Category: Breakfast

February Finds

Welcome back! We’ve now made it to the second month of 2018, with no shortage of freezing temperatures and deep snow. If you’ve been feeling the winter blues like we have, maybe some exciting alternative lattes will cheer you up—I know they’re the only thing keeping me going at this point.

This month, Yola’s is featuring a Ceremonial Matcha Latte and a Golden Tumeric Latte.

Matcha is a type of specialty green tea, whose leaves are ground into a fine powder, which make it perfect for mixing into milk-based drinks. Matcha contains natural caffeine that has been described as calming instead of jittery. Warm or cold, this light green drink will definitely pick you up when winter is getting you down.

While Yola’s has had Matcha lattes for a while now, our new Ceremonial Matcha contains no sugar but all the flavor of the traditional Japanese tea.

Our other new February drink that’s trending in coffee shops all over the US is the Golden Tumeric Latte. This warm blend of anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and honey steamed in the milk of your choice is the best way to keep sickness away and make your friends say, “What the heck is that glowing yellow drink?”

Other specialty drinks this month include a rose and earl grey tea latte topped with edible rose petals, a “Romeo and Juliet” raspberry mocha, spicy Mexican hot chocolate, and a red velvet frappe.

Another healthy trend showing up in Yola’s is paleo goodies. If you haven’t heard the term before, the paleo diet focuses on all-natural foods that contain no gluten, dairy, or processed sugars. Our baker, Kelsey Hite of Hite Nutrition, has been cooking up many treats that follow these guidelines and are still somehow just as delicious. Currently in the café we are selling paleo maple pecan scones, raspberry thumbprint shortbread cookies, and even a maple paleo latte!


If you’re still craving that real-life sweet stuff, our waffle of the month should suffice. February’s waffle is a Red Velvet Waffle with Cream Cheese Glaze, with one dollar from each purchase going directly to United Madison.

United Madison’s mission is to unite and lift up our community by providing ways for people to better understand and learn from each other. We do this through Positive Service Announcements on Unity, Life Skills or Highlight a Non-Profit or Cause and through a Give Back Initiative; matching needs of our local charities and schools with businesses who can fulfill them.

Learn more about United Madison here:

Stop in and warm up at Yola’s with or without your valentine this month – we’ll be waiting with delicious treats and all the coffee you’ll ever need.




Wild for Waffles (and All Breakfasts)

Yola's Cafe Waffles for Charity - Wags

Yola's Cafe Waffles for Charity - WagsWelcome back! A new year has arrived, and with it new chances and hope for what may come. For us at Yola’s, this always includes great coffee, espresso drinks, breakfast and lunch food.

If you know one thing about Yola’s, you know our waffles are to die for ( Whether your favorite is the popular Patriot or the caramel-covered Nutty Banana, we know what’s up with the dimpled deliciousness that is the waffle.

You may also know that our ever-changing Waffle of the Month benefits a different nonprofit each 30 days, with one dollar of our special going straight to making the world a better place. The Waffle of the Month started when owners Lisa and Lance Ratze wanted to use their café to make a difference in the Madison community.

Here’s a list of all the nonprofits Yola’s has benefited in 2017:

January – PB&J Waffle – Reach-a-Child –

February – Red Velvet Waffle w/Cream Cheese Frosting – DAIS –

March – Lucky Charms Waffle – Deaf Unity WI –

April – Go Bananas Waffle – Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Chapter – Women for Wish Kids –

May – Maple Bacon Waffle – Sauk Prairie Against Hunger –

June – The Braffle – Building Bosses –

July – Mega Berry Waffle – Pregnancy Helpline of Madison –

August – Smore’s Waffle – The River Food Pantry –

September – Fat Elvis Waffle – Dane Buy Local Foundation –

October – Caramel Apple Waffle – Dane County Humane Society –

November – Pumpkin Waffle w/ Pumpkin Butter – ReachDane –

December – Cinnamon Roll Waffle – WAGs – Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs –

Looking for a slightly healthier but just as yummy breakfast to make at home? Our partner and good friend at Hite Nutrition has you covered. Check out her recipe for a zucchini, kale, mushroom, and Italian chicken frittata :


~serves 4, gluten-free, Paleo & Whole30 option

– 2 ½ links of Al Fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, diced (or Whole30 compliant sausage links)

– 2 cups chopped kale

– ¾ cup fresh mushrooms, chopped

– ¼ cup water

– 10 eggs

– 1 cup of zucchini, sliced and halved

– ½ medium onion, chopped

– ¼ cup goat cheese (omit for Paleo & Whole30 options)

– ½ teaspoon garlic powder

– ¼ teaspoon dried sage

– ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 360 degrees F

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, water, garlic powder, sage, and rosemary; season with salt and pepper, to taste and then set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and onions and cook for 3 minutes, then add the chicken sausage segments and brown for 3 minutes. Next add the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 4 minutes.

Grease a small bakeware pan (approximately 5 x 7 inch) or oven-proof skillet. Add the cooked vegetables to the pan, along with the chopped kale, and then pour the egg mixture over top of the vegetables. Top with the sliced zucchini and sprinkle the goat cheese over everything.

Place into oven and bake until the top is set and golden brown (it should no longer jiggle), about 25-35 minutes.

Don’t forget you can always come in and create your own breakfast sandwich from any of our local ingredients, try the famous breakfast BLT with an egg, or get crazy and venture for the popular country breakfast waffle, with meat and cheese inside and an egg on top! Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day, so hurry in soon!