Category Archives: Coffee and Tea

Nolita Market

The other day I stopped by Lolita Market on my way back from the herb doctor in Chinatown.

I really liked the way the market was set up as well as their interesting local products.

They served handcrafted pickles that are made in Brooklyn by a brand called Sour Puss Pickles. There were many different varieties of pickles including string beans, corn, carrots, and even cauliflower!



I also really liked how the liquid soaps are sold in bulk and you buy your own bottle and fill it up yourself. When you run out of soap you can come back to refill your bottle. This is a great way to avoid wasting plastic bottles.



They also had a variety of local jams that are pectin free and all natural.


They had some interesting products with Japanese influence as well like Genmai Rice Syrup (Brown Rice Syrup) and Organic Black bean spaghetti!



There was a great looking coffee bar at the front of the store but unfortunately I had already drank two cups that day…next time!




Harney & Sons Tea Shop- Soho

This past weekend I visited Harney & Sons Tea Shop in Soho.


The interior is really beautiful with a lot of use of wood and rustic accents.


They have an entire wall filled with different kinds of tea in canisters!


Tea accessories, snacks and books are sold as well.


There is even a tea cafe that you can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea at in the back of the store!


Harney & Sons- Soho

433 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013

Mariebelle Tea Shop in SOHO


This past weekend we visited Mariebelle  tea shop in SOHO.  Although I have a box of their tea at home, it was my first time inside the shop.  The shop was really cute and beautifully decorated for the holidays.  We sat at the cafe and ordered tea and a cappuccino. We also had a piece of chocolate cake as well.  I had “soba-cha” (buckwheat tea). I was really surprised that they served soba-cha there since it is a Japanese (somewhat minor) tea. But it was really delicate and delicious.  However I still prefer their Earl Grey tea which I ended up buying a box of on the way out.  It’s definitely a great shop to visit if you are ever in SOHO and I think that it is particularly beautiful at this time of year.  

Cha-an Japanese Tea and Sweets Shop in New York


Cha-an is located in the East Village in New York.


They have an extensive list of teas on their menu and they are also displayed beautifully in their canisters on the shelves of the cafe.  They serve Japanese tea as well as a wide variety of Chinese teas, herbals teas and other teas from all around the world.


They serve light meals using healthy ingredients as well as great desserts!


We tried their green tea parfait and kinako mochi.  Both were excellent!

Check out their menu on their website:

They are located on 230 East 9th Street, 2nd floor

Cold Springs New York- Thanksgiving Vacation


This Thanksgiving I went back to my hometown, New City, NY.  It was a really relaxing weekend filled with a lot of baking and cooking and of course, shopping!

On Monday we took a day trip to Cold Springs New York.

It was a really cute town filled with antique shops and cafes.

We ate a great restaurant called Le Bouchon.

The vegetable risotto with prawns and the mussels were my favorite!

This is the front of one of the antique shops.  It looked really cute but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays. Guess we’ll have to go back again!

Wreath Making @ Central Park Event 10/13

This past weekend I health my Autumn Wreath Making event at Central Park.  This was a great opportunity for everyone to practice their English language skills naturally while enjoying autumn crafts.  The weather was beautiful at Central Park (just a little chilly!).  I brought my homemade earl grey cookies, matcha cookies, and kabocha salad and hummus sandwiches.  It was interesting to see how unique and beautiful everyone’s wreath was.  Thank you all for coming!











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