Between the demands of work and family, preparing healthy meals on a daily basis can be tough. Cooking From The Heart's chefs aim to help households overcome this challenge by preparing entrees, soups, and salads and then delivering the dishes to customers' homes, where they can be conveniently defrosted and reheated for a quick, nutritious meal. To make meal-time even more convenient, food arrives at doorsteps in microwave- and oven-safe glass Pyrex dishes, and the staff even retrieves the cleaned dishes from previous orders with every drop-off.
Drawing inspiration from Thai, Greek, Latin, Italian, and American cuisines, the chefs prepare an ever-changing selection of classic comfort foods with a healthy twist. In addition to avoiding added sugar and refined products, they also incorporate as many organic grains, herbs, and vegetables as possible. Ground turkey provides a healthful alternative to red meats in dishes such as a shepherd's pie, joining sautéed onions and brown gravy beneath a crust of cheesy mashed potatoes. Similarly, quinoa and tofu can help add a welcome dose of protein without adding fat and cholesterol, the way meat can. And because Cooking From The Heart knows that some customers have special reasons for watching what they eat, they also provide many options that can be made without dairy, meat, cholesterol, or any vegetable that flies.
For more than 50 years, Lambert's Rainbow Fruit has filled pantries with the vibrant oranges, greens, and reds of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now owned by a third-generation of the Lambert family, the store sells New York-style deli sandwiches and soups along with its groceries. Their on-site garden center also offers flowers and plants as fresh as Lambert's produce to fill homes with cheerful blossoms and life-sustaining oxygen.
To achieve the trademark flavor barbecue cuisine is beloved for, Smokey Stax's resident pit master slow cooks each cut and slab of beef brisket, pork shoulder, or ribs on a customized catering rig that can travel anywhere onsite. In addition to regaling guests with the smoke-filled scents of succulent meats, the huge rig allows the pit master to cook food for up to 2,000 diners or approximately three Hulk Hogans. Small- or large-scale feasts can include whole hogs, burgers, lobsters, and vegetables.
The bakers at The Café at A Perfect Taste assemble tempting homemade confections baked fresh daily. Separate kitchens for meat and dairy produce 100% kosher creations, as well as vegan and gluten-free bites. Scratch-made sugary morsels such as cupcakes ($2.99) and savory or sweet pies ($6.99–$12.99) fashion cakey crusts into mouth-friendly Euclidean forms. Slurpable soups ($3.99/12 oz.; $6.99/32 oz.) pair with potato-packed assortments of homemade knish ($3.50) in an arranged marriage of liquid and solid sustenance. Polish off a snack with a steaming coffee ($1.25/small; $1.75/large) or grab a handful of sticky, sweet caramel popcorn ($3.99).
At Kids’ Fun Stop, children can ride on toys, play house, or dress up for imaginative play. A children's fire engine truck is one of the center’s play structures, which kids aged 6 or younger can climb and pretend to ride. The engine has plentiful company in the spacious play area, which encompasses a climbing structure, large spiral slide, and a rock cave. Kids create masterpieces at the art table, and children aged 2 or younger can spend time in a separate baby area. Parents can oversee playtime while humming along to the kid-friendly music or surfing the web on free WiFi.
Within the recently renovated confines, sunlight streams from large windows in the dining room, bouncing off the dark wooden tables as well as the frameless cityscapes that adorn the walls. Exposed-brick walls, romantic lighting, and a sleek wooden bar further augment the casually elegant space. Diners can indulge in hearty New England comfort food, such as pumpkin ravioli and Nantucket risotto, from their chosen spot, whether it be a booth, a barstool, or the chef’s lap.