During my years as a journalist, I had three women call up and say they wanted to meet me. All three became friends, genuine keep-in-touch, send-each-other-Christmas-cards kind of friends. I find that interesting. Yesterday, I got to catch up with one of them, Amy, at our longtime meeting place, Leaf and Bean (aka "the coffee shop") in downtown Newnan. I arrived hungry, and Amy was first to notice they had a muffin made with tea. I knew immediately that's what I would be ordering!
Oh, and what a pretty thing this muffin was, especially all warmed up and gooey! Actually, this was my second muffin since I killed the first one. I was standing in line balancing purse, my cup of Kyoto Cherry Rose Green Tea, and the muffin when I dropped it, splat, right on the floor. I'm sure the tall, statuesque blonde in the tennis outfit who was behind me in line thought it was God's way of telling me I should have ordered a cup of fat-free yogurt and a banana instead, but I'm no quitter. The clerk told me not to worry about it and she'd warm up another one and bring it to me. Told her I'd gladly pay for it, but she insisted not. (And of course I have enough of my southern mama in me that I've done the mental calculations and realized I need to go by there and purchase about four more muffins to sort of even things out.) At any rate, the muffins were delicious. Amy had one, too, and we both loved the ginger, which we assume was caramelized ginger thanks to those ooey-gooey chunks of warm caramel. Yum.
I should also point out that though I didn't try them this visit, they have macarons in the display case now, so I must go back very, very soon for some of these as well.
So if you're in the area, and especially if you're local, drop by and tell them you'd like to try a delicious Ginger and Green Tea muffin to make up for the losses they suffered because of your klutzy friend!