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.
Big Spoon Yogurt’s special topping bar complements hot cocoa and frozen yogurt ensembles with more than 75 novel accompaniments. Beverage construction commences at Big Spoon’s topping bar, where steaming chassis of hot cocoa ($1.25–$2.59) don marshmallow tires—in mint, german chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted coconut flavors—and warm-cookie steering wheels in a rousing race to anticipating taste buds. Patrons sweeten metric-system conversions with frozen yogurt by the ounce (price varies by location), available in chocolate, vanilla, and a rotating stock of non-dairy and sugar-free flavors. Seasonal winter flavors provide the taste of frozen eggnog without the hassle of holding company Christmas parties in a polar bear’s living room, and fall flavors scour a farmer’s windowsill for apple pie and pumpkin yogurt—all customizable with the bar’s more than 75 toppings.
Max Muscle found its feet in 1990, when a group of athletes set out to build a brand of supplements that would effectively boost performance. From this concept grew a national sports-nutrition franchise, with a spectrum of supplements that help to nurture weight loss, maintain overall health, bolster muscle mass, and build endurance for marathon games of Go Fish.
At more than 100 locations across the United States and through an expansive online store, Max?s muscle mavens dispense multivitamins and protein shakes to both solo customers and affiliated personal trainers. The company places a special emphasis on women?s health and fitness, offering supplements specially tailored to women?s bodies. Max Muscle locations also aid customers in beginning their wellness journey through nutrition consultations, during which certified staff members draft nutrition plans customized to clients? specific bodily needs and lifestyles.
Just relocated in February from its original joint at Arden Fair Mall, Café Europa has served up fresh, heaping portions of Greek and American classics for almost 30 years. Topping an extensive menu is the supreme beef gyro ($6.95), its warm pita bread loaded with enough lettuce, fried potatoes, feta, and tzatziki to feed a small Parthenon. American handhelds like the pastrami sandwich ($5.50) and club house ($5.50) receive a Hellenic makeover by wrapping their flavorful fixings in pillowy pita. Foliage fanatics can nosh the fresh and tasty Greek salad ($3.50 small, $6.25 large) or warm their bellies with delicately spiced falafel ($5.95).
Napoli Culinary Academy founder and international chef Hassi Sadri?whose infinite pizza knowledge earned him the head judge position at the international pizza competition in Las Vegas?leads culinary initiates along with his staff during fun-filled cooking classes, whether for fun or to achieve a culinary-arts diploma. During hands-on classes, groups of students learn useful tidbits on how to cook a variety delectable dishes. Academy students along with professional executive chefs serve lunch and dinner in the Napoli Culinary Academy Caf? and cater special events while showing off skills crucial to their future careers as gourmet chefs, from carving meats to plating entrees.
At Kaveri Indian Grocery, patrons beef up their pantries and re-stock their fridges with a bounty of Indian spices, grains, and masalas sourced from all across India. Equipped with a thorough knowledge of Indian cooking, the staff gladly assists visitors in selecting ingredients or explaining the uses of particular spices, from adding zest to an entree to bartering with Spanish explorers. The shop's grocery selection includes the basest ingredients, such as flours and grains, as well as full vegetarian meals and ready-to-eat dishes.