Thick, creamy latte enjoyed last night!
I have maraschino cherries in my fridge right now because I’ve been craving them all week and I decided to try to float a cup on the thick foam on top of the latte but evidently they’re just so damn heavy and they sunk to the bottom. Still gave me a delicious treat at the end of the mug though, so I’m not mad about it. I’ve always found this matcha tasted like a strawberry milkshake to me, and this is reminding me of this small restaurant we used to sometimes go to with my grandparents when I was REALLY young (like, maybe five/six) where we’d order strawberry or chocolate milk and the waitress would often add extra maraschino cherries to the bottom of the cup for us – it was a sweet gesture, and it made my brother and I SO happy. So, this cup has actually wound up being very nostalgic for me…
I wanted to work on tasting notes last night but was struggling to find some motivation. So, I ended up putting it off and now I’m working through my list this morning/afternoon. Making pretty good progress – but it’s still a lot to get through. Sometimes people ask me why I write so many when I sometimes find it a little gruelling to work through so many of them a week – and my answer is that I find it somewhat gruelling during the process, but then feel an incredible sense of accomplishment when I’ve finished it! I also like having records of what I drink – and have had a lot of incredible learning takeaways from being able to reference old tasting notes and see how my palate and general education level have changed.
Additionally, though, the structure and routine of it has been really great for my mental health. I’ve spoken about this before in the past – but when I first starting writing on Steepster around six or seven years ago I was highly depressed, and I’ve gone through swings of depression over those six years – but in general I think having something to write/log every week has been very stabilizing for me. I am definitely a person of routine, and find a lot of comfort in it. The community here has helped immensely too – but in general the entire ritual of drinking tea/incorporating it into my life and then writing about it has just pulled me from a dark place more times than I can count.
I bring it up because I think I’m kind of hitting one of those rough patches right now – I’ve been in Montreal for almost a year now and I’m realizing that I haven’t made as many connections/friendships within the city as I would have liked to at this point and I’m feeling a little isolated within the city right now. I don’t really know anyone outside of work, and a bunch of the people I’ve become closest to at the office have now moved on to other jobs more related to the fields they studied (happy for them, of course!) which has become even more isolating…
I’d just like to make some deeper friendships outside of work, you know? I’ve always struggled a lot with that though.
I’m gonna get through this though! It’s weird, to hit a rough patch but to also be constantly surrounded by one of the things that makes me happiest – tea! I’m doing better than I have in the past though, and I’m thankful for that!
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.