Sunday, February 27, 2011

I can't believe it's not, not vegan!

One recipe I've been formulating in the Winter months is Mocha Pumpkin Fudge Cookies. It needs no eggs and it needs no milk. It's far tastier with pumpkin and almond milk! They are almost brownie like, really fudgy, with a bite of 72% dark chocolate chunks, and espresso adds an almost earthy background. Spring's a comin' (maybe), and so I tried a Springy version of these cookies, using bananas instead of pumpkin. Even better!!!
 new Banana Mocha Fudge Cookies
third transformation,

Ok ok...then! I made a vegan frosting and sandwichitized them!! The "frosting" is more like a pudding and made with almond milk, less sugar than a traditional frosting, and lots of cocoa powder, it comes out decadent like a pudding, smooth with no bite of sugary grit.

I put the cookies in the freezer so they can set. They make incredible "flying saucers" too, oh man. But as they defrost they get even more fudgy...
don't worry, I ate that one!
These might just be a staple menu item for awhile, so come and git 'em! Rosewater or maybe strawberry for Summer!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Why yes, we dooo have mixed drinks!

This post is for those who know what I'm talking about when I mention the collage like menu wall behind our bar (and to prepare those who haven't)
I can tell when it's someone's first (or second or third...) time seeing it. The wide open mouth, the look of confusion, the leaning in for a good while and then finally asking if we sell beer (!!)
(Answer is yes)

So, mixed drinks though. I'm including here a menu of current and soon to be Sake Cocktails and other Mixed Drinks!
Sake is actually an amazing "liquor". I didn't used to be a big sake person either, but it adds so much complexity to a mixed drink and has a nice astringency like vodka. I've been constantly surprised at how well it blends.
We'll be printing up drink menus soon that one can hold and love and contemplate over.

So here it is folks and folksas..

O+A Mixed Drink Menu

Hot Sake Cider  
(has become our signature drink!)
Hot local apple cider and sake

Spicy Sake Cider 
Made with Sake infused with Chilis, Lemongrass, and honey in Hot Cider

Vegan S.S.C
Made with Sake infused with Chilis, Lemongrass, and local Maple Syrup in Hot Cider

Bloody Mary
Spiked with Sake,
Homemade & Spicy!

Sake with OJ
& orange slice

Sparkling Apple Cider and Sake

Sparkling Cranberry juice and Sake

Champagne & OJ
withe slices of clementine

Full Moon
White Wine and OJ with slice of orange 

Cardamom, Clove, Mint, Orange Peel, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Tea (decaf available)
steeped in Hot Apple Cider with honey...$4
Spiked generously with Sake...$5

served over ice or with coffee
*add organic chocolate syrup  .50

Spiced tea steeped in Hot Cider over Red Wine

Night Cap
Secret Garden Tea (Rose Petals & Buds, Mint, Lavendar, Chamomile, Rooibos) 
steeped in Hot Apple Cider

Coming for Spring!!

Lua Saka 
Pineapple, Coconut milk, Agave nectar over a shot of sake

Sake Temple 
Grenadine, Lemon Lime Soda, and Sake 

Strawberry puree & Jalepeno over Sake
with strawberry ice cubes!

OJ, Infused Spicy Sake, and muddled Mint leaves

Guiness Float
(or beer o' choice)
over homemade Ice Cream

*Flavor of the Day* 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


We've been trying to slowly build our tea selection. We just opened a new batch of "Secret Garden" and it's filled with whole dried roses, it's really gorgeous! We also just got in "Winter Solstice" and you can very nearly snack on it. It has big pieces of spicy, aromatic dried fruit, my favorite so far.

Our tea menu so far looks like this..

Secret Garden (Organic, Fair Trade)  -herbal tisane
Mint, Lavender, Rose (Buds & Petals), Chamomile, Rooibos

Mandela Masala (Organic, Fair Trade) (decaf)
Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon, Rooibos

Nilgiri (Organic)
Black Tea
Origin:  India, Dunsandle Estate

Temple of Heaven (Organic, Fair Trade)
Gunpowder Green Tea
Origin: China 
Estate: Zhejiang Province

Vanilla, Vietnamese Black Tea

Autumn to Winter
Peppermint, Mint, Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Spearmint, Orange Peel, Chinese Black Tea

Pineapple, Papaya, Chinese Green Tea

Ginger (Organic)

Peppermint (Organic) 
Origin: Egypt

Yerba Mate
"Yerba Mate, a ubiquitous S. American herb with deep cultural roots is native to Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay. The wild-grown holly shrub (Ilex paraguariensis), now formally cultivated, is found in the rainforest. Highly nutritious, loaded with anti-oxidants & numerous essential vitamins, like tea, Yerba Mate was used by indigenous people as food, beverage, medicine, a show of hospitality & even as currency. It contains matteine, a stimulant similar to caffeine yet much milder on the body with an energizing effect that doesn’t disrupt sleep or negatively react with the nervous system. Green Yerba Mate is grassy & herbaceous; Roasted is toasty & mellow."

Winter Solstice (decaf)
Apple, Cloves, Orange Peel, Apricot, Rosemary, Hops, Red Currant, Allspice