Tea on Treasure Island
It was a clear, beautiful winter day in San Francisco that just seemed to invite various oddities and curiosity into my head. E. and I decided to head over to Treasure Island. Yarr! This man made island was created entirely of fill for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition, was used as a naval base, and is now undergoing a massive redevelopment effort by the City of San Francisco.
On the last weekend of every month, the Treasure Island Flea Market takes over the island with food, wine, and a huge number of vendors selling antiques, collectibles, handmade items, clothing, bags and jewelry. It is truly a cacophony of crap and you can spend hours just perusing the wares of the different vendors.
After fortifying ourselves with a deconstructed samosa from a food truck and a plastic cup of chardonnay, we sallied forth to see what kind of jewels we could find on Treasure Island. I wasn’t expecting to find much in the way of tea here, but I certainly glad I brought my camera after stumbling into this idyllic tea scene below.
Local tea sellers T-We Tea had this booth set up with free samples which we gladly slurped down. With product names like “Sexpot”, “Cuddle Bug” and “Bicurious George” they seem very well positioned to introduce their tea to a young and sassy San Francisco crowd. I also liked the very colorful packaging the tea came in. I decided to buy “Foggy Morning Breakfast”, which is a blend of assam, nilgiri, keemun and ceylon scented with vanilla bean. It really is a great morning tea to shake off the wet and gloom. I also got “Renegade”, a blend of Indonesian java, keemun, cacao nibs and sweet cinnamon, a really good afternoon blend.
After chatting a bit with the T-We guys, I found they opened up their first retail store in San Francisco at the Crocker Galleria. I will definitely be going soon as it would make me happy to support a local small business like this one.
Here I am relaxing on some vintage naugahyde 1970′s furniture I did not buy; but it made for a fun photo op, don’t you think?