I do not have a dream dinner date but I would be thrilled to get invited to the March Hare’s Tea Party. Or perhaps I should just invite myself like Alice did?
I would wear my white knee-length dress with black foliage print and sit perhaps between the Mad Hatter and the narcoleptic Dormouse.
I imagine myself having a good time with these colorful characters that do not give a hoot about anything else happening in the world, except for tea time.
I think people who make time for tea are the best people. As if anything else is that important.
So I fantasize about a seat in this very mad tea party, six o’clock, as always. It would be a wonderful respite, especially with the current state of the world. I get frustrated. Instead of things turning out for the better, it seems like they are getting worse.
And so I have tea. To take my mind off things and remember that good things still exist, like flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, and barks that taste beautiful when steeped in hot water.
Speaking of which, two weeks ago, I had the greatest luck of connecting with the lovely couple behind Himalayan Bliss PH, a small tea shop that sells fine, organic tea here in The Philippines. Our online conversation quickly turned into a quest for making an organic tea blend for our future Cafe Domingo. I was infinitely excited. Even more so when they came for a visit to deliver the tea personally.
In a small brown bag, they carried precious cargo: two custom tea blends for us and their own masala chai mix. Tea heaven. Just the scent of the bag was a promise of good things. Tea time!
The first custom blend is a hibiscus base tea with rose and lemongrass. Refreshing, citrusy, and bright; this has my heart because these plants we grow around our tiny house.
It turns into a charming rosé once it mixes with water, and a deep, vivid, mysterious red after it steeps. The teapot seems straight out of a classic Victorian novel in the best possible way; something, I suspect, Tom Hiddleston will gladly serve to his house guests.
The second custom blend is an herbal mix, a personal recommendation from Himalayan Bliss PH. Ashwagandha, mulethi, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper combine to make an elegant and flavorful immunity blend.
And do I need to say anything about the masala chai? It is warm blankets, fairy lights, and wooly socks in a cup. Interestingly, the perfect potion both to cure melancholy or celebrate an already nice and sunny afternoon.
Looking at the mixes inside my glass jars make me feel like a babaylan, a Philippine indigenous shaman.
Apart from the excellent tea, I also appreciated how Himalayan Bliss PH shared their tea expertise. Let’s just say I will cook my tea from now on, thankyouverymuch. They were really lovely people and I am really grateful for the opportunity to connect.
Now having said all this, maybe I do not need an invite to the Mad Tea Party. I can just throw one on our table at the tiny house and we can all have a good time, forget our worries for a while, and share beautiful tea and stories at tea time, where, if I can just quote Mr. Vonnegut, everything is good and nothing hurt.
I firmly believe that when there is good tea, good conversation follows. I really hope to share a cup of nice tea with all of you one day at Cafe Domingo + Tiny House.