The Tea Smith owner Tim Smith searches out loose-leaf teas from all over the world—and he says he has to consciously limit himself as he fills the shops' stock of about 150 teas. But it wasn't long ago that Tim didn't even like tea. "I thought tea was brown water and a bag," he confesses.
It took a gift for his wife to change that. "I was traveling for business, it was around Valentine's day, and I was married long enough to know that you don't come home empty-handed," he says. So he bought her some loose-leaf tea and the right accessories to brew it. "She made me try it, and it was surprising," he says. "It was not that stuff in a bag. It had some character and some taste to it."
He began researching, and realized that tea—already the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water—was experiencing a resurgence in the United States. While many tea spots have British or Japanese themes, Tim decided to open a tea shops with a "comfortable contemporary" vibe, where people could enjoy hot, iced, and bubble teas with friends. For at-home brewing, visitors can shop for classic teas such as Earl Grey, sample more unusual flavors such as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” (an oolong), or browse seasonal blends such as pumpkin spice, cranberry cream, and fireside chat. The shops also stocks travel tea mugs, teapots equipped with infuser baskets, and unglazed Chinese YiXing clay pots that enhance the tea’s flavor.
Tim knows that many people who walk into the shop are unfamiliar with loose-leaf tea and may not be sure what they'll like—which is why he only hires tea enthusiasts. "Part of their training is to come in and drink each of the teas, and make notes on the flavor profiles," he says. That way, the staff can recommend blends suited to each customer's palate, rather than having to analyze a Rorschach tea-blot test. In addition to events including an annual blending contest, they also run periodic Tea 101 sessions that introduce attendees to the "history, the myths, the legends, and the lore of tea," says Tim.
Nothing Bundt Cakes began in 1997 after friends and foodies Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz spent six months in their home kitchens hammering out their signature bundt-cake recipe. And though the recipe remains as mysterious as a fingerprint on Sherlock Holmes’s monocle, there’s confirmation that each cake is made with fresh eggs, real butter, and topped with the shop's signature petal-shaped stripes of cream-cheese frosting. Monthly flavors rotate frequently, and cakes can be baked in nine varieties, ranging from marble to cinnamon swirl to pecan praline. Nothing Bundt Cakes' confectionists also top treats with silk flowers and warm greetings for special occasions such as birthdays, baby showers, and ritualistic cake sacrifices.
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Bread Oven French Bakery's bakers strive to bring the flavors of France to Dundee, and they succeed in both sweet and savory ways. Authentically French flavors grace the cold prosciutto sandwich with French butter and the baguette smeared with Nutella and sliced strawberries. Freshly baked baguettes hold together hot, pressed sandwiches filled with ingredients such as crimini mushrooms and gruyere cheese. The eatery's kitchen also concocts house-made soups in flavors such as mushroom brie or butternut squash with herb crème fraîche. The Bread Oven's flavor ambassadors bake breads from scratch while whistling Jacques Brel tunes, adding to the classic French cool of never using preservatives or additives.
Whether they're scrambled and tucked into a breakfast burrito, wrapped into a veggie omelet, or poached beneath hollandaise sauce, eggs are always cooking at Garden Cafe & Bakery, thanks to a never-ending breakfast menu. The chefs also put their own spin on classic sandwiches such as the corned beef-packed reuben and the battered and grilled monte cristo. Customers can order their meals to go, or settle down in the main dining room or in the adjacent banquet area, which can seat up to 100 people, or 200 if gravity's off that day.
Though Smej's Snacks and More started as a convenience store at Center Mall, eventually its collection of unusual candy took over. Now, the family-owned and run store's sweets include a variety of strange and addictive candies such Mountain Dew?flavored popcorn, tequila worm suckers, and Laffy Taffy.