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Real meat has a story. This is one of the founding principles at Goose the Market, where the meat does, in fact, have a tale to tell, albeit a short one without many characters. That’s because Goose works directly with Indiana farmers, who slaughter their all-natural livestock mere hours or days before delivering its meat to the market. As a result, the shop’s customers always know where their meat comes from and how it was raised.
The neighborhood market of bygone eras was always the place to go if you wanted a good sandwich. Goose has picked up that torch with its own roster of sandwiches—Bon Appetit magazine even placed it on its list of Top 10 Sandwich Shops in the country in 2008. The “standout sandwich” then, and now, is the Batali, named after Armandino Batali, a famous salumi maker. This Italian creation features spicy coppa, soppressata, capicola, tomato preserves, and hot giardiniera for an extra kick.
The enoteca—an Italian word for "wine repository"—at Goose resides in the basement. Here, a rotating menu of wines shares space with a wide selection of craft beers. In keeping with the market's passion for all things local, the enoteca houses communal tables for neighbors to meet up over small plates of artisanal cheese or charcuterie.
As one of two Trader Joe’s stores in the Indianapolis area, this 82nd Street outlet located at the east end of the Castleton Point strip mall provides visitors with a non-traditional grocery shopping experience. Angled aisles contribute to a spacious feeling inside the facility, while Hawaiian shirt-wearing employees add to the store’s relaxed atmosphere. But as any true TJ’s aficionado knows, it’s the food, more than anything else, which sets Trader Joe’s apart from other grocers. The store doesn’t carry many externally-branded items, opting instead to vertically integrate their own versions of common grocery store sundries, nearly all of which are free of artificial flavors or preservatives, synthetic colors, MSG, genetically-modified ingredients or partially hydrogenated oils.
TeaPots n Treasures started as Donna Yarema's personal teapot collection. But over more than a decade, their assemblage of vintage finds turned into a specialty shop complete with teapots, unique supplies, and rare teas. The shop now carries more than 900 different tea blends including popular Komodo Dragon Tea and Canterbury Tea, the signature tea the Yaremas blend specifically for the Canterbury Hotel. The shop also hosts tea education classes.
High in the pristine mountains of Taiwan, artisan farmers hand pick and hand roast fresh, whole-leaf teas made even more delicious thanks to the ideal combinations of mist and sunshine. These top-quality green, oolong, and black teas are the only teas sold at Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, as the staff believes they are the best of their kind across the globe.
Available at the Zionsville shop, teas include a misty-mountain oolong, a medium amber-bodied tea for a palate-cleansing and refreshing drink. The Asian-beauty oolong, deemed “oriental beauty” by Queen Elizabeth II, is a light-bodied tea with hints of honey and cinnamon, and the twisted-green tea, a delicate loose-leaf tea named as such because the famers twist the leaves before roasting them or telling them bedtime stories. Customers can also purchase wares for tasty tea times, such as ceramic Japanese tea sets, trays, whisks, filters, and ornate bibs.
In a petite 56-seat eatery, the chefs at Café St. Tropez cull fresh ingredients to craft the classic French sandwiches, pastries, and eats that populate the menu. Early risers can replace lingering memories of wailing alarm clocks with the sensations of a Very Berry crepe, a warm amalgamation of seasonal berries and mascarpone sprinkled with vanilla-infused sugar. In the St. Tropez caprese, tomatoes and avocado huddle next to fresh mozzarella as sourdough or wheat toast or a croissant soaks up garlic-infused olive oil like a teddy bear soaks up the sleep-mumbled poetry of children.