Date: Friday, September 28, 2012
Theme: Birthday Pirate ride
My best friend, Trish, returned from her 2 1/2 week trip to Brazil this week. We celebrated her return by going out to tea at Dobra and attending Mad FBC's September ride.
Dobra Tea on State Street is probably the best teahouse in all of Madison. It has a cozy, charming atmosphere, soothing music, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Most importantly, Dobra has an extensive collection of tea leaves gathered directly from their country of origin. The tea leaves they cary and the methods they use to prepare tea are unbeatable. Not to mention, they offer small portions of healthy snacks and food such as black sesame squares, crystallized ginger, mixed nuts, fruit, couscous salad, and hummus. If anyone is visiting Madison and looking for a fantastic tea house, Dobra is the place to go!
Tea is both a healthy treat and an indulgent experience--its a lovely idea for any fitness buff looking for a social outing. Visiting Dobra and sharing tea over good talk is one of my favorite social activities. Whenever I visit a teahouse, I can feel good knowing that I'll be able to socialize with my friends while still adhering to my healthy lifestyle principles. Not to mention, drinking tea regularly provides antioxidants and other health benefits.
After Trish and I shared a pot of green tea at Dobra, we biked out to "The Corner" for Madison Full moon Bike Club's 5th Birthday and Pirate Ride. The Mad FBC meets every full moon for an evening of night biking and socializing. I didn't dress up as a pirate but I joked that I "brought the booty." Nothing wrong with having a little self confidence and pride in a hard-earned cyclist's tush, right? ;)
The ride was a lot of fun--plenty of riders dressed up as pirates. At one point during the ride, our route took us downtown through Cap square and State Street. I always feel great when I'm able to mix social events with exercise. Mad FBC is a great chance for people to get active while having some fun.