If we met in real life, like face-to-face, I might be kinda shy at first. Not like first grade shy, but a little shy. Like I’d probably smile a lot and not speak for a while. I might study you a bit…might look at your shoes…I might even be jellz of your pretty hair cut…or think you look like this friend of mine from back home or something, but I won’t say any of this…until I get to know you a little more. I’m just kind of shy at first–it’s super annoying, mostly to me.
Cut to: yesterday at Whole Foods. I’m standing there in line, minding my own business, just checking my phone when this girl–who I don’t know–starts waving at me. Soooo…you know, I’m polite so I hesitantly wave back thinking…this girl knows me and I’m sort of a jerk for not knowing her, but whatevs, I’m gonna play this off and just wave back and it’ll be over soon.
Dude. This girl didn’t stop waving…she just kept going, as if we knew each other so well that I should’ve probably gotten out of line to say hi. At this point I was just in straight panic mode…so I just kept waving…and smiling…
And thennn…I turn to my left and realize she has been waving to the person behind me…The. Entire. Time.
Yeah, so that happened. Please tell me this has happened to you…I need this.
Awkward encounters like that dampen my already introverted spirit. They really do.
Luckily I was at WF to buy a few spices for this chai iced tea.
This thing hit the spot.
It’s spicy, has a good amount of caffeine (due to the black tea), is milky and sweet, and most important, it’s cold.
The sweetened condensed milk is major. If you don’t have a can in your cupboard, and don’t want to buy one, then milk and sugar are totally a workable substitute.
This is officially replacing my afternoon cup of coffee.
Anyway, I’m gonna go hide now.
Spiced Chai Iced Tea
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes
1 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
4 cardamom pods, opened
2 cups water
4 tablespoons of strong black tea
4 1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
In a medium saucepan, add spices to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat; let steep for 5-20 minutes, depending on how strong a spice flavor you want.
Add the sweetened condensed milk to the water/spice mixture. Bring the milk and spice mixture just to a boil and remove from heat.
Add the tea to the milk and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes to taste. (Option at this point – reheat to a simmer and remove from heat.)
Strain into a pitcher and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until cool. Serve over ice.