To Dan Kim, a red mango is something truly special. The fruit only becomes that color for a very brief time, when it's most ripe, most delicious, and most nutritious. This became an allegory for Dan, a frozen yogurt enthusiast, who was conceptualizing his first yogurt shop. He opened the first location in 2007, vowing to use all-natural ingredients that, like the red mango, are both tasty and healthy. His commitment to conscientious snacking certainly caught on, as the brand has since expanded to more than 200 locations throughout North and South America. In 2011, Red Mango took top honors for frozen yogurt shops and for healthy options in a Zagat poll.
In addition to being all-natural, Red Mango's award-winning yogurt satisfies a range of diets by being gluten-free, kosher, and low-fat or non-fat. Each of the nearly 50 flavors, which range from peanut butter to pomegranate, contains calcium, protein, and immune-boosting probiotics. Depending on the location, people can serve themselves or order from the full-service counter as they concoct sundaes crowned with anything from fresh fruit to peanut butter cups. The menu includes more than just fro-yo sundaes, however?it also features yogurt parfaits, Skinny Sorbettos, and fruit or boba smoothies. New greek yogurt varieties also delight palates with bulked up units of protein and calcium. In addition to developing secret handshakes with their favorite yogurt taps, regular visitors can sign up for the Club Mango rewards program to receive special offers and discounts.
Meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies line the counters and display cases at DaVinci Gourmet Market, where chefs draw upon a palette of fresh ingredients to compose take-home entrees and catered meals each day. To-go containers nearly overflow with wild-rice salad or crab cakes, and entrees of grilled salmon or roasted chicken make for ephemeral table centerpieces. The sun rises over omelets and traditional two-egg breakfasts, and the lunch menu’s specialty paninis invoke the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their stacked toppings and unstable groundwork of toasted ciabatta bread.
All instructors at Cosmic Kites Kiteboarding boast certifications from either the International Kiteboarding Organization or Professional Air Sports Association, and instill others with the knowledge they've gained during land- and water-based kiteboarding lessons. During land classes, students launch trainer kites, while water-based lessons allow pupils to skip wakes and mow overgrown seaweed while learning fundamentals. For more advanced or specialized instruction, the staff also teaches participants how to perform special maneuvers, tricks, and jumps on water. Additionally, the staff can introduce clients to a range of complete kitesurfing packages, as well as new or used boards and kites, and boots and wetsuits.
Helming additional locations in North Carolina and the Dominican Republic, Cosmic Kites currently sponsors two Dominican riders in their global quest on the World Kitesurfing Tour. When not supervising adrenaline-soaked adventures, Cosmic Kites maintains existing kiteboarding locations, works to open new ones, supports youth sporting events, and develops new ideas for boarding safety that aren't as costly as installing inflatable beaches.
Bageltown Cafe, opened in February 2013, serves up coffee, tea, and classic deli cuisine. Patrons can order bagels smeared with scallion- or strawberry-infused cream cheeses, or opt for bialys and made-from-scratch baked sweets that are baked fresh each day. Cooks also grill panini sandwiches, prepare whitefish and lox salads, and sell Boar's Head meats and cheeses by the pound.
Reservations: Not offered
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Offering: Hookah and drinks
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Unlike many hookah bars?with their heavy curtains, ornate filigreed pillows, and other trappings designed to make guests feel transported to the Far East?ESEX Lounge boasts an ultra sleek, nightclub-esque look. Here, hookah smoke lazily pours out of patrons' mouths and swirls around the space, briefly touching beer bottles and cocktail glasses before dissipating into the air, which glows with neon purple and green lights.
Revelers enjoy various hookah flavors and small bites while draped on long white leather couches standing below light fixtures with intersecting tilted rings. Or, they can perch on modern chairs at the full bar, where bartenders dole out more than 90 types of alcohol. Behind the bar, large flat-screen TVs keep fans abreast of various sports and entertainment channels.
Handicap Accessible: No
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Bubble milk tea, smoothies, sushi, and coffee
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Carolyn manages Red Bubble, where sushi and smoothies are the main grabs. But the bubble milk tea is another step above. "We know people [have tried] lots of bubble tea already," she says, so she and her staff put a little extra effort and love into each glass they make. They combine four to five types of tea to produce their beverage's unique flavor, which is designed to pair with the sweetness of the tapioca bubbles within. That results in a drink that Carolyn feels truly tastes different than other bubble teas out there, in addition to also being healthier than just drinking bubbles.