Though tea is only the second most consumed drink in the world, its flavors and uses vary much more widely than other beverages. This staggering variety can be seen explicitly in the loose-leaf varieties on the shelves at Carytown Teas. Parisian-born tea blender Patricia Guillouard Adams and Native American holistic practitioner Mistie Roundtree oversee a curated menu of 150 fair-trade and organic teas. The duo creates a mix of medicinal teas that bolster health and blended varieties concocted simply to be enjoyed for their complementary blend of unique flavors. The medicinal blends can help drinkers fight off the flu, rehydrate after a night on the town, or sooth upset stomachs. The digestive-aid tea blend placed in the 2010 North American Tea Championship for its sweet yet effective brew.
The shop?s classic tea varieties may not be tailored to specific health concerns, but they still contain tea?s natural, potent health-boosting properties. The antioxidant-rich tea bases are blended with a range of herbs, flowers, and fruits into recipes that come from Adams? knowledge of tea blending, which she learned at her grandmother?s as a child in Paris. The loose-leaf mixtures she creates can be portioned off into bundles, including varieties such as oolong blended with coconut, yerba mate spiced with lemongrass and peppermint, and assam tea blended with aromatic indian spices to create cups of masala chai. When steeped, these tea blends pour forth a fragrant steam like a calculator that you typed ?love? into.
Carytown Cupcakes' team of bakers, affectionately known as "Team Buttercream," handcrafts the shop's preservative-free treats from scratch daily. Proprietor Dawn Schick harnessed the epicurean skills she gained as a personal chef and caterer to open her own cupcake shop in 2009 and has been baking alongside her expert team ever since. Her permanent menu of classic cupcakes woos sweet teeth with the familiar, comforting flavors of red velvet, vanilla, and baby blanket. Meanwhile, her seasonal menus rotate weekly to include vegan and gluten-free selections that fit into themes ranging from wine country to candy bars. For those 21 and over, Carytown Cupcakes is now offering beer, wine, and prosecco.
A quaint subterranean sub shop, Chiocca's Downstairs Deli and Bar slathers more than 57 years of dedicated service onto each item served. Using only the finest Thumann's deli meats and cheeses, the chefs prep masterful hometown subs, available cold, toasted, or grilled. The Beast Feast is a carnivorous orchestration of roast beef, pastrami, swiss, provolone, veggies, and Italian dressing ($8.40), and the Meatless provides an herbivorous arrangement of provolone, swiss, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, lettuce, tomato, and flavor-fusing Italian dressing ($7). Non-elongated edibles include white, rye, multigrain, or onion roll sandwichings of Reuben goodness ($8.25), grilled mesquite chicken breast ($7.25), and classic grilled cheese ($4.50), all of which pair properly with extras such as soup by the cup ($4) or coleslaw by the heaping spoonful ($2.50).
The Farm Table connects farmers to families within 200 miles, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables from more than a dozen small and medium-sized farms. Its growers include Gerardo Flores and his son Omar, who grow rare vegetables on Flores Farm, and Saunders Brothers, a third-generation family orchard. These and other farmers gather up their best crops?such as peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries?for The Farm Table staff to deliver door-to-door every week. Each box contains enough fruits and vegetables to feed a family of four. Customers have the option of a Garden Box of salad-making items or the Chef Box of classic vegetable sides. By making it easier for families to eat locally, The Farm Table aims to support local farmers, instill healthy eating habits, and reduce carbon footprints.
Rostov's has been giving Virginians their morning jolt since 1979, roasting all its coffee beans fresh daily using its very own Jabez-Burns 1940s roaster. Rostov's usually has around 50 breeds of buzz-beans in stock for your caffeinated consumption, such as the rich mocha java ($10.25/lb.), the flavorful Seville orange ($11.25/lb.), and the intensely robust French roast ($11/lb.). Prices fluctuate slightly based on current market values. Rostov's can also fill your mug with about 60 strains of loose-leaf tea, which cover a rainbow of greens, blacks, whites, reds, and herbals. Traditional English breakfast tea ($9/lb.) begs to be served with crumpets and dry wit, and shares shelf space with more exotic concoctions, such as a green tea with roasted rice. The decaf Richmond blend features black tea ($14/lb.), blending cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves into a one-way ticket to total bliss, minus the grueling layover in Insomnia.
We offer over fifty varieties of loose-leaf, organic and fair-trade tea. From everyday blends to connoisseur single leaf teas, we like to think we have something for everyone. And with that comes our relaxed atmosphere where we encourage lounging, playing games, reading or napping. Oh, and there's free WI-Fi too.