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Sharing food is the heart of each dining experience at Skyline Cafe. Meals consist of Ethiopian stews crafted with meats, vegetables, and plenty of spices and herbs. But they do not arrive at tables in separate dishes; rather, chefs ladle a handful of stews onto a single platter for the entire group to feast upon. Dining as the Ethiopians do also means eschewing silverware. Instead, a housemade flatbread called injera is used to scoop up mouthfuls of stew and wipe faces clean after meals. Another Ethiopian tradition?the coffee ceremony?occurs daily when servers pour a special blend of coffee into tiny glasses for guests to slowly sip.

3821A South George Mason Drive
Falls Church,
VA
US

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.

10231 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda,
MD
US

Tea With Mrs. B's fun-filled classes will give kids of all ages the skills they'll need to participate in school, make meaningful social connections, challenge their corrupt, incumbent class treasurers, and succeed in their future careers. Tea with Mrs. B offers monthly sessions for boys and girls, consisting of four weekly classes that each focus on a specific topic such as communication, body language, and correspondence. During each hour-long class, kids will learn a lesson or two, make a corresponding craft, and usually sit down for tea and snacks to practice table manners and conversational skills that don't involve boorish renditions of Alec Baldwin's monologue from Glengarry Glen Ross.

7740 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda,
MD
US

Flaxella sprinkles its menu of wholesome bites with flaxseed, a natural source of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy omega-3s. Start the day with an invigorating flaxseed mocha ($3.25–$3.95) or a sunrise sandwich, which tops a croissant with a fresh egg and a serenade from a rooster ($3.75). The veggie delight sandwich whisks antioxidants to mouths on a rainbow of red tomatoes, yellow squash, and roasted green zucchini ($6.50). Instead of dining in a sleeping bag, make lunch snugglier with the Dakota Roll-Up ($5.75) or a bed of romaine salad with a chicken-salad pillow and a flax-vinaigrette blanket ($6.25).

8218 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

Zen Tara Tea was founded in 2007, with a simple premise: Bring together the highest quality teas and provide an exceptional level of service to each customer in helping them select and enjoy teas. Our shop with sit down seating and over 100 teas, coffee and desserts is the largest tea shop in the Metro DC area.

4710 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

Voted Washington D.C.'s Best Bagel by the readers of Washington City Paper, Georgetown Bagelry uses bakery techniques perfected over 400 years of bagel creation to serve fresh dough delights. Choose from 18 different types of bagels, such as chocolate chip, blueberry, and oatmeal raisin, and slather on an insulating layer of plain cream cheese. Ryesmen will escape to a fantasy world of dark grains with the pumpernickel bagel, whereas yeast extremists will quickly devour the everything bagel, a welcome alternative to some bakeries' nothing bagel, created by baking air.

5227 River Rd
Bethesda,
MD
US