A couple weeks ago the gang and I had a much needed day out of the office. We headed to Philly where we went on a scavenger hunt and had a very nice lunch together at Estia.
The day started in Dilworth Park at City Hall. It was such a beautiful, bustling scene: synchronized fountains performed their watery dance while people meandered around, some heading for coffee and tea in the glass-walled café while others hurried to work, avoiding the tourists snapping pictures. Even the weather cooperated! It was clear and cool, just right for rushing around the city on foot.
Grouped in teams of four and five we began our hunt in and around City Hall. We all had the same quests but not in the same order so we knew we would run into, or rush by, each other at different times. We hit some road blocks when the required establishments were closed (how many restaurants with motorcycles over the bar are open at 10:00 AM?), the sign shop’s owner took the dog for a walk, or that was just the wrong CVS address.
Finally, exhausted, we all met up at Estia for a much needed meal. All that exercise and fresh air made us hungry! We must have been there for hours as we enjoyed each other’s company and course after course of excellent food.
Thanks to Eileen for making the arrangements. We all had a great day and some long-overdue play time!
Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.
I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh prices have gone up and this certainly seems true in the data. Last year the prices looked about the same as the previous year. And when and how much the price has gone up depends on how we look at this and there’s a handful of different ways to look at the data and options available (I do three here).