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03 May 2007 @ 10:28 pm
Tea at Lupicia  
A Lupicia opened up in Valley Fair last Thursday, and after work I drifted over to check it out.

It is so much nicer than Teavana! The staff was really helpful and sweet, and answered my stupid questions, like "Uh...so what sizes do the teas come in?" (For some reason, the folks at Teavana always look at me as if I'm insane for asking, which is why I NEVER go there tho' they've been in Valley Fair for years now.) The teas are laid out in easy view, so you can smell the different tea samples before requesting the bags you'd like to purchase. They only had one white tea, but because it's springtime they had three sakura teas (two green and a black) that were absolutely irresistible.

They don't offer drinks like Teavana does, but they will brew small cups if there's a flavor you want to try. That was fun - I tried a Marron Chocolate that was to die for (I ended up buying it!) and a Champagne Rose. In addition to the loose teas, they have a selection of best-sellers in tea bags, honey & other sweeteners, and a selection of tea wares.

The sales associates were so sweet; I ended up inviting them to our next Lush party on Saturday. One girl was excited to find out there was a Lush in Valley Fair - she'd been driving all the way down to Carmel to get our goods :) The other associate hadn't heard of us before, but when I left she was being told all about it, so I'm sure we'll see her on Saturday too.

(I should really make a LJ Userpic for tea. Yum.)
oilofjoyoilofjoy on May 4th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think we have a Lupicia here. I've been to Teavana once, but didn't buy anything. I love tea, and I didn't know there was such a huge variety. I drink a cup of hot green tea every morning.
Suzik00kaburra on May 4th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
There's only 3 Lupicias in the US - two here in California and one in Hawaii. Teavana's all over the place, though, and I'm sure there must be other chains that I just can't think of.

My favorite tea is jasmine oolong, because that's what I grew up with (it's common at Chinese restaurants) but I also love all the different flavors of black tea that have been made. Yesterday one of the teas I got was white peaches oolong tea - can't wait to try it :)
oilofjoyoilofjoy on May 4th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
I have never tried jasmine oolong, and white peaches oolong sounds interesting. I should really venture out from just green tea and regular old lipton tea.
Suzik00kaburra on May 4th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have your current address, but if you want to send it my way I'd be happy to send you some samples :)
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Suzik00kaburra on May 4th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
No problem, I know you've been moving around a lot :) Do you have a teaball strainer or another way to use loose tea?
oilofjoyoilofjoy on May 4th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, moving around a lot is zero fun. That's why I'd like to just stay here for awhile. I have no complaints about the apartment, and no room mates to screw with.

And yes, I actually do have a teaball strainer :0)
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on May 4th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
i love lupicia! i visited the store near where i lived in japan a lot just to smell the teas and drink samples XD and i always try to stop by the one in hawaii! they offer drinks too, wonder why yours doesn't?
Suzi: piranha - bored blunt cut.k00kaburra on May 4th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
maybe they're too new? Or too small? They offer to brew tea for you if you want to try something, in little glass cups that hold maybe 2 oz of liquid, but it's not like Teavana where you can get a pearl tea or a fancier drink like that to go.
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on May 5th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
oooooooohhhh n/m they don't have pearl teas or anything like that! just those lil drinks everywhere :D