Yogen Früz has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit—they mix whole mangos, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics and gluten-free goodness. Each flavor is crafted sans artificial flavorings, colors, gelatins, high-fructose corn syrups, or preservatives–all while maintaining gluten-free, kosher-certified status. Of course, customers of the shop—which has more than 1,300 locations in more than 35 countries—can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt or a früzion smoothie. The body bettering doesn’t stop there, as certain topping combinations from its signature früzion bar can even support cell membranes and veins, provide antacid and anti-inflammatory relief, or help prevent body aging, especially if bathed in.
Sharks embraces an atmosphere of roadhouse rusticity with exposed-brick-and-wood-paneled walls sporting a surfeit of taxidermy and other colorful décor. Inside, diners can soak in the sounds of cue balls cracking and darts crashing into bull's eyes, while outside in the beer garden, live music sometimes fills the open-aired environment.
The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.
David Allan Coe, a renegade musician whose calling card also lists magician and movie actor, raucously lacquers auditory passageways with guitar licks and vocal melodies that span the spectrum of American roots rock and outlaw country. The 4onthefloor, a Minneapolis country-rock band with a passion for rugged rhythms and ground-bound even numerals, kicks things off on stage to warm up the speaker system and the audience. Then, for the main event, Coe will strap on his axe and perform a bevy of his twangy tunes from across his four-decade career, including “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” “The Ride,” and “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile.”
Dubuque sits along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, just across the Wisconsin border. The town's natural setting makes it ideal for picturesque hikes such as Heritage Trail, a 26-mile mountain trek that links Dubuque with Dyersville, the site where Field of Dreams was filmed and the first baseball was harvested. A stroll along the Port of Dubuque's River Walk brings glimpses of Victorian architecture, eclectic sculptures by local artists, and the city's iconic clock tower. During the winter, skiing is a popular pursuit at Dubuque's Sundown Mountain resort. A scenic 20-mile drive east of the river, the charming town of Galena, Illinois, boasts wineries, antiques stores, and blacksmith shops.
Mean Bean Roasters' beans hail from far-flung locales, such as the Caribbean, South America, and Papua New Guinea?but they're all roasted locally. The roasts are then packaged, sometimes as pure beans, sometimes as curated blends such as the robust-flavored "Black Magic." The team crafts flavored coffees, too, imbued with touches of amaretto, for example, or notes of bacon.