The United States isn't the only place where Italian immigrants have made an indelible mark on the local cuisine. But while American pizza generally errs on the side of thin crust, notes USA Today, Argentinian pizza starts with "thick, bready crust" crowned with heaps of onions and cheese. The Carrera family's Buenos Aires Pizzeria, the newspaper continues, walks "a middle ground" with a hand-tossed, medium-sized crust. Flavored with housemade tomato sauce or olive oil, these pies arrive topped with everything from spinach and prosciutto to chorizo and mint leaves, an ideal ingredient for pizza you'd rather kiss than eat. In addition to nearly 40 specialty pizzas, the eatery accommodates diners of all stripes with customizable pies and gluten-free crust.
Pizza isn't the only thing the Carrera clan crafts by hand. Made from scratch, traditional and open-faced empanadas sport nearly 30 fillings, from butternut squash and carrot to a medley of bacon, cheese, and fig. For dessert, try over 35 gelato flavors?such as chocolate almond and mango?made in-house daily. While cooks work tirelessly in the open kitchen, bartenders serve wines hailing exclusively from Argentina, including four varieties of malbec.
Sri Lankan culture incorporates distinctive southern Asian roots along with influences from the various European nations that have ruled it. As a result, the cuisine typically features a m?lange of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Malaysian flavors. At Sri Lanka Curry Leaf Restaurant, Lana Hillstrom remains true to the flavors of her native Sri Lanka, filling the menu with her country's eclectic cuisine. Pork and sliced mango simmer in aromatic curry, distinguished from familiar Thai or Indian versions by a signature powder that uses 21 fragrant ingredients, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The rest of the menu includes Sri Lankan interpretations of Asian standards such as chicken tikka, fried rice, and mulligatawny soup.
Channeling the same vivaciousness as the menu, the dining room bursts with color from its sunshine-yellow walls, draped with leafy foliage and imported Sri Lankan rainbows. Framed pictures and woodwork also adorn the walls and add to the room's homey ambiance.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
In the late 1960s, Lewis Grant sought out a plot of land in the Rocky Mountains foothills to grow his own vegetables and brought the wisdom he accrued during a career as a university professor and his son Andy to help with the humble undertaking. The duo took to tilling the land, and over the next few decades, Andy expanded his father’s plot to the 2,200 acres that currently make up the CSA-certified organic farm. Heading a farming community with more than 4,500 members, a dedicated staff of educators and farmers cultivate the farm’s pasture-raised livestock and more than 150 breeds of organic vegetables such as squash, herbs, and 34 varieties of corn and heirloom tomatoes. Every year, the staff gives visitors a hands-on education about the nitty gritty of farm operations and gives them the chance to defeat their cows in starting contests during a spring agricultural festival set against the mountain landscape.
Three green leaves and a small, blooming bud rest upon the globe. It?s an appropriate logo for Wystone's World Teas, given that they carry more than 150 loose and whole-leaf teas from around the world. These are the ingredients the tea bar?s teatenders use to craft beverages such as Japanese green teas. Tea also spills over into the bar's menu which includes a tea infused oatmeal, grilled pear salad, and turkey sandwich. The sweet notes of the beverage even flavor such desserts as the African Rooibos carrot cakes, which come topped with Caramel Rooibos?tea cream frosting.
Private and daily tea tastings give guests the chance to learn about the drink's preparation, origin, and three purest forms: dry leaf, infused leaf, and leaf that looks a little like Larry Bird. During these one-hour sessions, participants sip on five to seven different teas while snacking on chocolate, cheese, and fruit. Wystone also sells teapots and glassware in-store and online and gives back to the community by donating a portion of their profits to the local nonprofits they feature in their store on weekdays.
Wedding and banquet event planners designed every inch of Stonebrook Manor’s 24,000 sq. ft. interior, imbuing the space with an understated elegance that’s earned it praise from the Wedding Wire, and The Knot Best of Weddings. Naturally, this makes the space attractive to wedding parties eager to explore picturesque gardens, ballrooms illuminated by Castilla chandeliers, and a grand foyer accented by Victorian décor and a baby grand piano But, when the foyer’s travertine and granite tile floors aren’t echoing with the footsteps of new matrimony, the space becomes a celebration space for corporate, holiday, and charitable parties; the grand ballroom alone can pack up to 1,100 guests or five white elephants awkwardly standing in the corners. Stonebrook’s timeless finery also provides an appropriate backdrop for special events, including afternoon teas that delight palettes with premium leaf libations, homemade scones, and decadent cheese platters.