At Lassen's Natural Foods and Vitamins, you can find ayurvedic herb blends and homeopathic herbs. You can find kelp granules, kelp capsules, and kelp powder. And you can peruse more than a dozen varieties of tahini and cashew and almond butter. The vast inventory of wholesome foods and supplements may overwhelm newcomers. Fortunately, staff members strive to not only provide shoppers access to healthy products, but also educate and empower them to make healthy decisions.
Each month, for instance, local health experts lead health lectures, discussing topics that range from managing stress to working up to a Hulk-like immune system. Staff members are happy to let customers sample any product, and even offer educational literature when a customer wavers between brands. Most importantly, staff members receive weekly educational trainings, and pass their knowledge on to customers: cashiers can explain the difference between organic and free range, for instance, and herb experts can explain the health benefits of dozens of plants and herbs.
Devoted to helping people stay healthy and happy, Kristina's Natural Ranch Market is a convenient one-stop shop for everyday organic wares and invaluable lifestyle advice. Stroll through aisles to find an abundance of good-for-you goodies and popular unperished perishables such as specialty breads, free-range poultry, extra-lean ground beef ($5.89/lb), low-fat raw milk ($3.50 for a half gallon), organic bananas ($0.99/lb), plums ($1.29/lb), and bulk spices. In addition to flaunting a hefty selection of fresh, local produce and gourmet groceries, Kristina's Natural Ranch Market stocks gluten- and wheat-free items, health supplements, and natural beauty and body-care products. Though this Groupon can only be used in-store, take a peek at the online catalogue to get a feel for the shop's stock.
The cooks at Velvet Grill & Creamery understand the timelessness of classic diner fare and a cold scoop of ice cream. All day long, they make breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes from scratch and churn out fresh batches of more than 20 ice-cream flavors. Breakfast seekers satisfy savory cravings with three-egg omelets stuffed with ingredients such as avocado, crab, linguiça, and feta cheese. Sweet teeth tear into Velvet's original pancakes, made with real oatmeal and buttermilk from a special house recipe. Later-day options include classic comfort fare such as chicken-fried steak and smoked pork chops doused with an apricot glaze. Among the sandwich selection, the house-special mega grilled cheese ($7.39) combines four kinds of melted, gooey cheese between three slices of bread to form a meal hefty enough to knock over Mechagodzilla should he return from his semester abroad in Prague. Diners can also lap up the eatery's rotating selection of homemade ice creams, which were spotlighted in the Lodi News-Sentinel for their incorporation of such unconventional ingredients as wine and butternut squash. Customers can also suggest new flavors and request special batches, which in the past have included licorice, bacon, and the sweet, sweet taste of victory over chinese finger traps.
Pacific Foods stocks its icy racks with fresh seafood, lamb, and goat meat from California and global locales, creating a travel agency for landlocked taste buds. Knowing appetites, like billy goats gruff, come in multiple sizes, Pacific Foods proffers a variety of lobster weights, enormous tiger prawns, and wild-caught scallops and calamari. In addition, Pacific Foods' buyers study sea charts and almanacs to understand where lobster and Dungeoness crab is in season during all months, providing fresh crustaceans no matter the time of year.
The seasoned slingers of succulence at Johnathan's Fresh Fish & Meats, who first sharpened their cleavers more than 26 years ago, barbecue bold, smoky flavors into fresh meats to create mouthwatering dinner combos. The combo plate saddles up chicken, pork ribs, or tri-tip beef alongside cowboy beans and a choice of macaroni salad, potato salad, or coleslaw for a gastronomic hootenanny more flavorsome than a gummy-bear rodeo. Barbecue buffs can inhale the scent of grilled meat while dining in at either of the locations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or carryout their plates to enjoy at home with their significant other, roommate, or that handsome doppelganger lurking in the mirror.