So thursday night my brother and I went to the grand opening of the first teahouse in our area.
Madame Zuzu's teahouse in Highland Park, IL.
So this teahouse is co-owned by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
One of my favorite bands from the 90's.
I had read an interview with him before opening that he wanted it to be a 1930's chinese-french style teahouse, so I was a bit exited. I hoped there would be some decent traditional tea at least.
As we arrived around 6pm the small teahouse was pretty full. So I go strait to the Tea Bar? is that the correct term? as I see some tea brewing in some glass pitcher brewers with metal strainers.
They were serving free tea and some snacks, three tea choices, Gunpowder Green, Earl Grey, and Kings Crimson-herbal. I of course ask if they have any puerh and get a No Puerh.
Here is there menu but they only were making those three for sampling so I was not very impressed and wanted to at least try some white or japan green.
|Gunpowder green and chips|
The Gunpowder was ok but the other two I just couldnt drink. The teahouse looks to just have ok quality teas for the most part. I might go back to try some other teas if I am in the area, but not going to make a special trip. Now what I did like is that Billy Corgan showed up and played a few songs from some of his albums, and that was very cool. As I really like his music.
|Billy messing with the piano|
My camera died as soon as he started to play so no good pics or video as I forgot to check the batteries.
I took some video on my cell but coudnt get it to upload here.
Overall tea was ok, the place did have a good vibe to it, but it was because Billy was playing there.
He didnt drink any tea though only water.
I guess it will be a cool place to hang out for some people.
I did have my glass tumbler filled with sheng, waiting in my truck for the ride home.
It was a good time at least, and my brother who really loves smashing pumpkins got a lyrics sheet with an autograph so he was very happy.