Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fun Friend Day

Busy schedules and the swift passage of time often keep us separated from friends much longer than we'd like, but what a blessing to be able to pick-up right where we left off when we reconnect as though no time had lapsed at all.

I had that experience today when I had lunch with a dear friend I've known for many years.  We were trying to determine when we last saw each other, and it was probably Dec. 2010 at a Christmas tea I coordinated at Ardmore Park Place.  My friend, Valerie, is on my left in the 2010 photo below.

Today's Meet-up

We went to a quaint shopping area called "The Village" on Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe, MI, near her house. We started out at Marais Market - a place that sells gourmet and specialty foods and much more.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of their Macaron counter.

Whoever does their ordering/buying isn't into tea because there was only one sparse shelf designated to tea. Twinings and Tea Forte were the only two teas represented.  They did, however, have a large assortment of Kombucha in their refrigerated section.  Surprisingly, there's no tearoom in this upscale area that would be so conducive to one.

We walked a few doors down and decided to have lunch at Koi Nu Asian [an Asian Fusion Restaurant].  The colorful Japanese lanterns were very festive in the newly opened restaurant.

We shared an appetizer of Crispy Egg Rolls - very good.

Val ordered an Arnold Palmer, and I ordered a cup of Japanese Sencha.  [The only two hot tea choices were Sencha and Matcha.]  The Sencha's flavor profile was grassy/vegetal [like cooked spinach], but it wasn't astringent.  My taste buds didn't declare it Um Um Good with the first sip, but the more I drank the more my palate became accustomed to it, and I finished it with satisfaction.

I ordered Teriyaki Chicken.  This was their generous lunch portion.  I used a fork instead of chopsticks, and the Teriyaki was very tasty.  Have you mastered the knack of using chopsticks?

It was a delightful afternoon, and Val and I said we'd get together again soon.  I drove home with a thankful heart as I reflected on the blessing of friendship!

1 comment:

  1. Friends like that are a true blessing! I love all the colored lanterns in that restaurant, and the pictures of your food have made me really hungry. I might have to find some Chinese food for lunch tomorrow. I eat it with a fork, too. My 6-year-old granddaughter is learning to eat with chopsticks, and tried to show me how, but I'm not a good student. :-)


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