This life is fun and funny at times. What started out as any other day (and I don’t like days just being ordinary or like ‘any other day’), turned into one that was full of happiness, joy, hope, and many things to look forward to in the present, as well as the future.
But it’s always important to live in the present tense.
I find it so wonderful, that a bonus post, outside of my usual Tuesday style, was absolutely necessary. Actually none of this is necessary, but to me, it’s important enough to expound upon, especially as the Ellicott City Spring Festival takes place this coming Saturday.
It’s not like business will be slow, or this or any other business needs any more publicity or promotion leading into this weekend. But that’s not the point. The point is to promote positivity, support a local business, and support someone who I now consider a friend.
When I made the most incredible and memorable of discoveries back in November of 2016 (story can be found here), of this gift from the universe, I thought that if there is something bigger than us and bigger than this life, this is one way the other side would look like.
I hadn’t introduced myself to the manager, Hatsumi, at the time. Actually maybe I did after I sat outside in the what was an unseasonably warm yet picturesque day, that gave me one of the best stories, on not just about tea, but about anything. I got some awesome pictures too. And I say that with confidence, because I haven’t read it since. I rarely read what I write. Maybe I’ll go back and see how well that story, among others, has aged. I bet it’s timeless. I know it is.
So nearly a year-and-a-half later, my return visit tells a different story, yet it’s all relative, and all means so much.
I had given a heads up that I was on my way and was greeted with open arms. That made me feel so good. On a day where everything felt unique and uncomfortably fantastic at times, it was good to see a familiar face.
After a several minute chat, that became much longer, I got to sample some of the new teas for the season. I also see that they make dumplings in house, along with so many other amazing foods. I forgot it’s more than just a cafe. There’s a delicious and nutritious element to their menu, that must be revisited again. And no it won’t be another 18 months till the next time. That’s a guarantee.
After a few moments of deliberation, I was presented the Masala Chai Latte, and as an added bonus, a gluten free chocolate cake. Yes it’s as rich as it gets ladies and gentlemen. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The latte is as gorgeous and splendid as it looks. It’s a bit heavy and rich, like I said, so sip carefully, slowly, and in peace. It’s going to wake you up. And on a day or string of days where I’ve been perpetually exhausted, this was as welcome a beverage as any.
And that cake. I didn’t know it was gluten free until I was basically full from my tea. I first thought there’s no way I can have all this. When I found out it was GF, there was this open sigh of relief. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.
I enjoyed my cake later, and once again, as beautiful as it looks, it would be a shame not to eat. It was beautiful.
Everything about this visit was beautiful.
I’m glad I arrived when I did, right before lunch, as business started to pick up, and the time for conversation was beginning to wane. But a good hour or so was just enough. And like I said, I’ll be back much sooner than later.
I see this being more than a trilogy. I see this being a recurring story, with no timetable, no expectations, just a good time with good people, and some more amazing teas and tasteful bites.
The way I write this might feel like a transition. And maybe it is. Maybe I’m projecting, but my intent is to project the good I’m feeling based on not just this visit, but the first one, and so many other invaluable experiences, all for the love of tea.
I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
Have a good one, and peace be with you…