Jody Maroni, founder of Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, started linking gourmet sausages in 1979 and now rules over a royal court of meat artisans who assemble more than 20 all-natural varieties. Many of the homemade recipes renounce nitrates and MSG and instead fill the natural pork casings with meat that is naturally low in sodium and fat. Chicken-mole sausages blend chocolate, cumin, and chilies, and the louisiana hot links steep in duck stock and smolder with Boudin-style spices. Like Iowa's delightful airspace, the meaty morsels have drawn bicoastal praise—Splash! Los Angeles argues that they "might just top the Dodger Dog," and Time Out New York thanks the eatery for bringing "rays of sunshine to the food wasteland of Times Square."
Traces of Californian sunshine emanate from breakfast plates and lunch sandwiches crafted with seasonal, organic, and free-range ingredients by the artisanal chefs at Charlie's Pantry. An all-day breakfast menu treats early birds and late risers to gourmet dishes such as Tuscan-style eggs dappled with organic spinach and roasted garlic. The panoply of lunchtime options includes 19 signature sandwiches that compile ingredients such as marinated chicken, Italian-style cold cuts, and heirloom tomatoes in edible monuments to organic farming. An unassuming interior features white walls, polished concrete floors, and a simple picnic table at which patrons can dine with friends or challenge nemeses to salad speed-eating contests.
Flip Flop Shops adorns soles with stylish flip-flops from reputable brands such as Rainbow, Reef, Sanuk, and O'Neill. An array of women's footwear eases the barking of weary dogs, with comfortable offerings such as the Sanuk Yoga Mat women's sandal available in multiple colors ($28). Men's sandals protect feet during walks across hot sand or mild sand inhabited by angry seashells, with trendy items such as the Sanuk Avenue men's sandal ($30).
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. In addition to their extensive juice menu, their commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads. Customers can also kick-start their days with six varieties of Energy Bowls?antioxidant-packed blends of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits like acai berries and strawberries?all made to order and packaged in a convenient portable bowl.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With nearly 600 stores serving Energy Bowls, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.
For shoppers feeling anxious over deciding among the many wines that line Flask Fine Wines' shelves, just wait a few days. On Thursday and Saturday evenings, the shop hosts a tasting bar that lets patrons sample a vast array of varietals. After sipping a few samples, guests can narrow it down to select a favorite or two, and purchase a full bottle to take home. Those more interested in fine spirits will also find an impressive selection of bourbons, tequilas, and both single-malt and kind-of-dating-someone-malt whiskies.