In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Shepherd's Asian Bistro & Grill evolved from an Asian market into a hotspot for authentic Filipino fare in May. Like a malfunctioning hula-hoop, the lunch and dinner menu rotates daily, and diners can pair the combo plates' two scoops of rice with a single ($6.99), double ($7.99), or triple ($8.99) offering from the day's nine choices. Mondays tantalize maws with saucy pork adobo, and pork combined with pimento and peas and authentic kare kare stew help guests launch into the weekend on Fridays. The breakfast menu, which was favorably reviewed by the Anchorage Daily News, showcases hearty eats such as bacsilog with bacon, egg, and garlic fried rice ($8.99/meal; $7.65 à la carte) or breakfast sandwiches, such as the pan de melt loaded with house-made tuna and cheese ($4.95). The Hawaiian-inspired Hula Girl plate accrues enough edible real estate to become the nation's 51st state, filling plate space with portuguese sausage, eggs, rice, and two pieces of spam ($10.50).
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Anchorage: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
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.
Snowy City Cafe's innovative brunch fare, most of which is prepped from scratch with ingredients from local vendors, has garnered the Best Breakfast award every year from the Anchorage Press since 2003 and Anchorage Daily News since 2006. Guests can sift through the Heart Attack on a Plate's medley of hash browns, bacon crumbles, cheddar cheese, and veggies, or dress tongues in a coat and mittens for treks across the Tundra Scramble omelet filled with morsels of ground reindeer sausage. The stuffed french toast suffuses a baguette with mandarin orange cream cheese and toasted walnuts before lathering on layers of syrup and raspberry butter. For a riverside take on a classic, the Ship Creek Benedict piles a toasted english muffin with poached eggs and Snow City salmon cakes that pair nicely with Kaladi drip coffee and the lilting accordion riffs of a morning sea shanty. Patrons can savor their early bird treats with additional libations, including freshly brewed iced tea and fruit juices. Popular selections from the lunch menu include the Seattle chop salad with grilled chicken, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and macaroni on a bed of mixed greens with vinaigrette and the 4th Avenue Special, a turkey sandwich on marble rye with bacon, cheddar, swiss, tomatoes, sprouts and herb mayo.
Qwik Cup Espresso has been brightening guests’ mornings with energizing coffee drinks since 1997. Besides the caffeinated cups, staffers also stir up healthy fruit-protein shakes or fill plates with breakfast sandwiches, waffles, and Illusions Bakery’s sweet baked goods. Later in the day, they keep guests fueled with a diverse menu of burgers, chimichangas, and wings served with six possible sauces, like choose-your-own-adventure books designed to be eaten at the end.