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March 10, 2010. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Late morning.

I pulled on my swim trunks, trainers, and a tank top and walked out of my little guesthouse room, sliding through the cramped restaurant strewn with tables, and out into the hot, dusty air of Phnom Penh. It's a hot day. It'll be good to swim after lifting weights.

I said, "No no, thank you" to the tuk-tuk drivers offering to take me somewhere in the city, pushed through the little crowd, and out onto the street. The streets in Cambodia more resemble alleyways than streets, and I navigate around people and vehicles.

I went down to the end of the street, turned left, and skirted along close to the local restaurants, half-tent half-storefront type places to get food. I stepped into the crosswalk, the Hotel Cambodiana rising in front of me. I check right and then left, and I watch left as I cross, watching for oncoming traffic.


Earl Blak - Earl Grey infused Vodka

On The Boozery

I'm a tea drinker (in addition to coffee of course) so why not infuse alcohol with tea? Well I did.

Infusing alcohol with Tea: I chose to use earl grey (since it is one of my favorites) and Costco vodka. It doesn't take long for tea to infuse just like when you steep it. No it does not need to be in anything hot to infuse. It will infuse regardless. I used vodka for this. As soon as the vodka hit the tea it turned black. I left the tea in over a weekend and that was a bit of a mistake. Tea that steeps for too long begins to get bitter. This really didn't 'ruin' the infusion though it just put it on the bitter side. I also decided to throw in some fresh rosemary sprigs to add to the herbyness of it all.

Lessons learned:

I made a tasty beverage using my infused vodka:

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