Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
For more than 30 years, the gastronomic gurus at Cliff's Grill have devised an array of appetite-quaffing burgers and casual American fare served all day. Beef buffs can peruse the extensive menu to discover more than a dozen hamburger varieties formed from trans fat-free all-beef patties. Chow down on the Murphy burger crammed with grilled onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, and hickory sauce ($6.45), or divide a southwest burger stuffed with avocados, pepper jack cheese, salsa, and grilled onions ($6.45) into four corners of deliciousness. The veggie burger comes meat-free in lettuce, tomatoes, and onions drapery ($5.25), while breakfast offerings, such as an egg, steak, and cheese pita ($5.45), sate early risers with equal griddle-based aplomb.
Back in the storage closet of Fred's Italian Corner, half the tablecloths are a solid, elegant burgundy, and the other half are checkered red and white. That's because the bistro transforms every from a New York style pizzeria by day into an intimate bistro by night. During dinner, a fleet of bow-tied servers glide from the wine rack wall to the glass-topped tables, presenting chicken marsala, shrimp Tuscany, and Neapolitan-style, thin crust pizzas. During lunch, cooks sling a similar menu of pasta, salads, subs, and slices, but they do it quickly and casually from the cozy counter. That's not to say you'll need a ball gown in the dining room?the entirety of Fred's Italian Corner, from booth to patio to counter,?operates as a friendly, family-run restaurant with a relaxed, casual vibe.
Culled from natural ingredients, Berripop's nonfat frozen yogurt is whipped fresh daily and infused with vibrant flavors. Sate chromatic cravings with Berripop's rainbow of taste-hues, such as luscious chocolate, refreshing mango, piquant green apple, and delectably indecisive raspberry-pomegranate. With a twist of the faucet, yogurus whirl out a medium-sized mound ($4.50) to be adorned with edible textures from a topping bar rife with fresh kiwi, raspberries, almonds, Cap'n Crunch, Reese's peanut-butter cups, and more ($1 for unlimited toppings). Alternatively, guests can enjoy smoothies, parfaits, or shaved ice to make tongues feel as cool as Fonzie sledding the Alps on a gold record. Each location of the Texas-born dairy dispensary beams with a bright modern interior, free WIFI, and flat-screen TVs to entertain eyes as they fill bellies. Groupon buyers who return again within one month of their first purchase will receive 50% off their next set of treats.
At Sushi Rock, each dish is a colorful work of art, whether it's a multi-hued rainbow roll or a bright green caterpillar roll, complete with edible "eyes". Chefs treat each dish with the same artful attention, using only fresh veggies and seafood to ensure their sushi and sashimi tastes just as good as it looks. Diners can mix and match sashimi to alternate between thick slices of peppery tuna and smoky cuts of salmon, or order up sushi rolls stuffed with octopus, flying fish eggs, and fresh water eel, to name a few. Tataki dishes offer a change of pace with cooked options such as seared albacore and red snapper.
Owner Narin Sehgal and chef-in-chief Gary Grewal channel the culinary traditions of their Punjabi hometowns to craft delicately spiced dishes for a menu that was rated "excellent" by Zagat. Chicken tikka and tandoori prawns soak up a savory marinade before warming up in the same clay oven that gives a flame-kissed crust to breads stuffed with paneer, nuts, lamb, or mint. The black-lentil base of dal makhani spends an entire night slowly absorbing the essence of distinctive herbs, much like a college student cramming for a big botany exam. Abundant subcontinental flair outfits the dining rooms, including arched doorways set into clay-colored walls, rich prints, and tasseled chandeliers.