I drink an insane amount of green tea, and having just come back from China I've had my palate educated on what green tea tastes like (hint: it doesn't involve a teabag from Lipton).
I'd love to find some silver needle or lung ching (dragon ball) jasmine green tea in LA, but the only places I've looked are Gelson's ($20 for about 3 oz. of tea) and Teavana in Sherman Oaks Fashion Square ($16 for 2 oz. of lung ching). I'm sure that there are plenty of places in Monterey Park, Chinatown, et al., I just don't want to waste time and money on places that are inferior.
So, where does one go to get great loose Chinese tea? I can, if absolutely necessary, deal in Cantonese, but they'll laugh at my horrendous accent; the same goes with Mandarin, which is even worse.
Speaking of which, I'm assuming not too much haggling happens in the U.S., or am I wrong? (Jerome?)