Keep Calm and Carry On Diversifying

When Yeshi first moved from India to Oxford he was initially excited to make the acquaintance of new fruits and vegetables. He tried his hand at growing crops that were entirely new to him - job lots of rhubarb (though this is native to other parts of the Himalayas), strawberries and Romaine lettuce. Yeshi loved the allotment life, but he became increasingly disillusioned with the sameness of the produce available in the supermarkets and even the much fêted fruit and veg stalls in Gloucester Green. Modern plant breeding and selection is all about logistics, shelf life and ideas of perfection. These were new concepts for Yeshi. In India, and in Tibet before that, he was used to consuming food

Missive From Magdalen Road

Argh! Anyone else out there enjoying the challenge that is opening new walls during a lockdown? Here's the thing. We have this fabulous made-new building on Magdalen Road now, which is nearly ready to go. Upstairs boasts arguably some of the most spectacular and well-situated rooms in East Oxford, overlooking on one side the beautiful Rusty Bicycle pub, and on the other Catherine Street's gorgeous lion mural. Ladies and gentleman we have beautiful exposed brickwork, luxury bathrooms, and some fabulous Tibetan touches. And then there's downstairs, the soon-to-be super stylish new home of Taste Tibet, where we will finally be able to serve our momos fresh out of their steamer, and we invite yo

Doing The Donkey Work

Our kids, a product of mum and dad of course, are not the most conventional of children. They are reluctant to accept direction and rules, and have developed a habit of saying that "school would be much better without the teachers and the work". Who are we to claim otherwise? Yeshi did not experience the institution of school until he was already grown up. His childhood wasn't easy (we went here last week) but it was magical in many ways, with freedoms that our kids can only dream of. But I am very much a product of the system, and it has served both me and Taste Tibet well. So make the most of school, we tell them, in order that you may enjoy freedoms later in life: education will open door

It's All Relative: Navigating First-World Woes

Thanks so much to everyone for your huge support during back-to-school week. We could sense the relief at our stall, and heard of at least a few momos parties happening over the weekend. Hope you all enjoyed! But back to school is of course not the end of things, and we're all struggling a bit to cope with new normals + serious fatigue. Here at Taste Tibet HQ we have a large number of massive projects on the go all at once, and it feels like it's taking its toll. Many of you are asking when our new shop on Magdalen Road will be ready just at the point at which we are beginning to run into some big end-of-project brick walls that look likely to delay everything. Yeshi reminds me that we are n

In Praise Of The Tibetan Chef

That long hair thing - it's not a trick to get to you to buy momos. Back in Kham, where Yeshi is from, many men wear their hair in this way - and even prettier. The man in the photo above (a picture sent to Yeshi from home last week) is wearing red silk thread in his hair, a decoration that is commonly seen on the heads of men from the region. It's everyday wear, folks. Here is Yeshi having a go with my sarong on holiday earlier this month: But Tibetan men do more than just pretty. Yeshi is the hairdresser and tailor in our house, and of course he is also the cook. All Tibetan people can cook. In Yeshi's case, he learned to make family recipes out in nomadic tents far from home at a very you

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