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16 February 2011 @ 06:40 pm
The Satori Tea Company  
Seanie and I went to tea at the Satori Tea Company today for a belated Valentine's date. It's in the downtown area of San Jose, about a ten minute walk from SJSU. It's not the easiest place to find, because it's not directly on the street. If there hadn't been a small sandwich board sign on the sidewalk, we never would have found it.

Unlike the other tea shops I've visited, Satori has a decidedly modern decor. The walls are a bright fuschia, with giant kewpie-head dolls on the walls. One side of the shop is mirrored to make the shop appear bigger. Paintings and prints of Frida Kahlo and Edgar Allan Poe line the walls. It's a very eclectic collection. We were the only ones there, except for a couple of people who hovered at the tea bar near the entrance.

There was a pretty broad selection of tea to choose from. Seanie got an herbal peach blend, while I got a green tea called Long Island Strawberry, which tastes just like it sounds.


First course was raisin scones, hot from the oven, and four sandwiches: egg salad, turkey & dried tomato sauce, cucumber & cream cheese, and tuna. Second course was crumpets with rum butter - Seanie made such a confused face; he wasn't sure what crumpets even were before today! The desserts included tiny red velvet cupcakes, chocolate truffles, lemon poundcake, and a cinnamon macaron. Sandwiches were a little dry, but overall the food was pretty tasty.

The owner, Victoria, is a sweetheart. She was super-friendly and very enthusiastic about tea.

If the shop was a little closer to school, I'd probably swing by pretty frequently between classes. Unfortunately, it's just far enough away to make it inconvenient. Oh well. :) It's a really cute place, anyway. I'm sure we'll be back.