You work hard and deserve some time to yourself. Have fun in New York City. While the place is constantly abuzz with activity and excitement, it is easy to find an oasis of quiet in the sea of lights and music. We at diostardumplings.com have stumbled upon such a place: a haven for lovers of good tea and a good book. The Radiance Tea House is a place to visit.
Fine Tea and Teaware
The Radiance Tea House & Books features some of the finest cuisines from China, Japan, and Thailand. It emphasizes a harmony of flavors among the ingredients in each dish (classic Cantonese cuisine), as well as between your food and choice of tea. While you savor and sip, enjoy any of the numerous books on travel, culture, and art that grace the shelves at Radiance. The conviviality that the staff exudes in their personalities, combined with the soothing atmosphere, are enough to make you not want to leave. We certainly felt at home and gladly would have continued pouring cup after cup, until we have tried every flavor on the shelf.
If you wish to delve deeper into the rites and intricacies of tea-drinking, then stop in for a tea ceremony. Initially, the purpose of imbibing tea was exclusively medicinal. Clergy soon discovered that tea not only helped alleviate physical ailments but also had profoundly positive effects on the mind. A liaison between Buddhist and Taoist practices led to tea becoming a popular beverage during the Tang Dynasty. Before long, other East and Southeast Asian nations were also indulging in the soothing drink.
The philosophy, known as Cha Dao: The Way of Tea, Tea as a Way of Life is certainly not foreign to proponents of Feng Shui (i.e. the practice of balancing one’s surroundings with the four elements). The hectic pace of a grab-and-go lifestyle is instantly forgotten when you set foot in Radiance. When the first drop of tea or the first bite of the food hits your lips at Radiance, you are transported to space of serenity. We certainly were, and we could not wait to tell you all about it.
So we decided to order the Dong Ding Mountain Tea, which is native to the Nantou County in central Taiwan. Dong Ding Mountain tea is considered one of Taiwan’s signature tastes. It possesses the simultaneously smooth and powerful tones of oolong. Cultivated in Nantou County and beloved by tea enthusiasts all over the world.
One of our favorite tea is the traditional Japanese green tea, matcha. Do you have any favorite tea in particular that you would like to share with us? Please let us know and leave us a comment below.