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Tea Time

by wolviela (writer), Los Angeles, December 10, 2008

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As the British say, "a cuppa will fix everything"

Being part Asian, and adopted by a British woman, there's no question that tea is in my blood.

However, growing up I was accustomed to black tea with milk and sometimes sugar and of course the all time "stereotypical" high tea time. Yes, complete with little sandwiches, and scones, cream and strawberries.

As I got older, I discovered there was much more than black teas. There were the jasmine teas they served in Chinese restaurants, the green teas they served in Japanese restaurants and the chai teas they served in Indian restaurants.

Over the last 10-15 years tea has become very popular as the rest of the western world starts seeing and experiencing the benefits of coffee alternative. The local Safeway (Vons) started carrying the Celestial Seasons tea bags, and then Tea shops began springing. Something for the tea lovers who weren't Pete's or Starbucks fans. If you step foot into a tea shop the atmosphere is strangely different from the coffee shops. I drink both, so I'm not biased here.

When I moved to Los Angeles, during my exploration phase, I saw a place called Chado Tea Room. It didn't look that interesting. In fact it looked rather old and thought it might be an Asian Tea house. I have since found out it was their first location.

A few months later I was was exploring Old Town Pasadena and came across another Chado Tea Room. Through the window there were lots of people having what looked to be like an English tea. As one stepped in the warmth was unbelievable. It is a cozy little place which was bustling with servers carrying three tier plates with sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with full teapots. Then I saw the canisters of tea. There was tea from all over the world, as well as different tea accessories.

I called up some girlfriends and we hit the Tea Room the week after, and it reminded me of my visits to my Aunts on England.

There is a point to this article, bear with me :)

It is the season for gift time, and my manager is a tea drinker, but only likes herbal teas. So I thought this was perfect a gift, and thought of my experience at Chado. As I looked on their website, I noticed they had just opened up one downtown.

It is located in the National Japanese American Museum and I took a trek down there. It was just about closed, half and hour to go, and the gentleman was very patient and helpful. He helped me pick out some nice herbal teas and I also got a nice surprise.  I recognized him from the Pasadena store, which I had only been in about 4 times over the course of the last three years. He looked at me a minute and said, "Didn't you used to visit the Pasadena store."

Now that is customer service and great service is what I like to pass on to people.

So if you are a tea person, want to try a traditional British tea time or just want to relax with a cuppa, I encourage to you visit one of their three locations. Weekends get busy so I'd encourage making reservations.

Check them out at www.chadotea.com



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By Lady D on December 10, 2008 at 08:18 pm

There used to be a tea room in West Hollywood. Tea and scones are a great treat. Also there is Tea at the Huntington Gardens. Great update, thanks.

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By Sharlene Hardin on December 11, 2008 at 08:24 pm

Great article.  

I love the teas that bloom into flowers, those are my favorite for tea parties. 

And Julian, I agree with you, I like the traditional way the best. 

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By wolviela on December 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Yerba Mate... Awesome if you need to pull an all nighter for school or what not!!

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By Joan Westin on December 12, 2008 at 04:15 pm

Yes, good story, and interesting.  For several years now I’ve been only supporting Fairtrade tea.  I decided to do that because the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards is important to me as well as the flavor of  the tea.

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By AmyO on December 12, 2008 at 04:32 pm

I love Irish tea. Ever since I lived there, I have to have a cup every morning to wake me up. Every black tea from here tastes so weak in comparison! Chai is great too!

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on December 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

i never been to a tea-house before, but i drink tea usually when i get a little sick...so yeah, it is good dfor ya. good read here, champ!

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By Carol Young on June 11, 2009 at 05:15 pm

With the growth of Green, many places are proudly advertising their Sun Tea and Sun Coffee - let the sun do the brewing instead of Carbon Footprint electricity, gas, etc.

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