During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Total Nutrition Center’s staffers steer patrons through a wide-ranging selection of groceries, supplements, and homeopathic remedies, happily answering any questions with healthy lifestyle tips. Bottles of multivitamins, canisters of amino acids, and various antioxidants line shelves, and fibers, oat bran, and other digestive products keep insides humming as smoothly as a forgetful Barry White. The grocery section, replete with preservative-free options and gluten-free staples, simplifies the practice of healthy eating, and natural bath and bodycare products allow customers to shower themselves in eco-consciousness.
Shlomo Gourmet Subs & Deli lovingly crafts hearty fare by crossing Mediterranean and American influence harmoniously with natural ingredients sourced as close to the restaurant as possible. Open until the wee hours on most nights, Shlomo Gourmet Subs & Deli acts as a multiservice destination for guests seeking a swarm of hot, cold, and hearty ingredients. The prepping chefs stuff crispy chickpea balls, pickles, parsley, and tahini into hot-pressed pitas to form falafel sandwiches ($5.79), and sling a full pound of Boar’s Head meat onto moon-pie bread to deliver their one-pounder sandwich ($13.99). Gourmet vegetarian salads toss a cadre of ingredients directly onto the spears of waiting forks or fingers, with green options including the cayenne-accented Armenian ($6.99) and minty tabouleh ($8.99). Scooping spoons also shovel out delectable edibles by the pound or half-pound, from garlicky hummus ($3.99/$5.99) to beef- and spice-stuffed grape leaves ($5.50/$10.50) to hearty helpings of hellos and here's that hummus you ordered.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
A brief look at Chinese Tea Culture's website reveals what a wealth of tea knowledge there is to be explored. For starters, there's the sheer volume of tea varieties: black tea, white tea, green tea, and oolong tea. Each has a handful of sub-varieties, and each of those sub-varieties has half a hundred health benefits. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's fruit tea, flower tea, chai tea, rooibos tea, and many, many more.
The website can be searched by ailment as well, as certain herbal remedies can be used to treat issues from sleeping disorders to digestive problems. Many of these all-natural, organic loose leaf teas can be brewed together to maximize health effects, and the experts at Chinese Tea Culture are happy to provide recipes and brewing instructions. Customers can improve a delicious cup of tea with the store's tea accessories, which include strainers, tea pots, candles, and home decor. Chinese Tea Culture demystifies the ancient healing art of blending, brewing, and sipping tea, and makes it fun as well.