Sunlight filters through a canopy of green umbrellas, casting a verdant glow on the tables and plants lining Le Bistro de Vie!’s patio. It’s an ideal setting for an eatery that celebrates the farm-to-table freshness of earth-friendly organic fare. The bistro weaves free-range eggs, wild-caught tuna, and organic veggies into the menu of sandwiches, and salads. Stuffed with all manner of nutrients, organic juices and smoothies cool off palates alongside fair trade, organic coffee, which ensures that the workers who harvested the beans have been paid in an equitable amount of thumbs up. The eatery also promotes wholesome dining via an organic co-op, while their adjacent Om Bookstore lines the shelves with books that champion mindful living.
When it came time to name a new strawberry, pineapple, and mango blend, High Octane Smoothies took to Facebook. The winner ? the Cruise Control ? was one among many fan-made suggestions, each based around High Octane's car theme. Indeed, the Cruise Control is quite at home on High Octane's menu, which sports health-bolstering beverages like the Antifreeze, a medley of spinach, pineapple juice, and mango. The cast of characters is ever-expanding with brand new flavors, including the El Camino, a chocolaty protein shake that blended with peanut butter, banana, and Cuban coffee. Alongside its namesake drinks, High Octane serves up plenty of other beverages, from Powerade to wheatgrass shots, a tastier alternative to snacking on lawn clippings.
The vibe at Sleeping Moon Cafe suits many personalities as it transitions from a quiet, low-key café to a venue where local musicians can share their tunes. During the sunshiny hours of the day, the dining room serves as the perfect spot to get work done. Guests can sip on Italian sodas or Americanos as they study, or balance typing with eating vegan burgers or ham-and-apple paninis. As the day goes on, guests begin to socialize more. Friends talk as they share appetizers such as the stuffed grape leaves or slices of gala apples served with Nutella. But as the first band of the evening begins to play, the mood shifts to a more mellow tone. Musicians strumming guitars, artwork hanging on the walls, and dim lighting create the ideal backdrop for dates, or hiding the fact that you're wearing the same fruit hat as someone else.
The folks at Juice Lab take their "farm to bottle" motto seriously. Within 24 hours of leaving the ground, branch, or bush, produce is juiced, bottled, and served to customers. The result is ultra-fresh juice that's always cold pressed to maintain the highest concentration of nutritional benefits, and to coax pyrophobic fruits into the juicer. Aside from juices, the neon-lit storefront also serves fresh coconut water from locally grown coconuts, available seasonally, coconut yogurts, salads, wraps, and other healthy and organic foods and treats.
At Smart Coffee HD, each new season brings new batches of java from fair-trade cooperatives around the world. The shop's baristas incorporate those environmentally conscious blends into classic beverages like cappuccinos and frappes, though they happily steep herbal teas and craft fruit smoothies, too. Cooks, meanwhile, assemble local, organic ingredients into house-made comfort foods, from veggie wraps stuffed with portabella mushrooms and saut?ed onions to homemade chicken and waffles, while desserts and pastries end meals on sweet notes.
Stowed away in big glass jars, nearly 100 different types of teas fill the shelves of Tea and Tea. The staff crafts hot, iced, and blended drinks, such as a roasted mate drink with notes of sweet caramel. Guests can pair their cups with fresh pastries and baked goods while they catch up on work using the shop's free wifi and numerous outlets. Tea and Tea also welcomes local artists and musicians to share their talents during biweekly Center Stage events.