While living in Hawaii, CJ and Julia von Imhof got hooked on açai bowls, colorful portions of fruits munched by surfers for a natural, vitamin-packed energy boost. The base of the bowls, açai, is a restorative fruit found in Brazilian palm trees, rumored to be a superfood for its high antioxidant content and ability to deflect bullets. The von Imhofs craved the superhealthy food when they moved to Alaska, inspiring them to open their own açai café and “healthy-lifestyle shop.”
The little restaurant brought a slice of island life to Alaska; as a food critic at the Anchorage Daily News wrote, “A distinctly Hawaiian influence was evident on my first visit; I was instantly transported to a beachfront surf shack.” The shop’s signature dish, the açai bowl, starts with a base of açai blended with dark berries and topped with a tasty variety of tropical fruits, chia seeds, chopped almonds, goji berries, spirulina, and bee pollen. The vegan-friendly bowls contain no added sugars or preservatives, yet still taste as sweet as dessert, breakfast cereal, or revenge, leading to delighted reviews by food critics from Examiner.
Owned by Steven Downer, winner of the World Tea Expo's 2011 Tea Infusion Challenge, Sipping Streams Tea Company hand-blends and brews an aromatic complement of caffeinated, herbal, and ornamental drinkables. Liquid nirvana seekers can pore over a catalog of loose-leaf teas available in an aromatic rainbow arcing from white King of Silver Needles ($21.25 for 2 oz.) and green Imperial Mao Feng ($26.50 for 4 oz.) to black organic Darjeeling ($19 for 4 oz.) and chocolaty Northern Serenity ($18.25 for 4 oz.) varieties. Crystalline kettles ($30 each) can house nostalgic wintry dioramas or showcase the transformation of art teas ($20 for 8 bundles) from lifeless leaves into aquatic blooms. Sipping Streams' eclectic menu of light bites lets tea tipplers pair their libations with Eastern- and British-inspired treats. Inundate mouths with a bite-sized barrage of steamed red-bean-paste buns ($2.50 each), or delicately nibble cucumber sandwiches ($4 each), which combine crunchiness and elegance, much like a Fabergé egg fashioned from potato chips.
After years of managing other people’s restaurants, Tinker Berson realized a long-cherished dream by opening her own deli, where a menu of lunches and all-day breakfasts stuffs diners amid verdant potted plants and climbing vines. Clients opt for the simplicity of staff-conceived deli creations or engineer their own, choosing a bread base, favorite condiments, meat such as pastrami or roast beef, cheese, and veggies to match the size of their appetite or one-up a lifelong rival sandwich eater. Breakfasts beckon morning diners with similar creative possibilities as well as quick bites, such as a veggie burrito or belgian waffle drizzled with syrup and topped with strawberries. Fresh salads and real-fruit smoothies with optional Red Bull boosters infuse meals with sweet vitamins, and the onsite espresso bar jump-starts brainwaves with handcrafted caffeine hits that ready minds for Jeopardy tournaments or memorizing the dictionary. Tinker's Rainforest Deli stocks catering trays with vegetables, sandwiches, or assorted meats and cheeses that can feed up to 35 partygoers.
The medical staff at Alaska Premier Health carries on a 19-year tradition of helping clients achieve weight-management goals with personalized weight-loss programs. The team begins with an in-depth consultation, analyzing each patient's social and family history and current health before embarking on a body-fat analysis that helps determine the caloric intake and chip-aisle circumventions needed for healthy weight loss. Non-Herculean exercise and diet recommendations add balance to programs and facilitate sustainable results, while meal-replacement products from OptiFast curb calorie deficits. Medical professionals are available through extended office hours and a "no-waiting" appointment policy and also give patients a calorie-counting book for recording daily food intake and svelte, cake-free dreams.
The team at WakeUp wants to make it as simple as possible for their customers to come in and get coffee. Patrons can call ahead to put in a drink order and save time during morning commutes by skipping the line once they stop in to pick it up. Prepaid drink cards free customers up from counting cash or running a credit card at each visit, and they can even leave the cards at the café for safe keeping. Frequent visitors reap rewards—after every nine drinks purchased they receive one complimentary beverage.
The menu is small but diverse. Baristas brew lattes and americanos from Alaska's own Kaladi Brothers Coffee and flavor mochas with white or dark chocolate. Steam continues to annoy gravity by rising from cups of hot tea or apple cider. For breakfast, patrons nibble on muffins or bagels with cream cheese, or munch on breakfast sandwiches such as maple pancake with sausage or croissant with egg, sausage and cheese. A weekly rotating lunch menu has boasted sandwiches such as philly cheesesteaks, salmon chowder, and herb-roasted turkey on a torta roll.
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