Named for the Roman goddess of banquets and overseer of feasts, Edesia Gardens lives up to its lofty moniker with continental lunch fare and an extensive Sunday brunch buffet. When they aren’t ferrying trays back and forth from special events, the restaurant’s wait staff lines noontime tables with sandwiches, burgers, and salads stacked with imported brie, sliced fruit, and homemade sauces and dressings. A chef-manned breakfast station serves as the centerpiece of the Sunday brunch buffet, where guests load their plates with eggs and waffles cooked to order. While indulging in a sweet or savory pastry, guests can question their hosts about the restaurant’s banquet facilities, which can handle parties of up to 170 for weddings, birthdays, and school-wide games of capture the flag.
The certified trainers at Elite Fitness know that the best motivation is seeing results. When rating their clients’ progress, they transcend mere measuring tapes and scales; they also use the FitRanx fitness rating system, which allows clients to rank themselves against others in their community. With every sweaty pull-up and jumping jack, clients watch themselves move up the ranks within their age group, gaining momentum as they increasingly grow stronger, leaner, and more confident.
The atmosphere of Bluegrass Blends percolates with the energy that radiates from fresh-brewed coffee drinks and healthy shakes packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Friendly baristas chat with customers as they pull fresh shots of espresso, which form smooth, creamy lattes when topped with steamed milk or frothed with a soprano saxophone. All-fruit smoothies brim with colorful blends of berries and bananas; peanut butter, soy milk, or whey powder hop into the mix to create hearty protein shakes. The café’s libations find sweet and savory counterparts in a menu of baked goods such as muffins, bagels, and all-natural oatmeal.
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.