Just weeks before his wedding in 2006, Vaughan Lazar sat down with his college friend Michael Gordon. They weren’t fine-tuning toasts or planning the bachelor party, but rather intently discussing what they could do to make a difference in the lives of others. After a round of brainstorming, they realized that there was a lack of organic restaurants with quick dine-in, pickup, or delivery options, and thus, Pizza Fusion was born. Their menu features pizzas with regular, multigrain, and gluten-free crusts made from scratch and crowned with local produce, free-range chicken, and vegan toppings. Wine, gluten-free beer, and all-natural soft drinks from Honest Tea and Boylan accompany salads tossed with pear and gorgonzola or sandwiches stacked with portobello mushrooms and pesto. In addition to their organic pantry, the restaurant franchise keeps the environment clean, taking measures such as supplying a fleet of hybrid delivery cars for each store, constructing LEED-certified buildings, and purchasing renewable energy certificates to offset 100% of its power consumption. The pizza place is also home to the Organic Kids Club, which teaches children lessons in basic organics and rewards them with Pizza Fusion diplomas and early registration privleges for future semesters.
The foundation of San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery's deli-style sandwiches is its talked-about sourdough bread, freshly baked and still warm from the oven. Customers also have a large variety of fillings to choose from: the menu boasts 22 different sandwich options. Piles of ham, pastrami, turkey, and tuna salad mingle with Swiss cheese, lettuce, onions, tomato, and mustard. Other options include corned beef and turkey, garlic-pesto turkey, and veggie. Eager sandwich-consumers can also opt towards combos that include chips, fountain drinks, green salads, or soup. Meanwhile, the sandwich-rebellious can grab soup served in cups, bowls, sourdough-bread bowls, or sourdough-bread stovepipe hats.
At Elements Therapeutic Massage, studio manager Susan Comer's team of massage therapists draws upon a wealth of knowledge amassed through international training experience and massage-therapy-school stints. Stationed inside earth-toned massage rooms with dim lighting, soft music, and the calming presence of a dozen cooing doves, therapists prod knots and release tension using four pressure levels, exercising massage techniques such as deep tissue, prenatal, and Swedish. Post massage, the staff eases clients out of their relaxation reveries and as bodies rehydrate and develop a feeling of overall restoration.
Elixir Organic Cafe expertly crafts its housemade fare with 95% organic ingredients, including succulent meats free from hormones, nitrates, and artificial preservatives. A dozen burger designs bedeck nine types of patties—enough for each player on a baseball team to pad his glove with a different kind of patty—including turkey, eggplant, and grass-fed beef. The eatery tailor-makes its meals to satisfy a range of appetites, from those of strict meat eaters to those of faithful vegans and gluten-free dieters. More than 10 sandwiches come in hot, cold, and panini form, further solidifying Elixir's reputation for a culinary range as wide as a piece of taffy stuck to two racecars traveling in opposite directions. Expert bakers churn out an array of decadent desserts, such as cherry-dotted black-forest cake and vegan and gluten-free carrot cake. The cafe's multigrain pancakes and eggs benedicts make for a wholesome breakfast, and creamy smoothies and fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices packed with vitamins wash down the nutrient-rich dishes.
Balancing a rich flavor with healthy nourishment, Yogel’s masterfully crafted frozen-yogurt recipe has been luring loyal customers and cooling off summer-broiled bodies for more than 30 years. A rotation of 50 possible varieties ($0.30 per ounce—cheaper than both floppy disks and nickels) can be piled high in flavors such as apple pie, cheesecake, cake batter, coconut, and motor oil (for robots). To keep bratty siblings and cartoon burglars from claiming ownership of your masterpiece, write your name in toppings such as hot fudge, cherries, mango, cookie dough, and Cocoa Pebbles. Finally, let loose and dig in knowing that Yogel's frozen yogurt is fortified with protein, calcium, active cultures, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients, just like pyramids.