Friday, May 28, 2010

The sweet edgy taste of Ginger....

We all get into our routines. Ginger Tea after red eye flights to Chicago became a routine for me.

I often flew into Chicago late at night. After the trip from O'Hare to the Loop...after the late night conversations with cab drivers from Russia or Jordan or Tijuana...after the check in ritual was finished...I always found myself at a small Asian restaurant just a block from the Marriott on Michigan avenue...both the hotel and the restaurant became homes away from home.

I found the restaurant late one summer evening after many of the locals had gone home. That is the night the photo was taken. I was one of the few people in the restaurant. The waitress suggested Ginger Tea...hesitantly I agreed. I think it became my routine because for that one brief moment...that first taste of the ginger always took me away from the routine to a land and culture far from this Midwesterner's roots. I could forget even if for a brief moment about the ratrace, the stress and disappointments that always seemed to surface.

Along with the tea, I wold take a piece of paper...sometimes no more than a napkin and write down lists of things I wanted to photograph. I would carry the napkin with me and check of the conquests as they happened. Next time to Chicago...I would fill another napkin with my dreams. Head back to the Marriot and start it all over again.

Groundhog Day



Sunny said...

The Ginger tea looks very inviting, I can almost taste it. My Grandmother used to make Ginger Beer.
Have a lovely weekend.
☼ Sunny

DawnTreader said...

Is that iced tea or hot? (looks difficult to hold if it's hot...) Taste and smell do have a way of bringing back memories.

Hazydaisy said...

I love this post, Dan. The photo is very atmospheric and the ginger tea looks delicious.

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...there were times in Chicago...I should have gone for the beer instead of the tea!


Dan Felstead said...

Dawn was always iced cold and when they first brought the glass it would be frosted. MMMM...I would like to have some right now!


Dan Felstead said...

Haizydaisy...thanks for stopping by. You guessed it ...very tasty!


Cynthia L. H. said...

Mmmm...looks very refreshing! I have never had ginger tea and I am a tea-drinker!!! ;^) Would like some, now!!!
I understand how a flavor can evoke memories...I feel that way about hibiscus iced-tea at Doc Martin's in Taos.
;^) I could drink an entire pitcher....

dianne said...

It looks refreshing and delicious, I love iced ginger tea. Many flavours and scents can evoke memories from our past.
Have a lovely weekend Dan. xoxo ♡

septembermom said...

Like how the flavor stirs memories. Looks delicious.