Nicolette Spears used to think green tea tasted like bad, stale grass-clippings. So when she began studying the importance of brewing temperature, it was a revelation. ?Green tea is like a vegetable: if you burn the leaves, it tastes really bitter. That was sort of an eye-opener to me.?
Now, at Louisville Tea Company, Ms. Spears brews more than a hundred tea varieties according to strict standards, paying attention to each brew?s optimal brewing temperature, steep time, and leaf-to-water ratio. She also considers her tea?s origins: she sources Japanese green tea directly from a small tea farm in Japan, and the Kenyan Ajiri Tea employs Kenyan women and funds orphan education in West Kenya.
Additionally, Ms. Spears strives to educate newbies about tea. At the tasting bar, she brews fresh pots of the shop?s tea of the day. During the shop?s classes and tea tastings, tea experts delve not only into tea origins and flavors, but the positive effects on human health and boring water.
Helmed by Connie Young and her two daughters, Lori and Kelly, Sisters Tea Parlor Boutique transports visitors to simpler times, when taking tea was a daily ritual. Before settling at tables for afternoon tea, guests are invited to visit the boutique's dress-up vanity area and don festive hats, wraps, costume jewelry, and gloves. Traditional tea service includes scones with tart lemon curd, tea sandwiches, and a sweets tray lined with decadent desserts?plus, of course, bottomless pots of loose-leaf tea.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Heine Brothers' Coffee.
For conscientious eaters, Heine Brothers' Coffee has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
Heine Brothers' Coffee offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Heine Brothers' Coffee offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Heine Brothers' Coffee offers catering.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Heine Brothers' Coffee.
The menu at Heine Brothers' Coffee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Shady Lane Cafe offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Shady Lane Cafe's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Shady Lane Cafe's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Catering is also available if you'd like serve Shady Lane Cafe's tasty dishes at your next party.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Shady Lane Cafe.
Brunch is the house specialty at Shady Lane Cafe, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Looking around at the hardwood tables and leather sofas of her own bakery, Adrienne Holland may occasionally be reminded of where her culinary journey began: in Niagara Falls, watching her mother, Myra, craft elaborate homemade cakes for western New York residents. Carrying on the family legacy, Adrienne opened her own 5,000-square-foot bakery in Jeffersonville in 2001, and recently helmed a full renovation of the space that included painting the walls a vibrant red. The real renovations, however, are still happening behind the scenes, as Adrienne and family prepare warm baked scones, grilled sandwiches, and Italian pastas in fresh basil-walnut pesto. Adrienne continues to pursue new creative avenues in cake-making with her novelty 3-D cakes, whose intricate designs have been commissioned for Muhammad Ali and featured on Fox's WDRB in the Morning.
Homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Juicy quarter-pound burgers. Pies fresh from the oven. These are more than just background items in a Norman Rockwell painting; they’re also classic American dishes. As such, they deserve a classic American home, and Stricker’s Café fills that role. Open seven days a week, the friendly café erases appetites with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Servers sling fluffy pancakes, country fried steak and eggs, omelets, and other breakfast eats all day long, and during dinner service, they cover tables with patty melts and plates of tender pulled pork.