At Indonique (4861 Magazine St., 891-8776), a new tea cafe, proprietor George Constance wants you to learn about teas as much as he wants you to drink them. Menu cards describe the different processes that result in white, green, oolong and black teas, all of which originate from the camellia sinensis plant. Teas not made from this plant, explains the menu, are technically tisanes. At least 47 varieties of teas and tisanes are available by the cup or the bag at Indonique. Constance is exacting about steeping times, setting a timer at three minutes for a South African rooibos tisane and at just 45 seconds for a cup of Chinese shoo mei white tea. The house brew is a milky, spiced Indian chai made to his India-born wife, Daya's, taste. I've already managed to make this chai, and the bite-size rosemary-pecan tea cookies, a habit. The couple moved their store Uptown, to the corner of Magazine and Upperline streets, from its previous location on the Northshore. Indonique opens at 10 a.m. daily; closing time, usually between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., is flexible. Visit www.indonique.com.
The Northshore lost a tea cafe, but it gained a tea salon. Vianne's (544 Gerard St., Mandeville, 985-624-5683) offers simple pots of tea, soups, salads, sandwiches and afternoon high tea service in the English custom. Vianne's is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit www.viannes.com.
August Kesseler of Germany's Weingut August Kesseler will host a wine dinner at Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St.) beginning at 6:30 p.m. this Friday. Kesseler will pour seven of his vineyard's wines to pair with such dishes as Frisian mussel stew, sauerbraten and Black Forest cherry torte. The cost is $150, all-inclusive. Call 558-3924 for reservations.
Old Dog New Trick (517 Frenchmen St.), the city's only all-vegetarian, full-service restaurant, has closed.
Having Said That ...
But there's plenty of barbecue for everyone. Gary Wollerman and Tenney Flynn, also partners in GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467), recently opened ZydeQue (808 Iberville St., 565-5520) in a portion of the space formerly occupied by the jazz club Storyville District. They rub chicken, pork and beef with Paul Prudhomme-designed seasonings and then cook them over burning hickory and pecan woods.
Wine collectors: Bear in mind that The Croziers don't charge a corkage fee on Monday evenings at their Chateaubriand Steakhouse (310 N. Carrollton Ave., 207-0016).