Learning the art of the barter starts with having a sense of humor. You need to go in with a smile and speak of outrageous prices — even try to sell your (girl)friends in exchange for a negotiated number of handwoven rugs. I could describe the labyrinthine soil paths winding back into the bowels of the […]More
Take a walk. Get some sun. Don’t take yourself to serious. Go get coffee. Tell a bad joke, to yourself, and laugh. Look at the way a leaf is made. Remember it later. Get some sleep.
Of all the places I’ve ever done gongfu tea, my very favorite is my uncle’s living room. A true tea connoisseur, he took a personal interest in educating me and my American partner about tea during our last visit to my hometown of Fuzhou. And then again, I am ruining the Tea Road by being […]More
That summer, since I have been postponing on seeing who’s Frida and how good is her coffee, I decided to grab a bus and see with my own eyes (and taste) this mystique coffee shop she’s been telling me about. And there I am, talking with Frida, just in front of the coffee store, not even entering the place, and things are just delightful from the beginning.More