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Recently, a coworker of mine told me that I needed to stop at Verdant Tea the next time I was in the Minneapolis neighborhood. But I kept putting it off. Because I was busy. And even though I’d gone into Minneapolis a few times, I just couldn’t make time to stop. And then I realized something; that’s dumb!!! It sounded like a great place, and we write for a website that is about simplifying life to make time for the things we love. Jeez.
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So, when I went for my next Red Cross class, I left early and gave myself plenty of time to stop in and try traditional tea. And just enjoy myself.
I am so glad I did!
My friend suggested I try something called gong fu tea, which is apparently a traditional Chinese tea. I had no clue. But…I found the tea house and went in and asked for gong fu tea. And said I had no idea what that meant…or how to prepare it…or what to do. The girl behind the counter was incredibly helpful and nice, and even rinsed my tea leaves (that’s a thing) and poured my first tiny little adorable cup, explaining everything as she went. The tray actually has a pan underneath it, so I could completely miss my cup when pouring my tea from pot to strainer to cup and it didn’t matter!!! Woot for messiness being okay!
To get a feel for the food, I also ordered Chinese hash, which was pretty darn delicious. And it had a poached egg on top! I’m not really sure why there are so many foods right now with poached eggs on top of them, but I’m okay with it!
As for the decor, it’s a nice mix of booths, tables with chairs, and larger places like this one for big groups to meet. I’m sure it gets a little crowded at peak times…but I had no problem finding a place to sit and feel comfortable in late afternoon. The inside space feels very clean and organic; they even have little plants growing in water on all the tables.
Highlights to try at Verdant Tea:
- gong fu tea. Really, it’s a fun experience. And did you see the adorableness of that tray?
- If you go between 4-6pm, they have $1 happy hour teas.
- Their store tea mix. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard great things.
Those of you from the Twin Cities area; any ideas about where we should try next?
Not a tea drinker? There are some great coffee shops in Minnesota:
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