http://www.flickr.com/photos/90994070@N00/4683456241/A couple of years ago, a good friend and I discovered Bird Pick Tea & Herb in Pasadena, California.  We are both tea lovers and this place was like a playground for us!  They have huge glass jars of fresh, loose-leaf tea and marvelous tea accessories.  I later found out about their other locations in Santa Monica and Culver City.  The Santa Monica location is located in the new part of Third Street Promenade.

One of the nice things about this store is that they have free sample packets of tea and will also make you a sample right there with the tea and fresh water.  Later, I was told that they would give me a small sample of any tea to take home and try, which is a major plus.  I don’t know how many times I’ve bought tea at a specialty store like this and been disappointed.  Knowing that you can sample before you purchase is a big plus.

This place is well worth going out of your way for.  A couple of my favorite teas from there are the Vanilla Matcha and the Vanilla Sencha.  Both are absolutely delicious.  The Vanilla Matcha smells like fresh-baked sugar cookies for some reason and tastes so smooth and divine. 

When you go into the store, you will also find an area they call the TeaBar, where you can enjoy made-to-order tea and tea lattes.  They are to die for.  Everything is so delicious.  I am officially obsessed.  Since I am moving out of the state later this summer, I am stocking up on my favorite teas from this amazing place to take with me.  Otherwise, I will be ordering online.

Check this place out, you won’t be sorry.

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