In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a mahjong and tea package for two or four at The Teahouse At Asian Arts in Sarasota (a $49.98 total value). The package includes:
- Your choice between the following two options:
- One two-hour mahjong workshop for two (a $30 value)
- Three hours at an automatic mahjong table for four (a $30 value)
- Two orders of afternoon tea (a $19.98 value)
Garnering a feature on ABC7, The Teahouse At Asian Arts is a haven for Asian cultural and culinary traditions. Duos curious about the inner workings of mahjong can take a two-hour workshop for beginners taught by one of the teahouse's mahjong genies or attend a strategy-oriented meeting guided by a retired mahjong general and a battle-scarred tile. More experienced players can launch straight into the game with three friends, huddling around an automatic mahjong table that sets up tiles and joker-worthy punch lines at the push of a button.
To fuel impassioned hands, visitors get a choice from three varieties of afternoon tea service, including Japanese green tea with mochi or lavender earl grey tea accompanied by sticky toffee cake, apple crumble, and two complimentary monocles. Parties of two or four will receive a glass of tea each, as well as two portions of light snacks over which to bargain, plead, or filibuster.
5437 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, Florida 34232