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Month: July 2017

Cold Brew Tea

Cold Brew Tea

I have discovered cold brew tea.

This is a minor revelation to me and having read about cold brew coffee  as a good way to make iced coffee I suppose I should have thought about the same process to make iced tea, but it never crossed my mind.

However, I recently travelled to Taiwan. This is a country that loves its teas both traditional and up to date by way of “bubble tea”.

 

I was in a tea merchants in Taipei. Here I was tasting some teas and also a green cold brewed tea.

 

I found this very refreshing. I was told that you somply needed to put the tea into cold water and leave in the fridge overnight.

I have tried this with green, black and jasmine teas. All seem to brew really well and it seems that if left they do not deteriorate or become bitter, ie become over brewed.

I just use a cafetiere.

So this is a great discovery that I will be using frequently.

Duty Free Frustration

Duty Free Frustration

I thought I would vent my duty free frustration today.

I have recently returned from a great holiday in Taiwan.

 

On the way through the airports I wanted to buy some duty free gin.

At Taipei I was told that as the plane stopped and Bangkok I had to buy my liquor there. I suppose I should have challenged this but the explanation seemed reasonable.

However, at Bangkok they told me I should have bought it at Taipei and they showed me a card stating that when transiting though Bangkok form certain countries they could not supply alcohol.

I was very frustrated and never got my duty free gin!

 

I have emailed the Everrich duty free customer after sales service and will be interested in their reply. https://www.everrich-group.com/EN/Service/ContactUs. There was clearly no discussion to be had with the staff in Bangkok and it was very clear from the paper they showed me that they were correct and the staff in Taipei were not.

 

Next time I will know!

 

 

Senator vs standard

Senator vs standard

I am off on my travels again. Another week’s leave from my usual work.

As often seems to be the case I am passing through Heathrow Terminal 2. My usual first stop is the Lufthansa Lounge.

Senator vs Standard

As a Star Alliance gold card holder I get access to the Senator Lounge. This is accessed through the main lounge.

I have been here a few times and each time my observations are the same. It is much busier than the standard lounge

Is it better?

I have yet to work out what extra you get to justify “squeezing” ¬†into the Elite section.

I think on this occasion I noted that ther was a rather limpid chees board and Bombay rather than Beefeater Gin. The wines were slightly different. Otherwise it looked fairly similar.

I actually preferred the increased space and less busy standard lounge

 

 

Interesting I am writing this sitting in the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge.

It is really empty, I would say quite but there is always one…

Even here where I can see less than 10 people one group is chatting at a volume that would suit the Senator lounge.

C’est La Vie!!!