Though she's one of five hosts of ABC's food talk show, The Chew, Carla Hall has no trouble standing out from the crowd. You can tell her apart from her cohosts, such as restaurateur Mario Batali and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, in numerous ways: her funky glasses, her penchant for calling out "hootie hoo," or, perhaps most unique of all, her love of homestyle comfort-food cooking.?
Born in Nashville, Hall specializes in Southern staples, made with French techniques she perfected at Maryland's L'Academie de Cuisine. Her creations earned her a slot on two seasons of Bravo's Top Chef, where she earned raves from the judges for her gumbo. The secret behind the stellar dish? Cooking with love. Hall believes the chef's feelings shine through in the food, which is why angry people can only make hot sauce. Hall still cooks with love today, too, whipping up bite-size sweet and savory cookies and creating original recipes for her cookbooks. She recently announced the development of her very first restaurant?Carla Hall?s Southern Kitchen?slated to open in New York City next year. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant will feature iconic Nashville hot chicken and southern sides, which are anchored by Hall?s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.
Alive Juices' drinks aren't technically alive. They are, however, brimming with natural enzymes and unaltered nutrients?thanks to the fact that the company presses each freshly before bottling and never pasteurizes. Ayurvedic principles and modern nutritional research come together in eight low-calorie juice blends that strike a balance between savory and semisweet. All are made with garlic, sprouts, ginger, lemon, and apple, but also feature combinations such as beets and kale or red bell pepper and mint. The juice-makers punch up their recipes with a blend of herbs and spices, and use USDA-certified organic produce when possible.
Juices are provided as part of weight-loss programs and full cleanses, and may be used as part of meal-replacement plans that also include fruit and nut snacks rather than just pictures of steaks with Xs drawn over them. To sweeten the arrangement even further, Alive Juices also delivers its packages to customers' homes and offices throughout the DC area.
With more than 845 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as Peach Perfection and Strawberry Whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including Peanut Butter Moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate. The lunch hour presents toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.
In addition to providing healthy eats to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative fights childhood obesity while encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
True to its name, 100 Montaditos showcases 100 variations on the classic Spanish bite-sized roll. Each montadito starts with imported Spanish bread, baked daily in specially designed ovens. Next, cooks pack in tasty ingredients, such as Serrano ham, chorizo, and manchego cheese. Beyond traditional eats, rolls can be filled with other global flavors ranging from meatballs and bacon to goat cheese and honey mustard.
Besides its namesake dish, 100 Montaditos features salads and Spanish-style tapas, including herb-dusted chicken wings and fried calamari. Bartenders complement meals with equally Spanish beverages, such as Mahou beer, sangria, or lemon-lime soda blended with red wine or beer. Diners are encouraged to kick back and relax in the casual eatery's dining room, which updates the comfortable atmosphere of a 19th-century Spanish tavern with 20th-century lighting fixtures.
Maui Wowi enlivens parties and events with Hawaiian-themed party rentals and treats including frosty fruit smoothies, coffee drinks both hot and cold, and snacks. Guests can borrow one of its thatched-roof tiki bars which conveniently include setup and breakdown. For independently wealthy third-graders and others unable to bartend themselves, the company offers bartending service from Hawaiian-shirt-clad specialists. They can mix drinks for every audience, including kona coffee, cappuccinos, and frozen coffee drinks, as well as fresh-fruit smoothies with or without alcohol in flavors such as piña colada, mango orange, and strawberry-banana daiquiri. All drinks, like the daughters of the Beach Boys, come with Hawaiian parasols.
Jamba Juice, the sunny West Coast import, has finally spread their brand of the California lifestyle to the nation’s capital, thanks to its menu blend of smoothies, wraps, flatbreads and sandwiches. The relatively new Dupont Circle location is a great option for on-the-go business types or anyone traipsing through this bustling slice of metro DC. Of course, the fast casual chain is known for their whole fruit smoothies, which come blended in any number of ways, including with a “boost” pack that helps to boost your immune system or give you a jolt of energy. Health-conscious folks have plenty of options themselves, with low-calorie smoothies available from the menuboard, each with their own vitamin-rich, antioxidant-heavy powers, plus a few vegetable juice options. Anyone feeling indulgent can stick with the sweet stuff, like peanut butter, chocolate and available sherbet flavors.