Little ones swing beneath palm trees and skip on the grass. Regardless of the weather outside, this is the scene on the bright indoor playground at Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Caf?. Kids climb up to the ceiling on the play structure and careen down the colorful slide, and the education toys across the way keep their minds sharp. Children can break up play time with hands-on classes and activities, such as craft projects and face painting. And when they need to refuel, both parents and kids can enjoy selections from a healthy, Asian-inspired menu.
Staff members at L?Amande French Bakery arrive at work by 5 a.m. each day to knead and bake for the day ahead. They continue baking fresh loaves as the day goes on too, prepping baguettes so diners can take loaves home. Throughout the day, the authentic French bakery also features recipes passed down through generations for lunch or light meals, such as the Croque-Madame with fresh-baked pain de mie. As an added bonus, breakfast items are served all day, such as the raspberry cream cheese croissant with housemade compote, Omelettes, French toast, coffee, and tea.
You wouldn't guess it from the spelling, but NV-DA is pronounced "nun dah." It's a Cherokee term that means "the sun and the moon," but the eatery honors nature with more than just its name: it serves up sustainably-sourced dishes, all of them organic, raw, and vegan. The creative force behind them is raw chef Stacey Jackson, inventor of the smoothie bowl. These signature items fall somewhere between smoothies and parfaits, and are studded with extras such as buckwheat groats, goji berries, and fresh banana chunks.
Whether perching underneath an umbrella on the patio, or admiring the eatery’s display case of freshly crafted treats, visitors at Western City Bagel can bask in the comforting scent of baked goods and deli sandwiches. Unlike firecracker sushi rigged with live pyrotechnics, the shop’s bagel sandwiches are a culinary experiment gone right, making the traditional sandwich even better with stacks of turkey, tomato, albacore tuna, and bacon between two halves of a toasty, chewy bagel. The bagels themselves come in a variety of flavors, such as everything, poppy seed, and sprouted wheat. The shop opens at 6 a.m., filling quickly with steam from an espresso machine as early risers dine on open-face bagel feasts smeared with cream cheese and topped with lox.
Stop by Neighborhood Grinds and sample a variety of menu selections that include rejuvenating coffees and rib-sticking paninis. Sip on a tantalizing medium-sized Single Origin blend ($1.70) prepared with a siphon brewer, or opt for a dark chocolate mocha ($3.75, medium). Nosh on convenient eats like a grizzly bear ransacking a supermarket sampling stand with a mitt-fitting turkey cranberry sandwich ($7.95) or a palate-percolating prosciutto panini ($7.25). Munch on a selection of daily-baked goods and wash them down with a mango-plus-passion-fruit smoothie ($3.75, medium). Or cool off with an iced latte ($3.50, medium) instead of disturbing penguins at the zoo by cannonballing into their arctic habitat.
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.