Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.
O’Boys Bar-B-Q slathers homemade barbecue sauce on a variety of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meats. The menu showcases succulent selections, hand-trimmed, slowly smoked over hickory, and basted twice in O’Boys’ Florida-style barbecue sauce. Generously portioned platters feature sliced, pulled, and bone-in meat feasts such as pork ribs served alongside savory, home-style sides that include french fries, mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, and garlic bread ($13.99). Kick off meals with barbecue-chicken nachos topped with a medley of fixings and fit to share bite-for-bite with famished doppelgangers ($7.49).
Planet Smoothie isn't just a cute name. The smoothie shop actually does cover a significant portion of the planet, with locations all over the east coast and as far west as Hawaii. In their expansive geographical quest, they seek to change diets for the better with their products. The team behind this fruit haven lays down exactly what their smoothies are made of. What's more, they're up front about what the smoothies will do for your body so that clients can make informed decisions about their smoothie choices.
Their full menu catalogs fruit-filled drinks, with options to add protein powder for speedier muscle growth. They also mix in fat-burning blasts to suppress appetites and immune-system blasts to keep bodies healthy. The shop accommodates clients? food allergies and dietary restrictions with gluten-free and dairy-free options as well. In addition, they only use natural, low-calorie sweeteners composed of agave and stevia that offer a healthy alternative to chemical sweeteners while avoiding the excess calories associated with traditional sugar. For the morning crowd, Illy coffee is served up iced or hot in espresso, lattes, and mochas.
Italian Ice Paradise’s staff showcases its specialty for customers by heaping spoonfuls of the shop’s 12 flavors of italian ice. A row of picnic-style tables outside presents al fresco enjoyment of cups of Italian ice or, alternatively, scoops of Hershey's ice cream topped with hot fudge or sprinkles. In all, the haven for dessert serves 17 flavors of that Hershey’s treat, including strawberry and moose tracks—which are what moose trains run on.
At 11 a.m. each day, the scents of fresh-brewed coffee and blueberry french toast begin to shift to those of homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes at Café Perks. The quaint, country-style eatery churns out hearty meals to keep bellies warm and pleasantly stuffed all the way up until dinner, with egg and cheese sandwiches and platters of biscuits and gravy preceding lunch options such as club sandwiches and pork chops. Six types of salads satisfy lighter cravings.
Royal Indian Cuisine's kitchen pulls its inspiration from India's truest sources: its communities. Leveraging recipes commonly found in people's homes and in the popular stalls that pepper the streets, the restaurant serves up dishes that span the entire country, from the north-west frontier to the coastal south. What results are spicy plates of tandoori shrimp marinated in yogurt, and bowls of chicken tikka masala in creamy tomato sauce?all faithful to the authentic preparations.