Project Mat? Bar is a caf? and shop devoted to one special variety of tea: yerba mate. A favorite in South America's Guaran? culture, the antioxidant-rich leaves are brewed throughout Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Southern Brazil. Fanatics praise its earthy taste, its bounty of vitamins (A, C, and E), and its minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium). And with two-thirds the caffeine of coffee, but none of java's dehydrating qualities, yerba mate is especially praised for the special brand of calm alertness it helps impart.
At Project Mat? Bar, sippers quaff the energizing elixir or take home the powder or leaves they need to brew their own. The shop culls its yerba mate sustainably, relying on trees, and tea from the branches' teapots, that grow in Brazil's town of Sao Martinho, Rio Grande do Sul. In addition to yerba mate, the shop offers organic blended teas and tea accessories. Sweet-toothed tea fiends can even munch Belgian chocolate infused with yerba mate. Since the drink is traditionally swigged from a gourd, Project Mat? Bar stocks plenty of etched, cured gourds for that purpose.
Thanks to its location just steps from the Atlantic, Secret Garden Cafe Market is able to stock its display case with fresh wild-caught seafood, which makes appearances in lunch entrees and weekend brunch dishes in its attached eatery. In addition to jumbo lump crab, wild caught salmon, and seasonal lobster, the market and café spotlight seasonal items, such as locally and organic sourced produce, grass fed meat, and wild caught fish and hormone-free poultry.
If you scan the menu at a typical quick-service restaurant, you’re liable to find a nutritional wasteland of empty calories, high fat percentages, and loads of cholesterol-packed ingredients. The owners of JuiceBerry Cafe wanted to turn the tide on this trend, so they chose to offer only juices and food items made from fresh produce and organic products. They appear to have succeeded in their mission; today, their juice and smoothie bar churns out custom blends of fruit, wheatgrass, and whey protein with a focus on maximizing the health benefits in each glass.
Aside from its flagship drink menu, the café serves a health-minded menu of salads, sandwiches, and guilt-free burgers. By using nutritious, flavorful ingredients, such as avocados, mangos, and juices from freshly squeezed exercise balls, the kitchen staff has created dishes that satisfy the palate without harming the body.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.
Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.
Inside Town Center Mall sits Bonaccino Cafe, a handsome quick-serve counter with warm-brown accents that hint at the coffee brewing behind it. But it's not just beverages created here?another specialty is crepes, which customers can order in sweet or savory varieties. There's strawberry-banana and dulce de leche, but also philly cheesesteak and chicken with roast pepper. In addition to crepes, baristas prepare fresh salads and scoop gelato into bowls or impatient hands.