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.
When her traditional seven-layer caramel cake began earning plaudits from magazines and television programs across the nation, it was only natural that Caroline Ragsdale Reutter would eventually score the endorsement of America’s favorite tastemaker: Oprah. The cake landed on Oprah’s Favorite Things list, helping draw a brand-new audience for Caroline’s shippable layered cakes and classic Southern cooking staples. Available in a customizable array of flavors, frostings, Best known for her rich caramel frostings and multi-layered confections, Caroline crafts treats ranging from gourmet take-out dishes to decorated cupcakes and wedding cakes. Available in a panoply of flavors, frostings, and fillings, cakes add a decadent finish to special events or can be kept frozen for up to six months to save the day during last-minute surprise parties. Caroline’s team also whips up heat-and-eat versions of homestyle Carolina and Maryland favorites, delivering tangy barbecue, cheesy biscuits, and tender lobster rolls to doorsteps or bathyspheres parked in shallow water.
Great Harvest handcrafts bread daily using only pure and simple ingredients. Each morning we fresh-grind premium whole wheat in the bakery and blend it with ingredients from nature, like yeast, salt and local honey. Great Harvest never uses chemicals or additives. The result is bread that tastes simply amazing.
Your visit to Glow begins with a deep-conditioning treatment, which soothes frazzled and frayed strands and repairs damage and follicular deterioration. Glow's expert stylists will finish taming tresses with a boosting blow dry. After your hair therapy, choose the pampering of your choice from Glow's diverse skin, nail, body, and hair services. Get life's stresses kneaded out with a 30-minute deep-tissue massage ($65), or opt for a pore-minimizing facial ($75) in preparation for unexpected appearances on JumboTrons. Soak in the soothing aroma of the French countryside of your teen years with a lavender pedicure ($65), which scrubs scruffy soles and treats them with a calming mask and massage, or add a paraffin treatment ($15) to a classic manicure ($24) and impress the prime minister with your velvety-soft handshake.
Caffé Pronto is a wholesale roaster that stocks a variety of coffees, including all-natural decafs from more than 15 countries worldwide and a number of fair-trade, organic, bird-friendly, and Rainforest Alliance blends. Order a bag of beans online or slowly sip a cup of individually brewed coffee inside one of their brick-and-mortar cafés while snacking on a gourmet menu of paninis, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, parfaits, and desserts. A cup of coffee in the morning can mean the difference between hitting the ground running and hitting the snooze button relentlessly. Give your alarm clock time to let its bruises heal with today’s Groupon.
Most bites of Mary's truffles lead to unexpected flavors. This is because she melts, rolls, and molds her chocolates with gourmet ingredients that are more commonly found in four-star restaurants. She sources her chocolate from Switzerland and Venezuela, the latter of which is organic and officially fair-trade. After infusing the chocolate with a carefully curated blend of flavors, she shapes it into smooth spheres, making them easier to swallow whole. Next, she tops each ball with Jasmine tea leaves, dredges it in bacon, or spangles it with glittering sea salt crystals. After a truffle tray is complete, Mary christens it with a name inspired by her life-changing trip to Ireland, such as "Cappuccino Loury," "Ginger Merrian Square," and "Bacon Murphy." Only then are the truffles finished, ready to bear the name Mary O'Malley Chocolatier.