Two weeks in a row I find myself in Virginia. And changing up the locations means finding a new spot or two to write about one of my favorite subjects. Last week was a gem. So how did this one fare? Not as good.
Through my local travels, I found myself in Alexandria, VA. To say I’m sentimental is an understatement. It’s the town where I was born, so any time I pass through here or plan a visit I get a warm feeling inside. I feel like it’s a badge of honor. It was meant to be.
And Old Town is in the heart of it all. It’s got it’s historic and authentic feel with its cobblestone streets, red brick sidewalks, cozy looking row homes, and small businesses. It’s pure class that is worth visiting. I prefer neighborhoods like this as opposed to the craziness of major downtown epicenters.
And there’s plenty of tea abound. Unfortunately my visit here was not one to write home about. I have visited Teaism in the past and never felt completely satisfied. There has just been something off with my purchases, the energy of the establishment, or it could be my own goofiness. But it’s a few visits and I’ve always felt a weird vibe.
It’s in a newer part of town that doesn’t feel historic. It feels a bit more corporate. That doesn’t make it a bad thing. But it’s not necessitating the joy and fun I look for when I want a peaceful cup of tea.
It was pouring down rain on this particular visit. And a soothing flavor was just what I had hoped to obtain. I opted for the Berry Beauty and the Chai. I’m not here much so I wanted to try a some I don’t often think to order.
The berry contained hibiscus which I usually enjoy. This was not good at all. I didn’t like the flavor whatsoever. It tasted like the sweet and sour clashed, but then went off in another direction. It just didn’t come as advertised. I was disappointed. I was hoping for something more delightful.
The chai was ok. I’ve had them from other places (tea shops, coffee shops, grocery stores) that tasted much better. It wasn’t bad. It just didn’t wow me whatsoever.
The setup of the shop is puzzling to me. I imagine some people like it. It’s a restaurant, tea house, and contains a little tea store in the middle. Additionally, when you order carry-out or in the restaurant, you have to walk to the back to pick it up. I think it sound more complex in person. Something about the dynamic doesn’t feel natural. And the energy felt stuffy once again.
The shoppe items looked cool but I didn’t have time to stay too long and peruse.
Their menu is interesting and seems all over the map. I didn’t feel it was approachable either. The staff was friendly for the most part. The gentleman who was working the front seemed to be going through the motions. That’s just my interpretation.
But with all that being said, I would like to come back. Maybe I’ll bring a friend or two with me and see how they feel. And there’s so many flavors to try and hopefully I’ll find a nice meal to pair it with.
I think this place is much better than the experiences that I’ve had so I hope to be back within the next month or two. They also have three locations in Washington, DC but that’ll come in time. For now, any excuse to come to one of my favorite towns is good enough for me.
All the best,