culinaria eugenius in victoria: two teas

I’m at a literature conference in Victoria, B. C., experiencing the fruits of colonialism.  No, that’s not me and my friends.  It’s an old tea mechanical puppet box from Murchie’s.  But I’m in a lovely old hotel and a town that has been properly British Empired. Irish woolen stores, tea shops, Scottish bars, Indian curry buffets. If it’s colonial, they’ve got it.

I thought I’d give you an image of the real life of a professor drinking tea in Victoria.

Is this the tea she drinks? Out of a samovar? In a porcelain cup? Reclining on pillows and draped in chintz, soft classical music playing as she chooses a single delicacy from a silver platter?

It is not. She drinks a nice assam out of an Ikea mug with a plump currant scone with cream and jam, though, while she grades papers on a break from conferencing. Perfectly happy with plastic cups, paper napkin, stainless steel tray, $4.25.  Because she can’t afford an afternoon tea that costs $60. Egads.

And that is the life of a professor drinking tea in Victoria, B.C.

2 thoughts on “culinaria eugenius in victoria: two teas

  1. Dave Taube 14 November 2010 / 10:52 pm

    Check out Pho Vy for good and inexpensive Vietnamese food in Victoria. We ate there in September.


  2. Eugenia 16 November 2010 / 9:11 am

    I had Vietnamese elsewhere (don’t recall the name, but it’s a different location) and it was good, too! Also decent Persian.


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