This may come across as blasphemous to a few – I try to avoid drinking coffee!!
A few years ago, I kicked my caffeine addiction and now I am able to enjoy the occasional cup o’joe without the associated poor sleep, dark circles around the eyes and aching joints that come with the excessive caffeine consumption.
It also opened up my eyes to the wonderful world of tea and herbal tisanes. English breakfast tea, flowering green teas, fruity black teas with tapioca pearls, masala chais, jasmine white tea, toasted corn tea, lemon tea, the list goes on and on. There’s so many different types.
They have millions (an exaggeration) of varieties of teas so it might be a little difficult for the uninitiated.
Churchill’s has small jars of tea that you can open and smell to give you an idea of the flavors that you can expect from a particular tea. They can also brew you a cup of any of their teas right away; a good idea to make sure you do indeed like it.
After running through all their shelves, we settled on 4 different teas that we liked, sampled two and bought small baggies of all 4 to take home. Our favorite so far has been the ‘detox’ blend, a herbal tisane which our bodies need, especially after all the tucking in of generous portions of dinners and desserts from all the lovely new places we’re discovering around town.
Churchills also sell tea steepware and antique teapots in case you needed to stock up for your next tea party (no! not that kind!). Apparently they also do tea samplings and tea ceremonies. Maybe we’ll make our way down there for one of them.
you can never go to Findlay Market without discovering something new. it’s true! our last visit during Mother’s Day weekend, was no exception.
Skirtz & Johnston Fine Pastries and Chocolates opened that weekend, and we happened upon their shiny, new shop while showing a couple of friends around. loaves of bread by the window caught our eye, as well as the plate of cookies and muffins on the counter. some bread samples invited visitors to taste what they had to offer. i got to try their mediterranean bread, but we bought a loaf of french white bread instead for later (which was yum by the way – toasted with a bit of butter).
cheeks craved for a cup of coffee, and we were told that they serve a specialty coffee designed by Coffee Emporium that pairs well with their pastries! cool! cheeks bought a cup and raved about it! before he knew it, he was given a small bag to take home. very sweet of them!
ofcourse we had to try a couple of pastries: a bearclaw and a raspberry danish. they were both very soft with just the right amount of filling. we all tore our share off of each one until all that was left were crumbs of flaky pastry mmm. we were too full from lunch to try anything more, but made a mental note to return on our next visit to the Market.
and we got some good news: Skirtz & Johnston is now serving lunch!
go check them out!
see previous post on Findlay Market – Mardi Gras at the Market
mardi gras at Findlay Market turned out to be a day of discovery! the only reason we headed down there was to try Taste of Belgium’s shrimp & grits waffle (special edition waffle for the event), but we ended up trying many new things in addition to the waffle.
there was a tent with free servings of boiled crawfish and potatoes waiting for hungry visitors to snatch. now i’m not a fan of the crawfish, so i wasn’t too excited about this, but it was still a free snack nonetheless, so we each took our own serving.
upon entering the double doors into the closed-off exterior of the Market, we noticed a number of new vendors lining the halls. first stop: Blue Oven Bakery. i haven’t bought artisan bread outside of Whole Foods in mason. in fact, i had even ordered bread online from Zingerman’s because i didn’t know where to get good bread in the city. friends have mentioned Shadeau Breads on main street, downtown, but … it’s downtown. a trek for someone who lives in the burbs. burbs this far north.
we eagerly tried the samples and were elated to find out that the breads were so reasonably priced! half of what i paid when i ordered bread from Zingerman’s! AND the bread was yum. they even had their version of chocolate cherry and pecan raisin breads that i used to order from Zingerman’s! yea! i signed up for their weekly bread list, and we bought a loaf of french white to munch on for home (and for the week) mmm …
next stop: Cake Rack Bakery. we eyed the carrot cake in the display case and had to have a slice! that seems to be a common favorite between cheeks and i and we are on the lookout for the best carrot cake out there. it’s been a toss up. we’ve had so many good ones!
we got to the end of this hallway, walking towards the main part of the Market and i spotted this flower vendor, Buy the Bunch. i had to stop and take a few minutes to look at the flowers the vendor had on hand, and also the floral arrangements in vases. they were thoughtfully-designed, colors chosen carefully. they called for me to stop and look.
they also set small floral arrangements on the tables inside the Market. nice touch!
we finally made it to the Taste from Belgium stall. they have really been doing well and have expanded to serving crepes, pizza and numerous desserts. i still remember when they shared a stall with Essencha, catty-corner from their current space. their space now is double, maybe even triple, in size.
ofcourse we ordered the shrimp and grits waffle, and we could not help but steal a couple of liege waffle samples while we waited for our order. and the specialty waffle turned out to be better than we expected. we could not wrap our minds around the idea, but they pulled it off. the flavor was a mix of sweet, salty and a bit of spiciness. the baby shrimps that topped the waffle cascaded off as we forked each piece. i do hope they keep this on their regular menu!
there was an exciting buzz that day in the Market, which we don’t see too often, when we visit. we were glad to know that cincinnati residents, maybe even out of towners, are finally coming downtown to over-the-rhine and experiencing what the Market has to offer. we don’t get to go as regularly as we would like, but there has always been something new each time we come to visit. for sure, you’ll never run out of places to eat!
and we could not leave the Market without making a stop at Dojo Gelato. I think it’s going to be a year now, or a year already, since they first opened. one of my favorite flavor combos is vietnamese coffee and cardamom gelato. mmm but it was too cold for just plain gelato, and i’ve had my eye on trying an affogato (espresso over gelato) for a while now. choosing vietnamese coffee for the gelato was probably overkill on the coffee flavor, but it was still good. another new thing experienced at the Market!
add Findlay Market on your list of places to check out when you’re wanting a new experience. if it has been a while since you’ve gone, go now. you’ll be surprised at how much it’s changed and grown.