Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Teahouse Kuan Yin

Teahouse Kuan Yin has been a fixture in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood since 1990.  It's located on 45th Street, just west of the Guild 45th Theatre, and conveniently close to the I-5.


Ask to see their tea menu and you'll be presented with a book filled with photos and details for all their many teas.  They also have pastries and sweets and get an Honorable Mention for their delicious gluten-free options.


In addition to their great selection of loose-leaf teas, Teahouse Kuan Yin offers teaware, supplies, and featured artist's works. 


While the Teahouse is a popular location and stays fairly busy, there is plenty of seating without feeling overcrowded.  If I had been visiting alone, I might have happily claimed one of those comfortable arm chairs for myself.


My tea and sweets were served on a Japanese lacquer tray.  After months of practicing ryakubon temae (tea ceremony using a lacquer tray), I had to fight a compulsive urge to artfully rearrange the tray's contents.  

My tea of choice was Long Jing (Dragonwell), a long-time favorite.  The name of the chocolate-dipped bar eludes me, so we'll just call it the Amaze-bar because it was amazingly decadent.  The gluten-free cinnamon scone was delightful and I'm looking forward to enjoying it again on future visits.  Moderation made a rare appearance and both sweets went home with me to be enjoyed over the remainder of the weekend.


Teahouse Kuan Yin is definitely worth a visit and a revisit and a... you get the idea.

Teahouse Kuan Yin transitioned to online sales in June 2016 with plans to re-open in a new location.  Follow them on Facebook for updates!

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