There’s a simple cup of tea that helps you to relax in the evening, and then there are the bubble teas at Tbaar—tall glasses in vivid pastel colors that look like a cross between a smoothie and a lava lamp. Plump tapioca beads sink to the bottom of teas in 12 flavors, which range from mango and strawberry to almond and mocha. Smoothies blended from fresh fruit keep the emphasis on texture with big chunks of pineapple or peach or the tailor-made combinations in Tbaar’s constellation smoothies, each recommended for 1 of 12 zodiac signs and giving drinkers the ability to know their horoscope several seconds in advance. There’s also a hot-drink menu stocked with East-meets-West collisions such as red-bean lattes.
For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.
With locations in six states, 16 Handles is carving out a delicious space for itself in the self-serve frozen-yogurt world. In addition to rewarding customers’ cravings with a rotating daily selection of 16 flavors—each packed with protein, probiotics, and calcium—the healthy-dessert emporium sets itself apart from its competitors through its eco-friendly practices. 16 Handles not only arms its patrons with biodegradable cups and spoons crafted from cornstarch, but it also works with Trees for the Future, an organization that assists global communities in growing trees for agriculture, food, and animal habitat. Through their partnership, 16 Handles has planted 91,284 trees so far, one-quarter of which grow frozen yogurt instead of leaves.
Artie's Delicatessen's contemporary take on a 1930s deli bedecks restaurant king Artie Cutler's blinged-out crown with its final gem. Churning out a menu of homestyle Jewish dishes, young, savvy chefs serve up bread-bookended stacks of pastrami, corned beef, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and russian dressing ($14). The turkey and brisket sandwich satiates beef buffs ($11.95), and the Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner's fresh white meat served atop a mound of stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, and vegetables ($15.95) has customers tracing hand turkeys year-round.