For Connie Luna, opening Connie's Kitchen was a much-needed deceleration. She’d spent the previous 25 years aboard moving trains as a private railcar chef, zipping across the country while honing techniques that would contribute to her restaurant's menu of comfort food. Today, she stays grounded in a room filled with cheery sunflower wallpaper, colorful teapots, and the aromas of homestyle entrees such as chicken piccata in lemon-and-caper sauce. Also in the kitchen is her son Michael, who earned the nickname "the Ladle King" for his proficiency in conjuring up savory soups.
The family pair whips together breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and teatime meals, trying to incorporate organic ingredients whenever possible. Much of their produce arrives from local farms, where it grows without receiving additives or having its big-city dreams smashed to pieces. To further their commitment to health, the mother and son have also refused to install a deep fryer. Their oven still churns out crispy eats, however, baking english shepherd's pie, artichoke-stuffed garlic bread, and fish 'n' chips. Vegetarian and vegan options also join the catalog of internationally inspired plates with meatless lasagna and chili.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
The Village Cafe takes “the most important meal of the day” seriously: inside the welcoming restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast fare such as pepper-jack and chorizo omelets, croissant breakfast sandwiches, and hand-battered French toast with an optional garnish of seasonal berries. But it takes lunch just as seriously—try their BLT, build your own giant one-pound cheeseburger, or enjoy their take on the Monte Cristo sandwich, which comes with battered bread, ham, cheese, and a swordfight. Feel free to kick up your feet and stay a while—there’s free WiFi here and a TV.
If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice?s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn?t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it?s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.
Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there?s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there?s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice?all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.
When it comes to specialty pizzas, Napoli Pizza & Pasta bats for the fences. Since 1968, the pizzeria has pleased customers, stuffing their menu to the breaking point with a whopping 15 different specialty pies that entice vegetarians, meat-lovers, and barbecue fans alike. Fixins such as salami, sausage, barbecue sauce, pesto, artichokes, and chicken crowd the crusts?crusts that come in regular and gluten-free varieties. The pizza Christonio, named after the owner?s son, leaves off the sauce completely and piles on four cheeses. Another pizza named after the owner?s daughter, Natalia, slathers pesto sauce atop the crust. And the chefs don?t just make pizza. They also have a variety of homemade pasta dishes, sandwiches, and calzones.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets. Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Mighty Leaf teas flavored with hibiscus flowers or peppermint. For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents a trio of california flatbreads, each packing only about 320–420 calories, which can be pleasantly capped off with cups of Whirl’ns frozen yogurt.