Gene Leiterman spends his days at a culinary college teaching the art of pastry making and his evenings at CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe molding his favorite medium. His chocolate handiwork ranges from truffles infused with rose syrup to edible sculptures--he once carved a 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny, which proceeded to lay several Cadbury eggs. He's also filled the café's menu with slices of cake, fresh crepes, and hand-painted bon-bons, such as the pistachio crème with swirls of colorful cocoa butter. During CocoFlow's hands-on weekend classes, students learn to craft their own chocolates using machinery-free European techniques that they can replicate at home.
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.
In Paciugo Gelato & Caff?, you quickly find yourself right in the middle of Italy. Dark, rich espresso pours into cups, and a display case reveals velvety gelato flavors, each handmade onsite from fresh ingredients and amid fresh oxygen. The vision for this sweet alcove comes from founder Cristiana Ginatta, an Italian native who fell in love with her grandfather?s handmade gelato at a young age. Cristiana grew up in Italy, where she also attended culinary school with an emphasis on gelato making. In the late '90s, Cristiana and her family moved to Dallas, Texas, and she opened the first Paciugo Gelato & Caff?. The business has now expanded into dozens of locations across North America, each one filled with coffee, frappes, and gelato cones in more than 150 flavors.
Everyone knows tacos are a Mexican food. Right? Not so at First Floor Cafe, where tacos have taken on an Italian identity. It starts with a sizeable 10-inch tortilla, which gets heated on the grill. Inside that, chefs pack classic Italian ingredients: ham, pepperoni, cheese, banana peppers, and red wine vinegar. Lunchtime diners can pair the finished product with sides, such as chips and fresh-baked cookies. Or, they can retreat back to the café's menu for other afternoon favorites, including deli subs and burgers.
At t, an urban tea house, the owner cultivates an atmosphere that reflects the loose-leaf tea that is sold: light, clean, and rich with texture. Local art hangs against white walls above sleek, modern tables and chairs. A recycled-glass concrete bar sits in front of a wall of freshness-preserving metal tins filled with aromatic leaves of chai, green, oolong, black, and herbal teas. They also host tastings so that visitors can sample any of their more than 100 teas and talk mad smack about coffee beans.
Health Nut Cafe rolls its many wraps with both nutrition and flavor in mind. The deli's menu accommodates vegetarians and meat-seekers with sandwiches, salads, and specialty smoothies, refusing to sacrifice taste as it showcases health-conscious cooking. Catering services can furnish office meetings or luncheons with fresh alternatives to lickable business cards.