Day 1 | Day 3 | Haul I barely slept last night – it might of been the insane amounts of caffeine I drank the day before, excited nervousness, or just the strangeness of staying at Circus Circus. When people ask me how this year’s World Tea Expo has been going, I’ve been saying it has been really busy for me. I’m struggling to get to each booth and I’ve noticed sellers have been doing a great effort as I’ve been at each booth much longer than previous years. Today I had some really unique teas and experiences that made this day … Continue reading, hoot!
Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul Welcome to the Oolong Owl Hooty coverage of the World Tea Expo 2016! This year the World Tea Expo is held June 15 – 17 in the Las Vegas Convention Center! I flew in Tuesday night and I’m staying at Circus Circus. I expect a few nights stumbling back here tea drunk, hopefully in better shape than Hunter S Thompson. I am here with ZERO tea, no tea in my suitcase, nor travel tea tumbler. I expect I will thoroughly rectify my lack of tea situation over the next few days. I decided this year to bring … Continue reading, hoot!
My stuff is in my new house! Since Tuesday I have been unpacking, meeting with maintenance people, and carrying groceries/supplies by foot as I have no car yet. All my tea things are gathered in the family room, ready to unpack. I have not yet unpacked anything as my shelving isn’t put together yet. Yeah, that is a lot of tea stuff. That is almost 100% tea stuff in those 7 boxes, 3 under bed plastic tubs, assorted tins, bags, wrapped stuff, and puer in a jammed carry-on sized suitcase. This isn’t counting the Tea Owls of course, they are in … Continue reading, hoot!
I came across this tea shop by accident while I was touring Pike Place Market. It looked quite busy (as Pike Place Market on a sunny weekend is crazy packed with people), so I came back on a week day while I was in the area. Perennial Tea Room is located in the Post Alleyway, just up half a block from the main Pike Place Market. You can’t miss it if you are walking down the hill to Pike Place Market, or wandering around the area. Perennial Tea Room has been there for 26 years! The staff at Perennial Tea Room were … Continue reading, hoot!
World Tea Expo, get ready for the thirsty Tea Owls! I will be attending the 2016 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, June 15 to 17. This is a tea industry only event showcasing brand new tea products, award winning North America Tea Championship teas, tasting events and information conferences, World Tea awards for people in the industry, and featuring many tea sellers – some you already know and love! I try to check out every booth, here is a list of exhibitors if there is a tea seller you want me to lurk around longer at. Of course, the World … Continue reading, hoot!
Success, permanent Seattle housing acquired! I’m officially here to stay. I am in the process of moving my things from my airbnb to my house. I moved the suitcase of pu’er first, I figured I would have little time for pu’er sessions during the move. So far all I have been drinking is 2016 black teas I got from Yunnan Sourcing in a travel tumbler and bumming around for water and wifi. By the way, I enjoyed staying at my airbnb – my host has this mega tea pot that is likely more than half gallon/2 liters. This is tea pot is bigger than … Continue reading, hoot!
Now that I’m in Seattle I have been visiting all the local tea shops. I wished I checked out more tea shops while in LA (like all 4 of them, geeze), but awesomely Seattle has a lot of tea shops! For the first few weeks I was staying within walking distance to Pike Place Market. A block away from Pike Place Market is TWO Vital Tea Leaf shops, one north and one south. I went to the south one, close to the Target. Another day while in the International District, I saw they were opening yet another location in Seattle. Besides … Continue reading, hoot!
When I was in Vancouver, the local Asian grocery store had a big display of Matcha Kit Kats and they were marked down quite cheap. I was pretty excited at cheap Matcha Kit Kats and bought a couple bags, however I regret I didn’t buy more to share. I’ve seen Matcha Kit Kats at my local Asian grocery store in California, but they were 3 times the price after money conversion! I quite like Kit Kats, especially the flavored ones like orange. My Dad in Canada seems to run into the flavored Kit Kats more than I do here in … Continue reading, hoot!
I’ve been in Seattle for 3 weeks, time is certainly flying by. I’ve been spending most of my time walking around town carrying groceries and running errands, I get 17k steps a day without even trying. On weekends we’ve been touring houses, put a few bids on things, lost some, but finally won something last week! Hopefully the process goes smoothly and we’ll move in a few weeks. That said, it looks like I’ll be bumming around corporate housing and then Airbnb until we can get in the house. Unfortunately, my stuff will stay in storage until we can move in … Continue reading, hoot!
I finally arrived in Seattle! I had a number of stressful days during the move. I have a big tea and tea ware collection, so I was nervous letting movers pack it, yet they know how to pack and it is insured that way so it is best to let them do the packing. I did lurk by the tea stash and watched them pack which made me feel better. What scared me was the sheer amount of tea ware I had squirreled away and how many boxes it took. This is all my tea ware, and these boxes are … Continue reading, hoot!