Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.
Lisa Patel was at a crossroads; she knew she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, but she didn’t know which one. After getting into a car wreck that injured her back, she discovered the benefits of chiropractic medicine and, ultimately, the solution to her dilemma. She went on to pursue a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and today treats all manner of pain and ailments with spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and rehabilitation techniques at Precision Chiropractic. She works alongside a team of massage therapists, who strive to complement her practice with a variety of bodywork techniques designed to recalibrate the muscles of semiprofessional athletes, marathon runners, and chauffeurs who have to pack up their car and take it home in their backpack after every shift.
Try not to be distracted by the giant conveyor belt of piping hot and freshly-baked flatbread snaking its way around the deli area when you enter Phoenicia Specialty Foods. And don’t be surprised to see people carting entire grocery baskets full of their own steamy, hot bread to the checkout lanes. The baked in-house bundles are a bit of a store specialty, but by no means is it the only thing Phoenicia Specialty Foods’ Westheimer location has going for it. Tucked between the Westchase District and the Energy Corridor, Phoenicia stocks homemade yogurt, freshly baked desserts and a full deli of hot and cold dishes to eat on the patio or take to go. With high ceilings, lots of natural light and plenty of long, tall shelves, there’s a good bet you can find anything you need at this specialty outlet, including fresh produce.
Get ready to cook with Bangkok Blend, Sunny Paris, Singapore Seasoning and at least eight different curry powders from around the world, thanks to Penzeys Spices on 19th Street in Houston. Need a flavor boost for your homemade sausage? This strip mall storefront in the Heights carries roughly half-a-dozen varieties of sausage spice, as well as pre-mixed dressing blends for the perfect Country French Vinaigrette. Just step into Penzeys well-stocked space to begin navigating hundreds of bottles of spices, herbs and seasoning blends, each organized by category and use. Saunter over to the retro kitchen display in the back to pick up more varieties of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla than you thought possible. Then head home with a small jar of any spice, or buy that unique sausage spice blend in bulk for big cooking jobs.
For Brandie, owner of Sassy Steps Stiletto Fitness, there’s nothing more seductive than getting into shape. Plus, she says, “laughter, smiles, giggles, and lots of blushing” doesn’t hurt either. In her private studio, she leads a master class in the finer points of flirtation. Her introductory stiletto fitness classes teach women to draw out feminine wiles through dance moves that often incorporate props, such as chairs, canes, and, of course, high-heel shoes. All the while, students shed calories, tone their leg and abs, and, most importantly, build up confidence with every sashay. The classes are almost tailor-made to ensure a memorable bachelorette party or girls’ night out, and Brandie also takes students under her wing in one-on-one private sessions.