Nini Ordoubadi is an Iranian born New Yorker who comes from a long tradition of tea blenders. An artist and interior designer, Nini channels her artistic impulses to create unique tea blends that do more than just taste good. With a nod to the ancient tea practices of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Nini explains just about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about tea including its holistic healing benefits.
Nini is the founder of Tay Tea, a New York-based company specializing in exclusive hand-blended artisanal teas, and Tay Home, a boutique tea & home shop located in the historic hamlet of Andes in Delaware County, New York.
Frida Kahlo - "Frida Kahlo's personal style and passionate dedication to her art has always spoken to me."
Max Beckmann - "Max Beckmann's intense, unexpected sense of color and the way he cropped his paintings has influenced my own paintings, photography, and stylings."
Rumi - "Rumi was a 19th century Persian poet with a deep and loving philosophy. I read his poetry often to stay sane and keep connected with my Pagan self.
Dr. Noah McKay - "He was my brother and an extraordinary teacher, healer, doctor and most of all, a true humanitarian. He taught me everything I know that's worth while to know, and his beautiful spirit continues to work through my life."
Mother Teresa - "Mother Teresa said you can change the world one person at a time, and that rings true to my heart."
The Dalai Lama - "The Dalai Lama is a great man who calls himself a 'simple monk'. He taught me two things: Laugh a lot and let go."
INSPIRATIONAL PLACES IN NEW YORK
Chinatown - "I love Chinatown because I'm always discovering something new there. I like to get lost in the meandering back streets, buy fresh fruits and vegtables from street vendors, and pop into one of the dim sum restaurants that are always packed with locals."
Wave Hill - "Wave Hill is a place in the Bronx I like to go to for the gorgeous year round gardens and nature inspiration. It's absolutely beautiful all year round and their shop carries my Tay Tea blends."
La Taza De Oro - “La Taza De Oro makes good homemade Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican food.”
Le Zie- "I love to go to this restaurant with my best friend from time to time. If you go in the middle of the week you can count on good Venetian food, a nice wine menu and the actual ability to hear each other's stories."
Cafe Mogador - "Cafe Mogador is a no fuss, well-priced, Moroccan place that's well-known with all true old-time New Yorkers."
Bombay Talkie - "This is a great place to share Indian street food to a backdrop of oversized Bollywood movies. It has a young, vibrant atmosphere and cayenne peppers for your chakras."
Freeman's Restaurant - "This place is hidden at the end of an alley that belies what city you're in. It could be that the approach to this restaurant is as beguiling as the interior, which compliments the comfort food. It's drenched with hipsters and if you're a strict vegetarian or vegan that has issues with dead animals on the wall for decoration - I would stay away from this place - but it will be entirely your loss."
ABC Carpet & Home - "This is an excellent store to go and get lost in. It's kind of a global market that's expensive but worth the visit. If you can't buy, you can certainly window shop. Their windows are legendary and change seasonally. Their wild themes are inspirational. I also happen to love this store because they were my first supporters and still are. The Tay Tea cabinet stands right past the concierge on the first floor."
Anthropologie - "They have an interesting, off-the-beaten-path, collection of clothes that are well made and unique without being obnoxiously expensive and over-the-top."