Cravings for hard-to-find treats from the UK come here for their just deserts. Classic Cigars and British Goodies boasts rows of indulgent chocolate treats, such as Cadbury Crunchie bars, and flaunts a selection of international beers that can assist any living room in its dreams to become a British pub some day. Cigars encasing tobaccos from the likes of Honduras and the Dominican Republic send olfactory beacons from their boxes within the walk-in humidor, and cigarette lovers who prefer the sweet drag of an import may find just the right blend among the shop’s selection.
Brothers and business partners James and Adam Roth fill their store with a cornucopia of curated artisan foods, from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer. A chalkboard outside the shop's modern colonial windows introduces visitors to the featured cheese of the week. As visitors enter, wine racks and displays sprawl before them, cradling more than 500 different bottles from across the world. The shelves of vino lead toward the back of the store, where cases of artisan cheese and meats lie in tantalizing splendor. The selection spans the cheese spectrum. Goat's-milk cheeses give tenderly beneath knives, and the tissue-like bloomy rinds of soft cheese split aromatically. Crimson wax cloaks firm wheels of cheddar studded with mustard seeds or Cajun spices, and the resident cheesemongers also marinate their own sheep-milk feta with herbs. Salami and pâtés beg to flesh out cheese plates along with a weekend selection of crusty bread and pastries. An ever-rotating stock of beers generally includes more than 300 varieties of local and international brews. Tartness leaps from lambics, traditional Belgian beers fermented with wild yeasts and aged in barrels, and dark-roasted malt lends a chocolate hue to Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier crafted in North Carolina. On weekends, the tasting room fills with the chatter of patrons learning to detect grassy notes in samples of wine or guess when a sommelier has been rolling around the in the grass.
Skewers delights diners with a vast menu of Mediterranean eats, ranging from hummus and kebabs to sandwiches and combination platters, all served in a sleek and colorful environment. Kick off comestible jaunts or public-access cooking shows with starters such as hummus with ground lamb and pine nuts ($8), or orders of smooth, oven-roasted baba gannouj ($6.50). Namesake kebab salads range from tender lamb ($12) to grilled and skewered seasonal veggies ($8.50), both sidling up to tables with posses of kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, raisins, pita croutons, and sides of lemon-dijon dressing. Vegetarian saffron fettuccine ($12.50) satisfies the meat-free, and curry gulf shrimp tossed with penne pasta, roasted red peppers, fresh tomatoes and pineapple induces false memories of timeshares in Atlantis.
Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed “coconut king” and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car’s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
The rambunctious Brew Crew amasses its legions of beer connoisseurs to carouse from bar to bar and celebrate the end of the school year. Participants receive discounts and can sip or shower in local breweries' choicest beers while mingling with other revelers. Each attendee also receives a complimentary T-shirt that commemorates the night.
At Berkshire Family Dental, dentist Hassan Chehayeb combines an approachable chairside manner with the latest technology to prioritize client comfort and convenience as he tends to their teeth. Clients relax and sip coffee in the reception area before seeing Dr. Chehayeb, who has completed extensive training through the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He specializes in dental implants and periodontics, and keeps patients entertained with virtual-reality goggles that play DVD movies. During procedures such as crowns, veneers, and inlays, he uses the highly precise CEREC machine. This technology creates restorations in about an hour—instead of over the course of multiple visits—allowing patients to quickly reassume their normal eating habits without having to first smash every meal with a sledgehammer.