Collecting thousands of years of tradition under one roof isn't easy, but Ten Ren Tea Time's purveyors have been working on perfecting the ancient art of tea since 1953. Originating in Taiwan, the operation eventually expanded to more than 100 locations across the globe, spreading the gospel of fine teas and their near-endless varieties. While walking among the shelves and displays, visitors can explore varieties of green, white, and herbal teas, as well as tea pot and tea sets, mesh balls, canisters, and little dumbbells for strengthening pinky fingers.
Coco Moka Café's cooks and baristas serve up New York-style Kosher Deli, Belgian drinking chocolate, and cups of Seattle's Best Coffee. Signature sandwiches and wraps enclose flavorful ingredients such as asiago cheese, Italian chicken breast, or white tuna fish salad. The café serves breakfast all day, and provides catering services for birthdays or sendoff parties for acquaintances who have recently purchased a seaworthy submarine.
To say Capital Teas? founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle?s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather?s tea. Manelle?s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.
In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store?s tasting stations to explain each flavor?s nuances.
Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples?which are brewed fresh daily?while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.
Is Terasol an art gallery, a coffee shop or a French bistro? Yes to all, actually. This Chevy Chase spot serves three square meals a day from its charming café space, where warm lighting and a plate-glass window light up the ample woodwork inside. Even more color comes from the large amount of artisan jewelry, pottery and crafts that hang on the walls or sit inside long, open shelves. As much an artistic shop for locally-made goods as it is a restaurant, Terasol supports DC’s creative side with occasional showings and constant displays of beautiful wares. Of course, they also support the old French countryside, with a rustic menu that ticks off great dishes like a checklist: French onion soup, beef bourguignon, mussels and frites. A warming quiche is available , and the croque monsieur will satisfy the largest of appetites.
Maui Wowi enlivens parties and events with Hawaiian-themed party rentals and treats including frosty fruit smoothies, coffee drinks both hot and cold, and snacks. Guests can borrow one of its thatched-roof tiki bars which conveniently include setup and breakdown. For independently wealthy third-graders and others unable to bartend themselves, the company offers bartending service from Hawaiian-shirt-clad specialists. They can mix drinks for every audience, including kona coffee, cappuccinos, and frozen coffee drinks, as well as fresh-fruit smoothies with or without alcohol in flavors such as piña colada, mango orange, and strawberry-banana daiquiri. All drinks, like the daughters of the Beach Boys, come with Hawaiian parasols.
A stay at The Dupont Circle Hotel places you in the heart of Washington, walking distance from Foundry Gallery and Christian Heurich House. This 4-star hotel is close to Ford's Theater and Lincoln Memorial.
Make yourself at home in one of the 327 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions. Windows open for fresh air and city views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness facility or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and concierge services.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Washington? This hotel has 9000 square feet (836 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.