Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Where to Drink: Tantalizing Teas @ Chado Tea Room

Ladies, you know we all do it. Some of us do it over manis and pedis, while some of us prefer to do it over martinis. Sometimes, we do it after going to the movies or before a big night out on the town. But whenever, wherever, however and with whomever doesn’t really matter, as long as it gets done. We need, crave, yearn for and delight in it, "it" being those precious moments with our girlfriends to divulge in some good ole, down-to-earth, much-needed GIRL TALK.

For my closest friends and me, one of the most conducive places to partake in a little bit of girl talk is at Chado Tea Room. There’s something delightfully dainty and wondrous about this little place. It may be how the sunlight streams in from the sunroof and playfully bounces off the pale lavender walls, creating a soft glow throughout the tearoom. Or, it might have something to do with how all of the elements – from the delicate lace curtains to the quaintly peculiar knick-knacks scattered throughout the space – harmoniously blend together to create a soothing and relaxing environment. It’s no wonder that we spend hours upon hours here, sharing our most intimate thoughts while slowly sipping teas and savoring salads, sandwiches and scones. To our benefit, the Chado staff is sympathetically accommodating, never rushing us to leave after a set amount of time.

I’m also grateful for how helpful the staff is when it comes to selecting a pot of tea. With more than 300 teas, ranging from herbals to greens – teas hailing from exotically wild destinations to local treats – it’s rather easy to become overwhelmed by the vast selection on the menu. But the waiters and waitresses will enthusiastically steer you towards the tea that would best suit your mood and palate. Just let them know what you’re looking for in terms of taste and body, and ten times out of ten, they’ll know exactly which tea is meant for you.

It’s so important to take time out of our hectic schedules to retreat into a safe haven with our friends to unwind. Chado Tea Room provides a refined yet invitingly warm sanctuary of delightful teas and charming decorations to do just that. So next time you’re yearning to gather the girls for a treasured heart-to-heart, you know where to turn!

PICTURED BELOW: I’ve come to learn that the art of tea involves sharing. I recommend getting a few pots of tea for the table. A hot black tea, a hot green tea and an ice cold refreshing tea will allow your group to sample a nice variety. Desserts are a must.

PICTURED BELOW: The immaculate and precise attention down to even the most minute of details can be seen in everything from the individualized teapots to the presentation of the meals.

PICTURED BELOW: The same exceptional teas you taste in Chado’s tearoom can also be purchased for an exceptional teatime in the comforts of your own home.

For More Information:
Chado Tea Room
8422 ½ W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

(Three other locations as well!)

1 comment:

  1. The sandwiches at Chado are wonderfully light! Not bogged down with lots of butter and mayo.