Sunday, March 25, 2012

DC Spotlight: Dine at SEI to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms

One hundred years ago, the mayor of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the District of Columbia.  If you're a vegetarian and among the more than one million people who are in town to see these beautiful trees in bloom, or you are on your way here to attend the extended 2012 Centennial of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, you are in luck.  Check out the Washington, DC Restaurants page of this website for a list of recommended restaurants.  If you want to celebrate the trees' Japanese heritage, head to SEI in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood for lunch or dinner.

SEI serves modern Asian cuisine with a strong Japanese influence in an elegant and comfortable setting.  The tasty vegetarian options include veggie sushi rolls (the sundried tomato rolls are my favorite), edamame, seaweed salad, wasabi guacamole with wonton chips, and a number of creative tofu dishes and sides.  The cocktails are also delicious.

Spicy tofu edamame hash and sundried tomato rolls at SEI

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