Tea is best when served piping hot and ladled into your mouth by a farmer's wife who found you just lying out there in the cold and nursed you back to health. Enjoy your tea, you mysterious stranger, with this Groupon.
$8 for $16 Worth of Spices and Teas
Guests can peruse a seemingly endless selection of gourmet seasonings, which include whole anise seed ($1.89 for a 1-ounce bag) and hand-selected bay leaves ($2.89 for a 1-ounce bag). Olive-oil blends in 1.5-ounce tins ($10.95) are flavored with combinations of mushrooms and truffle salt or tarragon and smoked peppers, whereas 1-ounce bags of sugar ($4.89) are infused with blueberries, ginger, and habaneros. The eclectic cooking store also retails tea and cooking accessories that range from artisan pottery bowls ($9.95) to mortars and pestles ($9.95+).
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Georgetown
"Hi, folks. Feel free to open the jars and smell." That's how owner Keith Campbell-Rosen and his family greet guests as they enter The Spice & Tea Exchange of Georgetown. And with shelves upon shelves of glass-jarred ingredients making up the cooking apothecary's boutique space—which is actually the 17th store in a franchise of more than 25—it's too tempting to not. Each carefully lined jar cradles a batch of loose-leaf teas, seasoning spices, naturally flavored salts and sugars, cooking herbs, and even smoked powders and meat rubs. Most of their goods are organic and fair-trade, and all are harvested from small distributors and farms around the world. Keith and his team are also on hand to create custom blended bags of the spices and teas as well as guide guests through the store's more than 75 signature blends and rubs, which are hand mixed and blessed by being thrown over just about anyone's shoulder. Amid the shop's wooden shelves, barrels, and crates, guests can also find a wide range of cookware and tea accessories that include stainless-steel tea steepers, contemporary salt and pepper grinders, and glass jar racks.