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.
Surrounded by stark-white walls and tablecloths, Luna Blu's cerulean napkins, pendant lamps, and chair rails evoke the spirit of the sun-bleached Mediterranean shore. This dedication extends to the menu, which features eggplant parmigiana, veal marsala, and other classic Italian dishes prepared using handmade sauces and other homespun touches. The chefs don't limit themselves to Italian influences alone, though. Hand-tossed, New York?style pizzas also emerge from the kitchen, as does the bistro's signature entree: a 14-ounce new york strip steak topped with a shrimp kebab. Spirits remain high within the casual, inviting space, and Luna Blu keeps guests entertained by hosting live music on Fridays and Saturdays as well as karaoke on Thursdays.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
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.