Tea house – Ideals House http://ideals-house.com/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 08:24:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://ideals-house.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Tea house – Ideals House http://ideals-house.com/ 32 32 Peranakan-inspired tearoom opens in KL Chinatown https://ideals-house.com/peranakan-inspired-tearoom-opens-in-kl-chinatown/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 02:35:00 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/peranakan-inspired-tearoom-opens-in-kl-chinatown/ The BOUTIQUE Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur-style hotel has opened its third dining establishment. Adjacent to the hotel lobby on Level 7 is an intimate and serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, with sweeping views of the Chinatown district. Floor-to-ceiling windows diffuse natural light, contrasted with intricate dark wood panels […]]]>

The BOUTIQUE Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur-style hotel has opened its third dining establishment.

Adjacent to the hotel lobby on Level 7 is an intimate and serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, with sweeping views of the Chinatown district.

Floor-to-ceiling windows diffuse natural light, contrasted with intricate dark wood panels and the vibrant colors of patterned tiles, lavish furnishings, and a framed phoenix painting.

Lady Yi’s tea house has that rare thing: a sense of place.

Going beyond the limits of tea service, it is an invitation to explore the rich Peranakan culture through a selection of selected teas and refined delicacies of Peranakan inspiration.

Eager to leave a legacy for the next generation, Executive Director of the Masteron Group of Companies and Managing Director of Federal International Holdings, Datuk Choy Wai Hin, had a vision to embed Malaysian-Chinese culture into an internationally branded hotel.

Named after her eldest daughter Yuin Yi, Lady Yi’s tea house is a tribute to the memories and conversations she had over afternoon tea with her grandmother and their shared love for the kuih.

“Onde-onde with extra gula melaka, lightly charred otak-otak and kaya with extra coconut and pandan, that’s how we liked them,” recalls Yuin Yi, who worked closely with the chef. executive Gerald Chong to organize a contemporary Peranakan Afternoon Tea menu rich in Nyonya flavors.

Experience Peranakan Affair Afternoon Tea at RM98 + served on Peranakan porcelain, hand-picked by Yuin Yi to showcase the history of Chinese Straits housewares.

Treat yourself to a shrimp and chili pie t-shirt, braised tamarind duck in a Chinese pancake, and a lightly charred Otak Otak sandwich while sipping Lady Yi’s Signature 11 Treasures tea.

For that sweet treat, nibble on desserts inspired by Peranakan classics such as Onde-Onde, Pulut Hitam and Kuih Bahulu; served daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Available for take out and deliveries to RM128 +.

To pre-order, visit ladyyisteahouse.oddle.me

Lady Yi’s Peranakan Affair Basket (RM188 +) is also available.

Filled with an abundance of Peranakan inspired goodies such as Pandan Gula Melaka Sablé Breton, Rose and Coconut Beggars with Nuts, Spicy Ginger Cake, Homemade Apple Jam, Cranberries and cinnamon and a tin of Lady Yi Signature 11 Treasures tea, this is the perfect gift for any foodie.

Lady Yi’s tea house is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For reservations call / WhatsApp 012-507-3327 or email Dining@fourpoints.com

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Choi Yuin Yi on opening Lady Yi’s tea house and her afternoon tea menu of Peranakan favorites https://ideals-house.com/choi-yuin-yi-on-opening-lady-yis-tea-house-and-her-afternoon-tea-menu-of-peranakan-favorites/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 01:34:56 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/choi-yuin-yi-on-opening-lady-yis-tea-house-and-her-afternoon-tea-menu-of-peranakan-favorites/ It was Henry James who wrote in The Portrait of a Lady how “there are few more pleasant hours in life than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Taking words to heart, Choy Yuin Yi raises the stakes several notches, elevating said ceremony to a positively Peranakan experience at his family’s […]]]>

It was Henry James who wrote in The Portrait of a Lady how “there are few more pleasant hours in life than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Taking words to heart, Choy Yuin Yi raises the stakes several notches, elevating said ceremony to a positively Peranakan experience at his family’s hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur.

Lady Yi’s tea house, named in her honor, is a labor of love from her father, Datuk Choy Wai Hin, executive director of the Masteron group of companies and CEO of Federal International Holdings Bhd. While dad takes care of the design of the place and the furniture and fixtures, Choy, who is Masteron’s hospitality manager, is responsible for bringing the space to life.

The tea room is located on the seventh floor of the hotel, opposite the reception. Eyes are immediately drawn to a stunning oil on canvas painting of a double phoenix – a symbol of virtue and grace for the Peranakan Chinese – by local artist Alice Chang. Choy selected a team of artisans and designers, including batik designer Fern Chua, who created Peranakan’s tile-inspired cushions exclusively for the venue, to work on Lady Yi’s tea house, whose opening was originally scheduled for March this year to coincide with Choy’s birthday.

The inevitable delay due to the various lockdowns means that Lady Yi’s is about to welcome its first customers this week. “We opened the hotel in December 2019 with two F&B outlets – Jann Bar and Quan’s Kitchen All Day Restaurant, named after my younger sisters, Yuin Jann and Yuin Quan,” says Choy. “It was always planned to dedicate this space to a tea house. And we only wanted to launch Lady Yi once [overall] operations had stabilized, since it was intended to be an exclusive outlet.

As quite possibly the first Chinese afternoon tea experience dedicated to the city straits, diners can expect to be served contemporary interpretations of classic Peranakan dishes. “The menu fuses my love for Malaysia’s rich culinary heritage and my exposure to some of the best afternoon teas in the western world,” she says. The result? A modern and refined version of the Baba-Nyonya classics.

A tiered tray duly arrives, carrying an assortment of delicacies served on colorful Nyonya ceramics. The classic soy pudding or taufufah is expressed through a feuilletine and a dab of mango gel; while hitam pulut, this wonderful black sticky rice porridge served thick with coconut cream and palm sugar, is made into dacquoise and served with coconut pannacotta. Onde-onde, another Melaka classic, is reinterpreted and adorned with gold leaf.

For savory, ditch the boring cucumber sandwiches and instead let your palate indulge in an otak-otak sandwich or maybe a kuih pie t-shirt topped with chili shrimp and cilantro. And for those who can’t imagine afternoon tea without at least one crumbly scone coated in curdled cream and jam, know that Lady Yi’s versions – plain and sprinkled with cranberries – are served with kaya instead. , the ubiquitous Malaysian coconut jam, and an addicting adzuki bean butter.

“Wave-wave, otak-otak sandwich and kaya spread are definitely my personal favorites on the menu,” says Choy. “My grandmother and I share a common love for these three treats. There would always be kuih when he visited and it was our favorite way to share an afternoon. We both love our wave-on-wave with extra gula Melaka, our otak-otak should always be lightly charred while kaya should be made with extra coconut and pandan. I have personally worked with our Executive Chef Gerald Chong, to polish these items to make sure they are exactly what I want them served at Lady Yi.

Snacking aside, the most pressing question remains: What teas can you find at Lady Yi? True to her defense of local culture and heritage, Choy stumbled across a young Malaysian brand named Roleaf and decided to showcase their teas. “They are mainly importers of premium Pu Erh. Of course, we had explored other high-end brands, but I wanted something that could bridge East and West and, better yet, customize blends exclusively for us. The result? Ten uplifting teas ranging from a calming chamomile to Lady Yi’s special “11 treasures” blend and a visually striking Roleaf blooming flower tea.

Given that the hotel is in the heart of Chinatown, it makes perfect sense that the offerings served at Lady Yi’s pay homage to the locality. “I like to think that everything we do, in some way, promotes Malaysian and Chinese culture and heritage. I would love Lady Yi’s to be seen as an inclusive space where all Malaysians can come and make more memories… the same way I bonded with my grandmother over kuih tea time.

The Masteron group of companies own another stunning property – the Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, set in a 19th century Baronian mansion on 30 acres of beautiful grounds in Aberdeen, Scotland. So if you are based in the UK and are unlikely to be heading to Malaysia anytime soon, Choy says there are plans to offer Peranakan Afternoon Tea at Ardoe House, very probably on a pop-up basis. Baba-Nyonya culture in the North Sea? We can hardly wait.

Peranakan Affair Afternoon Tea launches on December 16 and is priced between RM98 + and RM128 +. To book, call 03 2035 7333.

This article first appeared on December 13, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.

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New Pakistani Restaurant, Cha Tea House, Opens Today at Tysons Corner Center https://ideals-house.com/new-pakistani-restaurant-cha-tea-house-opens-today-at-tysons-corner-center/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:30:40 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/new-pakistani-restaurant-cha-tea-house-opens-today-at-tysons-corner-center/ Cha Tea House arrived at Tysons Corner Center, intending to share the love not only of Pakistani food, but also of its people and culture. Located between & Pizza and Cava Mezze Grill, the cafe will welcome first-time customers with a smooth opening at 10am today (Friday). This is Cha Tea House’s first brick-and-mortar location […]]]>

Cha Tea House arrived at Tysons Corner Center, intending to share the love not only of Pakistani food, but also of its people and culture.

Located between & Pizza and Cava Mezze Grill, the cafe will welcome first-time customers with a smooth opening at 10am today (Friday). This is Cha Tea House’s first brick-and-mortar location after its October 2020 debut as a food truck in Springfield.

“Excited and anxious,” co-owner Sofhia Qamar said yesterday (Thursday) when asked what she thought of the impending opening. “We think we’re ready, but you’re never ready until you’re in business and operating. “

Some passers-by had already entered, perhaps attracted by the colorful signage and chairs on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Qamar says it has been difficult to turn away these visitors, so she looks forward to being able to tell people that they are now open and serving.

In addition to tea and coffee, the menu features burgers, chicken sandwiches and burrito rolls wrapped in paratha, a traditional South Asian flatbread, as well as various sides like samosas.

The snack and dessert offerings are more extensive than what Cha Tea House is able to provide at its Springfield location. Some items, like a paan milkshake, are reintroduced after proving popular there, but too difficult to prepare in a food truck.

Once the initial frenzy of opening a new tearoom subsides, the team plans to expand the menu with salads, bowls of rice and other dishes, adding a new item each month, a. Qamar said.

While a brick-and-mortar cafe can’t replicate the roadside dhabas that inspired Cha Tea House as closely as a food truck, Qamar and fellow owners have incorporated touches of their parents’ native Pakistan into it. all the space.

A lobby lined with flower boxes suggests “an outdoor vibe,” as Qamar put it, even though it’s inside, and the walls are decorated with paintings by Pakistani artists and shipped to the United States. There is also a Cha Market at the back which will sell mugs, water bottles, and other handcrafted goods by Pakistani artists.

“We really want to educate people about the beauty of Pakistan and the richness of its culture,” said Qamar, who was born in the United States to parents who immigrated from Pakistan. “We’re really proud of it and we want to share that pride with other people and let them enjoy it too. “

Cha Tea House is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The cafe is preparing to host a grand opening in January which Qamar says will include musical performances. After that, there will be musicians and other types of entertainment every weekend.

“We’re really, really happy to be a part of Tysons,” she said. “This is a very promising area. It has always been a booming field, but [we want] to bring a little more diversity and introduce Pakistani food to a very adventurous group, I think, at Tysons.

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Wenham Tea House reopens with new dinner offerings, new owners and old favorites https://ideals-house.com/wenham-tea-house-reopens-with-new-dinner-offerings-new-owners-and-old-favorites/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:00:19 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/wenham-tea-house-reopens-with-new-dinner-offerings-new-owners-and-old-favorites/ After being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, downtown Wenham Tea House has reopened. “The closing was sad; people were devastated, but we always intended to reopen, ”said Kirsten Alexander of the Wenham Village Improvement Society, which owns the site on Monument Avenue and leases it to professional conservators. “In the […]]]>
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Answer: Former tea house still owned by the family | Business beat https://ideals-house.com/answer-former-tea-house-still-owned-by-the-family-business-beat/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/answer-former-tea-house-still-owned-by-the-family-business-beat/ QUSE : There is what appears to be a very old (architectural style) house on the corner of Whaley and Sixth streets. It seems to me that it may have been built there when that part of town was the “Junction”. I’ve lived in Longview long enough to remember it once contained “Dolly’s Tea Room” […]]]>

QUSE : There is what appears to be a very old (architectural style) house on the corner of Whaley and Sixth streets. It seems to me that it may have been built there when that part of town was the “Junction”. I’ve lived in Longview long enough to remember it once contained “Dolly’s Tea Room” for a while. The paved backyard and the industrial extractor fan in the kitchen prove that my memory serves me well. My questions are: (1) when was it built, (2) does the same family still own it, (3) does anyone live there now? Any other interesting information would be appreciated.

RESPONNSE: Well, apparently I’m going to end the year with an answer line failure.

Here’s what I know: Yes, the house at 401 N. Sixth St. housed the Dolly’s Tea Room, which newspaper articles show opened in March 1987. It has continued to be mentioned in the newspaper. until about 1993, but I can’t say for certain when it closed. During its time, however, it appears to have been a popular location, as a frequent meeting place for various clubs, events, and poetry readings. (I’ve seen a lot of newspaper ads for these kinds of events over the years.)

Dolly Cravens operated the tearoom and Gregg Appraisal District records show what appear to be family members who still own the property. Their address is listed in Plano, but I couldn’t find a phone number for them.

Information from the Assessment District also shows that the approximately 2,400 square foot house was built in 1875.

I walked past the house and there is a vehicle parked there that does not appear to have moved for some time. I was also scared to go up to the porch as it didn’t seem stable at all.

The rest is a mystery to me, but maybe someone who knows the Cravens will contact Answer Line after seeing this.

MORE ABOUT CAN TABS: Thanks to readers who called to let me know about a local opportunity for people to recycle can tabs in a way that benefits a charity, but most of all thanks to local barber Jim Martin for calling me too .

Martin owns the Jim Trim Barber Shop in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Longview, at 4201 Gilmer Road.

Martin told me that he has been collecting labels from soda cans and food cans for several years, first for Ronald McDonald House, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to sick children. Now he collects tabs for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Shreveport. Shriners is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of specialized medical care for children, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport has a long history of accepting cans labels from individuals and groups who wish to support our hospital by collecting them. Donations of can tabs brought to our facility are periodically taken to a local recycling center by hospital staff to be exchanged for cash. Donors also have the option to recycle the pellets at their own local recycling center and return the funds to our hospital as a monetary donation, ”said hospital spokesperson Christian Berg. “However we receive it, the proceeds are then used to meet the travel needs of patients / families, including making funds available for accommodation, fuel and meals for families traveling to. our establishment from our six-state catchment area. “

Tabs are preferable to the whole box, he said, because they’re smaller and easier to collect and transport. It is also more hygienic for temporary storage in the hospital.

“Collecting can tabs can be a great project for school programs, faith groups and other organizations, who can be motivated and proud to see their collections grow over time, especially knowing that it will benefit by ultimately to families receiving care at our hospital here in Shreveport, ”says Bert.

Martin said he collects the tabs in 5 gallon buckets and someone from the hospital is coming to Longview to get them. Her most recent donation was 15-20 buckets.

Martin – he’s been cutting his hair for 63 years and has owned his business for 53 years – said people can drop off tab donations at his shop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

– The answer line appears Thursday and Saturday. Email your questions to answerline@news-journal.com, leave a message at 903-232-7208, or write to PO Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.

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Yugen Tea House in South Yarra is preparing a larger nightclub to open early next year https://ideals-house.com/yugen-tea-house-in-south-yarra-is-preparing-a-larger-nightclub-to-open-early-next-year/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/yugen-tea-house-in-south-yarra-is-preparing-a-larger-nightclub-to-open-early-next-year/ Yugen, the tea bar that opened in the Capitol Grand building in South Yarra in November, is just the first taste of a larger, Japan-centric place of the same name set to open a lower level. by March 2022. Good Food may reveal that Yugen Restaurant will be run by Chef Alex Yu, a former […]]]>

Yugen, the tea bar that opened in the Capitol Grand building in South Yarra in November, is just the first taste of a larger, Japan-centric place of the same name set to open a lower level. by March 2022.

Good Food may reveal that Yugen Restaurant will be run by Chef Alex Yu, a former student of Chase Kojima’s Sokyo Restaurant in Sydney, in partnership with Executive Chef Stephen Nairn. Nairn also oversees the Omnia Hall at the Capitol Grand.

Yu and Nairn will deliver omakase meals, serious sushi, and charcoal-grilled bites late at night to an underground space, with eight-meter ceilings, accessible via the tea bar.

The Vanilla Slice at Yugen Tea Bar in South Yarra features salted caramel under vanilla cream and a crown of puff pastry. Photo: Henry Trumble



Nairn says the restaurant will be “inspired by tradition, but not bound by it,” with Japan and China as major touchstones.

At the 40-seat bar, tea sommelier Thibaut Chuzeville (ex Vue de Monde and Fat Duck) serves 40 specialty teas from countries as diverse as Malawi, Georgia and India, as well as major producers in China. and Japan.

The name Yugen refers to a fundamental tenet of Japanese aesthetics, which Chuzeville describes as “a deep and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe. It is something that you cannot see but feel ”.

Pastry chef John Demetrios' treats include kalamansi, matcha, and lime makrut.

Pastry chef John Demetrios’ treats include kalamansi, matcha, and lime makrut. Photo: Henry Trumble



His team brews green, white, oolong and even aged tea in Chinese Gaiwan containers, served with tasting notes and offered as 45-minute tasting flights. This is a serious step forward for tea drinkers in Melbourne, where the same level of care is usually reserved for coffee.

A retail area with tea cups and jars from Victorian ceramicists such as Minhi Park, as well as hand-crafted copper tea strainers from Kyoto, provide inspiration for Christmas shoppers.

The room, in gray, black and white, is defined by gray stone structures with sharp angles, an architectural nod to the mountainous regions where tea is cultivated.

Afternoon tea service began last week, with Sichuan cucumber sandwiches and sweets from pastry chef John Demetrios arranged on tiered seating.

Demetrios also makes cute domed cakes, luxury pie inspired by vanilla slices, and tea infused cakes. These can be paired with a teapot or wrapped and taken away.

Nairn says he and Demetrios have visited several tea places around Melbourne for research purposes, but showcase Asian flavors such as kalamansi and lime makrut in a French-style pastry shop.

Evening dessert tastings with tea cocktails will begin in the New Year.

Open Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Capitol Grand, 605 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 03 8080 8080, yugenteabar.com.au

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Snoopy’s Japanese-style teahouse opens new location, brings bonus Snoopy Chocolate https://ideals-house.com/snoopys-japanese-style-teahouse-opens-new-location-brings-bonus-snoopy-chocolate/ Sun, 05 Dec 2021 13:02:07 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/snoopys-japanese-style-teahouse-opens-new-location-brings-bonus-snoopy-chocolate/ Enjoy classic Snoopy cuteness with some Japanese traditional tastes and trinkets. There is one place every diehard Snoopy fanatic must visit on a trip to Japan, and that is Snoopy Chaya (tea house) Yufuin in Oita Prefecture. A gorgeous and stylish space with a menu inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the […]]]>

Enjoy classic Snoopy cuteness with some Japanese traditional tastes and trinkets.

There is one place every diehard Snoopy fanatic must visit on a trip to Japan, and that is Snoopy Chaya (tea house) Yufuin in Oita Prefecture. A gorgeous and stylish space with a menu inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts crew, the tearoom stays ahead of other pop-up themed cafes with its carefully curated menu and locally sourced ingredients. The tearoom recently changed location, but good news! He is ready to reopen the December 10, with a plethora of trays filled with peanuts to buy.

Of course, moving to another location is a great excuse to liven up the menu and product offerings. Snoopy Chaya Yufuin offers a range of mouthwatering treats for incoming customers, starting with the Snoopy Bungo Chicken Tempura plate. Tender and succulent chicken is fried in a crispy tempura batter and presented with two hearty chicken-cooked rice balls and a matching salad. Snoopy and Woodstock silhouettes adorn the plate, and they’re edible too! It costs 1,078 yen (US $ 9.56).

▼ Bungo chickens are sourced locally from the interior of Oita Prefecture, so this chicken didn’t travel far to get to the table!

Three types of Snoopy’s “raw” Dorayaki, the traditional sweet crêperie popular with young and old alike. Choose between sweet pancakes stuffed with brown sugar warabimochi (350 yen), red bean paste and butter (350 yen), or strawberries (420 yen).

The merchandise also has new goodies in store. Two series of models will be available, the first being the Steamy Onsen Series. This gorgeous citrus-hued series pays homage to Yufuin’s reputation as a spa town by showing Snoopy and the gang frolicking on the onsen.

▼ Tote bags (1,650 yen) and Japanese-style towels (880 yen) are also convenient for a hot spring trip.

The other model is the Wreath Pattern Series, which adorns Snoopy with flower garlands. The bright cosmos flowers look especially fresh and pretty on a blue background.

Clear files, tote bags, badges and more!

Perhaps most exciting is the fact that a Snoopy Chocolate branch will open next to the tea house. The Yufuin branch is the fourth Snoopy Chocolat, and will offer exclusive pistachio chocolates in the image of Snoopy.

A glimpse of Snoopy Chocolat.

Let’s take a look at some of these exclusive Snoopy candies, shall we? The first is the Crunchy chocolate (1,760 yen) which incorporates diced pistachios and a crispy fiantine pancake batter in chocolate. It comes in a stylish little box with an adorable design.

But there are also pistachio rolled chocolate sticks (1,080 yen) or boxes of nuts coated with white chocolate with pistachio (990 yen). Pistachio fans are in luck!

▼ The pretty pale green color is fresh and alluring.

▼ The Rolled Chocolate Case uses classic Peanuts panels!

On opening day, anyone spending 3,000 yen or more in the Snoopy Chocolat store will receive a clear and free file, while stocks last. While themed cafes and even peanut-themed snacks aren’t new to Japan, it’s rare for a classic American character like Snoopy to be treated with this level of detail and high quality, let alone the food itself looks irresistibly tasty even without Snoopy’s mark of approval.

Location Information
Snoopy Tea Room Yufuin and Snoopy Chocolat Yufuin / SNOOPY 茶屋 & SNOOPY Chocolat 由 布 院 dealer
Address: Oita-ken, Yufu-shi, Yufuin-cho, Kawakami, 1540-2
1540 番地 2
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Source: Public relations time via Netlab
Images: Public relations time

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Harbord Bampot tea house returns under new owner https://ideals-house.com/harbord-bampot-tea-house-returns-under-new-owner/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:00:16 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/harbord-bampot-tea-house-returns-under-new-owner/ Employee Alex Moore took over after previous owners stepped down from vaccine certificate mandate Ramona leitao Owner Alex Moore is eager to make this space more community focused. In October, Mark Newell and Hannah Newell announced they were leaving Bampot because they did not want to apply Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine passport mandate for restaurants and […]]]>

Employee Alex Moore took over after previous owners stepped down from vaccine certificate mandate


In October, Mark Newell and Hannah Newell announced they were leaving Bampot because they did not want to apply Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine passport mandate for restaurants and bars.

“We are unhappy that we are no longer the people running this ship,” the owners of the tea room and board game spot said in a statement. declaration announcing their move to Costa Rica. “These measures only serve to divide the public and families into a two-tier society of have and have not in medicine and we don’t want to be part of it.”

So when the opportunity to buy the cozy and bohemian Harbord lounge presented itself, Alex Moore seized it.

A former cook in Bampot, Moore “fell in love with the place instantly.” It became a second home, where he says he learned the ins and outs of space, mastered all 120 tea recipes, and eventually ended up temporarily managing the place in late 2014.

Bampot Tea has also played an important role in his social life, he says. He would introduce all his friends here, throw D&D parties and even host the wedding ceremony of his friends (who met in this space, thanks to him).

“There are a lot of memories tied to this place, honestly,” he says.

The exterior of Bampot sur Harbord
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As the new owner, he knows what he wants to do: make the space more accessible and community-oriented.

“It was always meant to be a living room for people who didn’t have a living room,” he says. “It is what it should be.”

Starting with his employees, Moore pays them $ 22.50 an hour before tips. “I’m not going to be silent about providing a living wage,” he says. “These are my ethics. “

Moore also remarks that “there are a lot of missed opportunities inside” that he hopes to correct over the next few months. The most important of these is accessibility to wheelchairs, he says. While there is a wheelchair ramp outside, there isn’t one inside, nor are there wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Moore says he will fix this as he renovates the space.

“If it’s a community hub, it should be for the community,” he says. “This includes anyone who needs accessibility services. ”

In addition to making space accessible, Moore also wants food to be accessible.

Currently, the Bampot menu offers healthy, vegetarian and vegan options, with a mushroom stew, pear and brie sammich, and beet and falafel salad for $ 10 (you can also combine two dishes for $ 10). ). To cater to the student crowd, Moore plans to launch a lunch program that will include a sandwich, soup or salad with a drink for under $ 10.

A handmade falafel salad, mushroom stew, and pear and brie sammich are just a few of the menu items currently available at Bampot.
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A handmade falafel salad, mushroom stew, and pear and brie sammich are just a few of the menu items currently available at Bampot.

Teas are still on the menu but now have a general flat rate of $ 6.75 per pot. Moore says milk tea has increased by 25 cents because he now uses organic milk.

Subtext’s third wave cafe will also be showcased at Bampot, something Moore says is not very popular in the neighborhood. Now somewhat of a coffee connoisseur himself, Moore has worked at many of the city’s cafes like Strange Love and Boxcar Social. During his quest to learn about coffee, he made connections with personalities in the local coffee scene, such as Venice Morales-Vallega, who won second place at the 2020 Canadian Latte Art Competition, and Siarhei Laurenau. by Third Wave Coffee.

Wines and draft beers will also be available at local breweries like Burdock and Blood Brothers.

Bampot is currently open Wednesday to Sunday between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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Bampot is currently open Wednesday to Sunday between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Bampot will be more than a space to play many board games. Community events will also be back, with a winter vendor’s market on December 11-12 and 18-19. The popular and feminist Rose Colored Theater will host an event where they will tell stories about people affected by misogyny. Comedy group Sex T-Rex will also be hosting an improv night. Musical evenings will also be in full swing in the near future, he says.

But one of the biggest questions the public wants to know is what the situation is with the vaccine passport warrant in Bampot – especially given the position the previous owners have taken publicly.

For Moore, he supports proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. “It’s against my beliefs,” he says of the previous owner’s position.

“As a person on dialysis and whose loved ones have died from [COVID-19] pandemic because they are on dialysis… I firmly believe in getting vaccinated and making sure you do what you can for society, ”he says.

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]]> BizHawk: Hochaya Tea House, Tap Thai Add to the Mix in Hollister Village of Goleta | Business https://ideals-house.com/bizhawk-hochaya-tea-house-tap-thai-add-to-the-mix-in-hollister-village-of-goleta-business/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 04:13:00 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/bizhawk-hochaya-tea-house-tap-thai-add-to-the-mix-in-hollister-village-of-goleta-business/ BizHawk is published weekly and includes material of interest to the business community. Share your company’s news, including employee announcements and staff movements, via email [email protected]. The Hollister village of Goleta is full of new restaurants, including the brand new Hochaya Tea House. The restaurant, located at 7060 Hollister Ave., Suite 101, offers a variety […]]]>

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The Hollister village of Goleta is full of new restaurants, including the brand new Hochaya Tea House.

The restaurant, located at 7060 Hollister Ave., Suite 101, offers a variety of bubble, milk and fruit teas.

The menu includes a Kyoto uji matcha latte, signature fruit tea, yakult red guava tea, pudding milk tea, sesame milk tea and more.

The tea house is at the former location of the Zizzos pop-ups, then Choppa Ice Cream. Neither restaurant really found a stable audience.

Hochaya Tea House opened in early November, shortly after the opening of Tap Thai across the block in the former location of Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. It’s second place for Tap Thai, which has a location in Santa Barbara at 3130 State St.

The Goleta location, however, has much better parking options.

Tap Thai offers quick and casual Thai cuisine, including pineapple fried rice, yellow curry, and shrimp rolls.

Cox Celebration

Cox Communications recently hosted community leaders at its newly renovated Goleta campus for a tour and ribbon cutting.

“We are very proud of the upgrades and investments we have made here at our Goleta campus, including critical network investments that improve reliability,” said Kirsten McLaughlin, vice president of market for Cox Communications. “We completed this essential work on time and as planned during the pandemic, which has revolutionized the way people live, work and learn and has resulted in record demand on our network. This project and our investments in the network will allow us to continue to support our customers with optimal speeds for generations to come. “

The head office is located at 22 S. Fairview Ave. in Goleta.

McLaughlin shared information about Cox’s new ConnectAssist program, one of his many efforts to create digital equity. ConnectAssist provides affordable Internet service to households receiving government assistance from programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Head Start and Veterans Pension, according to a press release.

Tourist taxes on the rise

Santa Barbara hotel bed taxes continue to rise.

The city collected $ 2.7 million in transitional occupancy taxes for October. That’s almost a million dollars more than the October 2020 collection. Compared to October 2019, according to the city of Santa Barbara, revenues were 29% higher. The increase is not necessarily due to occupancy, however, but to the increase in average daily rates, which are 36% higher than in October 2019, according to Jennifer Tomaszewski, director of finance and treasury at the city.

“The local travel industry is now seeing an increase in demand for rooms from recent months, which is expected to continue through the fall as the state lifted travel warnings and access to vaccinations became more widely available, ”Tomaszewski said in a press release. .

By October, the occupancy rate had essentially reached pre-pandemic levels, according to the press release.

The city has raised $ 12.6 million through October, the city’s fourth fiscal month. The TOT budget adopted by the city for all funds is $ 23.4 million, of which $ 19.5 million is budgeted in the general fund.

The tax rate on hotel beds is 12%.

Shopping experience at Goodland

The City of Goleta announced GoodLandGoodShopping.com, a digital gift card marketplace designed to promote Goleta businesses.

Site visitors can purchase gift cards from businesses in Goleta, and merchants can sign up for a free list at any time, according to a press release from the town of Goleta.

The website was created to help increase local spending and help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic, the press release said.

The city has partnered with San Luis Obispo-based Giftbar for gift card trading technology. Giftbar hosts businesses on its platform with the technology for businesses to sell and redeem electronic gift cards, according to a press release. Gift cards can be emailed or texted instantly with personalized messages.

“We know how devastating the pandemic has been to our local businesses, and it was a high priority for the council to find a tangible way to help,” said Kelly Hoover, community relations manager for Goleta. “GoodLandGoodShopping.com offers the public a simple and convenient way to support our great businesses. It has the potential to take off and benefit our local economy for years to come. ”

A dozen businesses are listed, but the city hopes the number will increase.

– Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at . (JavaScript must be enabled to display this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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“Gion Beverly Hills”, Traditional Japanese Teahouse Coming in 2022 as a Fully Immersive and Educational Cultural Experience | https://ideals-house.com/gion-beverly-hills-traditional-japanese-teahouse-coming-in-2022-as-a-fully-immersive-and-educational-cultural-experience/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 18:55:00 +0000 https://ideals-house.com/gion-beverly-hills-traditional-japanese-teahouse-coming-in-2022-as-a-fully-immersive-and-educational-cultural-experience/ BEVERLY HILLS, california, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Starting February 14, 2022, Angelenos will enjoy a unique cultural and dining experience like never before in the United States. Located at 420 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, Sprawling sean‘s Gion Beverly Hills will be a spellbinding Japanese Tea house* featuring the famous […]]]>

BEVERLY HILLS, california, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Starting February 14, 2022, Angelenos will enjoy a unique cultural and dining experience like never before in the United States.

Located at 420 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, Sprawling sean‘s Gion Beverly Hills will be a spellbinding Japanese Tea house* featuring the famous geisha from Tokyo, Japan.

With a mission to provide an authentic and encapsulated Japanese cultural and educational experience to its guests, Gion Beverly Hills will be the first American Japanese teahouse to have a trained and officiated legitimate geisha from the cultural emblem where the geisha is from. .

In fact, among the few survivors of Hanamachi (geisha region in Japan), the Gion district in Kyto is literally the most exclusive and well-known geisha region of all Japan, and why Sean is honored to pay homage to the country’s important culture by giving his teahouse his name.

Make history as the only male geisha in Japan, Sean is delighted to announce that Eitaro Matsunoya will be one of the geishas performing at Gion Beverly Hills; marking a truly historical genesis of the presence of the geisha in United States. Trained to be a geisha by a highly regarded master of traditional Japanese dance and instruments in Tokyo, Eitaro has exercised his talents and his art for 20 years, to the delight of many audiences. With a studied effemicity, he has beautifully perfected the gestures and dances of the female trade and is an alluring portal to a rich history of non-normative gender expression in the Japanese performing arts.

“Eitaro is a rare find because he was trained with skills hundreds of years old that very few people in the world have had access to learn,” says Sean Sprawling, filmmaker and owner of Gion Beverly Hills. “I’m honored that Eitaro has agreed to be the subject of an upcoming documentary I’m working on, as well as to support me in this new endeavor as a cultural educator with Gion Beverly Hills. His story is very compelling; he is not a member of the LGBTQ + community, but plays a female role with no intention of breaking tradition, as this would not be allowed without the unique circumstances of his childhood. ”

Sean continues, “I really can’t wait to share with the world the story of Eitaro and the arts that he has devoted years of his life to mastering. He is truly special, and it is an honor to see him. be part of Gion Beverly Hills. “

Those wishing to have this unique artistic dining experience will need to make a reservation through Gion Beverly Hills’ website (Coming soon). The menu will include premium Japanese cuisine, and there will also be traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, dances and shamisen* performances.

In addition, not only will guests indulge in the traditional entertainment of the famous Japanese geisha, but they will also be encapsulated by beautiful 3D mapping that features realistic and authentic projections of ancient Kyoto nature and its surroundings, immediately transporting them to the other side of the world. The menu and atmosphere of Gion Beverly Hills including the smells, decor and scenery will change with the Japanese seasons, so each time a person visits a different experience is sure to be felt.

Ultimately, Gion Beverly Hills’ goal is to change the perception and narrative of the geisha, as they are so often mistakenly portrayed as enslaved and sexualized beings. In Kyto dialect, Gei means “art”, while sha means “person”. Geishas are therefore highly skilled high-end masters in the art of entertainment, which preserves the Japanese traditions of hundreds of years ago.

Gion Beverly Hills promises to adhere to these classic Japanese standards and practices and looks forward to opening in February.

For more information on Gion BH or to interview owner Sean Sprawling, contact Eileen Koch from EKC PR, a full-service branding, marketing and public relations firm, at 310-441-1000 or eileen@ekcpr.com.

* Tea house is a Japanese term that refers to a complete dining experience with a geisha and is not in the literal sense of a tea drinking experience.

* Shamisen is a traditional Japanese three-string instrument.

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