Yep, I am posting about tea.
I mentioned a few posts ago that I found a tea shop in New Zealand named T2. It's an Australian chain that is apparently everywhere here and has branches in NZ, England, and even one in New York. The likely reason why I haven't seen it up until the trip is that a branch only opened on the south side of Brisbane with the expansion of Garden City (a big shopping centre, even before the expansion), and the one in the city is in a shopping centre I didn't even know existed! Sure, there are malls and other places I've seen around but never visited, but I was completely oblivious to the Queens Plaza, as I never go that far down the Queen Street Mall and tend to rely on the Myer Centre.
(The Myer Centre is a shopping centre that contains, as the name indicates, a Myers store (big, mid-to-high department store. It also has a Coles supermarket, Target (department store) and the downtown cinema. The Queen Street Mall is a street that is a pedestrian mall, running alongside the Myer Centre. Shops both sides, a few middle-of-the-street shops - mainly cafes, and a stage/performance area for public shows.)
Well I knew there was a Big W down a block or two of the Queen Street Mall, but I guess last time I went down that far in that direction I didn't really look at the other side of the street so I didn't spot the entry of the Plaza. When I actually went looking for T2 last week I was doing it after coming back from a blood test at the hospital, which means I got off the bus at the King George Square bus station (and ended up having to cross the square itself because of which side I took the escalators up - the bus station is underground) and walked down Adelaide Street (runs parallel to Queen Street) to the next intersection, where the entry to the Plaza is located. There is also another Starbucks, located on that corner, and I quickly found out after getting a guide leftlet, that the centre has a Coles Central - the second one in the CBD that I know of.
I actually went into that Coles today, I wanted to get an irregular amount of money out of my account and an easy way is to buy something cheap and eftpos it out - I got a bottle of lemon juice, which I eventually opened to add a bit to a bottle of iced tea I'd bought with my breakfast - Lipton Iced Tea is a bit too sweet and ideally needs a bit of added lemon.
Anyway, that Coles is a few doors away from T2, so a went back to the tea shop to poke around. I ended up getting three types I have already had before - Southern Sunrise, a mix of dried apple, lemongrass, hibiscus, blackberry leaves, grapefruit peel and citrus flavourings, Citrus Sensation and Orange Zing, both black teas with added citrus pieces, and because the store has a deal on right now where, if you buy two boxes you get a cup and saucer set, if I got four boxes I could get two sets, I also got a box of Coco Loco, a tea made up of cocoa bean husks. It makes up a tea with a mild chocolate flavour.
I did find the matcha tea, but I tell you, matcha is expensive! A small tin (whose weight I didn't look at, but I bet is under 100 grams) was up around $25. Interestingly I also found a tin of what looked like matcha at an Asian supermarket just up the road, for a bit over $9, but I figured that if it is matcha, it's probably low quality. Besides, I opted for green tea Pocky instead (if you really don't know about Pocky, it's a Japanese snack that is thin cracker-like sticks dipped in chocolate - the chocolate can come in various flavours, though so far I have only found dark, strawberry and now green tea). But I still may consider the matcha in the future, but I would have to budget for it, and also consider equipment.
Anyway after that I went up to the weekly market, which takes place in Reddacliff Place, a courtyard in front of a building at the top of the Queen Street Mall, and got strawberries and biltong (beef jerky), and then reconsidered how much money I had left and went all the way back to T2 to buy another storage tin for the Coco Loco. That sounds simple, but I was already tired and achy, and when I say the market is at the upper end of the Queen Street Mall, I mean the mall has a slope - not a huge one, but enough to make my fat ass tired. I also bought a bottle of T2's iced tea to try - lemon myrtle, unsweetened. I tell you, it tasted... odd and slightly eucalyptus, which one might expect as it's an Australian tree. I ended up mixing a good portion of it with what was left of my bottle of Lipton, which gave it a bit of sweetening and lemon and made the eucalyptus taste easier for me to drink.
In the end, when I got home, I was glad I did go back and get another container, the Southern Sunrise took it;s usual tin (yellow-coloured), I mixed both packs of citrus black tea together but not all of it fit in the orange tin, so what was left I mixed with the leftovers of last week's Ayurvedic Passion, which frankly is a very strong-flavoured tea with rosehip and chamomile amongst other things in it, and it's not a flavour I'm hugely hyped about either. I barely got that into a spare jar though, but I got it in and do think the black tea cuts the strength enough to make it a lot easier to drink (yes I've had a cup).
Soo umm... TL;DR, I have picked up a hobby of drinking tea. I know, I drank it before, but that's lemon iced tea made from teabags - cheap teabags at that. This is loose-leaf, gourmet tea, not cheap, but very tasty.
Also, tonight or tomorrow I have another pot of Green Soup to make.
Listening to: Poison - Alice Cooper
Eating: cappucchino Kopiko
Drinking: T2 tea