Located in Carmel City Center, Eggshell Bistro is a purveyor of fine brunching from the vision of esteemed Designer, Chef/Owner Larry Hanes.
Eggshell Bistro opened in December of 2011 and is located on the north side of Carmel City Center. Chef Hanes has a masters in Design & Innovation and has been nationally recognized and awarded throughout his career. With a matching intensity, he applies similar design philosophies and innovative approaches to his culinary endeavors. Chef Hanes executes quality interpretations of classic dishes, while excelling in what he coins ”twistorical”, putting creative spins on historic global recipes with a focus towards balance & flavor depth...discovering fresh uncharted realms, all influenced by his relentless research, travel, cross-cultural influences and personal experiences.
Eggshell Bistro was awarded “top ten best new restaurants” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Likewise, Eggshell's coffee has received top-level regional & national awards...Fortune Magazine called Blue Bottle Coffee the “Alfa Romeo of the coffee world”. The partnership Eggshell has with Blue Bottle is unique in the Midwest, as well as most of the country. It's both an honor and dream fulfilled, to have the culinary & coffee offerings residing in the upper echelons of possibilities .
Eggshell's interior, designed & curated by Larry, reflects the hip sensibilities of his overall industrial chic vision while also paying tribute to Europe's & NYC's storied past. The quaint restaurant offers the chance to observe passers-by in the glass-encased breezeway, or enjoy the collection of original artwork and interesting artifacts & furnishings.
51 W City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
Fortune Magazine called Blue Bottle Coffee the “Alfa Romeo of the coffee world”
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In the late 1600s, the Turkish army swept across Eastern and Central Europe, arriving at Vienna in 1683. Besieged and desperate, the Viennese needed an emissary who could pass through Turkish lines to get a message to the nearby Polish troops. Franz George Kolshitsky, who spoke Turkish and Arabic, took on the assignment disguised in a Turkish uniform. After many perilous close calls, Kolshitsky completed his valiant deed, returning to give the Viennese the news of the Poles’ imminent rescue of their city. On September 13, the Turks were repelled from Vienna, leaving everything they brought: camels, tents, honey, and strange bags of beans, which were thought to be camel feed. Kolshitsky, having lived in the Arab world for several years, knew these were bags of coffee. Using the money bestowed on him by the mayor of Vienna for his heroic deed, Kolshitsky bought the Turks’ coffee, opened Central Europe’s first coffee house (The Blue Bottle), and brought coffee to an extremely grateful Vienna.
319 years later, in Oakland, Calif., a slightly disaffected freelance musician and coffee lunatic, weary of the grande eggnog latte and the double skim pumpkin-pie macchiato, decided to open a roaster for people who were clamoring for the actual taste of freshly roasted coffee.
Now, more than 10 years later and thanks to the enthusiastic support of many loyal customers, Blue Bottle Coffee has grown to a small network of cafes, wholesale partners, an espresso cart, and some vintage German coffee roasters. We are still united by the simple purpose of getting great coffee to everyone who asks for it.
• pour-overs—blends & single origins
• Japanese siphon—single origins
• espresso—classic choices & malted-mocha
• iced coffee—Kyoto & New Orleans
• polar opposite—it's hot/cold & bitter/sweet
• affogato—bourbon/Madagascar vanilla bean
In 1995, what started out as a Manhattan small business walk in, SerendipiTea has grown into one of the most successful importers and artisans of high quality teas in the world.
SerendipiTea maintains close relations with their suppliers and growers from what Linda Villano calls the “big five”—India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Taiwan. Linda also imports good-quality tea from unusual origins such as Guatemala, the Azores, Rwanda and Tanzania. The tea comes to them as a finished leaf that has gone through the drying process. From there, all tea and tisanes are hand-blended with oils, spices, herbs and other ingredients.
“Even though we blend, the tea itself is always front and center,” states Villano. “We pair a certain type of flavoring or blend with a tea where you want to enhance certain notes that are naturally occurring in that tea to bring it out.”
There are five categories of tea — black, green, oolong, white and pu’erh, which comes from a specific region in China and has been significantly aged like a fine wine. Tisanes are not made from tea leaves; instead, they are a blend of fruits, florals, botanicals, herbs and spices. Sixty percent of SerendipiTea’s offerings are tea, and 40 percent are tisanes.
There are many benefits to drinking tea, whether it’s green, black, white tea or any other variety, all teas are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eighty percent of the teas and tisanes at SerendipiTea are also certified organic.
• green & black teas
• yellow tea
• oolong & chai tea
• iced tea