When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. In addition to a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca offers organic and food-based vitamins from MegaFood and New Chapter; professional-grade skin care and cosmetics from Jane Iredale, Sanitas, and Dr. Hauschka; and therapeutic-grade supplements from Metagenics and Thorne Research. Customers can also choose from an assortment of homeopathic remedies, herbal formulations, medical supplies, toiletries, gifts, and fair-trade chocolates.
For more than two decades, Yogurt Stop has satiated sweet cravings with more than 15 alternating flavors of frozen yogurt to festoon with fresh fruit, candy, and nuts. The shop's menu encompasses a tongue-chilling collection of frosty fare, including sorbet, ice cream, smoothies, and frozen yogurt available in fat-free, low-fat, sugar-free, low-lactose, and soy varieties that bear the signature swirl and creamy texture of classic fro-yo. Friendly staffers, some of whom were loyal Yogurt Stop patrons as children, fill homemade waffle cones with custom confections and advise customers on fail-proof combinations of toppings or numbers to unlock any bank vault.
Singaporean cuisine claims a diverse culinary genealogy. With influences from China, Malay, and India, it's no wonder Shiok! Singapore Kitchen's menu boasts dishes ranging from beef samosas and chicken satay to Singapore pepper crab and vermicelli noodles tossed with curry. This history and tradition is embodied by the restaurant’s name: exclamations of the Singaporean term “shiok!” can often be heard ringing around the table at the conclusion of an enjoyable meal.
Marqs' modest menu of globally influenced plates offers small plates such as oyster shooters with tropical salsa ($7), filet wellington rolls in a truffle mushroom sauce ($15), and seared scallops with crispy pancetta and saffron risotto ($10). Entrees include pasta surf and turf with filet mignon, sautéed mushrooms, and lobster macaroni ($33). Marqs' chicken potpies, which are made in-house, are pillowy bites of steamy comfort ($14). In addition to getting you a complimentary glass of house wine or a draft beer, this Groupon can be used toward drinks at Marqs' full-service bar (though you must purchase at least one food item).
Bona Restaurant enriches the Bay Area’s culinary landscape with a varied menu packed with authentic Eastern European cuisine, ranging from a spread of distinctive soups to traditional Polish entrees. Each savory recipe emphasizes the fusion of mixed meats and winter vegetables energized with a variety of spices. In the lunch menu, noontime noshers can refuel for a busy day transcribing bird conversations with a plate of Bona’s pierogi ($6.95) or pork-and-beef-stuffed cabbage ladled with a piquant tomato or mushroom sauce ($7.95).
Trellis Restaurant centers its menu around Milanese cuisine amid a glowing atmosphere of warm light and elegant simplicity. The appetizer list features a soup del giorno ($4.50 for a cup) and a multitude of salady selections, while pasta dishes swim in tomatoes, basil, and rich cream sauces ($9.95–$19.95). Sate grumbling stomachs with scrumptious tiger prawns sautéed in bordelaise sauce, garlic spinach, and orzo ($18.95) or try a teeth-watering grilled pork tenderloin accompanied by polenta, wild mushrooms, and roasted garlic sauce ($17.50). Enjoy entrees in between sips from the wine list, which includes both red and white domestic and Italian imports. Eaters eat in the Milan-inspired dining room or dine al fresco on the open-air patio, illuminated during the day with sunshine and during the night with moonshine.