A shingled two-story home has housed Muffin Mania since January 4, 1983, when late musician Rocky Sullivan opened the bakery to fulfill his Sicilian family's culinary legacy. Today, Rocky's wife, Ilona Agress, and his son, Dylan Galante, carry on the epicurean heritage by trekking to that same idyllic dwelling at 3 a.m. six days of the week to whip up fresh batches from scratch.
The duo shuns preservatives while assembling the café's rotating roster of muffins and instead brandishes all-natural ingredients to create such flavors as jalapeño and cheese and maple walnut. Sweet scones, croissants, and pastries join forces with top-quality coffee to devise powerful breakfasts, and Muffin Mania's fresh-baked bread cushions the hot and cold sandwiches that headline a smattering of lunch fare. A multitude of gluten-free and vegan muffins accommodate dietary requirements and some scavenger-hunt participants.
Named after the great Humphrey Bogart, Bogie's Cafe slings French-American-style cuisine in a cozy diner infused with old Hollywood memorabilia and more quirky decor, such as the giant rubber ducky that doubled for the Maltese falcon. Its colorful interior sets a playful tone for diners looking to unwind over omelets at breakfast or burgers, sandwiches, and salads at lunch and French-American cuisine at dinner.
This 100% Latino-owned business uses 100% organic flour and 100% natural ingredients to assemble sweet and savory empanadas with a multilingual blend of Caribbean, Latin American, and Californian points of view. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs can delight their senses in the flavors of mushrooms with brie, onions, and spices ($45 per dozen), while their meat-minded brethren can tear into a savory, roasted chicken poblano with onion, poblano chile, red bell pepper, tomato, cilantro, and spices ($45 per dozen). To keep the taste buds on the other side of your tongue from rebelling and making everything taste like burnt hair, keep them happy with the apple-cinnamon-with-chocolate empanada infused with Turbinado sugar ($30 per dozen). These fresh and healthy treats come in both meal and cocktail size. As with square dancing, mixing and matching fillings is encouraged, as are odd-numbered orders.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Ginger Sandoval worked at several Marin County restaurants before becoming the first food server at Miracle Mile Cafe when it opened in May 2011. Six short months later, she actually purchased the cafe from the owner, who had no previous restaurant experience and didn't realize how much hard work and ketchup it required.
Sandoval's Miracle Mile Cafe now has a little bit of everything?house-made jam on toast, recipes from Peru, and a whole separate menu of gluten-free options. But the focal point and crowd favorite are the cinnamon-roll pancakes coated in a classic glaze. This breakfast specialty is served all day alongside lunch favorites including house-roasted turkey sandwiches, quinoa veggie soup, and lomo saltado, a Peruvian steak plate featuring strips of filet mignon stir-fried with veggies and tossed with fries.
Stephanie Kisak Tyson rekindled her life-long love for baking years ago when she began whipping up peanut butter treats for her old banking job's charity event. After rediscovering this passion for creating handmade baked goods, Stephanie founded her own company, A Piece of Cake and Confections, where she makes a living with toothsome creations such as baklava, gourmet cookies, and specialty cakes. In addition to supplying family dinners and birthday parties with fresh egg-nog pies, chocolate truffles, and cupcakes, A Piece of Cake instills the love of baking to its customers with plenty of hands-on cooking classes.