• Places

    Tea Places: In Pursuit of Tea

    I recently had the pleasure of attending a tea and cheese tasting at In Pursuit of Tea’s new shop on Crosby Street in Soho. I’m going a little link crazy in this one but I really want to recognize the great companies involved. It was conducted by Sebastian Beckwith from In Pursuit of Tea, Benoit Breal from Saxelby Cheese, and Melanie Franks, a chef instructor at the French Culinary Institute. We sampled six teas, ranging from white tea to puerh, that were each paired with a different cheese. Even thought I’m adventurous in my tea drinking I’m actually quite the picky eater so I was a little worried that I would not enjoy…


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    Tea Places: Radiance Tea House and Books

    This post is the first in a series that I will be doing on tea places in New York City. I decided to kick off my tour at Radiance Tea and Books. This time I had the pleasure of visiting with a future tea sommelier. There is nothing better than sharing good tea with good company. I had the miso soup, a salmon summer roll and two pots of Bi Luo Chun. The great thing about filling up on tea is that it keeps me from ordering dessert. Located on West 55th street between 6th and 7th Avenue, they are one of my most favorite places in New York. Once I step inside…

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    Tea Places: Cha-An

    On Valentine’s Day, the boyfriend and I took in a Ranger’s game and then went for a wander around NYC. After dinner at Lucky’s Famous Burgers, I needed a cup of tea to help warm up for the winter cold. We decided to try to get into Cha-An. It’s been on my must do list for a while. We actually had to wait for about 45 minutes. It was very crowded and the tables were a little bit closer together than I like but it is always a good sign when a restaurant is that popular. The inside was smaller than I had imagined but they certainly make the most out of the…

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    Tea Places: Mambo Tea House

     Every so often I scan TeaMap to see if there are any new places in my area. Recently I spotted the addition of Mambo Tea House in Rutherford, NJ. I was immediately intrigued because it is both a Latin restaurant and a tea house. The decor was an interesting mix of Asian and Cuban decor elements. I loved that they had a comfy couch with lots of pillows at our table. I’m not very familiar with Latin food being the picky eater that I am so I was a little hesitant when ordering. We went with the safe option and ordered the prix fix dinner. At $14.95 per person for a three course…

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    Tea Places: Mitsuwa Marketplace

    I saw an ad for Mitsuwa  in Chopsticks NY Magazine some time ago and have been meaning to check it out. I’ve had some surprisingly good tea finds in local Asian markets so I figured it was worth a peak. My first impression was, this place is HUGE! Not only was there a supermarket with several kiosks and a food court but several specialty stores and a restaurant just outside the main building. The tea selection in the supermarket was decent but nothing special. If you are looking for an appliance like rice cookers, be aware that Bergen County has a blue light law which means that no appliances can be purchased on…

  • Events

    New York Coffee and Tea Festival 2009

    This past weekend was the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. It was smaller than I expected but still a very enjoyable experience. There were tables from all different vendors, giving out samples or selling their wares. I bought some interesting products, both good and bad, that I will be reviewing soon. I also picked up a super nice glass electric kettle from Tavalon. The highlight was a Korean loose leaf tea ceremony by Teamaster Yoon Hee Kim. I’ve never seen a tea ceremony before. It was incredibly beautiful and audience was noticeably silent during the whole ceremony. I only wish I could be that graceful. It definately made me want to explore…