Café Iveta's gourmet bakery slings award-winning scones ($2 each) into Santa Cruz's sustenance receptacles, with scone mixes blended in-house and crafted from artisan flour, organic sugar, Tahitian vanilla, and Belgian chocolate. Sconic scions include apple, blueberry, and raspberry. For those desiring something other than British quick-bread, Café Iveta also offers a menu of other fresh-baked favorites. Reach a truce with your taste buds by partaking of pastries ($1.65–$3.50) or the frittata of the day ($3.50), or launch into the lunch layer of the appetitosphere with sandwiches ($4.95–$5.50), pasta salad ($4.50), or soup du jour ($4.50). Guests can celebrate a valiant victory over victuals by toasting with a warm Lavazza espresso drink ($1.50–$4), a fresh-mulled lemonade ($2.75), or a lime-mint spritzer ($3.50).
Bikini-clad baristas roast gourmet coffee beans and concoct lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos. The coffee shop also refuels patrons with breakfast sandwiches, bowls of oatmeal, and pastries such as pecan streusels and warmed croissants.
A little family run spot, Saigon Bistro Express pours a heap of passion into every Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, noodle soup, and grilled sate skewer. Lemongrass tofu stars in vegetarian entrees, while fresh fruit shakes cool off palates still smarting from flavorful bites of spicy beef or chicken rice bowls. The cafe atmosphere is welcoming and casual, with orders taken at the counter and delivered to your table by restaurant staff. Throughout the day, customers breeze through the friendly, family-owned dining space, stopping in for a full meal or a quick bite.
Steaming bowls of soup rest atop the tables at Lunch with Tony, inviting diners to dunk corners of sandwiches into their seasoned depths. It’s a perfect illustration of what the eponymous chef calls "approachable" gourmet food. These made-from-scratch soups teem with tempting ingredients, such as the morsels of corn and chicken in the southwest chowder, or the certified Angus beef and genuine sass in the chili. Bowlfuls find flavorful soulmates in hot and cold sandwiches, laden with Italian meats or pan-fried eggplant pressed between focaccia. The eatery also serves breakfast sandwiches and provides catering, recognizing that hunger can strike in any location at any time.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
You know your cafe is a hit when people start saying it's helping to save the city. That's just what happened to Whispers Cafe & Creperie in 2013, when NBC Bay Area said the cafe and other new restaurants were spurring a resurgence of commerce in downtown San Jose. For owner Danny Qutami, the praise was the culmination of a string of successes. It all started when he opened the first Whispers in Belmont and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite; it continued as he followed with two more locations in San Jose, which have been equally well received.
It's no wonder Whispers is so popular. Not only are the cafes open all day, but the menu includes just about anything a hungry person could dream up. Breakfast is served any time, and includes both sweet and savory creations?there's a Half Moon crepe with sliced peaches and a honey-orange glaze, and there's also a California benediction with bacon and avocado. Lunch and dinner offer an equally diverse selection that includes both New York strip steak and pesto-chicken sandwiches. Whispers is popular with the happy-hour crowd as well, thanks to the full bar and flat-screen TVs.