Teavana in Burnaby, BC
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The service here is excellent, although I may be biased because many of the staff now know me by name. I find the pricing ridiculous however, so I only go now when I’ve got a whack to replenish and it’s my “junk food” tea (read: the stuff that I love, yet am embarrassed to admit I do).

Stay away from the samples, as they’re heavily sweetened (unless you like drinking liquid sugar – then go for it!) They will make hot (or cold) tea to order though, and I love being able to grab something when I’m on the go. When DAVID’s Tea opens next month in this same mall however, I’ll likely shop there instead.

TeaLips Bubble Tea and Coffee in Burnaby, British Columbia
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I LOVE this place, although it’s more of a bubble tea joint than hot tea – yet you’ll find a decent selection here if you really look (at the counter, just as you order, there’s a big sign with a list of about 20 teas and their properties).

I come here during the summer and winter months when I want to hunker down and work/write, however it’s extremely busy during the day so oftentimes I can get my tea fix, but am left chairless. Everything is made to order, and their waffles (two different kinds!) are divine. My favorite is the matcha tea ice cream with liege waffles and some fruit.

Prices are decent, they’ll gladly add or reduce the sweetener as you’d like, and they even have real taro. Open late every night of the week (“or until things die down”, as I’ve been told repeatedly). Seating indoor and out.



A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.





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