I’m happy to welcome guest blogger Jennifer Savino, from the local food show and blog Bite Me. She writes about her recent trip to Tiny Tots Tea Room.
First I want to thank Colleen for asking me to do a guest post for her blog. I love when local bloggers can get together and help each other out. It’s very much appreciated.
After she asked me to do a write up, I was on a mission to find a place that incorporated kids, small business, and good food. I don’t have kids of my own so I started asking around and I kept hearing about Tiny Tots Tea Room in Clifton Park. After speaking with the owner Sari briefly on the phone, I knew that this was the perfect place!
Tiny Tots Tea Room opened up 5 years ago this past October but ironically, didn’t serve tea. After Sari took over ownership 18 months ago, that all changed. First of all, she has a background in both catering and working with kids so that experience has helped her quite a bit in running her business.
One of the first things she did was add tea to the menu. They don’t have just run of the mill tea though. Oh no!! They actually worked with a company out of Massachusetts who has developed 27 varieties of Tiny Tots Tea for them.
Some of the flavors include Caramel Popcorn, Papaya Mango, Coconut Truffle and Caramel Chai. The coffee they serve is also roasted locally in Albany by Chris’s Coffee and it’s a Black Pearl Espresso that smelled fantastic!
The deliciousness doesn’t stop there though. Sari makes all of their baked goods in-house and I can vouch for that since all I could smell were brownies baking in the oven as we chatted about her business.
It was hard to concentrate with the aroma of chocolate in the air. She also makes the Panini breads and offers plenty of dairy and gluten free items as well.
Tiny Tots carries a variety of locally made products including hummus from 3 Chicks and a P out of Glenville, pesto from Buddahpesto out of Catskill, and Element Caffeinated Water out of Saratoga.
Sari likes to use organic and locally prodcued products and shops at the Schenectady Green Market and the Niskayuna Co-op as much as she can. While I was there, they were getting ready for “Tea for Two” which is an all-inclusive “date” for two. Including tea, baked goods, sandwiches and veggies. I think that is so much fun and such a great way to meet other people while enjoying some goodies.
Other notable menu items being served at the Tea Room are the Turkey Club Quesadillas, the Pesto Italiano Panini which comes with ham, salami, provolone and pesto and my favorite, the Mmmmelty which is a grilled sandwich with peanut butter, Nutella and Marshmallow. May want to keep this one away from the kids unless you are dropping them off and they can burn off the sugar high in the play room 🙂
Sari is also working on a gluten free e-book which will feature both recipes and stories about the gluten free lifestyle. Since her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies, this is a subject that has become near and dear to her heart. The goal is to have it published by October 1st.
If you have kids, I highly recommend checking out the Tiny Tots Tea Room. It’s a great place for your kids to play and for both of you to enjoy some really great local food.
GO! Tiny Tots Tea Room
1536 Crescent Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065
My name is Jennifer Savino and I am passionate about food and small business, which has led me to start “Bite Me.” Bite Me is a show/blog about food and beverage start-ups in the Capital District. The show and food blog came about after I closed my gourmet cookie company and it’s all about helping other people bitten by the entrepreneurial bug get expose while showing us their delightful treats. Get Bitten! www.BiteMeShow.com