VeganAroma's owners, Sabina Torrieri—dubbed a "health food guru" by Daily Candy—and chef Grace Augier, know that any specialty diet, and healthy eating in general, can be extremely difficult to maintain while eating out. So they created VeganAroma in order to help diners get access to healthy foods that are 90%–100% organic.
The duo actually takes healthy eating a step farther by following the raw-food diet, which relies on uncooked fruits, whole-grains, and leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and superfoods to nourish the body and help aid digestion and weight loss. Some of the food is never heated above 116 degrees so as not to destroy important enzymes and nutrients. Cooked vegan entrees are served up as daily.
The plant-based meals are yeast-, dairy-, and 95% gluten-free (excluding sandwiches) and handcrafted using vitamin-rich ingredients, such as kale, quinoa, and cashew cheese. Juices, served up individually or for 3- or 7-day juicing detox cleanses, are made fresh from leafy greens. Desserts such as raw cheesecake and chocolate macaroons satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings, as highlighted by the Urban Times, which raved about the chocolate-mousse pie.
The "ARTernative vegan café" also attempts to better the community by displaying a colorful collection of locally made artwork. It spreads the word about raw eating through regular cooking classes and offers wellness programs that teach healthy lifestyle habits, such as how to floss using celery strands.
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The culinary craftspeople at Java Factory populate a menu with breakfast eats, sandwiches, and build-your-own pizzas inside a café with tile floors and a long wooden coffee bar. Like a wake-up call with a stun gun, flavors from the espresso bar, including a white mocha ($3.50–$3.85) and Java Factory coffee blend ($1.45–$1.85), deliver a morning jolt, and smoothies ($5.50–$6.75) blend fruit and yogurt for hybrid frozen drinks that please palates at all hours of the day. For empty stomachs, smoked ham, egg, cheese, and peppers huddle inside a warm breakfast burrito ($4.75), and the mediterranean tuna panini ($7.75) infuses tuna salad with black olives and chives before topping the medley with a mediterranean spread. Build-your-own flatbread pizzas ($6.50) come with a choice of nine toppings, such as pepperoni, turkey, and olives. Tall chairs line a dark wood coffee bar where beans roast and baristas tell secrets via cryptic foam formations. Shorter seats rest below individual tables clothed in white linens and illuminated by candlelight not emitted by jack-o'-lanterns.
Long gone are the days of scraps-of-lace humanoid toy dollies for little girls. Today's dollies are cake balls—spheres of moist, heavenly cake, topped with frosting and coated in a firm cover of chocolate or vanilla. These handheld treats come in 12 flavors; with your Groupon poised to dab frosting from your lips, call up Little Miss Sweet Tooth and choose two flavors to go into your batch of 12. Plain Jane is a popular choice (vanilla cake and frosting in a vanilla cover), and a Southern Belle (red-velvet cake topped with cream-cheese frosting in a dark-chocolate bonnet) offers up some tonal contrast. New flavors include the Backstabber, peanut-butter cake with chocolate frosting dipped in a dark-chocolate helmet, and the Che Boluda, chocolate cake and dulce de leche swathed in dark chocolate.
Born from home baker Ileana Simpson-Alvarez's popularity on the bake-sale and birthday-party circuit, Lola and Me supersaturates soft palates with bite-size concoctions crafted from time-tested family recipes. With more than 23 cake and icing flavors to mix and match, snackers can style their cup- or demi-cup-size sweets with a multitude of combinations, pairing raspberry cake with lemon icing, peanut butter cake with cinnamon buttercream, or true vanilla cake topped with the results to its recent polygraph test. Guests overwhelmed by the choices can also opt to rely on the bakery's edible expertise by choosing from a list of specialty cupcakes. Infused with rich, already proven flavors, the selection includes dainty decadents such as the signature Lola cake, a pink champagne-infused cupcake coated with a double layer of buttercream, or the Hemingway––whose beer-flavored marble center, cream-cheese frosting, and handheld size make it aptly suited to moveable feasting.
Today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of organic and all-natural food for $10 at Green Gables Cafe. Green Gables, voted Best Healthy Fast Food by the Miami New Times, uses organic and local ingredients to craft healthy and delicious breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday.
Executive Chef Massimo Giannattasio's career has taken him all over the world, cooking meals in Los Angeles, Northern Italy, and Miami, but perhaps the most important kitchen in which he worked is his mother's. At a young age, she taught him that a chef's intuition is as important as any measurement and that if a chef wears another chef's apron, he withers and dies. Chef Giannattasio and his staff rely on those early lessons in the kitchen of Cibo Wine Bar, where they've curated a menu of both traditional and modern Italian dishes.
Surrounded by columns of neatly stacked Chicago bricks, diners take their seats at tables made of sealed butcher block. Servers produce a wine list to rival a French baron's, and waiters bring out appetizers such as polenta fries or carpaccio. Pastas such as ravioli and gnocchi are hallmark dishes, and the chef prepares seasonal risottos year round. Tender cuts of veal and braised beef short ribs are served second. In addition, the kitchen can bake one of 15 gourmet pizzas for the table, with whole wheat options available.
Cibo Wine Bar won the Miami New Times' Best Wine Selection award in 2012. And once you step inside, it's easy to see why. A huge wine rack soars to the top of the restaurant's vaulted ceiling along one wall—it's so tall that Cibo's wine girl uses a harness and rope to reach the top. A vast, full-service bar pours wines and mixed drinks in the front. In the open kitchen, which is framed by exposed brick walls, chefs scurry to prepare meals, and curing meats hang in full sight of the diners.