So I was meeting my sister in law (of just a little over a month) for lunch last week. When we were planning on where to eat, dear Lord…the Kakao text conversation seemed to drag forever. We made plans days prior and still couldn’t decide. You have no idea how indecisive I can be when it comes to making up my mind, especially when it comes to wtf to eat. I can literally spend hours on an empty stomach trying to decide wtf to eat….and then get even hungrier because I can’t make up my mind. And then of course, there are other times when I know exactly wtf I want to eat when I have very specific cravings and want to eat that and only that. Well, it wasn’t one of those kind of moments…it was one of my “wtf to eat?” kind of moments.
So I was like hmmmm….what am I going to want to eat that day?
Sis in law still insisted that I pick, but “somewhere close.”
So continued the tug of war game of who picks and where.
She suggested Kentro Greek Kitchen. I’ve already eaten there and wasn’t too crazy about the dishes I tried. So I said “pass.” I mean, I still want to try this place again some day. I have heard rave reviews about a couple of dishes that I still haven’t got to try. But I just wasn’t in the mood to for this place at the time.
So I searched for tea rooms. I found a few not too far, but darn my luck….all of them are closed on Mondays. So…next??
We went back and forth, considering a few other places. Running out of options and tiring from trying to decide, I agreed, Anaheim Packing District it is. Finally, after days of running around in circles, we decided on a place!!
OMG not again…”Whatcha feel like eating?” I asked.
I still had no idea wtf I wanted to eat. “What have you tried there?” I asked.
Sooooo…..right before we met, I said to let’s go with Shabu Shabu. So yeah, we were back to right where we started, her original suggestion, Shabu Shabu! See? It would have saved so much time if she hadn’t said “You pick.” Lol
This time around, on a Monday around noonish, it was anything but crazy packed. All the kiddies were at school and it seemed like a lot of people were coming here for their lunch breaks from work.
Sis in law arrived like ten minutes later, right when I finished my nibbling, just in time.
Veggie broth, and two choices of sauces. I got the black sesame and citrus.
Sliced rib eye
The veggies and noodles
I love the flowery décor and tranquility of tea rooms. And best of all, there aren’t any (or rarely any) men! Well, at least that has been the case with my experiences. Tea rooms just seem like a sacred place women go to for “girl time.” I don’t know. Maybe it’s because whenever I go to tea rooms, I see the different generations of women in the family (grandmas, moms, daughters, granddaughters) sitting around and bonding while catching up sipping on tea. It’s a place where girl friends gather to catch up and just be girls. And with the right aura, sometimes it just feels like stepping into grandma’s house. It’s quiet, cozy, familiar, and things just feel calm.
Let’s be real. I like tea but am more of a coffee person. If a tea room served coffee, I’d be in heaven lol.
I remember going to a tea room on a Saturday afternoon once. My goodness..it was like the cackling meeting of the hens. There were hardly any tables available and the place was just filled with loudness of girls gathering for bridal showers, birthday parties, and whatever get togethers. As much fun as that can all be, I would much rather have the quiet.