PuraVegan promotes healthy eating by complementing a wholesome menu with weekly changing culinary classes, in which home chefs can learn techniques for crafting meals from raw ingredients. During two-hour crash courses, the culinary pedagogues spotlight cooking fundamentals with live demonstrations as seasoned hash slingers donate tastings, recipes, and sure-to-impress-dates lingo to student repertoires. Globetrotting courses transport tasters to various parts of the world, such as the Taste of Tuscany, which exposes the diet-friendly alter ego of Italian vittles with fresh mushrooms and heirloom tomato lasagna. Corral the necessary know-how to swiftly prep nutrient-packed meals during the Quick Raw Meals class or learn how to warm patriotic noshes with fireworks by taking a Contemporary American course. PuraVegan recommends all students bring a pen to class and arrive at least five minutes prior to the designated start time.
The chefs at Central Café and Bakery showcase the flavors of the Middle East with a menu of authentic Lebanese dishes. During dinner, chefs speckle chickens with house spices and grill them whole ($24.99), half ($12.99), or on kebabs interspersed with fresh vegetables ($12.99). Similarly, lamb kebabs pierce meaty morsels that lay atop a bed of rice with a choice of side, such as tabouli or spicy potatoes ($14.99). Sautéed tilapia basks in a Lebanese-spiced white-wine marinade before a frying pan whisks it to a crispy finish ($15.99), and the hospitable staff accents the fresh-baked shawarma pizza with Mediterranean moxie ($12.99 for a 14”). At lunchtime, the kitchen pumps out falafel sandwiches ($4.99) and chicken shawarmas ($5.49), both wrapped in a toasted pita for efficient handling during table-to-table relay races.
The Cup bakes more than a dozen cupcake flavors that revolve every week, making room for new flavor features and seasonal specials. The classic combination of chocolate buttercream and fluffy yellow cake inside the Gold Rush ($2.75) is always available for prospectors to purchase with their own newly sifted nuggets. Patrons alight on lime-green stools as they break through the latticework of a streusel-encrusted sugar glaze to access the Cuppa Coffee Cake ($2.95). The Grasshopper ($2.75) was a recently featured confection, with an Andes mint spelunking into vanilla-mint buttercream. The Pumpkin Harvest ($2.75) treat will induce jack-o'-lantern grins September–December. A selection of The Cup’s from-scratch buttercream is also available in gluten-free incarnations.
Kayak’s Coffee & Provisions greets visitors with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a widespread menu of quick bites, hearty entrees, and sweet desserts. Quiet loud-mouthed stomachs with a Highlands sandwich––prosciutto, cheddar, and brown-ale mustard packed between grilled farmer’s bread ($5.95). Or teleport to Italy for breakfast without scrambling molecular structures with the Sicilian omelette sandwich, which meshes eggs with parmigiano reggiano, marinara sauce, and basil ($5.95). Caffeine cravers can fill up their cups of joe with Kaldi’s strong brews while snacking on a treat from the café’s rotating assortment of satisfying scones, muffins, chocolate-chip cookies, and other baked beauties. And in the winter, Kayak’s regulars enjoy roasting s’mores at their tables, as the shop provides the flames, skewers, and ingredients necessary to cook this campfire classic ($5.95 for two people).
If our eatering holes and houseware warehouses were all combined into multidisciplinary locations the way general stores are, the country would exponentially increase its capacity for hootenannies and what-to-dos. Today’s Groupon harkens back to the days of the general store: $8 gets you $20 worth of lunches, dinners, or goods and groceries at Winslow’s Home. At Winslow's Home: A gourmet twist on down-home fare will leave your belly as full and satisfied as an orchard at harvest-time.At Carl Winslow's Home: Mischief-maker Urkel and his troublesome transformation chamber move in with the Winslows, as he wreaks household havoc by shrinking both himself and Carl in an experiment gone awry.