Tucked away in the historic Heard Building in downtown Phoenix, this family-owned café is a casual, order-at-the-counter operation catering primarily to area office professionals. That means Focaccia Fiorentina is only open for weekday breakfast and lunch, but still does brisk business at its indoor and patio tables. The fun, simple space also offers takeaway options and delivery, but don’t confuse Focaccia with fast food – pizzas and calzones are made to order with hand stretched dough, mozzarella is handcrafted and desserts are made on-site. Recipes are thoughtful as well, like a penne in delicate pink vodka tomato sauce; hearty focaccia sandwiches, including a combo of imported prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil; or a Greek pizza, draped in pesto sauce, mozzarella, feta, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives.
When Toy Town Playcenter’s architects planned their air-conditioned, 2,000-square-foot town, they considered the interests of both parents and children. While tykes pedal down mock city streets and lament the price of milk at the miniature grocery store, parents can cruise free Wi-Fi and sip coffee from the snack bar. City planners also prize sanitation, enforcing a socks-only policy and scrubbing down all surfaces multiple times daily.
Crème de la Crème provides a fun night of culinary education that sheds boring PowerPoint presentations on allumette and julienne cuts in favor of hands-on learning. An experienced and enthusiastic cook, Crème de la Crème helmswoman Hannah sharpened her culinary cunning by cooking in her grandmother's kitchen at an early age and later as a personal chef. At a Crème de la Crème class, students can mingle and socialize with fellow foodies while learning how to cook dishes with the dexterity of an eight-armed samurai. They’ll also get to taste their creations and take home the products to impress friends, family, and visiting satellite-dish installers. Classes are available in several topics, such as crêpes, heart healthy, eco-friendly, and brinner (breakfast for dinner).
It’s a wonder anyone cooks anymore, when they can get food from Sunfare, which specializes in freshly prepared, healthy meals delivered daily. The idea is weight loss or weight maintenance, at a reasonable price. Through seven programs including Signature Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Gluten Free Diet, Select Diet, Paleo Diet, Optimal Cleanse or Family Dinners, Sunfare helps to get customers to their desired weight. Recipes change frequently, but some favorites include blue cheese soy chicken with caramelized shallots, grilled rosemary rack of lamb, super lean pork chop with Cajun kale or gluten-free curry shrimp pad Thai. Members can also customize their selections to their own personal taste preferences.