The dishes whose aromas waft through Peru Peru Grill are one part hearty and one part bright. Skillets send up scents of beef cooking with onions and tomatoes while vibrant citrus notes swirl over bowls of ceviche de pescado, where shrimp, squid, and octopus marinate in lemon juice. The cooks' repertoire of Peruvian dishes also includes steak served with fried banana and a Peruvian-style seafood paella—or arroz con mariscos—served with a side of salsa criolla.
In addition to delivering imported brews and wines to tables, servers treat diners to less common tastes of Peru with Inca Kolas and glasses of chicha moradas, which is a sweet drink made with purple corn and spices. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights they host a singer that brings salsa and Cumbia music to life, adding to the eatery's ethnic flair and electricity bill.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Driving by Linbrook Bowl might inspire a double take. Not because of their classic and colorful neon signage, but because of what it advertises: the alley is open 24 hours a day. This means people can pummel pins or dance around like Fred Flintstone no matter what time it is. In addition to 40 lanes, Linbrook Bowl is equipped with an onsite coffeeshop that helps fuel players all day and night. Bowlers can also grab a drink or bite to eat at The Kopa Room, while watching a sports game on TV or listening to amateur crooners charm the crowd with karaoke.
At Kenyan Café and Cuisine, chefs craft authentic Kenyan recipes from scratch, flavored with aromatic spices from Africa, India, and the Middle East. Crispy samosas shine in the menu's appetizer section, followed by main courses such as stews studded with lamb or fish and vegan collections of lentils and greens. Diners can eat with their hands, using polenta-like ugali as a malleable utensil, or dine with knife and fork as they avail themselves of the restaurant's Kenyan beer and flat-screen TVs.
Keno?s Sports Bar lives up to its name by keeping its 24 flat-screen televisions tuned to games throughout the dining room. Two more flat-screens adorn Keno's heated outdoor patio, where guests are free to smoke as they watch replays of the day's most breathtaking coin tosses. To complement every homerun and touchdown, the culinary team crafts its own versions of tavern staples. Cooks fill mini burritos with steak and cheese, crown burgers with housemade tzatziki sauce, and accompany succulent ribeyes with optional servings of deep-fried shrimp. Bartenders pair meaty mains with an extensive selection of beer, as well as plenty of wines and classic cocktails.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.