The Path of Tea by Finijo
I got up this morning and went to the Community Center for Slow Gongyo. I am as yet unable to recite the sutras at the same pace as the other children, so I decided to put myself back and join the remedial group. It helped. With some luck and a lot of effort, I will be playing with the big kids soon.
I went to The Path of Tea after the meeting, so I could read a bit and relax. This was my first visit and I found the owners to be very friendly and more than willing to talk to you about the various teas that are offered. They have a "sniffing bar" where you can sniff each variety of tea to determine what kind you would like. I went with an organic Oolong and was not disappointed. In addition to the wonderful tea, the atmosphere was very warm and inviting, and (as I had hoped) also quite relaxing.
In addition to tea, they offer a small variety of organic pastries. I had the lemon bar and a pumpkin cupcake, which were both wonderful. They do not offer meals at The Path of Tea, but you are permitted to bring food in from Field of Greens (the vegetarian restaurant next door). You can buy tea to take home and make, or you can buy a pot to have while you are there. They also have several tea sets on display that you can purchase. I also think that being able to pick out the tea cup you drink from (from a shelf on the back wall) is a very nice touch. I will definitely be going back.