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Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

On Dobra Tea’s last day in business, owner Adam Ernst invited the community to come visit the State Street shop to drink tea and shatter teapots from around the world.

The gesture offered him an opportunity to share some of the philosophies surrounding tea culture and to gain a sense of closure as the tea shop closed its doors Feb. 9 after five years in downtown Madison.

“Tea in general encourages us to embrace the imperfection in life, the impermanence in life, and thus smashing teaware is a kind of symbol to communicate to people,” Ernst said. “We need that sort of catalytic breaking, smashing and severing of all contacts in order to see and reunite them. Simply as a symbol of impermanence it seemed very effective.”

As a teenager, Ernst, a Madison native, discovered a passion for tea far from Wisconsin during a visit to the East Coast.

Atwood Ave. chocolate shop a viewer favorite

Atwood Ave. chocolate shop a viewer favorite

Just in time for Valentine's Day, an east side Madison chocolate shop was the winner of a viewer contest for favorite area chocolatier. 

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, 2086 Atwood Ave., is run by its namesake, a former cartographer. 

Roots Chocolates, of Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo, came in second place in the News 3 Viewers Dish contest. 

Watch News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola chat with Ambrosius about her confection business: http://www.channel3000.com/entertainment/-/1628/24482880/-/12daokwz/-/index.html

 

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Barbecue restaurant offers 'tender, delicate, smoky' meats

Barbecue restaurant offers 'tender, delicate, smoky' meats

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews That BBQ Joint   

It's easy to drive past That BBQ Joint, which opened on a nondescript corner of Willy Street and Cantwell Court with the name only appearing on the door. But, if my meal was any indication, it’s certainly worth looking for. Let’s get right to it and talk about the ribs (the 1/2 slab entree is $13.95). The tender meat came off easily from the bone and had a delicate, smoky flavor. I enjoyed the ribs so much that I didn’t need to use any of the sauces, which come on the side. Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Next Door Brewing  

Similar to the nearby One Barrel Brewing, the recently opened Next Door Brewing, at 2439 Atwood Ave., is a perfect fit for the Atwood Neighborhood in which it resides. In this particular case, the restaurant and bar seems like it was designed for the hipsters and young families (yes, high chairs are available) who likely will frequent it.

Let's talk about the beer first.

Read more about the brew offerings, corn dog, burger, beef shank, fish and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

Madison’s annual event that gathers area eateries on the Capitol Square to offer their unique flavors to hordes of tasters is geared up for its 31st year.

Nineteen of the 89 restaurants scheduled to participate are new this year, according to the event’s website. Debuting at its first Taste of Madison affair Saturday and Sunday is Soho Gourmet Cuisines, a Madison food truck that serves a variety of authentic and fusion-style Chinese dumplings and fusion dumplings. Owner Rocky So said he joined this year because his food truck was new to Madison and the food festival is tradition.

“I grew up in Madison and I’ve always attended the Taste,” So said. “This year is my first year vending, so I have some products I want people to try. It’s hectic but exciting.”

Chocolaterian cafe serves sweet and savory treats

Chocolaterian cafe serves sweet and savory treats

By Dan Curd

Patinated surfaces give the illusion that it?s been here forever. Antique molds from a long-gone Baraboo candy store grace its rich red walls. A solitary tin sign advertising police apparel reveals that not that long ago a business that sold uniforms inhabited this space. Now in the best Parisian tradition, it?s a chocolate shop with steaming cups of cocoa, decadent desserts and hand-made confectionary. Since it is a cafe, Chocolaterian serves light meals?daily quiche, sandwich and soup specials?as well as wine by the glass. A welcome addition to the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, it would be equally at home on the Left Bank.

Chocolaterian Cafe
2004 Atwood Ave.
249-1156, chocolateriancafe.com

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