Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An American Moment - LA Style

The rumors have been circulating for well over a year: American Tea Room was opening a new location. In Downtown L.A.

When I first heard this rumor, I thought the choice odd. But then I began hearing about the "rebirth of #DTLA" (Go ahead. Google it) and it all began to make sense. Cut to the evening of October 8th, and the picture was crystal clear. American Tea Room is now in Downtown L.A. and is the epitome of hip, cool elegance.

Sleek lines, exposed duct work, an interactive Tea Zone, a living wall. All of this and amazing tea, too.

 My friend, Maritza, joined me for the event. Our first stop was at the Tea Cocktail station where we were served Sweet Dreams and Tonic, a vodka drink with Sleeping Beauty, an organic herbal with the heady aromas of rose, mint and fennel. 

Everywhere I looked, there was a feast for the eyes. Beautiful displays, eclectic artwork and comfortable lounge areas. The one thing I couldn't wait to see? The Wall Of Tea with its new gold pyramid tea canisters. It is glorious. 

The #DTLA American Tea Room Grand Opening event was about a place and about tea, yes, but it was also about people. It was so fun to see owner, David Barenholz, in his element.

And it was great to connect with Tony Gebely (American Tea Room's new Director of Technology and Distribution) and his wife, Katie.

As Downtown LA continues to reinvent itself, there is no doubt American Tea Room will be a hub of connections and indulgence. Maritza, let's meet there again soon.

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