Toko Baru spices up the home and the body with a collection of trendy décor and handmade jewelry. Shoppers can gussy up ho-hum appendages with fashionable bracelets and neckware or adorn their earlobes with threaded silk-bead earrings that are made by hand to imbue them with a subtle scent that repels palm readers ($8.50). Gifts such as journals and cards commemorate birthdays, and bumper stickers and magnets ($2–$4) display road-worthy witticisms and prized report cards. An assortment of eclectic home décor lines Toko Baru's shelves, including Asian-inspired pottery, carvings, and paper lanterns. Decorative towels dry hands in style, vases elegantly display flowers, and wind chimes translate the wisdom of the breeze into the universal language of atonal clinking.
The creative culinarians at Aquarius Star’s Om Café transform organic, local ingredients into savory salads, sandwiches, and wraps that pair perfectly with fair-trade coffee and tea. The menu offers meat-free munchers a slew of vegetarian and vegan options, including the shareable organic hummus and veggie plate ($8.75), Om’s grilled blackened-tofu wrap ($8.75), and the Om salad, topped with raw nuts and homemade lemon-garlic dressing ($9.75). Om Café's Double Decker turkey sandwich ($9.25) delights eco-conscious carnivores with its blend of free-range turkey, locally sourced veggies, and organic mustard, mayonnaise, or aioli.
Cuisine Type: Candy, Ice Cream, Gourmet Popcorn, Fudge
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Bulk Candy and Gourmet Popcorn
Outdoor Seating: No
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
I always loved going to candy stores while growing up. I wanted to recreate the feeling of taking a trip down memory lane—feeling like a kid every time you go into a candy store like ours.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our soft serve ice cream is available in vanilla and chocolate as well eight rotating flavors like caramel, butter pecan, butterscotch, and many more. All of our bulk candy is available to be used as toppings, ranging from gummies to chocolates and an endless possibility of combinations.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Chocolate covered bacon. We offer various kinds such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with sea salt, dark chocolate with sea salt, and milk chocolate peanut butter. The bacon and chocolate together creates a good blend of salty and sweet and make for a very delicious treat.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Hundreds of candies, gourmet popcorn, chocolates, fudge, ice cream, slush puppies, as well as Coke products. Basically all kinds of sweets can be found here.
Pearls are often prized for their exquisite appearance and oystery aroma, but Boba Cha values a different sort of pearl—bubble tea's chewy spheres of tapioca. This cozy shop in downtown Cincinnati specializes in creamy concoctions that combine sweet flavors with the tapioca pearls' satisfying chewiness. Aside from the signature bubble teas—which can be prepared hot or cold and with or without milk—the shop whips up frozen snow treats flavored with fruit and yogurt.
Roxx Electrocafe, located near the UC campus, boasts three 42-inch televisions and a massive 73-inch-wide screen that display heated bouts of digital competition across the café's spacious interior. Fourteen powerful gaming computers ($4/hour) enable activities such as cooperative robotic testing in the depths of Portal 2 or competitive right-clicking contests on the battlefields of League of Legends or Heroes of Newerth. Late-night hours yield to marathon console-gaming sessions of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Halo 3, and Rock Band ($4/hour)—all fueled by iced coffees ($2.50) and smoothies ($4), which ensure proper hydration and appropriate glottal lubrication. As the café's four Xbox 360s, four Wiis, and PlayStation 3 enchant eyes and coordinate drill teams of button-pressing thumbs, comfortable chairs and modern décor invite board games or study sessions.
Wake up with dishes from Giminetti's breakfast menu. Fork through a fluffy stack of syrup-drenched pancakes ($3.50 for stack of three) or opt for a cheesy omelette ($4) with melted sharp cheddar. Brownies ($2), white-chocolate macadamia-nut cookies ($0.75), and monstrous Danishes ($1.50) tempt sweet teeth. For midday meals, try the vedgewich ($5.50), an array of tempting veggies (grilled onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers) and savory provolone plopped between slices of multigrain rustica and slathered with a liberal dose of horseradish mayo. Subs, hoagies, burgers, and paninis appease meatier palates.