Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.
Over the years they spent scouring the country for each region's best barbecue recipes, the Pig of the Month BBQ president Lea Richards has amassed a wealth of memorable stories. One time, she discovered that her test plates of Memphis ribs were being stolen by the family dog, which buried the bones in the garden. But all her hard work had an enormous payoff—a mail-order barbecue business that's earned shout-outs from an Iron Chef and a feature on Good Morning America.
Today, Pig of the Month BBQ whips up a medley of regional delicacies, ranging from chipotle-infused bacon and italian sausage to tender hickory-smoked pulled pork. Whether ordered à la carte or as part of the celebrated barbecue-of-the-month club, packages arrive on doorsteps fully cooked and ready to thaw and reheat in grills, ovens, or microwaves. To add a hint of tangy flavor to each meal, the Richards ship out bottles of their specialty sauces, such as the savory Carolina mustard or the zesty lime-and mango-based Key West.
Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
MyMMs.com turns an iconic candy-coated chocolate into a delicious greeting card and conversation piece by emblazoning M&M'S with everything from birthday wishes and wedding congratulations to graduation portraits and holiday messages. Customers upload photos, choose messages, and select clip art to be printed on the chocolate candies, which come in 25 different colors, including rare shades such as silver or electric green. They may print up to 18 characters on two lines of text on the reverse side of the M&M'S. MyMMs.com also creates M&M'S with team or corporate logos on them.
More than 30,000 students have plunged from the skies above Skydive Houston's private Waller airport. You'll spend 20–30 minutes in a classroom going over expectations and basic safety precautions while certified technicians pack your parachute and prepare the latest of the latest equipment designed specially for tandem jumps. After an inspirational speech about how the sky is more afraid of you than you are of it, you'll load into the safe, sturdy Twin Otter turboprop, strap onto your jumpsperienced dive guide, and soar as high as 14,000 feet before it's time to fall into the open arms of sky. Securely fastened to your partner, you'll plummet for a 60-second free fall, hooting and spinning while your instructor manages the details of swerving around clouds and asking hawks for directions. When the time is right, he or she will pull your chute, and during the next five to six minutes of canopy glide, you'll be able to admire the sights of downtown Houston, the Galleria area, and Lake Conroe.
Back when Greek Brothers first opened, diners had three options: oysters on the half-shell, boiled shrimp, or pizza. Today, the menu is home to more than 50 items, and the roadhouse-style restaurant has transitioned from pizzas to grilled-to-order steaks hand-cut in house. But the roadhouse-style restaurant?characterized by exposed brick walls and Budweiser posters from the '80s?hasn't gotten above its raising. It still serves classics such as chicken-fried steak or mama Blanche's seafood gumbo.
Frequent live bands add to the light grittiness of the ambiance, and keep the dining room buzzing with the sounds of country or classic rock.