The chefs at Ami's Chaatwala serve homemade chaats?snacks traditionally served at roadside stalls or beaches in India. Spiced potatoes tuck inside Pani Poori?s fried crisps, and Papri Chaat consists of flat crisps topped with potatoes, chickpea, yogurt, mint, tamarind chutney, and cilantro. Other easy-to-eat items on the menu include wraps stuffed with spiced cottage cheese, sauteed bell peppers and mint sauce. Each meal is neatly packaged and ready for customers to pick up and enjoy at home, a local park, or a favorite parking garage.
Ranked 73rd best brewer in the world by RateBeer and 15th out of the top 50 American Microbreweries by BeerAdvocate, Thomas Hooker Brewery has earned its share of accolades. The brewery’s staff has been forging consistent, small-batch brews for more than a decade. Today, they produce 11 one-of-a-kind beers, with year-round flavors such as the Hop Meadow IPA, or the Irish Red Ale. Their seasonal flavors, meanwhile, include the Chocolate Truffle Stout and the Watermelon Ale, whose fruity notes make it ideal for summer drinking or as the proper liquid with which to hydrate a fruit garden. The team leads a tour and tasting on Saturday afternoons, and their gift shop is fully stocked with paraphernalia and growlers of their popular brews.
The staffers at Hooked hand select an array of fish, meat, and produce, filling glass coolers with seafood such as sushi-grade yellowfin tuna, scallops, and locally caught cod. They never freeze their fresh selections, lending the food a more natural taste and a decided advantage at freeze tag. Beyond Hooked's fish market, patrons can opt to dine in or carry-out lunches of fried crab cakes, garden salads topped with lobster, and grilled steak sandwiches from an ample menu.
Middlebury's Best Yogurt, Smoothies, and Ice Cream fashions frozen treats of both the sensible and decadent variety, cooling palates with everything from nonfat, sugar-free frozen yogurt to rich cones of ice cream. Past a storefront decorated in neon lights and ice-cream ads, a freezer case lined with potted plants invites visitors to pick out their favorite flavor of frozen treat. Pineapple, banana, and berries add a splash of tropical flavor to smoothies, and ice-cream cakes celebrate birthdays better than playing pin-the-tail-on-Doug.
For the two years he lived in Alaska, Alan Pagano sold wild Alaskan salmon that he bought directly from fishing boats. This experience has led to a lifetime of cultivating relationships with top seafood suppliers, which he takes full advantage of at his fish market, Pagano's Seafood. From markets in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, Alan and his team hand select each batch of wholesale seafood from around the world including red snapper from the Caribbean and naturally raised Scottish salmon. He also sells individual orders of jumbo shrimp, Pacific cod, and caviar. Each order is accompanied by complementary cooking instructions and, in the case of lobster, tips for cleaning, cooking, and cracking them, and then properly mourning their passing.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, presented in artful bouquets and gift boxes by the skilled fruit designers at Edible Arrangements, which has more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. Workers dip fresh fruit and sweets into gluten-free chocolate to create arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can select from a variety of decorative containers, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts.