Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Tea keeps threatening to become the next you-know-what ... dream on. But tea-rooms, tea-houses, tea-whatevers are nonetheless sweet, innocuous places that sometimes also serve coffee. So: a new chain, Teavana, is about to open at the Galleria. It’ll serve tea, teapots from all over the world, sushi gear, books, music, but it’s also a tea bar, so you can sit down and have a cup. (NOT "cuppa"! That's so annoying.) Based in Atlanta, Teavana has 15 stores in GA, calif, fla, boston, chic, & minneapolis w/ another dozen on the way. In other tea news, Tempest, the home-grown tea-er on Lovers, is opening a 2nd branch in jan on mckinney & pearl in the glitzy uptown district.


At October 26, 2005 9:56 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I love me some tea but the leaf will never take the place of the bean.

At October 26, 2005 9:57 AM, Anonymous tg said...

hear hear!

At October 26, 2005 10:05 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: i've been quiet because 1) i'm doing some writing myself and 2) i just can't get excited over candy bars or tea places, even bubble tea though should note some vietnamese restaurants have done it a long time and there is, or was, i'm not sure, an internet bubble tea place in garland that had interesting asian nibbles of the savory sort.

two things i wanted to report: do'nt miss frank bruni' slice and dice of the new "ninja" restaurant in today's new york times. also, had some of the dwight yokum chicken sticks; they reminded me of howard johnson's fried clam sticks. there about the same size, more breading than chicken so the flavor is not all that different either. wouldn't try them as an entree, but maybe put a dish out to nibble on with drinks.

you're being really productive; good for you.

At October 26, 2005 10:24 AM, Anonymous tg said...

ms.ery, there's actually a chinese place over there that was one of the first around here to do bubble tea - but i can't remember the name of it. it's a very informal restaurant on the corner, almost like a greasy-spoon, in the slightly smaller shopping center next to the big one where jeng chi is.

i think tapioca house will be an interesting place, regardless of the bubble tea aspect. it's very nicely-appointed (read: caucasian-friendly) and "taiwan snacks" are a category of their own

hurry and finish your writing - it's not the same without you!

At October 26, 2005 10:44 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I was sure I'd been to a tea place in the Uptown district, on a back street, maybe State? But I can'at seem to find any evidence online.

At October 26, 2005 12:18 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I guess the internet bubble tea place burst? That's what happens when you get too many bubble tea places.

At October 26, 2005 1:24 PM, Blogger BK said...

tg... the sign's up next to Japon now.

It's gonna be another damn tea place!

At October 26, 2005 2:05 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

I'm with you pro-bean types.

A couple of times while traveling, I've taken the plunge and ordered a "Japanese breakfast" from room service. The food is usually delicious, and my metabolism is much better served by salmon, vegetables, rice, etc., than oatmeal, eggs, toast and other Western morning treats.

But I just can't get fully awake when the beverage is green tea, so I usually order a pot of coffee in addition to the breakfast. Last time I did that, though, the tab came to $70! Even on expense account, I can't justify (to myself) spending that for breakfast.

Ms.ery: I'd been getting the feeling that Bruni has been waiting for the opportunity to unload. Ninja definitely seemed to be the softball he'd been waiting for. Very funny review!

At October 26, 2005 4:52 PM, Anonymous tg said...

hey bk - yeah that's the boba tea place - i did a blog item on it earlier this week (couple days ago, "Tapioca House / Boba Tea", those are two different places, altho my shitty writing probably doesn't make that 100% clear). i'm in tea mode, i guess. must find a starbucks item to write about, and damn quick!

At October 26, 2005 5:28 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

What about SBux's "Komodo Dragon" blend?

I think it's been around for a while, and I know it's supposed to reflect the Indonesian provenance of the beans, but what would possess a company to name a coffee bean after the largest lizard on earth? describes the lizard thus:

This reptile averages 8 feet in length and can weigh over 200 pounds. They hunt by ambush, seizing their prey in their jaws. If their prey escapes, their prey usually die within several days from blood poisoning (from the bacteria in the dragon’s mouth). Komodo dragons can smell carrion from four miles away, and large numbers will convene to feed on the carcass.

Yum... Doesn't that put you in a mood for a cup of hot Komodo Dragon blend!

At October 26, 2005 11:19 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I like the dragon. I just had the fincas de chiapas, which is beans from four farms on the sierra madre. It's choc full o' federale lead and bits of Humphry Bogart.

At October 27, 2005 1:41 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Somebody once told me that there's actually more caffine in brewed tea than in coffee. That person also said that the longer you steep the tea, the more caffinated it becomes.

I don't drink coffe, so I wouldn't know, but I stew the crap out of my tea:)

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