The ingredients on The Stand Juice Company's menu recall the flavorful produce from roadside farmers? stands of yore, presented in a decidedly modern way. Starting with fresh?always organic?whole fruits and vegetables, the staff blends its ingredients into juices and smoothies that are hearty enough to make a meal of. These flavorful liquids also make up the five-day juice cleanse, in which customers stop by each morning to pick up fresh bottled juices. They then drink the juices in a prescribed order to aid the body in cleansing long-lingering toxins and intestinal debris. For bigger appetites, the staff slings its veggies in both salad and sandwich form.
The traditional dishes of Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia make their way to Ten Asian Bistro's tables prepared to dazzle any hungry guests who've taken seats inside. Instead of reciting the prologue to Beowulf as they await their meals, diners can watch chefs craft sushi rolls from gourmet cuts of fish and savory accoutrements such as tobiko, scallions, and tempura breading. A panoply of noodle dishes, including pad thai and chow fun, team up with a choice of four meats to sate carnivores, and a steaming wok infuses shrimp and scallops with flavors such as lime, lemongrass, and pineapple. Sake and other spirits inspire toasting before meals, and catering services facilitate noshing in homes, offices, and epicurean mosh pits.
Within its friendly brick-walled sanctuary, Sono Caffeine whips up a multitude of potent espressos and stomach-pleasing meals for patrons of varying appetites. Heal hunger pangs with items from its chalkboard-drawn menu, featuring a mix of hearty sandwiches, including the pesto mayo-topped Florentine panini ($7.95), and decadent desserts, such as the warm 'n gooey brownie sundae ($5). Those needing a caffeine jolt to get them through a week-long staring contest with a Henry Winkler wax figure can sip on the café's foamy café latte ($3.70) or tasty caramelatta ($3.95). Sono Caffeine's contemporary oasis features inviting couches and soft chairs, as well as walls splashed with vibrant artwork, while live music offers auditory appeasement for clientele and eavesdropping Kryptonians.
At HSC, the bread-hugged, gourmet menu items earned the 2010 Best Sandwich vote from the Fairfield County Weekly —a victory achieved through a blend of fresh ingredients and fill-up portions. Positioned front and center on the café menu, the aged Vermont cheddar cheeseburger scores savory points by featuring all-natural patties made from unfussed-with beef. The rest of the menu reads like a musical playlist for diverse tastes. The China Girl jazzes up a chicken wrap with Asian elements such as the ginger-pineapple glaze ($7.95), and the Magnificent Seven tops tomato and mozzarella with pesto and red peppers ($8.50). The smear of Cajun mayo adds spice to the turkey- and ham-stuffed Fire on the Bayou, which is served warm ($7.95). The rest of the options include salads, breakfast food, and an extensive specialty café drink menu packed with sips that sound more like desserts; the Snickers or candy-cane lattes should satisfy a snappy sweet tooth.
Stockbridge's Gourmet Cheesecakes & Café's more than 45 varieties of cheesecake have won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cheesecake in Connecticut award for nine consecutive years and been featured in The New York Times. But even though its vast number of cheesecake and its selection of scones, cookies, and pastries would suggest otherwise, Stockbridge's is not just a bakery. The eatery also offers dishes to sate appetites for every meal, such as omelets, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. And unlike traditional bakeries and DMVs, Stockbridge's has a BYOB policy.
After years of preparing craft coffee at Williamsburg's Gimme! Coffee, followed by working in the commodities market, Rachel made her longtime dream of owning a coffee shop a reality. Behind Espresso NEAT's bar top, a staff of highly trained baristas whip up various espresso drinks and filter coffee, and guests cozy up to rustic wooden chairs throughout the sun-filled store. At one of NEAT's many classes, students turn their curiosity about coffee into impressive skills, with knowledge in brewing, processing, and tasting.