Tea at Harney & Sons – NYC

Tea at Harney & Sons

Tea at Harney & Sons

I’ve become and avid tea drinker and my family knows I get cranky when I haven’t had my afternoon “cuppa.” What better way to experience a city than to have tea somewhere?

Harney & Sons has a tasting room in SoHo. After a long day of visiting the 9/11 Museum, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I was fading fast. Fortunately, this location was close to a subway line.

Walls of tea tins flank the long, narrow shop. To the immediate left was a tasting area.

Tea tasting bar at Harney & Sons

Tea tasting bar at Harney & Sons

But I wanted to sit down. At the back of the store was the tea room. Once the hostess seated us, we ordered scones with clotted cream and hot tea. It was the perfect “pick-me-up” and it was all under $20.

Inside the tearoom area

Inside the tea room area

Various tea selections are available for purchase. If you’re in the area and you love tea, don’t miss this place. Learn more about Harney & Sons two NYC tasting rooms here.IMG_0902


Bishops Coffee & Tea – Atlanta

IMG_3646Nestled in the heart of Midtown, Bishop’s Coffee and Tea offers gourmet, environmentally friendly tea. How can coffee be environmentall friendly? According to the owner, Bishop who served us, she uses an electric roaster which leaves less of a carbon footprint.

The store, which has only been open 7 months is rather hard to find. It’s located on the backside of a strip shopping center at the intersection of Piedmont and Monroe. From there, it’s tucked in an alcove next to Varuni Napoli Pizza. Entering a small couryard with outside seating, the entrance is reminiscent of New Orleans.

Inside, the smell of fresh coffee greeted us. Bishop, who also owns two locations along the Florida panhandle, was on site this day. We purchased coffee, tea and one of her signature desserts.

It’s definitely a welcome additional to the neighborhood. Also, tea and coffee can be purchased directly from her website – www.bishopscoffeeandtea.com.

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Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay!

Dr. Bombay!

Emergency! Emergency!

Come Right Away!

If you’re over the age of 30, you probably remember this chant from the TV show “Bewitched” which aired from 1964-1972 in prime time, and seems to always be on TV reruns.

Recently, I heard about Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party located in Atlanta near Candler Park. I had to see it for myself and I was not disappointed!

The inside was filled with wall to wall books and a large tea menu. Books and tea…my favorite combination.

The day I went they were offering pimiento and egg salad sandwiches, quiches and samosas. Since I never had heard of a samosa, I tried it. It’s a baked pastry filled with vegetables and served with a chutney sauce. My description is not doing it justice, but it delicious!

The tea menu was large with over a dozen black teas to choose from. They also had a large selection of rooibus, herbal and green teas, but I didn’t really look past the black teas. I chose the Gold Yunnan.

Additionally, Dr. Bombay’s sells coffee, pastries and ice cream.

The atmosphere is pre-WWI India when the British still ruled. Several people were chatting, while other customers had a laptop and were completely absorbed in their own world. The shelves were lined with books that they sell for only $1. All the proceeds go to The Learning Tea, which helps young women get an education in India. For more information visit www.drbombays.com.

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Zen Tea – Chamblee

IMG_1142I found a new tea shop yesterday. My friend Sylvia had invited me to this place before, but our schedules never matched up. Finally, we went to Zen Tea in Chamblee.

As New Age music greeted us, I immediately relaxed the moment I walked through the door. A feeling of calm wafts through the atmosphere of this Asian inspired tea room. No, this is definitely not the Starbucks loud place, but more of a reflective, quiet place to sit and catch your breath. It’s a retreat set apart from the rest of the world.

Along one wall is a bar area, while there are several tables on the other side for eating lunch. The back wall displays teas and accessories for sale. The menu is simple, chicken salad, soup and a few other offerings – nothing heavy – just enough to fill you up while you sip tea.

Ah, tea.

The tea menu is huge!

The tea menu is divided into black, green, rooibos and more. I chose an Assam, but there were two to choose from. I selected the Assam Borengajuli, which was good, but maybe a little too much with a hint of Earl Grey in it. I came back a few days later and tried the Golden Monkey tea, which is definitely my new favorite.

The shop also offers yoga, meditation classes and reflexology sessions in the back room. See their website at www.ezentea.com.