Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
The chefs at Café Nicholas adorn pizzas with one of three sauces before adding a heaping handful of toppings chosen from more than 30 options. Within the pizzeria's art deco-inspired walls, guests dig into 35 types of sandwiches, homemade pastas, and pizzas crowned with traditional and unique ingredients such as prosciutto, shrimp, and eggplant. For diners with gluten allergies, the cooks can substitute gluten-free crust for any of their pizzas. They also cater to low-fat tastes by serving up salads with low-cal dressings, frying appetizers in cholesterol-free canola oil, and pouring unlimited glasses of calorie-free water.
Healthy Fun Fitness's licensed massage therapist and team of aestheticians help root out aches and restore beauty by tailoring massages and facials to clients' needs. The 60-minute massages help dispatch tension and unknot sinewy cat's cradles with one of four modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone. Each massage is customized to meet the client's needs, allowing the massage therapists to zero in on trouble spots or paint an invisible, body-sized fresco using freestyle strokes. Alternatively, the signature stress-melting massage helps to awaken and harmonize the body with a stress-dispatching blend of Swedish-style massage and moist heat designed to gelatinize muscles into the consistency of marshmallow-coated lutefisk. The 60-minute facial can be adapted to every skin type, and is customized to each client's needs after a consultation helps outline a skin diagnosis. The personalized treatments amalgamate active ingredients sourced from the sea and from plants to moisturize skin and a restore the type of radiant glow typically reserved for schools of oceanic jack-o-lanterns.
Formaggio is a gourmand's paradise that was named Best Cheese Shop in 2009 by Boston magazine and Best Gourmet Food Shop in 2010 by the Improper Bostonian. Its California mono-varietal extra-virgin olive oil, which you will receive with this Groupon, is cookable, dippable, and nearly sippable. Though Formaggio offers a wide range of imported gourmet spices, pastas, and sauces, the delectable delicatessen is best known for its great cheese wall, which contains hundreds of gourmet artisan cheeses. An in-house belowground cheese cave keeps the entire cheese stock fresh while it is taught to read, write, and count cards. Savor a variety such as Boule de Quercy, a goat's milk cheese topped with a wild raspberry leaf (5 oz. $9.95), or the strong-flavored provolone vernengo ($16.48 per half-pound). Stock and pricing may vary.
The co-owners of Central Bottle Wine + Provisions only spent one week in Venice, but that was all they needed to fall in love with the traditional Italian enoteca. They brought the concept of a regional wine shop back to Boston in the form of Central Bottle, which showcases sustainable wines from small producers.
The knowledgeable technicians at Funk Bros. Complete Auto Repair care for domestic and imported cars under the supervision of the same service-oriented family that founded the shop in 1925. A slew of preventative services, such as oil changes and air-filter replacements, ward off latent malfunctions, and mechanics also tackle full-blown repairs, taking the time to carefully explain each adjustment to customers. Funk Bros. has also been hired to tune up vehicles on movie sets, from stuntmen’s souped-up cars to directors’ limos made from melted award statuettes.