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jasmine tea

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hi all
i live in santa monica and am looking to purchase jasmine tea bags (like the kind you get at chinese restaurants) nearby.

thanks in advance!!

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  1. Most grocery stores like Ralphs and Vons will carry them. Places like Starbucks, CoffeeBean, or Peet's Coffee also supply their own versions (eg green jasmine tea).

    1. try the Mitsuwa market on Centinela

      1. I second Mitsuwa. You can also try another Japanese market, Marukai. The closest location to you would be in Gardena, at 1740 W Artesia Blvd, (310) 660-6300. My own personal favorite is a jasmine green tea that I purchase from the 99 Ranch Market. The closest one to you would be probably be in Van Nuys, at 6450 Sepulveda Blvd, (818) 988-7899. If you ever go, the brand I always buy is called Stassen. I find their jasmine green tea to be the most fragrant and flavorful.

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        1. re: pinkshch

          Thank you so much pinkshch! You made my day. I had Stassen at Exotic Thai restaurant and COULD NOT BELIEVE the exceptional fragrance of the tea. Since then, I've been carrying around the tea tag looking for it. Until now, I thought I was going to have to order it. YOU MADE MY DAY! I'll be heading to 99 Ranch Market in Van Nuys tomorrow. :)

        2. I believe Nijiya, the Japanese market on Sawtelle just north of Olympic has them, and you won't be paying Ralphs prices for it.

          1. try Safe and Save Market on Sawtelle, just north of Olympic on the East side, next door to Hide Sushi.

            They're a lot cheaper than the chain supermarkets.

            1. You might want to make a trek out to Ten Ren Tea (there are numerous locations) and get a little bit -- .1 pound is plenty -- of superior quality long jing (dragon well) tea with jasmine. You won't believe the taste. The price is remarkable (the highest grade will run you $110 per pound or so) but the taste is incomparable.

              Also, on the opposite end of the price scale, one of my very favourite Chinese teas is called ba bao cha in Mandarin and say po chaa in Cantonese (why there are only four treasures in Cantonese while there are eight in Mandarin, I have no idea). It's a fairly cheap tea but with jujube, flowers and rock sugar, about $8 will get you big bag of packets.

              1. Fresh and Easy grocery stores have a pretty tasty Jasmine Green Tea.