed the simple plot and the complicated characters. It’s a plainly beautiful story.
Last Sunday, I grabbed the opportunity to join the last day of Siang Ming Tea’s Pu-erh Tea Festival (普洱茶节日), which also happens to be the teahouse’s 20th anniversary celebration. I was away for a retreat with hubs over the long weekend. It’s one of those times you wish you could be in 2 places at once. As if I did, I would’ve been spiritually renewed AND learned the best way to store pu-erh. I intend to invest a few sheng (raw) ones for years. A girl’s gotta earn some passive income, right? And if you store your vintage somewhere with stable temperature and moisture levels, you can get 10x more ROI (or more) from when you first bought it in the years to come. Buuutt that’s my perfectionism speaking~ I still don’t know the nitty-gritty on storing the goods and the full investment benefits of it all, and thank God for this blog I can share what I’ll learn when the next opportunity comes.
On this day though, there’s no formal workshop session about pu-erh per se, but I’ve learned TONSS from sensei Suwarni, who I admire so much not only because of her pro tea knowledge (she’s “the first chanoyu instructor of non-Japanese descent ever bestowed with a Japanese Ambassador Commendation” after all), but also her actual wisdom. I also suspect her habit of daily pu-erh has made her age sooooo gracefully.
While strolling down Haarleemmerdijk straat to get tea from Tea Bar, We saw a cool storefront that may look quite dingy to most, but would surely attract the most enthusiastic coffee, tea, and spices lovers. Before discovering Food & Wine‘s list of the best tea shops in the world, I should’ve known that I’ve just stumbled upon one by pure chance! Now […]