Country-style wooden chairs and a hodgepodge of art on the walls give Mainstreet Cafe a cozy, hometown atmosphere. The comfortable atmosphere is key, as staff at Mainstreet Cafe hopes its diners will come to eat all three meals and feed all four stomachs, with a menu that encompasses breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the mornings, the griddle sizzles with eggs and pancake batter. Later in the day, guests can order hearty sandwiches and Black Angus burgers, steak dishes, or the café’s specialty german sausage and housemade zwieback.
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.
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.
Though “traditional favorites” is one of many sections on Strings Italian Cafe's menu, the heading describes a bulk of the eatery’s handcrafted Italian dishes. Under new ownership as of January 2013, the cafe fills raviolis with artichoke hearts, flavor shrimp scampi with white wine and lemon juice, and top one of two specialty pizzas with alfredo sauce and chicken breast. That being said, the cafés chefs make room for a few innovative touches within their old-style approach. These include baking lasagna inside onion-garlic pastries and spicing up pasta medleys of chicken, shrimp, and pesto with hints of curry.
A Double Gold Medal award winner for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard Zinfandel at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Ramos Torres Winery produces several Central Valley–grown wines under the direction of Oscar Ramos, who holds a degree in enology and a minor in enosophy (the study of wine's thoughts). An in-store wine tasting will let you and a beverage buddy tiptoe your taste buds through a selection of Ramos's varietals and fermented concoctions, which include the 2007 Vino Tinto, a careful blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and petit sirah. The 2007 Branches brims with intense fruit flavors, delighting palates with its blackberry notes and toasty finish, while the 2009 Conversations blends apricot aromas, muscat blanc, and the citrus sensations of orange muscat—tailor-made for sipping atop a bucking bronco. To keep vino-tasters from floating away and damaging the store's new ceiling fans, Ramos Torres Winery will weigh down wine-soaked bellies with a hearty spread of appetizers, including an assortment of artisan cheese and meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and crostini.