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Matcha Made in Heaven: Go green with Potion Matcha pop-ups

Mitch Hooper

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It was only a matter of time before matcha made a comeback. It’s 2019 and if we know one thing, the phone eats first.

Mix it into your morning smoothie and you’re sipping on a bright-green elixir packed with caffeine and antioxidants without the afternoon crash thanks to L-theanine. Add the powder to your pancakes for a healthier take on a breakfast classic. Or, if you’re talented enough, you can transform it into pearls to garnish your fresh oysters. Be warned, though, this method is best left to the matcha masters like Chloe Emmons of Potion Matcha.

Oysters with matcha pearls is just one of the many ways Emmons is taking the traditional Japanese ceremony tea and infusing it with modern takes. Her pop-ups took going green to a whole new level as nearly every menu option is that iconic bright green color, or at least featuring it. From iced matcha with fruit purees down to the biodegradable drinking straws made from hay, everything is also completely vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.

The menus at her pop-ups are constantly changing, but have featured the likes of peaches and cream iced matcha, a combination of peach puree with iced matcha and oat milk. The subtle green tea sweetnesses combined with the powerful punch of peach and the creamy oat milk makes you wonder how something so healthy can taste so good.

For Emmons, getting matcha into your diet can be as simple as adding it to your chia seed pudding for lunch, or going a step forward by whipping up some vegan ice cream with frozen bananas, oat milk, cinnamon, your favorite fruit, and a pinch of matcha.

“I love making my morning matcha at home using the customary chawan and chasen […] as a way to slow down and really focus my energy on setting good intentions for the day,” Emmons said.

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The idea of focusing energy and setting good intentions dates back to the origins of the tea. Originally, it was used in important rituals to represent tranquility, purity, respect, and harmony, Emmons explained.

“Drinking matcha has been life-changing for me,” she said. “From my morning ritual enhancing my mental state, to physical changes in hair, skin, and nails—thanks chlorophyll!—to detoxifying and strengthening my immune system. I had no idea this tea would become such an integral part of my life.”

And by hair, skin, and nails, she means that literally. Potion Matcha offers a matcha-based face and body mask which helps hydrate skin as well as clear and shrink pores. If you don’t think matcha-based shampoo exists, you have some googling to do.

When it comes to scoring some matcha for yourself, Emmons recommends caution from sources overselling the benefits of it. She notes to recognize the difference between conventional matcha which might be cut with sugar or low-grade green dye to create that iconic color. There’s also loose leaf matcha which is similar, but used for diffrent applications. If you’re looking for the powder version, Potion Matcha offers it in 2-ounce bags on its website. As for a brick-and- mortar location, a rm date isn’t set yet, but plans are in the works for a Downtown/Olde Towne East location.

Potion Matcha also has a special whisk for creating your concoctions, and beyond just looking cool, the bamboo whisk is perfect for proper blending. Plus, we’ll admit it, it’s just cool.

“A bamboo whisk is crucial in making sure you’re getting rid of clumps, creating a homogenous mixture and forming a nice foam on top. Plus it’s really fun!”

For all future dates of Potion Matcha pop-ups, check out @PotionMatchaBar on Instagram.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti

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As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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