• Places

    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…


  • Events

    World Tea East 2012

    Last week I made the trek to Philadelphia for World Tea East. This show wasn’t quite as successful for me as it was last year but I did find a handful of really great companies. Next year I’m going to focus more on the education conference as I was unable to attend any of that this time around. I noticed a big increase in the number of tea companies based in Africa. Many of them focused on improving the lives of the tea growers which is always great to hear. One thing that was a little disconcerting was that many vendors had tea bags but did not understand that loose leaf is something…

  • Places

    Tea Places: Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company

    One of the things I love about NYC is that sometimes I’ll stumble upon awesome tea shops that are right under my nose. That is exactly what happened when I found Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company. I had just had dinner at my favorite sandwich spot, Peanut Butter & Co., when I spotted this sweet little shop just down the block. I’ve been in this neighborhood many times but had never spotted this store until that day. Right away I loved the historic store front and rustic furnishings. Apparently it was a mob hangout many years ago. How cool is that? There was a lot of space to walk around which was…

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    Tea Places: David’s Tea – Bleecker Street

    After an amazing dinner at Peanut Butter and Co., my boyfriend and I stopped by David’s Tea‘s Bleecker Street location for an tummy settling cup of tea. I’ve been meaning to check them out ever since the Canadian based retailer opened their two NYC shops. The space was very modern but soothing at the same time. They had a huge selection of loose leaf teas, both flavored and traditional. The staff wasn’t pushy but they were all very friendly and helpful. They had a nice comfy couch in their seating area and we were able to take a load off and enjoy our tea. I had the strawberry white tea and Jason had the pure…

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    Tea Places: Sanctuary T

    I had some time to kill in between jobs so I decided to grab dinner at Sanctuary T at 337B West Broadway. The space was relaxed and cozy. I’m a sucker for exposed brick. All of the staff were very pleasant and polite. The menu had a lot of interesting choices but I wanted something relatively light so I went with the grilled cheese sandwich. I loved that it was made with brie instead of plain old American cheese. Of course no grilled cheese is complete without tomatoes and bacon. The tea menu was small but diverse. I chose the Lung Ching Super Fine, which was a dragonwell green tea. It was quite…

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    Tea Places: Harney and Sons SoHo

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a screening of The Meaning of Tea (a documentary I somehow neglected to review) at Harney and Sons’s tasting room in SoHo. I had been meaning to check it out and this event was a perfect excuse. I had a blast and got to meet several new and old tea friends including James Norwood Pratt, Michael Harney, Jason of Walker Tea Review, Alexis of Teaspoons & Petals and Caleb Brown of Calebrown.com. The first thing that I noticed was how large the space is. I love a tea shop that isn’t crowded and cluttered. The second was the massive wall of tea tins. It’s…