Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
Every morning, the butchers at Penn Dutch Food Center arrive to cut up meats and make their signature items from scratch, including cold cuts, sausages, and hot dogs. Lots of hot dogs. In fact, Penn Dutch estimates that, if placed end to end, the number of hot dogs they make in a single year could stretch all the way from Miami to Orlando and feed the entire Hall of Presidents.
Though they're labeled as all-beef, the main ingredient in Penn Dutch's hot dogs is more than three decades of experience. The family-owned-and-operated business first opened its doors in 1975 (a second location opened in 2004). Since those early days, the butchers have made names for themselves through a well-curated (and hand-cut) selection of poultry, pork, lamb, veal, and beef. They also use their own smokehouses for smoked meats, rather than relying on neighbors' chimneys, and they regularly bring in hard-to-find items such as beef sweetbreads. Away from the butcher counter, Penn Dutch Food Center also sells fresh seafood, bakery, deli and fruits & veggies ?including seasonal varieties such as cactus pears.
La Cocina Puertorriquena's specialty is mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made of mashed fried plantains. Chefs use that recipe as a foundation, preparing more than 20 varieties of the dish with chunks or pork, skirt steak, and breaded shrimp. They also showcase a variety of other traditional specialties, including roasted meats and fried whole snapper. On Saturday nights, servers clear away tables to make room for live musicians and dancing until 1 a.m. The restaurant’s walls proudly display the Puerto Rican flag, which should never be nibbled on, despite its mofongo taste.
The rich and complex flavors inside a cup of Cafe Britt's gourmet coffee start with a simple bean. For more than 29 years, Cafe Britt's buyers have searched for crops with an ideal genetic profile, farms with beneficial ecosystems, and beans with magic properties, and have learned to harness at least the first two elements. In Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia, Cafe Britt has built strong relationships with farmers and maintained fair-trade practices at every step of the way.
With those beans, Cafe Britt blends signature gourmet coffees such as Colombian Dark Roast and Costa Rica Espresso Roast. The shops also complement coffee with gourmet cookies, chocolates, and other treats.
The team of artists, coffee experts, and restaurateurs behind Scarlet Begonias Coffee Roasters draw from their varied backgrounds to create small-batch roasts. The boutique roaster sources its arabica beans from only organic, fair-trade farms, and then processes every batch completely by hand. Each order is hand-roasted less than 48 hours before shipping. A roast master oversees each step of the roasting and cooling process and makes poorly performing beans stay afterward for detention.
After degassing for 24 hours to remove CO2, the coffee beans are placed into colorful, custom-decorated packaging that hints at the bold flavors within. The roaster's two vibrant blends, Dirty Hands dark roast and Velvet Pillow light roast, cover almost the full spectrum of flavor. Perhaps that's why Scarlet Begonias doesn't dedicate itself just to coffee: other treats include the dessert topping Black Agnes Pure Elixir and the Happy Toad Roasting Glaze, which lends a smokey-sweet flavor to meats and vegetables, and are both made using coffee as the main ingredient. And keeping with its environmentally conscious mission, the shop also sells reusable, BPA-free coffee pods that fit into Keurig coffee machines.
The specialty at this Latin-inspired eatery is tostones, thick slices of fresh plantain that chefs fry twice to produce a warm, crisp flavor. This is just one of the traditional recipes they perfect, in addition to sizzling shrimp fajitas and skewers of seared churrasco-style beef. If you can't make up your mind, try the appetizer combo that includes a tasty assortment of plantains, quesadillas, and sausage, or combos with two types of protein. The desserts also draw inspiration from Latin tradition. Diners can satisfy their sweet tooth with syrup-sweet caramel flan or a spicy rum cake topped with custard.