Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras) of icy delight, all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Cafe Sazon's cooks whip up signature dishes from scratch in 5–10 minutes, adding just enough "sazon," or seasoning, to give them mouth-watering flavor. Freshly made jalapeño hot sauce and beef-cube-laden pique macho alike are crafted from high-quality ingredients, which patrons can savor while seated on chairs or sofas. Unlimited internet access allows wireless modems to soak up radio waves until they get an even tan, and bilingual staff are on hand to help explain the menu or translate any novels patrons bring in.
The baristas at The Curious Grape Café know their way around a beverage. The Curious Grape, after all, began as a wine shop—one so focused on acquainting customers with new flavors it was always quick to offer a sample. The owners' passion for complex aromas and painstaking quality control carries over into the café, where experts taste and tweak roasts throughout the nation before choosing the handful of blends and specialty espresso drinks they serve. And that passion for refined flavor finds its way into the restaurant side of the business too, where executive chef Delian DiPietro serves dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Because they follow the seasonal availability of produce and seafood, all the entrees, from the orecchiette pasta to the beef tenderloin, find a mate with any equally seasonal varietal from the rotating wine menu.
Those looking to spend a romantic evening at The Curious Grape can drop their kids off next-door at The Energy Club, where caregivers entertain them in the on-site child-minding studio. The childcare is just a perk though, as the Energy Club is primarily a gym for locals to partake in personal training or group-fitness classes. There are more than 70 class types, including yoga and even Shrilington CrossFit, and the impressive training staff includes a former Marine who developed conditioning programs for the Secret Service and the FBI, hoping one-day to pit them against each other in the ultimate showdown. After any workout, members can freshen up in executive-style locker rooms and attend regular events such as happy hours and wine tastings at the Curious Grape.
Behind the brick façade of Plush Gelato & Coffee, owners Dinh and Henry Luong handcraft a rainbow of velvety gelatos and sorbets to match a variety of custom-brewed coffee and lattes. Spheres of creamy gelato scooped away from frosty peaks woo sweet teeth with locally sourced and seasonal flavors such as chocolate hazelnut, nutella cookie, and vietnamese coffee ($3.75 for small; $4.50 for medium; $5.25 for large). Blood orange, strawberry, and mango juices freeze into smooth sorbet with a unique texture that comes from millions of microscopic crystals. Rather than licking a car battery, awaken somnolent palates with a large cup of piping hot coffee ($2.25) or a foamy latte ($3.75).