Offering a laid-back spot for families to bond over a board of all-American fare, Forestiere's Place serves grill-graced creations to scores of casual carnivores. For starters, share some bruschetta ($6.99) or mozzarella sticks ($5.99) with your kilted clan of Scottish immortals while perusing the grilled entrees. The 7 oz. hamburger ($5.25) happily accepts cheese ($0.50 extra) and bacon ($0.75 extra) hop-ons, while Forestiere's special ($6.95) dots the eatery's renowned homemade Italian sausage with sweet Italian peppers and onions. Unlike most traditional rib joints and daycare centers, Forestiere's Place boasts a collection of high-end wines, giving diners the rare opportunity to pair a barbecue chicken-thigh plate ($9.99) with the berries, spices, and oak nuances of the Josh Cellars North Coast cabernet ($8/glass, $26/bottle) or offset the savory tri-tip tacos ($7.99) with the full-bodied peach, pear, yellow apple, and crème brûlée undertones of the Sebastiani chardonnay ($7/glass, $26/bottle). Bottled and draft beers are also available for more hops-happy diners.
Powell's sports a vast collection of confections that covers the entirety of the nostalgic scale. Dig for long-lost saccharine treasure at the bulk candy wall ($9.99 per lb.) or cocoa-coated sarcophagi such as succulent turtles and chocolate-covered pretzels ($4.50 per 1/4 lb.). Powell's also serves up freshly scooped servings of gelatos classicos (creamy, rich, Italian-style ice cream), coolly served in anything from a child's cup ($2.95) to an adult regular ($4.95) to straight into cupped hands (price negotiable). To-go pints are also available for picnics, birthdays, or igloo-apartment ribbon-cutting ceremonies ($7.95/pint).
Whichever smokeporium you choose to patronize, you'll be greeted by a plush interior lined with more wood than the HMS Pinafore, punctuated by guffawing conversation and the squeak of soft leather chairs. While the odd fresh-air enthusiast takes a breather on the outdoor patio, dive into a 20-count box of Drew Estate Isla del Sol smokesticks ($99), a basket pipe made from Italian briarwood ($30), or the loose-leaf joy of the Dark English tobacco blend with Latakia and "Oriental" flavors ($8.50 for 2 ounces), best served poured piping hot with a little cream and a biscuit. Cigars Limited serves up lifestyle products as well: the man-pampering Art of Shaving four-step shaving cream and aftershave balm kit ($40), fine 12-once bags of FG Beans coffee, and the manliest product of all, woodwick candles ($20 each).
Over the course of two decades, the sandwich artisans of The Corner Cafe have perfected the architecture of the stack, the bread-to-ingredients ratio, and the angle of that final slice. Served daily, the lunch menu details classics such as the award-winning Clovis club and the house-made smoked pastrami and corned beef alongside daily specials that rotate throughout the week. In addition to signature sandwiches, the cafe slings smoked tri-tip and seven kinds of char-broiled Angus beef burger, each topped with an array of ingredients that range from avocados to American-cheese flags.
The staff at Dinner MyWay takes on the tasks of menu planning, ingredient chopping, grocery procurement, and mess correction for all-but-cooked family-style dinners. Pick up ready-to-go dinners, or construct them yourself at the fully equipped assembly stations, where you can modify the meals to suit your family's taste preferences, allergies, or the food-color demands of a complex game of edible Uno. Unlike the cover of Shape magazine, Dinner MyWay’s menu visibly changes each month and features 14 entrees every four weeks. July's menu features such summertime feasts as peach grilled chicken, New Orleans shrimp, blue-cheese- and pecan-rolled steak, and chicken Sonora casserole. Each meal includes nutritional information and preparation instructions so that you can move swiftly from meeting to heating to eating. Call Dinner MyWay at least 24 hours ahead of time to schedule a meal-making or pick-up time, or drop in and select from what is available.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.