To Dan Kim, a red mango is something truly special. The fruit only becomes that color for a very brief time, when it's most ripe, most delicious, and most nutritious. This became an allegory for Dan, a frozen yogurt enthusiast, who was conceptualizing his first yogurt shop. He opened the first location in 2007, vowing to use all-natural ingredients that, like the red mango, are both tasty and healthy. His commitment to conscientious snacking certainly caught on, as the brand has since expanded to more than 200 locations throughout North and South America. In 2011, Red Mango took top honors for frozen yogurt shops and for healthy options in a Zagat poll.
In addition to being all-natural, Red Mango's award-winning yogurt satisfies a range of diets by being gluten-free, kosher, and low-fat or non-fat. Each of the nearly 50 flavors, which range from green tea to dulce de leche, contains calcium, protein, and immune-boosting probiotics. Depending on the location, people can serve themselves or order from the full-service counter as they concoct sundaes crowned with anything from fresh fruit to peanut butter cups. The menu includes more than just fro-yo sundaes, however?it also features yogurt parfaits, Skinny Sorbettos, and fruit or boba smoothies. In addition to developing secret handshakes with their favorite yogurt taps, regular visitors can sign up for the Club Mango rewards program to receive special offers and discounts.
Massive containers of whey and protein powders line the walls at Vitamin Power, providing customers with a full view of the variety of nutrition and supplement products they have to offer. Customers can load up on protein shakes filled with vitamin C, pre-workout formulas, or more intense supplements designed to help muscles bulge. The shop also prepares smoothies using fresh mangoes, berries, and bananas, as well as mix-ins that boost energy including pecans and flax seed.
Executive chef Marcela Cantu employs extensive culinary training and fine ingredients to infuse each plate on The Ristretto's menu with palate-pleasing passion. Diners can pep-talk taste buds with appetizers such as bruschetta topped with herb-marinated tomatoes ($6.99), or funghi farcito, stuffed mushrooms accessorized with shrimp and crowned with cheese ($7.99). Move on to popular pasta plates such as the fetuccine alfredo with grilled chicken ($9.99) or farfalle al pesto ($9.99) inviting chicken, basil, and pine nuts to a tan-tie affair hosted by garlic olive oil sauce. The more meatily-inclined can select from ample options of chicken and fish, or savor eggplant parmigiana ($10.99) to sate an herbaceous appetite. Pull up a chair in the cozy dining room to set the scene for a romantic evening with a special ladyfriend or amicable gentlemanchum.
At first glance, La Pesca might seem to only be a seafood joint?cooks do pile eight different types of it, from clams to crab legs, into the caldo pesca soup alone. But the culinary team's specialty is merging those succulent catches with classic Mexican recipes. Here, cooks stuff jalape?os with white cheese and shrimp, broil red snapper by the pound, and pile octopus and mushrooms into tacos. In addition to crafting seafood-free Mexican options, such as grilled-chicken tacos, they also put their stamp on non-Mexican seafood dishes, such as po' boys with fried oysters.
Before the delicacies are composed at Grapevine Caf?, their ingredients are made from scratch in-house. This ranges from roasting and grinding Albisola Specialty Blends Coffee beans to crafting fresh tortillas. The latter are used to create huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and crab enchiladas, just some of the Mexican-style offerings that share menu space with Belgian waffles and chicken-fried-steak sandwiches. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available inside the cozy cafe, where complimentary WiFi encourages diners to stay a while and refill their espresso drinks.
Everything about Fromage Bistro beckons an extra moment to take in its beauty, from the white leather couches and glittering chandeliers to each perfectly plated European-style entree. The sophisticated menu stars fondue, crepes, and steaks balanced with a wine list that spans the continents. Not only are elevated cheese fondues represented, as in the Gouda-Emmenthaler blend, but oil-based hot pots are a staple here as well, which diners use to cook seafood and beef themselves at the table. Lunch and dinner have their distinct callings, with popular Paris-reminiscent sandwiches by day and seared ahi and duck in the evenings. The bistro takes on a more lounge-centric feel with black-and-white silent-movies at 7 p.m., Monday ? Saturday, just like it's done weekly at the Moulin Rouge.