Several weeks ago, I was driving along Main Street in Lake Placid when a new storefront caught my eye.
It looked like a teahouse. I was ecstatic.... I love tea! I was all set to abandon my plans for the day and hole up in this cozy looking cafe. Unfortunately, they weren't open that day. While I patiently waited for the weekend to arrive, and for their doors to open again, I was able to check out their website, www.blissandvin.com. While the website looks like it's still being constructed, there were some photos of the inside, and it piqued my interest even more. When Sunday rolled around, my partner and I headed over for brunch. Side note- parking on Main Street in Lake Placid is free on Sunday mornings... Yay! We entered Bliss and Vinegar, and felt like we had stepped into my favorite teahouse back in Portland, Townshends Tea. I spent so many hours at Townshends, sipping on coconut oolong tea and reading, or sharing a pot of pumpkin spice chai with friends and comrades, organizing various events. I knew instantly that here in this teahouse in Lake Placid I could feel at home in that same way. A massive wall of teas in jars was behind the bar area. A chalkboard menu showcased various drink specials, including kombucha on tap. An array of fresh-baked breads were available for purchase, and a bakery case housed various sweet treats and jarred products. A small marketplace area featured various tinctures, salves, books, and equipment for sale. Various wooden tables and cloth covered bar stools offered options for seating.
We made our way to the counter, looked at the menu which featured local and seasonal foods, and Bliss and Vinegar's house-made breads. We ordered tea and a hummus plate, which are pretty safe choices. I also decided to be adventurous and try a mushroom cocoa, one of several creative tea lattes on the menu. I am not a fan of mushrooms as a food, but I have been hearing good things about mushrooms as a superfood supplement. And also anything with chocolate can't be that bad.
The mushroom cocoa was so chocolatey! It was so good, I have been thinking about it ever since that day. You should note that it arrived as an iced cocoa. I was expecting hot, but it was delicious nonetheless.
On two subsequent visits, because I couldn't stay away very long, I tried a drink called Shrub. You can purchase a bottle of Shrub at Bliss and Vinegar. You mix a small amount of Shrub with sparkling water to create a fizzy beverage reminiscent of an Italian soda. If you order it, they will prepare it for you. One day I tried the Strawberry Rhubarb, the other I tried Blueberry Mint. I highly recommend the Strawberry Rhubarb.
Another unique feature at Bliss and Vinegar is that they have an herbalist on staff. Chani Greiner of www.root-alchemy.com leads talks about various natural health related topics on Thursday evenings. They cover topics like CBD oil, natural first aid, and adaptogens. These events are listed on the Bliss and Vinegar facebook page.
This little gem in Lake Placid is worth a stop for a light lunch, a cup of tea, or a loaf of freshly made sourdough for the road. Beyond a place for food, it is a place for community. I think we'll be seeing this cafe as a gathering place for events and discussions, a place to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and show off to visiting friends. I look forward to another mushroom cocoa on my next stop in!
Bliss and Vinegar is located at 2669 Main Street in Lake Placid, NY. They are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and open 8AM-3PM all other days. Please check their website www.blissandvin.com and find them on Facebook for the most up to date information on hours and events.