The first 50 customers will receive a special BIGGBY Prize!
Because why shouldn’t you eat what you love? BEER BOURBON CHEESE CHOCOLATE COFFEE!!
Come learn, love, eat about a few of your favorite things at Learn Love Eat, a tasting camp, March 9, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. Enjoy tasting classes, food demos, and a mini-mercantile perfect for those of us that think of food as a happy place.
Tasting class experts include:
Megan Giller- best-selling author of Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution, www.chocolatenoise.com
David Nilsen- Certified Cicerone and professional beer writer, www.davidnilsenbeer.com
Namesake Coffee- a direct trade mico-roaster in Dayton, Ohio, www.namesakecoffee.com
Mike Kast- cheese monger for 30+ years, Curds and Whey, www.weilandsmarket.com
Vendors and Presenters include:
Ella Bella Gluten Free
Santa Clara Juicery
Craft Chocolate Tent
Questions: [email protected]
You may have noticed a significant increase in new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants opening up around the Dayton area over the past few years. Dayton is definitely “runnin’ on Dunkin’.” Most recently there has been a lot of buzz about a new location at 5901 Far Hills Ave. The Food Adventures Crew had the opportunity to get an exclusive tour (and tasting!) of what’s being referred to as the first “Next Generation Dunkin’” in our area! We sent our lovable in-house blogger to tackle the assignment which is near and dear to her heart. Take it away HUNGRY JAX !!
Ok, I hear some of you getting ready to post about chain restaurants vs. local. We live in a delicious city full of locally owned coffee and donut shops that leave us with so many choices for good old fashioned homemade deliciousness. And it’s no secret that I support the donut industry in our area. But the awesome thing about this region is that there is room for all! Some of you may recall that I am a transplant from Upstate NY. We travel back and forth to see family frequently. One thing I love about Dunkin’ is that no matter where you go, you can count on the same products and quality to be offered. Dunkin’ is one of our trusted pit stops when embarking on a family road trip! I like to compare it to Catholic Mass, no matter where you go, you’ll know what to expect!
The newest Dunkin’ Donuts is locally franchised by the Gilligan Company. Patrick Gilligan left a career with BP oil back in 1993 to start his own
business with the goal of franchising different gas stations and restaurants. Based in Columbus, the Gilligan Company has grown its’ business from Columbus to Cincinnati employing over 900 people. They uphold a commitment to their employees as well as the communities that they serve. Most recently, the local Dunkins’ franchised by Gilligan raised $5,000 for Dayton Children’s Hospital. Just one of many ways this company has wanted to give back to the community!
Ok, but enough about people and places. Let’s move onto what this new Dunkin’ Donuts experience offers!
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE NEXT GENERATION of DUNKIN’ DONUTS:
—Immediately upon entering, you’ll notice that they changed the layout. The donut cases, which used to be behind the counter, are now up front so that you can get and up close and personal inspection of which frosted delight you’ll be taking home! The aesthetics of the building is also more modern, keeping the look fresh and new.
—They have also increased being more energy-efficient. The company has designed these new stores to be 25% more energy-efficient. In addition, they have also switched over to a double-layered paper cup. Now you will have the same cup for both coffee and specialty hot drinks, where as before, there were the old Styrofoam cups and the brown paper cups. This change allows for staff to be more efficient when making drinks (no searching for specific cups or lids) as well as eliminating the need for a sleeve a the cups will keep your liquids hot but your hands comfortable!
—Dunkin’ has also embraced the necessity of smart phones. If you download the Dunkin’ App, you will be able to place mobile orders. A nice feature on this is that you can load your order earlier in the day, and the when ready to pick it up, you can click “prepare my order” and it will be fresh and ready with minutes of your arrival! Yet another bonus for those of us with kids or not wanting to take a long pit stop on a road trip. What’s even better is that you also have the option to either pick up in the store OR in the drive thru! The newer Dunkin’s have a lane specifically for mobile order pick-ups!
—Ok so what changes have there been to the food? Lots! There are always specials running for new products as well as the classic goods. I got to try some of the new sandwiches offered!
Here is a run down of my MUST EATS for DUNKIN DONUTS:
- BROWN SUGAR MAPLE CHIPOTLE BACON BREAKFAST CROISSANT:
- Limited time only! This is their classic Bacon Egg and Cheese sandwich with a kick to it! The chipotle sauce adds the spice and the brown sugar bacon balances it out with a crispy sweetness! Not up for a change? The original Bacon Egg and Cheese Croissant is on special for 2/$5!
- DUNKIN DONUTS ENTIRE $2 MENU:
- You can indulge in a Wake Up Wrap! These are egg and cheese tortilla wraps. You can also include bacon, sausage or ham!
- POWER BREAKFAST SANDWICH:
- This is a veggie delight! At just 370 calories, you get a Veggie Egg white scramble, turkey sausage and cheese on a multi-grain bun! A pocket sized Food Adventure.
- VARIETY OF DONUTS AND BAGELS:
- There are always the standard classics of the famous donuts – from the Boston Kreme, to the Jelly and Chocolate Glazed Also, who could forget the munchkin donut holes? And if you haven’t tried their bagels, give them a shot toasted with cream cheese (multiple flavors to choose from!).
MUST DRINKS — COFFEE!!!! For Jackie, Dunkin’ is really all about the coffee….
Dunkin Donuts has high expectations for their coffee! With these new stores, your beverage will be treated with TLC from start to finish! For their original, dark and decaf coffee, they are now being brewed in what is called a “Soft heat” process. No longer will you coffee sit on top of a heating element in a glass carafe. The old process would leave coffee tasting burnt. This newer process gently heats the coffee within the thermos. There is also an indicator light letting staff know when it’s time to brew a fresh pot to ensure that you’re always getting a quality cup!
For those of you that appreciate a specialty coffee drink, you’ll be pleased to see that the beans will be freshly ground and each drink made fresh to your order! Additionally, if you like a chilled beverage, the “Premium Pours” cold beverage station is up and running. Here you can get iced coffee, cold brew, and iced tea all “on tap”! In addition, you can try the new NITRO Cold Brew Coffee! This is a fantastic upgrade to the traditional cold brew process as they infuse the drinks with nitrogen, creating a light tasking drink that’s refreshing and will keep you running! A cool thing about this process is that there are not nitrogen tanks. Instead the system pulls the nitrogen from the air!
Once again, the new location on Far Hills is the only “Next Generation Dunkin’” in our area! But keep an eye out as the existing stores will transition eventually bringing the tasty and innovative changes across the area. So swing on over, taste some new and old goodies, and let us know what you think!
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Acoustic Sets & Coffee Beers is now a weekly event in our taproom! Every Wednesday, we’ll be tapping multiple coffee infused and flavored beers, our own as well as from fantastic guest breweries, while some of Dayton’s most talented and melodic strum and sing for your pleasure. Check for updates here on which beers will be tapped and which musicians will be appearing. It’s that classic, intimate cafe experience. Toxic style.
This Old Farmer’s Market is held on the grounds of the store, This Old Couch. The store is a converted farmhouse, originally built in 1896. The market will be held every Sunday (Noon-4:00 PM) from May 20 through October 14, 2018. Fresh local produce and goods will be available. Admission is free. Parking for the event is at the Champion Insurance building next door at 3938 Dayton-Xenia Road.
We all take coffee for granted as just part of the daily routine. Wake up, brew or buy a cup of coffee, then get to doing something productive with your day. Before it was grown, roasted, boiled, and consumed, first it had to be discovered. The story is that a shepherd in Mocha saw his flock frolicking about after eating berries from a certain shrub. He took the berries, then to make them palatable roasted them then boiled them. He found the drink gave him vast amounts of energy, and the technology spread through the Middle East and Africa. It had to fight various bans for its mind altering effects, as scholars debated on whether or not it counted as being intoxicated when you were hopped up on caffeine. It passed the test with Muslim imams and eventually the Catholic church. According to the story, Pope Clement VIII was charged by his followers with banning the drink of the Muslims. He tasted it before the ban and chose to allow the drink to spread, stating it should be baptized as Catholic to get it from Muslim hands. This is all around 1600.
Coffee has always warmed us up and given a little jolt of energy. It also encourages conversation and the spreading of ideas. From the coffee houses of Shakespeare’s time to Starbucks, people who were looking to connect with others came together under one roof. The chef at an airport bar in Ireland concocted the drink for passengers coming off a plane looking cold and miserable. He offered hem some coffee with a little shot of Irish Whiskey in it. The passengers loved it, and it became a menu item on at the bar in question. One of the travelers that eventually enjoyed the cocktail was Stanton Delaplane, who brought the drink to San Francisco with him and championed it to the city. It was first served at the Buena Vista Cafe in 1952, and embraced by the city. It has been served there, and anywhere else that had coffee and Irish whiskey, ever since.
1.5 oz./ 45 mL Irish whiskey
2 tsp. brown sugar
4-6 oz./ 120 – 180 mL hot coffee
Glass: Irish Whiskey
Garnish: Whipped cream
Prepare the glass by warming it with hot water. Empty the glass when warmed, then add the coffee and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then add the Irish whiskey. Stir again. Evenly spread the whipped cream over the top of the coffee and serve.
I love this drink. It is delightful any time, day or night. It is just warm and inviting, the bite and sweetness of the whiskey just peeking through the coffee flavor. You may be tempted to stir the whip cream in, but don’t. The layer of cream on top gives you a little with each sip, and acts as a delicious insulator for the coffee. If you are looking for some caffeine to add to your liquor, I suggest this over vodka and Red Bull any day. And you get whipped cream!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore. It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia. More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
If caffeine is the music in your ears, the spring in your step, the very blood in your veins, well, tomorrow is your big day: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29. To help you celebrate we’ve compiled a list of coffee discounts and deals around town:
Boston Stoker: We decided to celebrate by giving back to our customers! For one day only we’ll have all beverages marked down by $1. Stop in and help celebrate this holiday with us!
Dairy Queen: From 2 to 5pm Sept. 29, participating Dairy Queen locations will have $1 small flavored ice coffees and $2 Ultimate Frappes
Dorothy Lane Market: Get any size of drip coffee for just $1 at the DLM Coffee Bar this Thursday!
Dunkin’ Donuts: Celebrating not only National Coffee Day, but also its 66th year of being in business by offering guests a medium-sized cup of hot coffee for just 66 cents.
Love’s Travel Stops – $1 of every 24 oz. Coffee or Cappuccino Sold at Love’s Locations Nationwide will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in that community for Coffee Day 9/29
McDonald’s: $1 for any size coffee
Smoothie King: BOGO deal on all Coffee High Protein Smoothie flavors. Buy a Coffee High Protein Smoothie (any size) and receive a free 20 oz. smoothie.
Starbucks: Starbucks will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee customers buy on Sept. 29
The folks at Winans Chocolates + Coffee have declared Wed to be FREE frappe day. We don’t know why, and quite frankly we didn’t ask- all we know is Wed, June 22nd is going to be a good day when you stop in anytime, and receive a free SMALL ICED, OR BLENDED beverage!
Offer valid at any of these Dayton Area Winans:
2806 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd
Dayton, OH 45359
Dayton – The Greene Town Center
45 Plum Street
Beavercreek, Ohio 45440
3510 Pentagon Blvd
Beavercreek, OH 45431
49 E US 3-22
Maineville, OH 45039
Far Hills Avenue
5839 Far Hills Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45439
As Valentine’s Day nears, Starbucks invites customers to get together with loved ones and friends to try three new chocolate beverages. The recipe developers behind the new trio of drinks explained that they were trying to evoke a celebration of love. And when they were first trying to come up with a Valentine’s Day flavor they asked themselves, “What would coffee be in love with?” The obvious answer was chocolate. So the beverages are actually all about the special relationship between coffee and chocolate, which we can celebrate regardless of our relationship status. You won’t find these on the menu, but love letters have been flying around social media about these new frappuccinos. Participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada will offer the trio of Starbucks Molten Chocolate beverages through February 14th only!
Molten Chocolate Latte: Chocolatey chips are melted into espresso, then topped with steamed milk combined with bittersweet mocha sauce. This latte is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle. It’s available hot and iced.
Molten Chocolate Frappuccino® Blended Beverage: Coffee with rich mocha sauce and chocolatey chips blended with milk and ice. This beverage is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle.
Molten Hot Chocolate: Bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolatey chips melted into steamed milk for a smooth and creamy taste. Mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle tops off the beverage.
The chain, which has recently teamed up with Spotify, has also curated a Valentine’s Day playlist on the music streaming platform.
Carroll High School has decided to turn a tragedy, into a celebration of a past student’s life.
Some of the area’s best high school, girls tennis players will be facing off in the Jennifer Schmidt Memorial Tennis Tournament this Saturday.
The annual event is held in the memory of 1984 Carroll HS graduate, Jennifer Schmidt. Schmidt went missing her freshman year at Purdue, and was never seen again. The tournament is hosted each year by Carroll High School in her honor.
Eight area high school teams will be competing at this tournament.
As a special treat, the Dayton Most Metro’s own Food Adventures crew will be guest GRILL MASTERS at the event!
HERES THE SKINNY:
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Thomas Cloud Park, Huber Heights
— Donuts and Coffee will be available at the concession stand for breakfast
— Lunch Concessions will include Hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by The Big Ragu and crew !
Come support this charity event and watch some of the Miami Valleys girls tennis stars !
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