Feb 20 2018

Teas of China

This green tea is from a friend’s farm. 

Tea, the loose leaf kind, is wonderful. It’s great for a rainy day and excellent for everyday. I’m certainly not a connoisseur but just enjoy it, in my faved cups, and recycled bottles, 废物利用. This blue jar by far is my most adored container.

Top 10 tea in China:

  1. 西湖龙井
  2. 洞庭碧螺春
  3. 黄山毛峰
  4. 庐山云雾茶
  5. 六安瓜片
  6. 君山银针
  7. 信阳毛尖
  8. 武夷岩茶
  9. 安溪铁观音
  10. 祁门红茶

LiuAn 六安 is a green tea, from the city of Liu’an in Anhui province (40 miles west of Hefei, the provincial capital). Another name is or guapian 瓜片 (melon slice). Reportedly it was one of the teas in the Dream of the Red Chamber 红楼梦 hongloumeng – one of the four classical novels. The taste is good – ha ha ha = not a connoisseur.

Taiping houkui  太平猴魁.

The shape of this tea is long and narrow, like a bookmark or a blade, which makes it easy to identify. According to Wikipedia, it grows at the foot of the Huangshan/Yellow Mountain in Anhui province, in the former prefecture Taiping.

Oh my, a huge shipment of teas for the 2018 lunar new year.

The long dark box is the designer Pu’er tea, in a small can, from xiaoguantea.com. They listed 8 designers, all male. The coffee colored cap is by Zou Bingliang (邹炳良) and the red color is by Wang Shunming (王顺明). It didn’t say how long this kind of tea can last. The darker color teacup to the left is from Zou; teacup to the right is Chunsangcha.


Chunsangcha 春桑茶 is from Jialing River 嘉陵江 in Sichuan basin, collected before Qingming 清明节. It tastes wheaty 桑茶, 叶子漂亮, 麦味道 – 憨厚


Two black teas: Dianhong 滇红 hongcha 云南  and Jinjunmei 金骏眉 from Wuyi 武夷山特种茶 


Tea of China 正好调时间 和北京差12小时容易换算[呲牙]. 12 金骏眉 武夷红茶 – 用了不到一半. 余下的,桑茶, 叶子漂亮, 麦味道 – 憨厚. 邹炳良的普洱茶. 6 都是好喝的. 发现茶师清一色男生 … 大概女汉子们不喝茶.

2016: Black tea honeysuckle 金银花红茶 This black tea spelled honeysucke and it’s a chart! I think ‘Honeysuckle Black Tea’ may sound better? In any case, it’s from Shandong province. The taste is filling – not quite wheaty but filling.

Feb 19 2018

Total Wine & More

1230 Old Country Rd,
Westbury, NY 11590

Replacing the Sport Authority, this wine shop is huge, yet very comfortable to shop.


Feb 11 2018

Gum Wah

345 8th St,
Oakland, CA 94607

Will return. A very topical Cantonese eatery where old gentlemen bring their birds and chitchat and eat. But I did see a mom with her 6 years old and an older diva in trendy yoga leggings. Free Chinese newspapers are on the tables. I’m lucky to have found a parking spot on the street four cars away from this restaurant. With a nice pedestrian’s help I successfully parallel parked, with a hour limit.

Foods are all good. Beef rice noodle with too much meat. Congee is delicious. I saw how they make the thin rice sheet to wrap the fried stick – youtiao and ordered one: the sheet is great but fried stick is kind of hard. Service is affable. When I tried to get hot water for my ever-presence tea bottle and couldn’t, she said “oh you don’t know” and went on to show me.


Feb 10 2018

Herbert Hoover

President Hoover’s legacy lives on at Stanford. The tower ($4 admission) has a clear view of the campus, the institute houses many historical collections. his included.



Feb 10 2018

Stanford Jr

A boy died too young …
Motion film was invented @ Stanford


Feb 10 2018

Rodin at Stanford

328 Lomita Dr,
Stanford, CA 94305

Cantor Arts Center/Museum in Stanford (The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University), San Francisco has the largest collection of Rodin’s works outside of his own museum in Paris.



Feb 10 2018

Getty Museum

1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Bird of Paradise

I saw All the Money in the World last year and Getty Center becomes a must on my list – which is a good place to visit in LA.

The art collections, architecture and the landscaping are nicely designed and done. The museum is free, parking $15.




Feb 10 2018

Getty restaurant

1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Pleasant, straightforward, bit pricy. Food and service are above average. I’m expecting a killer view but disappointed by the balcony wall – see through fiber glass (?) might serve better? They’ve out door seating but isn’t open. Oh well.

We’ve carrot cumin hummus, paella, chicken and scallops – the seafood cooked just right, juicy and tender. Fake cactus on the table. Why bother?

Parking at the museum is $15.


Feb 10 2018

Stanford University

A perennial thing to do in San Francisco. A pretty campus, Rodin sculptures, museums, Hoover (institute and tower), and Stanford Jr …

The Quad – Main Quadrangle

the Quad from the Tower




Feb 9 2018


550 Deep Valley Dr Ste 145,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-3696

Friday 6:30 pm, many noisy kids. Stems are set on each table. A little odd combo. I’ve seen kids (well behaved) in a wine bar but not this many and this rambunctious.

Food and service are good. Clean bathroom.