Monday, April 9, 2012
We toured the "World of Tea" without ever leaving Manhattan! Our first stop was Chinatown for a Gongfu Chinese Tea Ceremony. It was wonderful to have the attendees experience tea in this way with the small Chinese teapots and many infusions of oolong.
Our next stop was to visit Soho for some more tea education. Judith and I taught for about an hour about tea as the attendees tasted Chinese white tea, Japanese green tea, Taiwanese oolong, and Sri Lankan (Ceylon) black tea. We of course needed to cleanse the palate in between tastings and what would be more befitting, but some yummy scones.
As we left Soho, we waved goodbye to China, Taiwan, Japan, and Sri Lanka. We then walked to our next stop which was France. We organized a tea inspired lunch at Bosie Tea Parlor in Greenwich Village. We had a three course lunch there along with a bit more education on caffeine and antioxidants.
Not only is their food amazing, but their pastries are just as good. Many of them are tea infused to add to the uniqueness. The problem was which one to choose.
Our last stop around the world was right here in the USA. We stopped in at the oldest running tea and coffee shop. They have been in the same location since 1895.
We want to thank IACP for allowing us to share our love of tea with its members. We had loads of fun planning, taste testing, and leading the tour. I just thought I would share a few bonus tea places that we couldn't include on the tour.
Judith and I decided to do a private Japanese tea excursion the next day since we both had traveled to the tea fields of Japan together in 2010, Our tour included Kinokuniya Books. It is not just a bookstore, but has a lovely selection of Japanese gifts. If you have time, go upstairs for a cup of tea.
We also stopped off for a authentic Japanese breakfast. Doesn't that look good? It was....