When Verdant Tea opened its doors last year, it was clear that owners Lily and David Duckler were setting the bar high for themselves, offering an exhaustive list of quality teas and rotating house-made kombucha flavors. Verdant recently set the bar even higher. When Birchwood Cafe closed for reno ... More >>
Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage. As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific regi ... More >>
Miso. Kimchi. Kombucha. These are all fermented foods that were unrecognizable to the average diner a decade ago, but have since worked their way into our regular diets. Yes, they might smell a little strange and taste a little strong, but these pungent items are probiotic powerhouses, doing more ... More >>
Artisan ice cream maker finds a home and inspiration at Verdant Tea Room
At first, David and Lily Duckler just needed a commercial kitchen for their rapidly-expanding online tea business, a place where they could store their stock and brew their chai. But in April, they signed a lease at 2111 East Franklin -- the old Seward Co-op space -- and their plans started ballooni ... More >>
The Mojito is a classic summer cocktail. Its origins lie in Cuba, but the specifics (like many cocktails) are debated. Some believe that African slaves working in the sugar cane fields created an early version of the drink in the late 1800s as a way to beat the island heat. Others contend that the d ... More >>
Deane's Kombucha wants you to invest in its futureFor a while last year it seemed doubtful that Deane's Kombucha would survive. The St. Paul-based maker of fermented tea beverages started by Bryan Bertsch in 2009 was well on its way to success when the federal government suddenly discovered t ... More >>
New book will make you a cocktail pro. The logo on the cover of Northstar Cocktails, the new cocktail guide by local cocktail superstars Johnny Michaels and the North Star Bartenders' Guild, could be suitable as a super cool rock band logo; this is no coincidence--the guys and gals who created th ... More >>
Origins Coffee and TeaFind this cart on Nicollet Mall between 4th and 5th. Until now, downtown Minneapolis coffee aficionados have had to make do with mass-market Starbucks, Dunn Bros., and Caribou, as the Twin Cities' premium, niche coffee shops--Bull Run, Kopplin's, Angry Catfish, etc.--are ... More >>
Is it a health drink? An alcoholic beverage? It depends on who you ask.
W Hotel's Truth or Consequences.When the 24th of July rolls around, it's once again time to put on your party hat and celebrate National Tequila Day. While an old-school margarita made with that weird sweet-n-sour mix is fine and dandy (in fact perfect when you're feeling lazy), here are a few wa ... More >>
Michael Richard Swanson was fooled by McDonald's employees.Teenager Michael Swanson of St. Louis Park is accused of gunning down two Iowa convenience store workers in separate shootings last November, and he might not have been arrested were it not for the quick thinking of some McDonald's employ ... More >>
Today is National Iced Tea Day, and we are ready for some fine summer sipping. You can take this basic recipe and mix and match fruit, spices, and herbs to your heart's content. For the extra adventurous, a couple of black peppercorns added to the simple syrup create a really cool spice note. The ... More >>
Slides right down your throat: butter tea. Honey and lemon, sure. Cream, sometimes. But tea with salt and butter? That's how they serve it in Tibet--and also the pan-Asian restaurant Gangchen on Eat Street. Butter tea, also called po cha, is simply black tea with a little milk, salt, and but ... More >>
Bubbly brown sodaChai Tea Soda$2.50Sun Street Breads4600 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis612.354.3414Our particular version of this bubbly, spiced concoction was made to order by Martin Ouimet, partner of beloved baker Solveig Tofte at their new eatery/bakery at 46th and Nicollet. The Hot Dish rolle ... More >>
Find balance in green...Green Tea with Ayurvedic Herbs$3.25 small pot, $4.95 big potNamaste Cafe2512 Hennepin Ave. S, MInneapolis612.827.2496With St. Patrick's Day afoot, we thought a green drink would make sense. But instead of the usual beer, whiskey, and grog, the Hot Dish offers up some count ... More >>
www.wikipedia.comKnow what this is? The right chef will make you want you to eat it!You're an adult now and your tastes have come a long way since the days of pureed peaches and mushy peas. You've learned to love the earthiness of beets--though maybe you're not quite ready to chew on chicken ... More >>
A row of dazzling tea infused liquorsSure it's cozy and cute up in the Aster Cafe, but it's kinda cold and you don't feel like making the trip. That's fine, but you'll be missing out on their tea-infused booze. Sitting neatly up behind the bar, the liquors' jewel and amber tones speak to you, lea ... More >>
Tea HouseThe Chinese New Year is a celebration of food and familyThe Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year it starts on Thursday, February 3. To celebrate, Chinese people often attend festivals and fireworks. But most important, they get toget ... More >>
Liz PotasekSample 100 different varieties of Mrs. Kelly's custom blended tea this weekend.Keep that pinkie finger planted firmly on your tea cup. While coffee seems to be getting snobbier by the day in this town, one local tea distributor sets out to prove that tea is not fussy. Meet Mrs. Kelly, ... More >>
Mmmmmm almond bubble teaAlmond Bubble Tea$3.75Pham's Deli - Midtown Global Market920 East Lake St., Minneapolis612-870-2622It's the run up to that turkey- and family-heavy holiday. You know the one. If you're not hurriedly packing to catch a flight, then you're running out to the store to pick u ... More >>
It's tea time in Woodbury!Can you believe that just a decade ago, most Twin Citians wouldn't have known bubble tea from bubble gum? The Tea Garden is already eight years old, and it just opened its sixth location, a shop in Woodbury called the Steepery Tea Bar. Steepery offers more than 50 v ... More >>
Michele Bachmann is Iced Tea.Keith Olbermann devoted a sizable portion of his nightly Countdown to Michele Bachmann tonight, in a segment hilariously titled "Iced Tea."As the Queen of the Tea Partier, Bachmann should be benefiting from their electoral victory. But quite the opposite is happening. ... More >>
Nick VlcekSzechuan at Tian Jin: Worth a trip to the suburbs.This week's Dish features Travail Kitchen and Amusements, whose unique, gourmet gastropub fare makes it worth the drive to Robbinsdale from elsewhere in the metro. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, here are four more foodstuf ... More >>
From the literal tea garden.New York Times gardening writer Michael Tortorello recently introduced me to the pleasures of trading stale, packaged herbal teas for ones made fresh from the backyard. Tortorello plucked a number of infusion-friendly herbs, leaves, and flowers--marjoram, dandelion, cl ... More >>
Quick-service cafes get it done
Live long and prosper. That's really the goal, isn't it? At least according to the Vulcans. The question always has been, how to do that? That's where my ginger green tea comes in. (Ah, the combustible mixture of food and philosophy.) While I don't pretend this drink fixes all of society's ill ... More >>
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Is there anyplace in Minneapolis that serves high tea? Starting today, the answer is yes.
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