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    Tea Places: Ippodo Tea Co.

    Ippodo Tea has been on my “to do” list for a while. I always seemed to be in their neighborhood outside of their business hours. This past weekend I got done with work early and I was determined to visit. Their space isn’t much more than a kiosk inside of the restaurant Kajitsu. It is still a Japanese tea lover’s dream. The selection was fairly small and on the high-end side of things. You won’t find teas like this in any other NYC tea shops. The staff was incredibly friendly and they were all at the ready to answer any questions that I had. I was offered a small cup of matcha which…


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    Tea Places: Capital Teas – National Harbor

    Such an inviting storefront  +Capital Teas has been on my wish list for a while and I had a chance to stop by their Nation Harbor location in Oxon Hill, MD this past weekend. I passed this location on the way to an event at the harbor so it was a bit of a happy accident for a tea nerd like me. The store front was very inviting with wide open doors and a sampling station serving up their Calming Tea. I was joined by my boyfriend and two semi-tea curious friends who graciously let me take my time exploring the shop. Although somewhat small, it was well laid out and did not feel…

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    Rainy Friday at Sanctuary T

    I have a penchant for asking my boyfriend to meet up in the city on the days with the worst possible weather. This past Friday we made the journey to one of my favorite tea-ish destinations, Sanctuary T. It was raining cats and dogs (and possibly hamsters too) as we battled what felt like gale force winds. We were rather damp but very relieved when we stepped into Sanctuary T’s peaceful space. Having reviewed the menu ahead of time, I was already settled on ordering the truffle macaroni and cheese with bacon. For my accompanying tea I ordered a cup of Ceylon. It was sinfully delicious and the tea helped break up the…

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    Tea Places: Press Tea

    You might remember that I was excited  about a new tea place that would be opening soon when I attended the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. +Press Tea  finally opened their doors and Jason and I stopped in a few weeks ago. It was a suddenly chilly night so we were happy just to get inside and drink something warm. The decor was chic and welcoming at the same time. I loved the comfy couch and fun pillows. The classic jazz soundtrack was relaxing without being sleepy.Who doesn’t love a little Louis Armstrong on a rainy Friday night? It took us a few minutes to decide on what to order since I was…

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    Tea Places: Physical Graffitea

    I just can’t seem to go to New York City without stopping somewhere along the way for tea. My latest adventure brought me to Physical Graffitea, located on St. Marks off of 1st Avenue. This place has been on my to do list for a while. It has a bit of rock and roll history because the building was featured on the cover the Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti. The space is small but welcoming. I loved the exposed brick wall and fun murals. The classic music they had playing was fun and uplifting. The staff were friendly, helpful and unobtrusive. I’m incredibly indecisive and they gave me plenty of time to go…

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    Where’s the tea love New Jersey?

    I proudly call the state of New Jersey home. It’s the land of Bon Jovi, Springsteen and 24 hour diners. Much to my chagrin, the one thing that we do not have a lot of is tea. I live a short train ride from NYC and the difference in tea cultures is astounding. The Big Apple is experiencing a veritable tea renaissance, unlike anything that I have seen. The two places are very different but I’m still left wondering, where’s the tea love New Jersey? The closest local tea purveyors to me that do not require a Hudson River crossing are a bubble tea place and a coffee shop with a collection of…