Between the two of them, longtime friends David Schwartz and Gary Nardilla have nine children. That is a number of mouths to feed, and the fathers do it with fresh, healthy ingredients. So when the friends opened Epic Bowl, they decided to cook for every guest as they would for their own families. Using whatever organic fruits and produce they receive from the farmers’ market that week, the chefs fashion dishes they think will taste great, whether that includes sprout salads, smoothies infused with young-coconut water, or pesto-caprese sandwiches layered with cucumbers, tomatoes, and hearty slabs of cheese. Hot and cold bowls include ingredients such as organic acai, organic chicken, quinoa, and swiss chard. Through the stone-flanked entryway, an outdoor patio is scattered with tables and oversized umbrellas that protect patrons from feral satellites.
The scent of Caribbean Coffee Company beans wafts through The Good Cup's doors, drawing passersby into a parlor filled with comfy seating and freshly baked pastries from D'Angelo's and Debbie's Delights. Once inside, they discover baristas pulling steamy shots of espresso and customers with heads buried in novels and hands grasping ice-cold lattes. Aromas such as mint and lavender emanate from pots of SerendipiTea loose-leaf tea, whose rising steam forms the crossed pattern of a Union Jack proudly waving above fresh-baked British scones. Italian and French influences also shape the menu, which teems with sweet scoops of gelato and savory slices of quiche. The outdoor patio opens up for al fresco dining on warmer days, when the sun’s rays compete with strong Wi-Fi signals for customers’ affections.
Photographic-style wallpaper depicting shelves packed with books and a chalkboard scrawled with the day's menu are just some of the playful touches inside Book Ends Cafe. Despite its lighthearted decor, though, the eatery is serious about food: everything on the menu is made by hand using organic ingredients from local farmers' markets. Signature sandwiches include those featuring a brisket banh mi, pickled beets, or lemon-marinated chickpea salad. To complement the cuisine, the cafe also serves local products such as Green Star coffee and Pop Culture sodas.
There’s no one way to tan at European Sun. Alongside UV-free Mystic spray tans, the facility hosts a variety of beds, from standards and standups to turbos, which rocket passengers straight into the sun’s orbit. To maximize results, guests can lather up with designer lotions made by top brands such as Jwoww and Playboy. And European Sun’s skin-care doesn’t stop at bronzing. Inside the facility’s aesthetician room, specialists perform skin-smoothing treatments such as body waxing and acne facials.