Asha Tea House in San Francisco
Whenever I go home for the holidays, my body decides its a great time to catch a cold. I think because of my go-go-go lifestyle I simply never have time to catch a cold, so when I start relaxing and enjoying my time off, my body thinks 'this is my chance!'
So it wasn't really much of a surprise when, a week and a half into my trip, I woke up in San Francisco with a raw throat and a stuffed up nose. Such is life.
To combat this unwelcome illness, I did what I always do: drink gallons of piping hot tea.
I set off for Asha Tea House near Union Square. The long, narrow cafe has the worst kind of menu - there were too many things I wanted to try!!!
The first day I settled with their loose leaf Jasmine Tea (there are books on the counter detailing where and how they get their tea leaves in a responsible, sustainable way) though I desperately wanted to try their Hong Kong Milk Tea.
The cafe was busy (Sunday, 3pm) but we were able to grab a table and enjoy our drinks. We sat there for about an hour watching one woman cut a giant bucket full of Asian pears for their seasonal fresh Asian pear tea. Definitely freshly made :)
The day when my cold was at its worst, I headed back to Asha for something I knew would kick my cold in the butt: Ginger Honey Tea.
A light honey taste with the full force of ginger (thanks to the three freshly chopped hunks of it in my tea!) hit the back of my throat and I could literally feel my cold symptoms fading away.
I nursed this for about an hour with a book and it did a world of good for my health. I arrived around 11am on a Thursday and the place was empty!