Lupicia (a Japanese company) is well known for their exotic blends of green tea. If you’re tired of the traditional green tea you get at Japanese restaurants, you should stop by Lupicia for their exclusive blends. They are so aromatic and full of flavor. Keep in mind that they are unsweetened, but you can always add honey . I recommend drinking green tea without any sugar, so you get to experience the full flavor. Please stay away from those pre-packaged green tea packets, as those lack flavor and are very bitter. Splurge a little for good quality green tea, since it will certainly taste better! Some of my all time favorites are:
– Momo Peach Green Tea
– Strawberry & Vanilla
– Yuzu Green Tea
– Sakurambo (Black Cherry)
Over the weekend, I had to chance to try the macarons from Jin Patisserie. These tiny sandwich-like pastries are full with flavor and texture. They had some traditional flavors, as well as some exclusive ones.
I chose the 8 piece macaron box, which included a random assortment of the following flavors:
Strawberry, Chocolate, Mint, Ume, Caramel, Pistachio, Tea, Red Plum, Vanilla, and Cinnamon.
If you’re not a big fan of desserts, Jin Patisserie also offers salads, sandwiches, and a wide range of exotic teas from France (The O dor). The location is very discreet and can be a little difficult to find. It’s on Abbot Kinney, across the street from 3 Square Cafe.
There are also many other beautiful confectionaries like green tea cake, cookies, and chocolate. Let me tell you, their assortment of chocolates put Godiva to shame! If you’re not able to make it out to Jin’s, make sure to go on their website. They also have an online shop for your convenience. This would be a really special and thoughtful treat, to give as a Christmas gift for your family, friends, and co-workers.
Once you’ve tried their macarons, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this place!
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291