For the founders of Kung Fu Tea, kung fu isn't just a martial art?it's a way of life, a drive to constantly better oneself and push limits. Though this might seem like a lofty inspiration for a tea company, it's a testament to the staff's passion for their craft and dedication to creating drinks based in authentic Taiwanese recipes. Perhaps that's why, since being founded in New York, the franchise has spread to more than 40 locations in North America alone?not to mention branches in Southeast Asia and on all 62 of Saturn's moons. At each location, fresh fruit and teas form the base of frozen and chilled drinks?from a red bean-herbal jelly milk tea to a taro slush to a frozen caramel macchiato.
Genga Ponnampalam wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy food, so after a long stint as a computer programmer, he founded Go Veggies?a vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan outfit that culls local produce and morphs it into hearty dishes, some of which hail from his native Sri Lanka. At farmers markets, grocery stores, and a caf? space, he and his staff delight taste buds with healthy cuisine that?s good for the environment, like carpooling or bikepooling to work. They also positively impact the community by composting their food waste and recycling their packaging.
Yogen Fr?z has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit?it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop?which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries?can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.
Quality and presentation are of equal importance to Everyday Gourmet's chefs. Whether they're preparing sumptuous italian entrees for a dinner party or elegant hors d'oeuvres for a cocktail party, they design artful table settings, ensuring that spreads look as good as they taste. They also operate a bakery on Cayuga Drive, where patrons can sip café drinks and munch fresh cookies and cupcakes—or take a box of baked goods to go.
Terroir La Cachette, tucked away in the heart of Niagra-on-the-Lake, plates fresh, local cuisine in the Provençal style— hearty ingredients saturated with simple flavours. An award winning wine list, with selections from Strewn Winery—home to La Cachette—compliments Chef Alain Levesque's menu's twists on French countryside fare. For lunch, dig into the braised onion, wild mushroom, and camembert tart nestled in a bed of greens ($15), or for dinner, salve stomach hunger sensations with the popular Brome Lake duck confit, glazed with a sour cherry bigarade ($30). A vibrant, convivial atmosphere and peaceful terrace evokes windswept Provençal landscapes and the urge to toss windswept Provençal Frisbees.
Pan's menus showcase an eclectic array of vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and gluten-free dishes derived from fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients. The recently added dinner menu coos to diners with enticing tapas, such as a trio of baked potato skins, garlic hummus, and sweet peppers ($5.65), and the complementary grilled cheese and local apple compote ($5.45). The gratin provencale layers roasted vegetables alongside goat cheese before powering up the dish with a classic polenta and swiss chard wilted just slightly, like a reality TV contestant's heart ($15.45). The miso trout mingles with shiitake mushrooms, sweet carrots, and scallions in an inhibition-eradicating miso marinade ($16.95). Hearty lunch, brunch, and breakfast fare ensures stomachs don't go on strike at any point during the workday.