Tinder Box - Vino 100 floods mouths with a cornucopia of wines and beers served in a relaxed, sports-bar-like atmosphere adjacent to a sociable cigar lounge. Glasses teem with rivulets of vibrant red and smooth white wines ($7), such as Greystone cabernet sauvignon, Penfolds chardonnay, and Lorca Torrontes. An innovative wine barometer helps tipplers discover compatible new sips based upon their personal preferences for fruity or full-bodied flavors and their favorite body parts with which to squeeze grapes. An array of chilled amber beers refresh malt-hungry palates, such as Boulevard pale ale ($6/22 oz.) and Pabst Blue Ribbon ($5/22 oz).
H. Teller Archibald opened the doors of the first Fannie May Chocolates in 1920, delighting the passing palates of Chicago’s LaSalle Street with exquisite chocolates that continue to tickle taste buds today. Though nearly a century has passed, Fannie May’s alchemists still rely on the same recipes as the first store, refusing to budge on quality even when faced with shortages during war times and the never-ending Gregory Middle School food fight of 1997. Renowned for sweetness and attention to detail, the chocolatiers’ treats stand as an institution of inventive eats, from the gooey pecan and caramel of their Pixies to the sunny, toasted-coconut-encased dark chocolate of their Trinidads.
The vertebral virtuosos at Mid-America draw from a physical-therapy mindset to remedy sources of spinal discomfort and boost patients’ overall health. During the hydro-table massage ($35 value), water jets volley aqua streams to relieve back muscles of tightness and improve general joint mobility without wetting patients' shirts or temporary tattoos. Back repairees are then free to enlist one of Mid-America's trained professionals to perform an optional digital analysis of their spine, which peeks at patients’ bone buttress for mechanical faults, potential health issues, or missing Jenga pieces.
Di Olivas' founders travel throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East to sample the region's gourmet oils and vinegars, then bring the best ones back to the store's two Saint Louis–area locations, where patrons can draw up to 25 ounces of their favorite straight from the fusti. Each shop also stocks balsamic vinegars that have been aged for a minimum of 12 years, or a single viewing of Beverly Hills Chihuahua’s ambitious director’s cut. Di Olivas also carries more than 15 varieties of traditional and flavored gourmet coffees and keeps two dozen flavors of De Cio and Rossi Pasta on hand, including tomato sanoran spice, artichoke, and chocolate cabernet.
Red Mango's frozen yogurts run the gamut of nutritional goodness, boasting all-natural, nonfat, probiotic, kosher, and low-calorie credentials. Customers can manipulate icy ingredients and taste-bud-tantalizing toppers to construct elegantly portable parfaits placed in convenient to-go cups, with flavorful flavors such as pomegranate or Madagascar vanilla and toppings such as fresh fruit, organic granola, or dark chocolate ($0.45/oz.), or watch as Red Mango magicians turn hot chocolate into an icy chiller of authentic Ghirardelli dark chocolate. Handshaken, probiotic iced teas fill the human apparatus with antioxidants, which bodyguard healthy cells, knocking out free radicals that get too close. PureVia-sweetened smoothies ($3.95–$5.45), such as mandarin mango and four-berry blend, satisfy fruit-hungry palates, and enriched smoothies are packed with protein and immunity boosters to help drinkers eliminate invading viruses. Use today's deal to watch this frozen superhero spring into action, satisfying sweet cravings and melting all over the tongues of injustice.
The top brass twisters at Auntie Anne's, one of the world's largest hand-rolled, soft-pretzel franchises, create enough twirly treats every year to wrap the earth in deliciously salted dough three times over. Pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers. A plain pretzel offers a satisfyingly simple snack, while sacchariferous ingredients such as cinnamon sugar and toasted-almond toffee make tongues sweat with anticipation. Mouths will mambo to the Mediterranean flavors of the garlic pretzel, a perfect treat to submerge into a dunk tank of marinara or one of the other available dipping sauces. Or, sample slender tubewiches swathed in the warm embrace of pretzel dough with signature pretzel dogs. Pair braided bites with a chalice of lemonade or a frozen ICEE drink, both of which pack a flavorful punch that’s more refreshing than a brisk morning run that successfully evades a pursuing snow leopard.