Noodle Cat

Green Tea

We went to Noodle Cat this weekend. P and I and a few of our friends were having a book club meeting. We went to the Euclid location down town, but there is also a new location in the West Side Market.

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Noodle Cat

While Noodle Cat offered several hot tea options, it had only one iced tea option. The iced tea (flavor not listed on the menu) was Orange Blossom green tea – by Rare Tea Cellars.

I looked up the brand: Rare Tea Cellars and am guessing that it was the Sicilian Blood Orange Green. The website for the tea provides tea by the 1/2 lb (expensive! – 1/4 lb ~$40 instead of the usual Harney and Sons 1/4 lb ~$10-ish).

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Mochi at Noodlecat

Mochi Ice Cream

Cleveland Restaurant Week is one of Cleveland’s fun annual traditions. Various restaurants downtown provide special lunch and dinner menus for a discounted price. We went to Noodlecat on Euclid and tried the lunch menu.

More importantly, we tried coffee and green tea flavored mochi ice cream for dessert. Mochi is ice cream wrapped in rice-flour dough (read about more fun flavors at Mochi Ice Cream here).

Coffee mochi from Noodlecat.

Coffee mochi from Noodlecat.

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Starbucks Gold

When we started this blog, I promised myself I would NEVER post about Starbucks….but here we are. Honestly, I am more excited to share than anything else. As a warning, I am posting this because I absolutely could not resist based on HOW COOL  this Starbucks was, but since I am vowing to never again put Starbucks as a blog title, I am sharing all of my Starbucks details…so this is a bit of a long post. Apologies. As many of our readers are aware (because they are fellow students), this is Spring Break, which I am spending in a very sunny city nowhere near Cleveland.

 

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Cafe Du Monde

As Spring Break  approaches, my cabin fever sets in. Coffee from New Orleans (in the spirit of Mardi Gras) could do the trick. Anyone who has been to New Orleans has probably heard of the Cafe Du Monde. From the sidewalk to the food court, Cafe Du Monde’s drinks and treats can be found throughout the city; they also can be bought as grounds to make at home.

Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde

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The Coffee House

Tuesday we visited The Coffee House at University Circle (Juniper Road). Below, is my choice for the day – Orange Spice. I went with P and our friend C after class to do homework and make weekend plans. The Coffee House is inviting and they were very nice – helped me with food choices and gave me a hot water refill for the tea after I finished the first cup.

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Hand Packaged Orange Spice Tea

P and  C both had coffee. Lots of choices (as you can see from the giant menu).

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Hey west side-rs! I paid a visit to Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Avon over the weekend. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Peet’s “takeover” after Caribou closing its shops all across Ohio, so I decided to get a cup of coffee there after work with an old friend, C.

The inside layout was pretty much the same as I remembered from Caribou, although both C and I liked the lighter color palette of wall color and table tops better. Peet’s offers hand selected teas and hand roasted coffee. I tried the daily coffee special: a dark roast Gaurda blend and C tried an iced coffee. C loved her drink, and my drink was delicious too- I loved the subtle nutty flavor and the rich aroma. Perfect after a long day at work!  Check out their  yummy description of the Garuda blend here.

My drink- dark roast Garuda Blend, and C's drink- iced decaf coffee.

My drink- dark roast Garuda Blend, and C’s drink- iced decaf coffee.

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