“A cup of tea is a great excuse to share great thoughts with great minds.” -Christina Re
About Zen Dog. I don’t know where to begin? Besides his friendly and welcoming demeanor, the man is nothing but a swirling ball of good vibes. Although what he touches doesn’t necessarily turn to gold, his simplistic and cheerful personality touches everyone’s heart.
Upon entering the red gates that are surrounded by trees that have dangling lanterns, ZD will “escort” you the wooden Chinese tea table where you can eye ball a menu of different teas.
Black, green, floral, herbal, moon blends – you name it, he’s got it. Zen Dog selects teas grown in natural and pristine areas in China and Taiwan and that are free from pesticides and chemicals. He prides himself on the quality and the process of sipping tea.
Every tea guest has the opportunity to select a certain tea for tasting. After breaking off a piece of tea off the “cake,” ZD washes and infuses the tea with multiple douses of hot water. While the tea steeps, ZD will hand you his Iphone so you can select the type of music you’d like to muse to. (I chose Buddha Bar Lounge as it brings back memories of the Buddha Bar in Prague & Paris).
The powerful boost of freshly brewed organic tea zips through your blood stream quicker than a shot of sugar. If you’re not feeling up for anymore tea, just turn the cup over. If not, expect round and round of tea until whatever leaves are brewing diminishes in flavor. Each time ZD adds water, the flavor changes and dilutes compared to the first dose.
After having countless shitty days, a couple hours spent at Zen Dog’s completely washed the negativity away. ZD was also kind enough to show us his artist studio and gallery where workshops take place.
Inside, you can stare at Buddha or admire the beauty of the goddess, Kuan Yin statue. Or try your luck by rubbing the prosperity frog. He also has a rack of teas stored in glass jars so you can play scratch and sniff with whatever flavor you may savor.
He's an ancient soul who's hip to modern trends. So, if you remember, take a look at ZD’s shoes. He may sport a pair of fire-engine Chuck’s (aka Converse shoes). Get ready to pose in style, as Zen Dog loves taking pictures for his Instagram account.
You can also find ZD offering tea tastings at one of the many PCC stores. His products are sold at the PCC and on-site at the Tea Gallery.
So what type of tree should you try? Let your gut and your nose decide. I enjoyed the Jasmine, Secret Love, Hibiscus. The menu is long, so take a deep inhale and try whatever smells best.
Zen Dog Tea House
2015 NW 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98117 • USA
Open Daily by Appointment
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