The smell of fresh-baked bread is ever-present at Artisano Bakery Cafes. Thousands of loaves are handcrafted each and every morning here, and you can enjoy them with a coffee and a variety of other fresh, healthy foods. From ciabatta to nordico to fig and walnut loaf, the café’s 25 bread varieties match nicely with its selection of freshly sliced meats and cheeses to form gourmet sandwiches, paninis, and makeshift forts. The selection of meal items also includes made-to-order signature salads, as well as pasta and pizza that follow family recipes. Artisano emphasizes healthy ingredients and preparation, using fresh meats and herbs and extra-virgin olive oil and eschewing deep frying for in-house baking and grilling.
Endorsed by a team of professional athletes—including two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash—Liquid Nutrition satisfies competitors and common folk alike with an array of tasty, nutritionally balanced drinks. They whip up juices such as the Slam Dunk, a pairing of carrot and orange that’s mixed in a hollowed-out basketball. The Rise n' Shine makes mornings a little easier through a meal-replacing blend of vanilla almond milk, banana, strawberry, gluten-free granola, and honey, and wheatgrass shots offer quick energy boosts whenever you need them most.
CJs Cafe in Bronte calls people to gather together. They gather at arts events, such as live music performances, authors' readings, craft-making lessons. They gather to admire the ever-changing art on the walls, made by local artists and lending a whimsical air to the high-ceilinged, cozy space. They gather to break bread, choosing from a menu of healthy sandwiches, salads, and wraps, including options for those who eat vegan or gluten-free. They gather over steaming cups of organic fair-trade espresso, made the old-fashioned way, with a pull-method machine, rather than the more modern method of squeezing beans with a vise.
Ten years ago, Mr. India Grocers was a just a small, but well-loved grocery store serving the food needs of South Asian expats. But one day, the owners were struck with an idea: why not offer harder-to-find Bollywood movie rentals alongside food items? The idea was an instant success with customers. Soon, people shopping for ingredients for chicken tikka masala or a veggie biryani would also be seen picking up a Bollywood flick or 12 on their way out. The gain in popularity not only caused the store to expand to a larger location, but soon a second, larger outpost was opened on Grand Park Drive.
That growth has let Mr. India Grocers better serve the needs of their customers, allowing them to offer a wider selection of Indian goods and more exotic fruits from India. They have also opened a new haveli-style kitchen (a traditional Indian take-out area) at the Grand Park Drive location, where chefs serve up hot cups of masala chai alongside dishes such as lamb curry and buttery wads of naan. Each meal they make is designed to be eaten on the go, subbed in for dinner at home, or kept at one?s bedside to induce passionate food dreams.
The heady scents of Mediterranean food wafting from inside the Oasis Cafe & Juice Bar give away but a smidgeon of the many dishes that await within. Rich spices give personality to chicken shawarma, marinated beef, and falafel, each served alongside pita and hummus. And entrees such as the kafta skewers—ground beef mixed with parsley, onion, and spices—come with tangy tabouli salad and potatoes or rice, each one its own hearty meal.
That doesn't mean the savory items get all the attention here. The restaurant's juice cocktails combine fruit, ice cream, and nuts into treats that look as good as they taste. Cousins of milkshakes and parfaits, the tall glasses layer nectars and sliced fruit beneath a crown of whipped cream and nuts to be sipped by straw. Continuing on that sweet trend, the eatery's sheesha offerings infuse molasses tobacco with a variety of flavors, including mint and peach.