By: Lexie Winieke
Greetings to all those coffee lovers out there! Dash of Sass is coming to you this month from Electric Earth Café on West Washington Street. Electric Earth Café has coffee on the menu, but is not strictly a coffee shop. The café also offers a wide variety of sandwiches, soup, and smoothies that anyone can enjoy.
The overall atmosphere is one of relaxation, and an escape to a jungle-like place. The music, which consisted of smooth jazz, is at a comfortable volume that permits studying or casual conversation. I was not sure what type of cuisine to expect when I first arrived, but I was not disappointed with the choices at all. This restaurant is true to its name and provides sandwiches that contain vegetables, fish, and various types of meat. For those expecting a large selection that caters to the vegetarian diet, I am sorry to disappoint, but this is not the place to go if you are looking for a dish that would serve as a main course. There is, however, a sandwich that could satisfy your cravings called the “Veg Head,” which contains provolone cheese, cucumbers, and green peppers.
When I go to coffee houses I am in search of sweet drinks and pastries. If you have a friend who has a weakness for sweets like me, this is the perfect place to take them. There are various muffins, cookies, and cakes that will put a smile on anyone’s face. After all, who can resist chocolate? I would recommend purchasing a piece of tiramisu if you are in the mood for something light and fluffy. If you desire a dessert that you can take on the go, I would suggest indulging in the Chocolate City. The customer holding it was raving about how wonderful it was, and letting curiosity get the best of me, I convinced my friend to purchase it. Anyone would agree, chocolate is a must, especially after a stressful week.
The royal blue covering on the walls was accompanied by an occasional plant, which reminded me a great deal of the outdoors. When one enters the coffee shop, they step into the main room which has the menu cleverly put up in various colors of chalk, which in my opinion enhanced the overall experience. If you venture through the curtains to the neighboring room, you can find a large mural that has cartoon-like figures surrounded by bright pastels. The piece itself can call into question your expectations of art, but the artist certainly presents a piece that demands your attention. Personally, I felt that it seemed to overpower the room, for my eyes kept wandering over to capture it one more time. Adding elements such as murals consisting of flowers would have created a friendlier atmosphere.
With this being said, this is a location suited for large study groups or a casual escape from campus activities. The location is just blocks away from State Street, but may not be the most convenient for those who live in the heart of campus. If you are active and want an escape from campus, this would certainly be an ideal location.