True Love: ITO EN

September 16, 2008 by Lila Delilah

In this hectic world we live in it’s so easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, I believe that you should take as much time to consider your insides as you do your outsides. That’s why I make a concerted effort to ingest as many antioxidants as possible. Green tea is one of my favorites.

Studies report hard evidence that green tea prevents cancer, keeps down cholesterol levels, keeps cardiovascular disease in check and helps repair impaired immune function. That’s a lot of punch for a little leaf.

My favorite green tea is Ito En, on Madison at 69th Street. The purveyors of this little tea shop happen to be the largest green tea distributor in the world. The store has been voted NYC’s best tea emporium by Zagat’s for several years in a row. In addition to the company’s line of bottled teas, the store carries Japanese, Chinese and Indian tea leaves both traditional and exotic. Everything is packaged and handled as if it were a precious jewels.

So give air kisses to Cono at Dolce & Gabbana and refresh with some green tea from across the street at Ito En. You can also find Ito En teas at many grocers and bodegas across the city (country & world). It’s definitely worth the $1.49.


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