And to accompany those restful activities, back in the hotel room, I also packed a beautiful fine bone china mug (made by Dunoon, the Scattered Flowers pattern by Claire Winteringham), just the (large) size I like for my tea breaks. I bought it last week at Murchie's after dropping a longtime favourite on our ceramic tile floor. . .
I made room for it in my case, and even filled a small jar with the Ceylon Extra Superior loose tea that I've been drinking lately, thinking that bringing my own tea fixings along would make the hotel room a bit more homey. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and tea-drinkers. . .
Because, as I should have remembered, I've bumped annoyingly yet again into the ubiquitous presence of horrid coffee-makers, the complete absence of electric tea kettles. This morning's cuppa was made by heating water to just-above-tepid in a plastic chamber that dripped its way through old coffee-oil trails into my mug, hopefully filled with its precious but doomed tea leaves. So different from the way I make it at home, first scalding the teapot so that the boiling water that opens the tightly furled tea stays as hot as possible.
I shouldn't be surprised not to find an electric kettle in my hotel room, but I did think I might have been able to request one -- often, this is a possibility, at least in Canada where tea-drinking is still part of the culture, if a quickly waning part. But nope, no such kettle to be found in the hotel.
Grumbling to myself this morning, I remembered this Instagram post by David Lebovitz a few months ago. David has lived in France since 2006, as far as I can glean from his blog, but only this past February has he added a bouilloire (electric kettle) to his kitchen. Doing so, he declares on IG, means that he's "finally European."
As a non-European who has had an electric kettle (which I tend to call a "tea kettle) since Uncle Bernie gave me one as a wedding gift -- so for almost 44 years, although that original one has been replaced a few times -- this was a surprising revelation. And since then, I've been a bit curious. How many of you have electric kettles in your kitchens? And I'd be curious also to know how this breaks down, nationality-wise, if you don't mind indicating? As well, if you have an electric kettle, do you primarily use it for making tea? or do you do a pour-over coffee? Or do you use your electric kettle, as does Anna Jones (do you know her wonderful cookbook, A Modern Way to Cook?), i.e. to speed up your cooking prep?
And if you know where I could buy an electric kettle -- preferably a small, travel one -- in downtown Portland, please tell me! (although I imagine I'll survive the week without one ;-) Seriously, though, we tea-drinkers need to start a movement: Bring back the Hotel-room Cuppa! (and a nice little packet of biscuits would not go amiss)