Wednesday March 15, 2006

Many days without an update — the fever took a lot out of me, and I’m still trying desperately to catch up with work and all that. Finally, my work week is over, and I am going to go to NYC tomorrow to get my visa for my upcoming China trip. Since I am planning on meeting an old friend from college in NYC tomorrow for tea, I am trying to figure out where to go that might be interesting. In the past, I have been to T-Salon and Cha-An (they don’t seem to have their own website). T-Salon is a bit of a ripoff, and last time I went I encountered the “you are young so you must know nothing about tea” treatment from their proprietor, which is unfortunate but fairly common. Cha-An, on the other hand, is a nice spot and I would recommend anyone to go, although they are mostly Japanese green tea and is not very cheap. It is a very nice place to hit though after a nice Japanese meal in the area. Across the street is a soba joint.

So, I am looking for a new place to visit. There’s the Wild Lily Tearoom that looks like a Taiwan operated place, or at least most of their teas seem to be Taiwanese in origin. There’s this place called Franchia, which seems rather expensive and Korean tea oriented, which might be interesting. There are a number of tea places in New York, and it is hard to decide where to go. Cha-an probably still has one of the better selections/quality though, since Franchia seems overpriced. Oh well, we’ll see.


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