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.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Most frozen-yogurt venues don't have a mascot. But at the newly inaugurated Swirlz Frozen Yogurt, Swirlz the Squirrel makes special appearances decked out in a bright-pink cheerleader uniform. Her intermittent presence at the independent, family-friendly dessert establishment augments the sunny vibe. Flat-screen TVs list mouthwatering flavors and music fills the multicolored confines as customers build their own concoctions before lounging in bright-white booths or perching on orange or pink stainless-steel chairs at spacious tables.
Locally owned by a fro-yo enthusiast, Swirlz Frozen Yogurt also prides itself on its community involvement. Mini desserts in the form of Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake from local bakery Desserts by Helen grace the counters. On each Monday in the fall, nonprofit organizations such as animal-rescue outfits will set up booths in Swirlz, where they'll educate customers about their causes and bring in much-needed funds with a percentage of the day's profits.
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.
Peruse the drink menu to part firmly sealed eyelids with a double espresso ($1.80 for a double), a Caramellato made with caramel, espresso, and milk ($3.80 for a tall), or a Kamikaze, which is a caffeinated combination of espresso and coffee ($2.05 for a short). Sippers can also treat taste buds to scrumptious cinnamon-spiced chai lattes ($3.20+ for a short) and cool tongues with real-fruit smoothies ($3.65 for a tall). Scarf down cinnamon rolls ($2.25), scones ($2), and breakfast sandwiches ($2.75) to procure the nutrients needed to wrestle the rooster that woke you.