The hookah's natural habitat is not a nightclub with crashing music and empty drinks slamming against tables. The hookah experience, according to Kimm Smith of Hookah House, should be unrushed and mellow. "It's very meditative," she says, "and should be shared with people you care about." This was the atmosphere in which co-owner Zo spent his childhood in Algeria, where people would spend long hours gathering with friends and families in hookah lounges. He and his Bostonian wife, Michelle, wanted to bring that aspect of Algerian culture to the United States, both to spread a feeling of community and as an homage to the marriage of their distinct backgrounds.
As the fruit-tinged smoke of shisha rises from between murmuring visitors, it passes rich fabrics, which drape the exposed-brick walls, and bright lanterns dangling from a marigold ceiling. Stories seem to overflow from the furniture and textiles, gathered during the couple’s travels in Algeria or preserved from Zo's former life as a sommelier in Paris. This is where patrons linger, resting shoeless feet on bright cushions and pillows as they converse or check email on the free wireless internet. Atop inlaid tables, servers place Turkish coffee, house blends of Moroccan tea, and small plates of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
On some weekend evenings, live jazz stirs guests to twist among tendrils of smoke before a DJ steps up to spin a range of music, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Jimi Hendrix. Belly dancers, with bells and scarves for all to borrow, demonstrate to patrons how to pass lie-detector tests with just their hips. A psychic-in-residence reads coffee grounds most nights, translating the earthy onyx shapes into predictions about the drinker's future.
"Tips are bigger on the inside," reads the sign on Common Grounds Coffee Bar's tip jar, a wink at the sci-fi stalwart Doctor Who and a glimpse into the shop's sense of humor and friendly atmosphere. The coffeeshop pours brews from Rabbit Coffee, blends up fruit smoothies, and prepares bagels and other food.
Thanks to its location just steps from the Atlantic, Secret Garden Cafe Market is able to stock its display case with fresh wild-caught seafood, which makes appearances in lunch entrees and weekend brunch dishes in its attached eatery. In addition to jumbo lump crab, wild caught salmon, and seasonal lobster, the market and café spotlight seasonal items, such as locally and organic sourced produce, grass fed meat, and wild caught fish and hormone-free poultry.
If you scan the menu at a typical quick-service restaurant, you’re liable to find a nutritional wasteland of empty calories, high fat percentages, and loads of cholesterol-packed ingredients. The owners of JuiceBerry Cafe wanted to turn the tide on this trend, so they chose to offer only juices and food items made from fresh produce and organic products. They appear to have succeeded in their mission; today, their juice and smoothie bar churns out custom blends of fruit, wheatgrass, and whey protein with a focus on maximizing the health benefits in each glass.
Aside from its flagship drink menu, the café serves a health-minded menu of salads, sandwiches, and guilt-free burgers. By using nutritious, flavorful ingredients, such as avocados, mangos, and juices from freshly squeezed exercise balls, the kitchen staff has created dishes that satisfy the palate without harming the body.
Gizzi’s Coffee offers wide variety of organic coffees from more then 50 countries around the world. We serve organic teas, delicious smoothies and kid’s favorites. Our signature paninis, sandwiches and salads are promptly prepared to order with the highest quality ingredients.
Project Mat? Bar is a caf? and shop devoted to one special variety of tea: yerba mate. A favorite in South America's Guaran? culture, the antioxidant-rich leaves are brewed throughout Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Southern Brazil. Fanatics praise its earthy taste, its bounty of vitamins (A, C, and E), and its minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium). And with two-thirds the caffeine of coffee, but none of java's dehydrating qualities, yerba mate is especially praised for the special brand of calm alertness it helps impart.
At Project Mat? Bar, sippers quaff the energizing elixir or take home the powder or leaves they need to brew their own. The shop culls its yerba mate sustainably, relying on trees, and tea from the branches' teapots, that grow in Brazil's town of Sao Martinho, Rio Grande do Sul. In addition to yerba mate, the shop offers organic blended teas and tea accessories. Sweet-toothed tea fiends can even munch Belgian chocolate infused with yerba mate. Since the drink is traditionally swigged from a gourd, Project Mat? Bar stocks plenty of etched, cured gourds for that purpose.