by Naomi Rosen
As I mentioned in my last article, my family and I just returned from a glorious trip to Washington, D.C. My husband thinks we went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, but I know we went because I had a laundry list of tea places to stop at. That said, let me get right to it!
Teasim Penn Quarter - Really cute cafe with an adjoining retail shop and within walking distance of the White House. We actually went twice so the first time we went I had a Chai and the second time I tried their Sencha Okabe. Both were delightful and even though it was swelteringly hot I chugged them both. In fact, we even bought a couple of ounces of the Sencha so we could make tea in our hotel room. It has quickly become one of my favorite greens!
Founding Farmers - This restaurant is owned by farmers and the food they serve is sustainable and delicious. Not a tea specific location by any means, but the place is super cool and their tea options were unique. I have no idea who they source through, but I tried the Farmer's Blend served via an iron kettle and the tea was totally enjoyable.
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant - We decided to do a little travel outside of DC and Mount Vernon seemed like a fantastic place to visit. After our tour we popped in for a quick bite and I was a little disappointed to see that their only tea offerings were bagged. Considering Washington's love of tea, I guess I expected something grander. That said, they serve their tea by the pot, and I liked the little silver pewter pots.
On top of these three options for hot tea, I am pretty sure I drank a dozen gallons or so of iced tea. Some sweetened, some plain. All thirst quenching and hydrating - which is important for a desert girl in 90 degree/90% humidity type weather. Being that I really was there to celebrate my anniversary, I think 3 tea spots in a 6 day trip is pretty good! Still on my list to visit at a later date...Capital Teas and Ching Ching Cha!