A cool new brunch

We're crazy about Sweets So Geek

I am passionate about brunch. When my husband and I became parents, our lively Saturday nights went bye-bye, so brunch became our little family’s go-to weekend ritual. When we moved here, we found it difficult to find a place in town that served both fresh brunch foods and espresso drinks. But now, all that has changed. I’m beyond thrilled with Sean Wang’s Fortezza Coffee, Fort Wayne’s newest coffee cafe. My husband and I were so excited to try Fortezza, we were among the first to visit the cool downtown spot during its soft opening in late April. The menu is small, but quality. Two quiche options, a chorizo open-faced sandwich and an egg/bacon/cheese biscuit with raspberry jam are accompanied by a light salad. The two sandwiches also come with a mini-yogurt parfait, all of it delicious. Fortezza (and its sister store, Trionfale, off Dupont Road and previously featured in this column) takes its coffee seriously and OMG, it is goooood. Fortezza brews Counter Culture coffee and uses the sleek, Fort Wayne-manufactured ModBar brewing system. In addition to the brunch menu, you’ll find macarons, cheesecakes and other pastries in the case and a full beverage menu including beautifully crafted lattes and cappuccinos as well as teas and smoothies. Fortezza is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. Brunch is served until 2 p.m. each day. 819 S. Calhoun St. (260) 203-4103. Like Fortezza Coffee on Facebook for updates.

I’ve amassed a fairly large collection of sunglasses – a vital, year-round accessory – and they’ve taken quite a beating over the years. A loose screw here, a bent frame there … my collection was crying out for attention. I dropped off a few well-loved pairs at Marschand’s for an overhaul. When I picked them back up, they were as good as new, totally refreshed and sparkling, like they’d been to a spa. Bonus: the accompanying bill was shockingly affordable. I was totally impressed with the knowledgeable and welcoming staff and the incredibly fast service turnaround. In addition to repairs, Marschand’s also has a very nicely edited display of super cool vintage frames in various shapes, colors and sizes, just waiting for new optical or sunglass lenses and a stylish new owner. The shop is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of of the month from October through May. Repairs start at $2.50. 1326 Spy Run Ave., 46805. (260) 424-6469; www.marschandsoptical.com.

For some crazy reason, I decided to make the cake for my youngest son’s first birthday party myself. It was a Pac-Man theme, so I figured a yellow, iced, round cake with one wedge missing would be simple. Turns out, icing a cake is kind of hard. My attempt ended up looking more like egg salad, according to one guest, while the word “charming” was used by another. I admit it was straight-up ugly. Thankfully, it tasted good. Going forward, I’ll be outsourcing all my boys’ cakes to Sweets So Geek, a local dessert company that specializes in Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dr. Who and super hero-themed chocolates. The Batman Bacon Bite is my 5-year-old’s current favorite while the Han Rolo gets my top pick, if only for the name. The team at Sweets So Geek produces delicious and unique treats as well as flawless custom cakes – the exact opposite of what I’m capable of. Owner Chad Seewald is talented, creative and so, so friendly. You can find these awesomely nerdy treats at Cinema Center, Clem’s Collectibles, Game Quest, Sweetwater Sound and various markets around town, including W<Shop at Wunderkammer Company. Like Sweets So Geek on Facebook and check out www.sweetssogeek.com.


DELI 620
A few months ago, after I finally discovered it, Deli 620 was forced to shut down while owner Lindi Miller searched for a new location. I am so happy to report they’re back in biz, now on the seventh floor of the PNC Bank building. Only the address has changed. The fantastic sandwiches, soups and salads, along with excellent customer service, are as delicious as ever. Put Deli 620 back on your regular lunch rotation. The cafe is open 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 110 W. Berry St., (260) 422-4343.

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