Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's like Nirvana, but with tea!

This weekend, I finally went to the new tea store "Teavana".  (Well, it was new to me anyway.)  Who knew you could spend so much money on tea and tea accessories?  They say, many upscale products aren't really that much better than others, but the packaging is much fancier.  I think this may the case here.  Don't get me wrong,  I loved looking around in the store!  The tea pots were fun to look at, but I am never going to spend over $200 on a tea pot.

I am a big tea drinker and have at least 3 cups a day.  Since I can't have too many treats (no wheat, dairy, sugar, or yeast), tea feels like a sinful delight.  I was reminded of the saying, "a fool and his money are soon parted" because the store seems to be designed to part fools from their money.  Well, I must be a fool because I spent $42 on tea!  You have to buy the tea containers, then you can buy whatever tea you want to fill it.  There are several dozen large canisters behind the register which the sales people will open and waft in your general direction so you can smell the various teas.

The sales person I spoke with was full of helpful information.  Did you know that green tea can help regulate your blood sugar if you drink it before a meal?  Also, did you know that Oolong tea helps increase your metabolism and burns fat if you drink it after a meal?  I didn't!  The sales lady (who was Asian) says that all Asian households have both green and oolong teas on hand since the dishes they eat are often fatty.  With that in mind, I HAD to get one of each!  I ended up getting Dragonwell (green) and Toasted Nut Brulee (Oolong).  The Dragonwell tea was good.  I love a nice green tea, but I have to say it wasn't any better than my favorite Numi Gunpowder Green tea.  I used to feel guilty buying the Numi tea since it's $6.99 per box (although Whole Foods has it on sale often), but now I'll buy it guilt free since it's less expensive than the Dragonwell.  The Toasted Nut Brulee tea however, is awesome!  I will definitely be back for more.  It's like dessert in a cup AND it helps you burn fat?  Why aren't we all drinking this all the time?  I will go back to Teavana and try some more teas, however it will not be an everyday thing for me.  As a special treat however, it's heavenly!

8 comments:

  1. I haven't tried the Teavana in Baton Rouge,but have been to the Newbury Street store in Boston. I do love their teas.

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  2. dan and i like the jasmine pearls green tea. you get at least two steeps out of it and it smells and tastes great.

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  3. WE LOVE TEAVANA!!!!! Try the Night Tea - I'll have to double check the name...it is wonderful. I also love haute chocolate (red tea).

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  4. Oh, I've only just begun to try out the teas at Teavana! I will definitely try all of the ones you mentioned. A friend of mine told me about adagioteas.com, which looks good too. However, sometimes it's great to go to an actual store and look around, isn't it?

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  5. I really love the "To Life" tea. It's a really delicate white tea.

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  6. We went to the store while in Washington - it was a cool experience. We bought teas we normally wouldn't have...because they can give you more information about them. Great concept - great store!
    By the way - the black that I like is Almond Biscotti - been drinking that in the morning since I'm off diet coke. Tasty.

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  7. That sounds delicious. (and the white tea sounds good too.) I love that there are so many tasty alternatives to coke and coffee these days. Hooray for tea!

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  8. I have a confession to make: I went back to Teavana today and spent entirely too much money. Again. I went in to get the tea-maker ($17.99), and just HAD to try some more teas. Oh well! Better not go again any time soon though. I have to say, I do like the tea-maker way better then using the little tea infuser balls I had been using.

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