The eggplant-slinging chefs at Cafe Lebanon churn out an authentic Middle Eastern menu replete with zesty cuts of lamb, garlicky baba gannouj, and fresh tabbouleh. Dinner options foreground skewered meats with a selection of kabob entrees to please the turkey, shrimp, or vegetable decimator that lives between your incisors ($13–$23). A lunch-sized falafel plate unites chickpeas and ground fava beans in savory deep-fried patty form, served alongside rice pilaf and tahini sauce ($8). Finish your Middle Eastern mouth safari with a piece of baklava ($4) or a Mediterranean cheese pastry—shredded phyllo dough stuffed with ricotta cheese, drizzled with blossom syrup, and sprinkled with crushed pistachios ($6). In addition to authentic eats, Cafe Lebanon showcases belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
Since 1927, Zonin’s Gourmet Market has crafted hearty Italian sausage from a family recipe and surrounded it with a robust menu of bold-flavored paninis, wraps, and salads. The Zonin's special transforms the signature sausage's taste-bud aria into a flavor opera with peppers, onions, sauce or cheese, and an epic death scene ($6). Otherwise, fulfill equally red-meaty desires with the roast-beef wrap's zesty blend of asiago cheese and horseradish ($7.50), or the Aquino panini, a cold press of mortadella and salami highlighted by roasted red peppers ($7.50). For a slightly lighter repast, treat pocket-sized pet rabbits to the Mauro’s special salad, which showcases candied walnuts, pears, and gorgonzola on mixed greens ($7.95). Zonin’s Gourmet Market also hooks up patrons with an assortment of prepared dishes, such as lasagna, fresh calamari salad, and stuffed shells.
Petra Café’s gustatory gurus transform pita or ciabatta bread into greek gyros and italian sandwiches at lunch. Diners send spinach-pie emissaries, made with phyllo dough, fresh spinach, and piquant feta ($3.50), to stomachs to pave the way for the Santorini lamb salad ($12.99), a vegetable-and-meat combination more satisfying than a genetically engineered hot-dog tree. Ruminators munch on attic classics, such as pitas stuffed with gyros meat ($6.49), falafel ($6.99), or, in a surprising twist, hundreds of miniature trojan horses. Taste buds can travel across the Mediterranean with the sicilian panini—grilled ciabatta bread enveloping pepperoni, genoa salami, and monterey jack and covered in layers of basil pesto and spicy mustard ($8.99).
Optical Expressions' friendly staff of frame wranglers and licensed optometrists outfits faces with a stylish array of designer eyewear. Like an eagle landing on the runways of Milan, the boutique’s chic frames merge impeccable vision and high fashion through lenses ($69+) and lens holders from well-known labels such as Versace ($209–$350) and Gucci ($300–$429). Each appointment lasts a brief half hour to an hour, efficiently and accurately fixing customers up with a frame to match individual styles. In addition to equipping eyeballs with transparent eyewear, Optical Expressions’ vast emporium of designer sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($99–$179), John Varvatos ($199–$399), and Prada ($199–$400) fashionably shield corneas from the jealous glances of the sun.
When not stocking its shelves with groceries, ShopRite of Enfield zeroes in on feeding hungry party guests during summer's sundry get-togethers. Liven up a birthday celebration, pool party, or zeppelin-building night with the Shrimp Classic party platter, laden with enough cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce to satisfy 8 to 10 humans or one pet giant squid (a $39.95 value). Dairy die-hards, meanwhile, will delight in the Cheese Continental tray's slices of jarlsberg, havarti, and pepper jack (a $39.99 value). The Roman Holiday platter (a $39.99 value) and the Antipasto tray ($45.99 value) accommodate wildly gesticulating hands with bite-sized bits of Italy’s finest soppresata, prosciutto di parma, genoa salami, olives, and roasted peppers. ShopRite also covers dessert with the Cupcake Tree platter, which piles on 24 handholdable cakes with a variety of icings and wraps to coordinate with any baby shower or cavity-free dental-visit celebration (a $39.99 value).
Certified personal trainer Amy Goodwin's mission is to help people enjoy getting fit. As a mom of three energetic daughters, she knows it's not always easy to make time for a workout, and she admits that it takes dedication and discipline to reach fitness goals. She strives to make fitness accessible with a variety of group classes, ranging from stress-relieving yoga sessions to total-body RIPPED workouts, which engage the entire body more effectively than dragging a 200-pound ball and chain everywhere you go. During personal-training sessions, she merges functional movements with training tools such as free weights, kettlebells, and TRX suspension bands. Her training style also includes mixed martial-arts moves, plyometric training, and stability exercises.