Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grantsville, MD Edition: High Country Creamery & Market

Working H & High Country Creamery
A new cow cheese creamery has opened just over the border in Maryland. High Country Creamery & Market purchased Green Glades Creamery's equipment after they went out of business. The cheesemaker also worked under Firefly Farms (another Maryland creamery I will write about soon).

Working H & High Country CreameryHigh Country Creamery is now appearing at Morgantown's winter farmers market.

The next markets will be Dec. 6 & 22, Jan. 3 & 17, Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 21 and April 4 & 18. These winter markets are located in the Wesley United Methodist Church gymnasium at 503 N. High St.

I got a sneak peek at this creamery when I went to a butcher shop's opening (in Maryland) recently - I'll write about that later. But I had a chance to try their feta - amazing, and the cheese curds, also amazing. I ended up buying some of the cheese curds. Look at the ingredients - milk, culture, salt, enzyme. Fresh, delicious.

If you see them local at the markets, give them a try. Delicious cow cheese.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reedsville Edition: Tathams | Trellis Cafe

TathamsTathams, a family-owned garden center and nursery in Reedsville (Preston County), is home to a guesthouseworkshops, a shop and Trellis Cafe.

Tathams15Though they've been around for 30 years and take up about an acre full of annuals, ornamental shrubs and perennials, I hadn't heard of them until recently.

Tathams3Tathams is located about 12 miles from Interstate 68 and features a weekend brunch at Trellis Cafe every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's pretty small, so reservations are encouraged.

Tathams11When we arrived to the property, we saw the large home and greenhouse. It was decorated with lots of little shrubs and decorations. We walked inside to find the hallway decked out in lots of little trinkets and gifts to purchase.

Tathams6Lots of local and unique gifts - jams, local art, soaps, bags, dish towels. Just a lot of really cool, artsy gifts.

Tathams7The dining space is quite small and surrounded with all these lovely things to buy. We had made a reservation, so we were guaranteed a table. The table was covered in a brown paper, with some more gifts at the very end.

Tathams2The menu is small with just three starts and five options for entrees. Trellis Cafe serves contemporary American and Fresh dishes "made with the freshest ingredients sourced locally at our quaint shop in Reedsville," according to their website.

Tathams9The menu boasted a soft boiled egg, mixed field greens and a fruit salad for starters. For its entrees, it had options for a country breakfast, sour cream pancakes, omelet, breakfast sandwich and a BLT.

Tathams13You can get a prix fixe brunch, which includes a starter, an entree, a pastry and a drink. I didn't, simply because I wanted water and forwent the pasty, even though they were delicious looking. They have freshly brewed coffee, artisan tea, and an awesome handcrafted selection of pastries and fine specialty foods.

Tathams4I ordered a soft boiled egg and the sour cream pancakes. The soft boiled egg was served so delicately with a golden spoon and some rectangles of toast. It was so lovely. I scooped some onto each piece of toast and dipped it in the soft yolk. So simple, but done well and super fresh.

Tathams10The sour cream pancakes were so light and were served with a side of bacon and maple syrup. Perfect - a little salty to go with the sweet. The banana pancakes were not topped with bananas - instead, they were actually cooked into the pancakes. Really neat and just delicious. The maple syrup was very thin and a little odd to me ... it was almost like a reduction. But, honestly, the pancakes were pretty sweet in and of themselves, so I ate them mostly plain with just a bit of syrup.


On the way out, I shopped around a little and purchased a dish towel and a bottle of Elderflower, because I had never had it before. I know they arrange gift baskets and have some local products you can't find many places - like the J.Q. Dickinson Salt.

Tathams12Tathams and Trellis Cafe is a super cool little place. The owners even told us a little about it and showed us their guest house - super reasonable and cute.

This place is really a hidden gem. Maybe it's not so hidden. For me, it was. But I'm so happy I've found it. I guess they do special dinners that you can RSVP for. I'll definitely be checking those out and hitting them up as soon as possible.

I think Trellis is the name of one of the owners -- what a cool name. It's fitting for such a cool place. I'm hoping to do a story on them in the future, so I'll hopefully find out more.

But if you want a nice little brunch - or special meal - check them out. OR if you're just trying to do some shopping for some cool unique or local goods, they're an awesome option.


Grade: A
Trellis Cafe at Tathams on Urbanspoon

Monday, November 24, 2014

Davis Edition: Sirianni's Pizza Cafe

Mtn State Brewing CollageThe final stop in the Davis/Thomas area (this time) was at Siriannis, the local pizza joint. Joint may not be the right word, though, as when I think of that, I think of a hole in the wall with great pizza. But like most small restaurants in this area, it's hip and has some character.

Plus maybe my favorite door ever.

Since we spent our entire time in the towns eating, we just ordered a small pizza and split it between the two of us. I got mushrooms on my side.

Sirianni's Cafe
A pretty good pizza overall. I was a fan of the sauce. Crust was a bit poofier - but that may because of the size we ordered. I'm used to more toward flat slices in Morgantown. Very tasty, though. A nice crisp on the bottom and tons of oozing cheese. Nice way to round out my short road trip and get a taste - literally - of the area.

Grade: A
Sirianni's Pizza Cafe on Urbanspoon

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thomas Edition: Mountain State Brewing Company

Mtn State Collage

The original Mountain State Brewing Company is located in Thomas. I've been to the one in Morgantown many, many times. So I wanted to see what the original looked like.

Mountain State Brewing CompanyFrom the outside, I was a little confused. I had to like drive around the back, and an entrance wasn't totally clear. When Brittany and I walked in, the one guy sitting at the bar and the other working were dead silent. The TV was on mute. There was no music. It was painfully silent. I awkwardly sat at the bar and asked if they're serving food, and I was told no. Just beer on Sunday. Oh, ok.

Well, we're already here. So, I ordered a pumpkin beer - as I've already had the others on tap - and this one was new. Still, no one is talking. We clearly broke up the boys' club, and it was painfully obvious. The pub part of Mountain State must be more like a man cave, and we were violating the code.

The man working was watching some weird gory cartoons on his laptop, and would occasionally laugh and point at it. OK, time to finish this beer - which was a little too heavy for my tastebuds - and get out. We took turns chugging this, paid quickly and left. I'm sure they felt as relieved as we did.

So, it may be different when they're serving food. I hope. And it is cool that they are brewing the beer there. Luckily, I'm a fan of most of their other beers. The seasonal didn't quite do it for me. So, if it's pub only, I'll pass.

Grade: C
Mountain State Brewing Co. on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morgantown Eats Culinary Crawl

                    Chefs & Owners
     Multiple Eateries
About Local Food & Wine

Date: 12.6.14
Time: 3-7 p.m.

$35 Advanced
$40 Day of

 Over 1,600 Parking Spaces

This delicious walking tour provides sumptuous sips and tantalizing tastes from a dozen downtown restaurants.
On the tour:

The Bank

Black Bear

Cafe Bacchus

Iron Horse

Real Juice Bar

Tin 202

Vintage Room 
Samplings at The MAC:
Lebanese Bistro

Morgantown Brewing Company

Mountain State Brewing Company

Table 9 


                 CULINARY CRAWL

Tease your taste buds with delicious treats from old and new Morgantown on this tasty tour of downtown.  Start your afternoon by enjoying food, beer and wine samplings at the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). Then stroll through the district sampling an exclusive menu of treats offered by local businesses on the tour.

Morgantown Eats is a project conceived by 20 students from the WVU Reed College of Media in partnership with Main Street MorgantownMorgantown Social NetworxMon Arts Center and Greater Morgantown CVB.
1,670 parking spots downtown. 
Wear comfortable shoes 
& bundle up!

All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the Monongalia Arts Center.