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.
It took 750 bottles of wine, 500 pounds of fruit, 63 liters each of brandy and triple sec, and a hearty helping of simple syrup for Ceviche to make history. At its first Sangria Fest, as reported by World Record Academy, the restaurant's staff brought together these ingredients to make a one-ton version of its trademark house sangria, and set a Guinness World Record in the process.
This tendency to think big shows up in more places than their giant, festive pitcher. A wine list that enters the triple-digits, page after page of small plates with huge flavors, ceviche with octopus, and exuberant (and cover-charge free) live music events that run the gamut from reggae to flamenco all point to Ceviche's tendency to bring the unexpected to life. The bodega-style lounge is decorated with wine-red accent walls and hardwoods.
D'Angelo Trattoria's chef, Enrico Esposito, adheres closely to tradition. He's modeled his eatery after classic Neopolitan trattorias, and he loves rustic family recipes that have withstood the test of time?so much so that he hasn't modernized the baking process for his Neopolitan pizzas. Crowned with toppings from arugula to Parma prosciutto, they're still baked in a wood-burning stove.
The eatery's venue, a bungalow home from the 1930s, is as time-honored as its recipes. The wine cellar houses more than 1,000 bottles, each vintage hand-picked by Chef Enrico. Diners can order their vino by the glass, the quartino, the bottle, or, for an extra-festive night, by the wine-filled pinata.
Palm trees and flower boxes create a verdant border around Café Loredana, transforming the eatery’s second-story patio into a private enclave. Inside this 100-year-old Victorian building, sunlight streams through lace curtains and illuminates hardwood floors and canary-yellow walls. The timeless elegance of these surroundings inspires chefs to assemble a menu of equally classic Italian dishes. They toss fresh seafood and tender pastas with complex sauces infused with wine, citrus, and herbs, and they melt mozzarella cheese over lightly breaded cutlets of veal. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list punctuated by Italian chiantis, pinot noirs, and fermented umlauts.
Boasting a wide array of sandwiches, E&J's Sandwich Shop specializes in sandwiches and hoagies lined with genoa salami, capicola, roasted peppers, and homemade meatballs parmesan. They use deli meats to create cold hoagies such as the Classic, which features turkey, roast beef, and smoked bacon layered with a choice of toppings such as banana peppers, oil and vinegar, and mustard. But for their hot items, they either grill the entire sandwich whole as in the cuban panini or serve it with jus as in the french dip. To complement their sandwiches, they offer deli pickles, coleslaw, and giant cookies fresh from the oven.
The frock fixers at Aloha Dry Cleaners, established in 1964, cleanse garments onsite using environmentally friendly dry-cleaning processes. They also perfect alterations for all garments ranging from draperies and upholstery to dresses and suits. The 13 trained staff members help to preserve wedding gowns and keep everyday wear stain-free. As a courtesy to their customers and community, they clean any American flag or stuffed animal for free, so long as teddy bears are registered to vote.