brose wrote:I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for tea vendors around Los Angeles and San Francisco. I will be visiting there for a couple of weeks and would like to find a few nice places. In my mind a tea shop it not a proper English tea place and has at least one or two sleections of full cakes of puerh. I know theres some good ones there, I just don't remember which they are and the Tea Map is chock full of english tea places.
victoria3 wrote: I've also found some good Japanese teas in Los Angeles at; Nijia, Matsuwa, and Marukai Japanese Markets.
Muadeeb wrote:I'm in San Diego and we have these Japanese stores too. I haven't had good experiences with supermarket teas so I haven't considered buying tea from these places. Are there some you could recommend? Photos of the containers would be ideal so that I could find them easier.
tst wrote:Haven't been to Red Blossom, but visited Teance a couple years back. I'm not sure if anything has changed since I visited, but there's a reason I never returned (staff seemed pretty arrogant as well). It seemed like the all-too-common overpriced, fluffy tea vendor.
victoria3 wrote:The work is spectacular. The prices are so high I asked if they were in yen.
debunix wrote:How well did they handle your knives?
AdamMY wrote:victoria3 wrote:The work is spectacular. The prices are so high I asked if they were in yen.
Do you happen to know the current Japanese Yen Exchange rate? Or even what the exchange rate has been the past few years? I only ask because that could have came accross as a huge insult. While I could not make out the prices on the items inside the glass case, the one shot looks like it has a price of $455 or so. Which yes while it can seem like a high price, surely you did not think it was a $4.50-$6 piece of hand made ceramics? ($4.50 using the roughly 100JPY to 1 USD of today, and the $6 using the roughly 75 JPY to USD it has been in the past few years) .
I also point this out because the items in the glass case look very nice even from the cell phone picture. That even if the price was in the 4 digit amount I would have a hard time believing Japanese Yen, unless it was rather high 4 digits. As using todays rates 5000JPY is basically 50 dollars, and they all look far better than 50 dollar items.
victoria3 wrote:debunix wrote:How well did they handle your knives?
Oh yes he is an expert 'sharpener', he's an American chef who went to Japan to cook and learned there about the art of sharpening. Their knives are top he supplies to restaurants; http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/