Tea in the Temple...

I can't believe it's Friday already! I had planned to do part 'B' of my A-Z of decorating on a budget, I wanted to do the living room reveal and tell you about a fab new Italian restaurant... And then life just took over and here I am, on Friday, scratching my head and wondering where the week went. I mean, it was only Monday a moment ago and when a week rushes past like this I wonder about how life so often seems to be taken over by outside events leaving me feeling like something is missing: life itself. But that might be a subject for another post... 

It all started so well and I knew I had some nice plans for the week, so all should have been well. Monday was great with a lovely day's shoot in East London followed by all day editing on Tuesday. Wednesday was spent catching up on emails and some work that seemed to take forever which wasn't much fun but I knew I had to grin and bear it. Besides, I had a couple of things to look forward to: an event hosted by JING Tea and the launch of lovely Kate's new book! So far so good then. Well, it all went downhill on Thursday. Small things and negative thoughts accumulating, domestic (read: house related) issues mounting up to a bit of a crisis, not being able to get hold of our plumber, an unpleasant incident involving a screwdriver and my thumb... I never made it to the book launch I had been looking forward to. 

So, back to one of the more pleasant parts of my week: an evening in the temple at the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street sampling tea and Japanese food, hosted by JING Tea. I had never been to that hotel (I mean, I live in London, so I tend to sleep in my own bed) and when I received the invite I wrongly assumed 'temple' in association with Japanese food would mean something calm, restrained and asian inspired. How wrong I was! It's actually a Greek Masonic temple, a huge room with huge columns, Italian marble, a blue dome ceiling with gold zodiac details and regal thrones. Nothing calm or restrained there.

We had some fabulous food, tempura vegetables, teriyaki chicken, california rolls, and a dessert which was so beautiful that it seemed a shame to eat it. Ok, I did eat it and it tasted amazing. Each course was accompanied by a different tea timed to perfection and decanted: sichuan dew, darjeeling, lemon grass and ginger, and matcha expertly whisked up by our host. I learned something new about tea and and left yet again wanting to find out more, expand my collection of tea as well as tea making accessories and skip coffee more often...

After writing all this down, I've decided to take the good parts of the week, not fret about what could/should have been, try and tackle our house issues with a positive mind (and plaster on my thumb) and see what the weekend brings without any major plans. The best kind of weekend, don't you think?