19 January 08
My Meeting with a Samovar
I went to MacWorld on the train yesterday, bigbying all the way down and back. MacWorld itself was odd — partly a function of separating the two exhibit halls even more than normal, but generally a bit underwhelming. I toured the aisles, talked to vendors whose stuff looked interesting and avoided eye contact with those whose stuff didn’t, and in general was glad I was alone so I could be on my own schedule.
The Samovar Tea Lounge opened a second spot just above the Moscone Center, so I planned to eat lunch there. I knew I wanted to try the Samovar, so I opted for the “Russian Chay Platter and Bottomless Samovar Black Tea,” which included baked ricotta wrapped in collards, tarragon-marinated beets, and smoked whitefish and horseradish (I wasn’t expecting much with the whitefish but it was exquisite).
The tea: a blend of lapsang souchong and a breakfast mixture. Went on to the tongue smoky, with a flowery, almost lavender aftertaste. You’d think that the ultra-strong concentrate would stew on top of all that steam, but it didn’t. I had three or four cups. I was wired for the afternoon and much of the evening.
This place is a temptation for tea lovers like me. Any tea room I visit from now on will be held to this standard. Fernanda, I would LOVE to go to this place with you!!