At Pho Bar, chefs master the spicy, savory flavors of the Vietnamese soup called pho with an authentic touch. The menu boasts large bowls of pho with filet mignon, beef meatballs, chicken, and more. Each bowl is served with bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, sliced jalapeño, and lime on the side, so guests can customize the steamy entree. Alongside the genuine Vietnamese tastes of pho are plates of grilled meats, rice-paper-wrapped spring rolls, tofu and veggie soups, and banh mi, a Vietnamese–style sandwich served on a flaky 12-inch french baguette with fresh cilantro, cucumber, and carrots. To complement each dish, the restaurant serves beer and wine.:m]]At Pho Bar, chefs master the spicy, savory flavors of the Vietnamese soup called pho with an authentic touch. The menu boasts large bowls of pho with filet mignon, beef meatballs, chicken, and more. Each bowl is served with bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, sliced jalapeño, and lime on the side, so guests can customize the steamy entree. Alongside the genuine Vietnamese tastes of pho are plates of grilled meats, rice-paper-wrapped spring rolls, tofu and veggie soups, and banh mi, a Vietnamese–style sandwich served on a flaky 12-inch french baguette with fresh cilantro, cucumber, and carrots. To complement each dish, the restaurant serves beer and wine.
One step across the threshold of Aqua Desert Spa & Wellness yields a sense of tranquility. Music, aroma, and color therapy simulate the senses as health-conscious professionals perform natural therapies to balance the body. The center specializes in colonics, which flush out compacted material from the intestinal tract to improve digestion and decrease the presence of harmful bacteria or putrefied wads of gum. Colon hydrotherapist Roenee McLin works alongside a homeopath, massage therapist, and weight-loss coach who perform services that include microdermabrasion, infrared weight-loss treatments, pumpkin-spice body wraps, and massages.
The fabric hunters at Quilts Olé maintain a stockpile of over 3,000 bolts of fabric and an encyclopedic selection of patterns and kits. Wax-dyed batik fabrics can be found en masse, and a cornucopia of flannels await transformation into huggable bed sheets or basketball jerseys for a team of lumberjacks. Patterns such as the chili quilt ($20) are scalable into crafts of multiple sizes, so the finished product can be used as a wall hanging or lap throw, and quilters can add shimmer to quilts with fabric in colors such as shell and mint ($9.35 / yd.) from Michael Miller's Fairy Frost collection. New fabrics are delivered often, and seasoned sewers lead free demonstrations of quilting techniques and advanced calculus on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.
The specialists at Nosce Spa & Cosmetics can handle beauty from every angle. Starting with the face, they tackle wrinkles with microdermabrasion or soothe the skin with a variety of facials that use ingredients such as antioxidants and nutrients. They also expertly apply professional makeup for weddings or other special occasions. Massage therapists oust stress and tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone modalities, and clients can employ the expertise of the studio’s resident photographer, who photographs subjects for all occasions.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
When recalling how his Yiayia—or grandmother—taught him to make baklava, the eldest brother of the Nicolopoulos family remembers the way she would painstakingly roll out homemade sheets of phyllo dough onto a clean white sheet. Rolling it thinner and thinner, she would drizzle it with melted butter to keep it soft and moist until finally the delicate dough was so thin her grandson could see right through it to read the words "one hundred percent cotton" on the sheet label beneath. "I didn't realize it then," he says, "but Yiayia was teaching me patience, about quality, and about our heritage."
Fifty years later, that same dedication to quality and heritage permeates the Nicolopoulos' pastry shop, which owes its name to the family's patient matriarch. Each of the shop's dulcet Greek desserts is whipped up using all-natural ingredients—including eggs from free-roaming hens that are cage- and antibiotic-free––and generations-old recipes. To craft rectangles of baklava in true Yiayia Maria style, pastry architects scrupulously hand assemble 30 layers of paper-thin organic phyllo dough, keeping careful eyes out for gusts of wind as they spread a butter-and-nut mixture between each tier. Sweet honey soaks through the pastry structure, seeping into each phyllo wall before the family's signature clove is placed on each piece. Honey also plays a starring role in Yiayia's finikia cookies—which feature hints of cinnamon, clove, and orange in the subtly sweet morsels dusted with walnuts—and tart-like pasta flora butter cookies take a dip in the sweet stuff after being filled with apricot, strawberry, or raspberry preserves.