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Tuesday, 28 June 2011
When I was debating whether to visit Portland's Chinese or Japanese garden, one of my friends on Twitter suggested that the Chinese garden would be better, if only because of the tea house and its excellent mooncakes. Well, you all know how much I love a nice cafe, and the promise of a new kind of cake was just too much to resist.
I visited with a couple of friends from the conference, and between us we sampled three teas and two different kinds of mooncake. Mine had a delicious red bean filling - but it was so rich and sweet that I ended up taking half of it back to my hotel with me to finish later.
Sitting in gentle Portland sunshine, sipping tea and contemplating the gardens, was a truly perfect respite from a week of intense academic brain-exercise!