Picture this: Your mother docks in town, attempting to convince herself that you are not leading a life of thievery, assault and pillage. What's a ruffian to do? Trade in those skulls for paper lanterns and take her straight to Seven Cups for an authentic tea experience, reminiscent of your long hours in the Far East thieving, assaulting and pillaging. The dazzling selection of green, white and oolong teas is enough to knock any refined pirates right out of their boots. Stay awhile and enjoy some delicate sweets and serene Asian music while you make up some good stories of philanthropy to appease Mom.
2. Casbah Tea House, 628 N. Fourth Ave., 740-0393, www.casbahteahouse.com
Chantilly Tea Room and Gift Boutique, 5185 N. Genematas Drive, 622-3303, www.chantillytearoom.com
Tohono Chul Park Tea Room, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, 797-1222, www.tohonochulpark.org/tea2.html