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Tea Options in Montreal – Senthé and Birks Café (Latter Closed)

While Montreal is a serious coffee town, they do have some very good options for whole leaf teas. Senthé is a pretty new tea café out on a shopping strip in Rosemont. Senthé specializes in high quality Asian teas with a few tea blends for those who prefer to have other flavors besides the tea leaf itself and espresso, if you really need your caffeine in a different format altogether. There is a small food menu consisting of light sandwiches and pastries of the day are displayed at the counter. Senthé also doubles as a hangout for enthusiasts of the..

Matcha with Lots of Possibilities at MatchaBar (Brooklyn, NY)

MatchaBar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a hip matcha tea bar and brand founded by brothers Max and Graham Fortgang. Matcha tea was “discovered” by the Fortgangs out the necessity of a caffeine alternative that was healthier for them since they led stressful lives when they were college students. Their Williamsburg storefront offers drinks made with the fine-ground tea, including hot and iced matcha teas, iced specialty drinks, and Matchaccino, a matcha “cappuccino” made with almond milk and vanilla powder. Besides peddling the typical matcha lattes (they are almost everywhere in Manhattan), they want to introduce and educate the masses of..

Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, Pudong & Mid-Autumn Festival Afternoon Tea

Lobby; Our Harbour City Suite and its huge bathroom; View of Huangpu River from the suite Mandarin Oriental Shanghai Pudong is luxury hotel brand, Mandarin Oriental’s first Shanghai hotel in May 2013. The hotel sits just east of the Huangpu River in the new Harbour City development, east of the Pearl Tower, and next to the newly opened Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club. The 362 guest rooms come with opulent gold and teal decor, iPod docks and luxurious toiletries from London perfumer Ormonde Jayne. We loved our Club level room and its giant bowl-shaped bath tub to soak our tired..

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Home with Financier Patisserie

This past Saturday, I had Mother’s Day afternoon tea with my family at home. I am well aware, it’s slightly less than a week away from Mother’s Day, May 11th but since we’re all adults leading our own busy lives (parents are traveling, my brother is on a business trip, and I have my own plans that weekend), this is as close as I can show appreciation for my mother. We were fortunate with the weather as it was a gloriously warm and sunny day to dine outside on my balcony. I opted to exclusively serve Financier Patisserie as my..

Green Tea Workshop at Ippodo (NYC)

Ippodo (not to be confused with Ippudo, the popular Japanese ramen shop) is one of the few Japanese tea shops in Manhattan that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Japan. The minimalist, warm wood interiors and the Japanese staff members greet you in Japanese and see them boiling kettles of water to prepare for our green tea workshop. (more…)

Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Since Chinese New Year (it’s Year of the Horse) is pretty close to Valentine’s Day this year, I might as well mash them together and give you ideas as to gift giving to your family (if you do celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year) and loved one (Valentine’s Day). To those who celebrate Chinese New Year: 恭喜發財! Gong xi fa cai! Wines and Spirits Ramey Wines was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife in Healdsburg, California. The winery creates critically acclaimed, award-winning wines ever since, committed to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah as their primary varietals. Their..

Holiday Afternoon Tea at L’Espalier (Boston, MA)

Entrance to L’Espalier; Interior of main dining room; the legendary cheese cart Steps away from the luxurious hotel I stayed in Boston, The Mandarin Oriental, is the equally elegant, AAA Five-Diamond awarded restaurant (and James Beard Award to Chef Frank McClelland), L’Espalier. This restaurant is actually one floor above a bank. You would walk through the doors and be checked in with a host, then you get whisked up viewing the stately bank while riding up to the elegant dining room. I had to have afternoon tea with them to see and taste how a fine dining restaurant would serve..

Afternoon Holiday Tea at Fairmont Battery Wharf – Not Your Grandmother’s Tea

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Battery Wharf is what I would consider, a modern take of what the age-old version of afternoon tea. Their dining room is streamlined and modern, evoking a luxury yacht with cozy touches like comfortable leather sofas and chairs, a fireplace toward the back, and floor to ceiling windows looking out to the majestic wharf. It’s more of a handsome place rather than a feminine or frilly dining room. The food has a modern take to it and service is friendly and not uptight. The diners there were a mix of tourists and locals who were..

Press Tea (NYC)

Exterior; Menu & Pastry display of white chocolate apricot scones and mini green tea whoopie pies; Interior It’s unfortunate that teas haven’t received the precious wave of attention like coffee has within the past decade that every detail was scrutinized starting from where the beans are originated to how to brew the drink (e.g. amount of grounds, water temperature, etc.) that creates a beautifully complex cup. So this does prompt the question, why can’t New York City have a very good, proper cup of tea? The possible answer to that is Press Tea in West Village. This is the kind..