WPC: Liquid

 

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In honor of the Royal Wedding

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Mint Juleps

1. Each week, WordPress will provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Just a few wonderful posts:

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

High Tea at the Hyatt Jinan

watermelon, apple tart, mango cheese cake

watermelon, apple tart, mango cheese cake

mango pudding and macaroons

mango pudding and macaroons

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Saturday I went with a friend to high tea at the Hyatt in Jinan. The offerings had changed with the season, which is the mark of quality. I ordered darjeeling tea and my friend got a double espresso. It is nice that they let you order coffee.

While we waited for our high tea, smoke wafted through the room ruining the atmosphere. Smoking in restaurants has recently been banned in China, but enforcement is weak. My friend told the waitress the smoking bothered her, but this waitress had poor English. Soon we spoke with the manager. I’m surprised how the English skill of the Hyatt staff has gone down. Usually international hotels get staff with good English.

Clearly, the staff were uneasy, but the manager did ask the smokers to move. At first they moved closer to us, then they realized they made a mistake and moved away. It was rather confusing for a time. The manager gave us mango pudding and some macaroons on the house to make up for the smoking.

Our tea set arrived. We got a plate of fresh fruit, savories including seafood bruschetta, Parma ham and melon and tomato with goat cheese and oil oil. The pastries included a mini-pannacota, a small apple tart, a mango cheese cake bite and some macaroons. I did hope they’d include scones, which seem like a pillar of high tea, and some tea sandwiches. The seafood bruschetta I gave to my friend since I don’t like seafood. The Hyatt bakery sells scones so they can make them. A couple small scones would be lovely.

Last time we got small roast beef sandwiches but the bread was really hard. They did make new sandwiches. I think there’s a tendency to prepare the food hours in advance and let it sit, which isn’t the best route.

After a while another guest started smoking and Melissa opened a door to a courtyard. This man realized his smoke was bothersome so he went outside to finish his cigarette. From the way he dressed, he seemed a little more international and probably had some experience with non-smoking rules.

All in all, tea was good, and the Hyatt apologized and gave us a discount for the smoky environment. I would go back, maybe not on a weekend, to avoid the smokers.

Travel Theme: World Cups

Datong, China

Datong, China

Glass cup, Kathmandu

Glass cup, Kathmandu

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Each week Ailsa invites bloggers to post photos based on her travel theme. This week the theme is “World Cups.” I’ve never been to a professional soccer game, so I thought I’d be more literal.

If you’d like to see more interpretations of World Cups, go to Where’s My Backpack?

Wandering around the Tea Market

Tea Market Sign Upstaged

Welcome to Tea World

Despite the chill in the air three of us, wandered around the vast tea market of Jinan. I still can’t get over how expansive it is.

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Wheels of Tea for Sale

I’m not sure if they’re actually called wheels of tea, but you get the idea. These tea cakes or wheels used to be used as currency in old times.

Tea in Bulk