I drove back from Minneapolis yesterday, making sure to stop in at The Tea Source in St. Paul to buy tea before I left the area. I knew my wife would be disappointed if I neglected to do so.
Although it’s not as hard to get decent tea in the U. S. as it used to be, getting really good tea remains absurdly difficult. We’ve got a well-known tea store here in the Chicago area. Its teas are adequate but they’re unconscionably expensive. The Tea Source, contrariwise, has good tea at very fair prices. We’ve been dealing with them online for years and always make a point of stopping by their physical location whenever we’re in town. I came back with a couple of pounds of tea.
On the way home I took my time as I had on the way there, this time stopping at several cheese shops along the way. Have you noticed how difficult it is to get decent medium brick cheese these days? When I was a kid it was commonplace. The stuff in the grocery stores these days is nearly tasteless. I guess that’s what sells in the mass market.
I have never in my life paid $40 a pound for cheddar cheese. I have learned that it’s not difficult to do. However, 12 year old cheddar is good but IMO not that good. A bought several pounds of cheese: medium brick, 7 year old cheddar, and a curiosity—smoked blue.