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The delicious #niteshift14 contenders:
DIRTY YETI MILK
With a sweet soundtrack, healthy dishes with saucy monikers and a fabulous offbeat streak, The Yeti has quickly become a brunch Mecca for market-goers and a go-to hangout spot for many. On the evening of Saturday, November 1st, the Yeti will embark on a rare field trip and set up a pop-up shop at the KW|AG sculpture garden. There are no clear reports yet about what exactly Dirty Yeti Milk is, but it’s probably safe to assume that no actual Yetis were harmed while making it. Oh, and also it’ll be really yummy.
CHERRY CHEESECAKE HOT CHOCOLATE
What started uptown as a great late-night outpost for slurring students also feeds daytime cravings for gourmet grilled cheese (and retro celeb references) on downtown’s Duke Food Block – which will be open for business and hosting Night\Shift HQ again this year. Perhaps the most admirable thing about this particular contender in the inaugural Hot Drinks Taste-Off is that the brains behind Cheeses Murphy, Marc Lecompte, has managed to make cheese sound irresistibly drinkable. Hats off and bottoms up.
GREEN WITH ENVY
Celebrating 10 years in business in 2014, Matter of Taste is a huge supporter of downtown arts and cultural programming (including helping raise funds for Night\Shift!), and they recently expanded to make their high-quality coffee and treats available at the new downtown KPL. Cord Community will be interviewing festival explorers at an outdoor late-night talk show in front of MoT during Night\Shift, but inside will be even tougher to resist: baristas will be whipping up made-to-order matcha lattes (aka “Green with Envy”).
The Commons Cafe boasts the best value nutritious-and-delicious lunch in downtown Kitchener. It also makes space for a highly diverse community of people and happenings, including playing host to a super duper fun KW Poetry Slam event at Night\Shift 2013. This year the Community Music School of Waterloo Region will kick things off before a live video broadcast of Cord Community’s on-the-street interviews from outside MoT. On tap for Hot Drinks Taste-Off passport holders: Salted hot apple cider mixed with homemade caramel sauce!
SPICY SOUL SIPPER
With its dual focus on as-local-as-possible organic food and local artists, artisans and performers filling the room with what they do, Pyrus has carved out an essential, always-tempting niche for itself in the heart of downtown. Last year they kept the Night\Shift party going into the wee hours, and they’ll aim to do the same again with a late-night warm-up party featuring sultry dub and reggae jams. They’ve also been experimenting with ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, chai and anise to create a dance party for your mouth called the Spicy Soul Sipper.