When you grow up eating crepes every day in Brittany, France, your cravings for the warm, delicate wraps don't just go away. Even if you move to a different continent, instead of Europe where crepes grow on vines, the yearning will persist. That's what the founders of The Corner Creperie experienced, and that's why they founded a bistro where crepe batter is concocted from scratch, swept across a smooth griddle, and folded around local, organic ingredients. Chefs make the spot a destination for all types of meals and desserts by arranging ingredients like chocolate and strawberries or cookie butter and salted carmel?for a sweet combination, or creating savory meals with smoked salmon and capers. And depending on the cravings that plague them, customers can sometimes commission chefs to craft a bespoke crepe dish, alchemizing all-new meals from one's imagination instead of the official menu.
As its name would suggest, The Memory Tea has lounge areas designed to evoke a touch of nostalgia. On the pumpkin-colored walls, framed copies of comic books and shelves holding scale replicas of classic motorcycles tickle lovers of Americana. The cafe also has flat-screen television hooked up to a (modern) video game system. In cushy leather chairs, visitors can enjoy the cafe's milk tea, infused with boba pearls, or form fruit-flavored smoothies into a rainbow of existentially doomed snowmen.
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 soy milk, 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.
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Be the best you can be to help others, and never stop improving." That's the philosophy at Just Juice It, which prides itself on quick service, healthy products, and an inviting atmosphere. In keeping with their commitment to well-being and high quality, the Just Juice It staff uses strictly all-natural, organic ingredients in each beverage.
Lotus Indian Express transports the ancient cuisine of India to the 21st century. Inside the chartreuse dining room, sleek, minimal barstools and chairs gather around tables where visitors chow on swiftly prepared, healthy meals. Diners customize these meals, choosing one side and one, two, or three entrees, such as tender goat curry with rice, palak paneer with biryani, or chicken tikka masala and shrimp curry with salad.
Good for a hearty breakfast, a lunchtime pick-me-up, or a sandwich just because it's sandwich time, Joan's Bakery Coffeehouse & Deli offers culinary staples of both the chewable and drinkable variety. Early visitors can feast on fresh fruit bowls, ham and cheese croissants, and espresso, or they can skip past the breakfast-appropriate foods and head straight for the brownies and popular swiss mocha rolls. For later meals, deli staples, such as club sandwiches and turkey wraps, compete for attention with more unexpected offerings, like the smoked ham house muffuletta, the chicken shawarma wrap, and the rib-eye blue cheese sandwich. Regardless of the time of day, patrons can phone ahead for one of the bakery's biggest treats. Both the strawberry cheesecake and the tiramisu cake take a full three hours to prep, but toting home the indulgent full-size desserts might just be worth the wait.