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Today's Adventures
We went up to Champaign today with family.  Mild weather, nice day for an outing.  :D

World Harvest keeps improving their stock of tea and spices.  \o/  Regrettably the cumin and ginger bottles don't fit in our spice rack. >_<  But I found some other stuff I haven't seen in a while so I'm happy.  Also the food selection on the Strawberry Fields side is improving.  The beef pie is a tasty little thing.

My partner Doug and I tried the gansito split at El Oasis. Gansito is a Mexican junk food similar to a chocolate-covered twinkie. I imagine it would be awful by itself, but is quite good with ice cream, either mixed in or like this, split with several scoops of ice cream in between.  Chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry.  <3

Barnes & Noble continues to grow more annoying.  Twice I had someone stop and ask if I needed help finding anything.  Well no, you already broke the bookstore, so you can't fix that.  I need to browse by looking at a batch of similar things arranged by topic.  Now that you have dispersed the new books among the old books, this is impossible, unless you want to go hand-sort the new ones for me.  The cookbooks are splodged together, some by topic, others by author or title.  So instead of having all the special diet books together, organized by name of their theme, which would be easy to browse, they're all scattered over a couple of bookcases.  Someone actually asked me if I knew the titles I wanted.  Well if I knew the titles, I'd be able to find them myself! It was yet another damning example of how the store is catering not to bookworms, but to people who don't usually go into bookstores.  I guess they've been hyping electronics often enough that they're getting a lot of traffic that can't even find a help desk.  0_o  It's gotten to where just being asked is an irritant, another reminder that I'm no longer their target audience.  Jesus, lady, I was helping shelve library books when I was four.  >_<  I did find a couple of books to buy, but it's not fun like it used to be.  Bah.

At Wal-Mart I found a new pair of shorts.  Things that make me ridiculously happy: garments made of that silky, ventilated fabric that's almost never used on girl clothes, only guy clothes.  These shorts are lined and have contrasting trim around the edges.  I first got gray with pink trim to go with some tie-dye shirts I bought.  Then I got the turquoise with white and tonight the black with white.  I wanted the cobalt blue, but so far everyone's been out of that in my size.  I'd be happier if these had pockets, but I like the fabric enough to tolerate the lack.  They're really comfortable and really, really genderfucking awesome.  :D

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 18th, 2017 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't been able to find any decent tea leaves to make iced tea with in a long while now so thought I'd try your World Harvest place since you spoke so well of it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


World Harvest is a most excellent source of tea. I believe they have several varieties of loose tea. They also have a ton of boxed stuff, and some of that is good for iced tea. I'm becoming quite fond of the Triple Leaf green tea with Chinese herbs. Basically it's green tea plus about half a dozen adaptogens. And they had the Cold Care PM, which I ran out of last winter so grabbed while I could.

However, if you are looking specifically for tea, I also recommend the Walnut Street Tea Company, which is across town and has a much more extensive selection of tea and coffee, with whole racks just of loose stuff.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 19th, 2017 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I don't know what's happened but my iced tea just doesn't smell or taste the same as it used to even though I'm still using the same brands of tea leaves that I've always used.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 19th, 2017 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Sometimes it's personal, if you've changed medication or other things in your body.

Other times it's the company, they may have changed production methods or source of tea. :/

In either case, the best solution is often to try samples of different brands and see which you like best now. World Harvest has a few samples usually. Walnut Street Tea Company usually has a whole basket of single bags to explore.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 19th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Nothing's changed that I know of.
The tea leaves themselves just don't SMELL the same coming out of the bag.
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