The Dashanbe Teahouse is kind of a combo food, drink, architecture and artwork visit. The building is breathtaking. The whole building was created by 40+ artisans from several cities of Tajikistan. They created the decorative elements the Teahouse, including its hand-carved and hand-painted ceiling, tables, stools, columns, and exterior ceramic panels. It’s absolutely stunning. I’d recommend going here even if you’re not hungry. The craftsmanship of this building is so unbelievable. But we did eat there. And drink there. They offer unlimited chai. YES. YOU HEARD RIGHT. UNLIMITED CHAI. You empty your coffee mug and they REFILL IT. FOR FREE. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. We were in hog heaven. Add that to the artistry around us and the yummy small plates we had of hummus and veggies and a little sampler plate. People come here for tea (obviously) and the tea sandwich sit down experience. You have to have reservations for that, so plan in advance people!
Our group was small and filled with everything from food stylists, to lawyers, to bloggers. It was such a great plethora of people passionate about food and photography. These are my people! You know the ones?! The people who get you when you start talking in depth about how beautiful pastries look when lighted correctly and who get excited about shooting food tablescapes. Those people. My people.
Funny story, as some might know, almost every place I visit, I bring back fun little souvenirs for my creative team coworkers. Nothing ever too big because we travel very light. At the salt mines, you could buy little flavored salt bags which seemed to me to be a perfect gift! That is, until we tried getting through security back in the states. Where they thought we were packing cocaine. Yes, cocaine. Not only was my hub’s bag searched but they also took some of the salts out and chemically tested them. Lesson learned. Small bags of salts make you look like a drug mule.