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I’ve come to realize that when I go out to dinner, between dinner, drinks, and dessert, it’s going to be at a minimum $50 per person, often more.   For all its amazing cuisine, D.C. tends to lack delicious, affordable places.  However, local chain Teaism is the exception, offering a variety of Asian options– Japanese, Thai and Indian, as well as a variety of teas, beers and other unique beverages.

It’s no secret I love Teaism, I raved about it on my first blog post. Since then, I’ve visited it twice more– my guests loved it so much they wanted to go twice!  Below, behold, the delicious, nutritious and affordable bento box (Tuna Sashimi) in all its glory:

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Also, I never knew rice to be exciting. But, I get all jazzed up about their rice and want to devour it. They have this snazzy spice concoction they put on top that-SHAZAM- makes boring white rice phenomenal.

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And, of course, cucumber ginger salad is always a healthy, light, and yummy choice.

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On my second and third Teaism trips, I worked to try various things on the menu. I was hesitant to try the Jasmine Creme Brulee because of (1) jasmine in creme brulee? and (2) would the carmelized sugar crust be hard and crunchy or it be mushy like pudding? I am very pleased to report it was amazing and I forced myself to share with both friends, who nodded in delicious agreements while we fought for the last bites.  I also sampled the Iced Sweet Green Tea which was very sugary, reminiscent of good ol’ Southern Sweet Tea, but with a lovely flavor.

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Random Teaism tidbits: The Penn Quarter location has a huge downstairs seating area with the biggest Koi I’ve ever seen in my life. You can also get it to-go and sit out on the Navy Memorial.  Dupont has less seating–inside and out.  The Dupont location offers brown rice while Penn Quarter does not. Both places will allow you to switch out different sides between the bento box menu options, however, they will not let you substitute seaweed salad, which is most regretable.

The bitches say: A + for delicious, healthy, affordable  food in a rush.

Teaism’s three locations are:

Lafayette Park: 800 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Dupont Circle: 2009 R St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Penn Quarter: 400 8th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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  1. snazzy spice concoction=furikaki

    after a night of drinking, put some of that over some rice and pour green tea over it all. devour and wake up ready to drink again.

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