Ileana Babu got her start in the beauty industry 20 years ago by working with magazine models as a commercial makeup artist and stylist. Today you don?t have to be a cover girl to take advantage of her skincare and beauty expertise. At ileana's Skincare Sanctuary, she reinvigorates clients with anti-aging and cleansing facial treatments. The i-Glow facial supplies skin with a vitamin- and peptide-rich formula that clarifies and tightens, and the i-Purify treatment unites the restorative benefits of an oxygen microdermabrasion facial with the pampering of a neck and shoulder massage and a hand and foot treatment.
San Giorgi's Coffee's commitment to the earth extends beyond the sustainably grown coffees and teas that line its shelves; the café’s wooden coffee bar and rustic decorations pay subtle tribute to the fertile soils in which beverages began. Each bean and leaf that passes into the café’s mugs is certified organic, and the majority of products also pass stringent fair-trade guidelines. Frozen drinks and smoothies cool off tongues after heated exchanges with rival prime ministers, and paninis are grilled in a press until they are as flat as the tablet PCs soaking up the café’s free wireless Internet.
Inside Pita Jungle, the lush greenery of exotic salads and mixed greens poking from broiled chicken pitas create a landscape of flavor for visitors to dig into. In addition to hot and cold pitas, the restaurant's skillful cooks serve up wood-fired pizzas and fresh salmon with garlic mashed potatoes.
Opened in 1985, Yokohama Asian Express offers a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. Made entirely without MSG, entrees include bowls that pair steamed white or brown rice with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, aided by sips of green tea. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, with party platters or individual meals.
One cupcake looks much like another, which is why Red Velvet Cupcakery's pastry chefs pay such careful attention to what makes them different: the ingredients. Even before a Red Velvet customer takes a bite, they'll probably smell the presence of European butter, Valrhona chocolate, Maldon sea salt, local dairy products, French-style buttercream, and accents made from 24K gold leaf.
That difference was tasted by Washington Post Express, which concluded that Red Velvet's devil's-food cupcake "is sinfully satisfying" with its rich buttermilk cake topped with Valrhona bittersweet-chocolate ganache. It likewise hailed the red-velvet Southern Belle's whipped cream-cheese frosting as "simple, elegant, and too scrumptious for words." To ensure fresh cupcakes?and to keep their wastebaskets available for crumpled-up paper during "writer's block" montages?Red Velvet donates each day's remainders to local shelters and nonprofit organizations.