At Big Star Coffee, rigorously trained baristas handcraft each cup of coffee to their client’s request, rather than relegating their jobs to automated coffee makers. Drawing on a supply of fair-trade, organic teas and coffee beans, they concoct drinks from simple Americanos to cinnamon- and spice-infused mexican mochas. Alternatively, they blend summery drinks that run the gamut from coffee frappes to Red Bull smoothies, which bolster energy levels and fuel select automobiles. They also stock a glass-fronted case with pastries, wraps, and breakfast sandwiches.
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.
Mount Everest Momo Cafe specializes in Nepalese cuisine rooted in the Napoli Himalayan Mountain region. The softly-baked naan bread emerges warm and puffy from Tandoori ovens and stuffed with spiced ground lamb, nuts, and cheeses. Tibetan specialties include the hearty thupka?a bowl of shrimp, lamb, or chicken accompanied by Tibetan noodles and vegetables and soaking in a savory broth. The menu also includes a spicy chicken vindaloo, lamb curry, and numerous seafood dishes. The mango lassi is a homemade drink made from yogurt and rose water, and rests on the periphery of the menu with desserts such as fluffy milk balls drizzled with a sweet syrup.
It isn't hard to have a line surrounding Hot Shots Brew Crew, seeing as the barn-red caf? isn't much larger than a garden shed. However, the flavor and variety it packs per square foot keeps customers lining up at the shop's walkup and drive-thru windows. Baristas craft seasonal lattes and coffees made with Tully's Espresso and classic and sugar-free DaVinci syrups. The crowning glory of each drink, however, is the towering spiral of whipped cream dusted with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Though the shop is only option for breakfast, lunch, and emergency snack drills, they stock hearty dishes such as frosting-smeared cinnamon rolls and bagel sandwiches dripping with savory fillings like pepper jack cheese, ham, and pastrami.
The staff at Cool Beans Java fosters a warm, welcoming atmosphere at their café. To kick-start customers' days or help them wake up from their afternoon naps, baristas blend steamed milk and flavored syrups with just-brewed espresso made from beans roasted locally. And to complement drinks, the staff bakes pastries in-house and stocks frozen yogurt from TCBY.
Red chairs pop against the classic black-and-white checkered floor tiles at Korner Bistro. The green plants that fleck the interior offer an aesthetic touch similar to the foam art found atop hot espresso drinks. The balance of the elegant yet cozy ambience matches the balance of the menu. Grilled paninis, 6- to 13-inch sandwiches, and an array of pastries complement a full slate of hot and iced café beverages.