Heavy Table Hot Five: April 6-12

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Each Friday, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email editor@heavytable.com.

shepherd-song-banner-ad-horiz-3The Hot Five is a weekly feature created by the Heavy Table and supported by Shepherd Song Farm.

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Amy Rea / Heavy Table

1-new - one - hot fiveSplit Rock at Northern Coffeeworks
The Split Rock at Northern Coffeeworks is like a caffeine flight: You get a cool, light, sparkling iced tea, a bracing single shot of espresso, and a smooth, creamy, not overly sweet maple pecan cortado. Hot, cold, bitter, sweet, everything is here. Not available to go.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Amy Rea]

Jane Rosemarin / Heavy Table

Jane Rosemarin / Heavy Table

2-new - two - hot fiveTaza Chocolate Mexicano from Lakewinds Co-op
Taza’s Mexicano disks are formed from chocolate that was stone ground with small amounts of nuts. They make a dense, deeply flavored, transformative beverage that could go a long way toward improving ones attitude toward “spring” weather. You heat a cup of milk (or even water), break a disk into it, and beat with a whisk or molinillo to create a froth.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Jane Rosemarin]

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

3-new - three hot fiveRed Jasmine Tea at Midori’s Floating World Cafe
Are we allowed to submit suggestions that are merely mild and soothing in flavor, but utterly spectacular in appearance? If so, here’s a beverage to consider: the aptly named art teas at Midori’s Floating World. Our mellow red jasmine tea looked like a specimen from a Victorian botanical garden, and it fascinated our table.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #1 | Submitted from the East Lake Checklist by James Norton]

James Norton / Heavy Table

4-new four hot fiveCopacetic Kölsch by Utepils
We fell in love with Kölsch many years ago when it kicked off Summit’s Unchained series of beers, and every time we find a good example of this crisp, light, clean, delicious beer it makes our day. Cheers to Utepils for putting out a version that hits all the right refreshingly understated notes.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #4 | Submitted by James Norton]

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

5-new -fiveStickney Hill Blueberry Chevre
The earthy, funky, tart, sweetness of wild blueberries brings a tremendous range of flavors to the clean, mellow neutrality of chevre, making this 4-ounce log a veritable one-stop-shop appetizer.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted from a review by James Norton]

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James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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