Most of last week, I was battling it out with my body. With only a fever and no other symptoms, I wasn’t sure what I was dealing with, but I took a fever reducer and cancelled most of my evening plans. By Friday, I was feeling more like myself, but wanting to take it easy, I opted out of a wine tasting trip on Saturday. Instead of sipping on wine, I sipped on tea. Ryan and I spent most of our morning at Samovar Tea Lounge, just a few blocks away from Dolores Park.
I was pretty stoked about snagging one of the nooks by the window. It was a good spot to watch passersby, as well as the inside of the shop.
Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s in San Francisco for the weekend. Talk about an early summer. I don’t complain too much because we do get June Gloom, and July 4th weekend is usually quite chilly. To cool down a bit, I ordered the chilled Schizandra Berry Tea. It was a little bit tart and a lot refreshing. Next up, Tea Soup – seasonal tea broth over rice, veggies, wakame and shiitake mushrooms. I opted for smoked duck as my protein. The tea soup itself was on the clear, bland side without much flavor, perfect for recovery. The smoked duck was delicious, and its saltiness helped bring out the flavors of the tea soup.
We also ordered two of our Samovar favorites. The last time we were here, we ordered these same things. We are hardly creatures of habit, but if something is good, we will order it again. And we always find it hard to resist a cheese plate.
Local Artisan Cheese Platter with Raw Honeycomb, Seasonal Fruits, Wheat Crisps
Russian Service – Tarragon-Marinated Beets, Smoked Salmon & Horseradish, Devilled Egg with Caviar, Herbed Crackers, Fresh Fruit, Chocolate Brownie
Yes, there are crackers and fruit on both of these plates, but I don’t mind. It ended up being a lot of food for two, so we sat, nibbled and sipped on tea for quite a while. So relaxing.
How do you ease your way back into life after recovering from being sick?