The friendly and dedicated baristas at Mugs Coffee Company grind and brew each cup of their organic and fair-trade coffee to the customer's order. Perfect foam mustaches to round out food-based disguises with the traditional cappuccino—6 ounces of Italian-style espresso topped with steamed milk ($2.50), or sweeten up sips with the Con Panna, an espresso adorned with homemade whipped cream ($1.95). A Frappe Freeze hosts a chilly meeting of the minds for espresso, milk, and ice ($3.20+), and Philip's Perfect Chai marries spicy and sweet in a steamy ceremony ($2.95+). Bathe tongues in nostalgia with a glass of real apple cider ($1.95+), or restructure stomach pyramids with the Aztec Mocha, a spicy Mexican delight ($3.15+).
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, non-fat yogurt, $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.89 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.49 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
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.
Tropical Sno is one of the few eateries where you can order a rainbow. A primary-colored mix of pineapple and red and blue raspberry, the "Rainbow" is just one of the shop's many shaved ice flavor combos. Their other combos range from "Candy Apple," a mix of apple and cinnamon, to "Tiger's Blood," a strawberry and coconut cocktail. Clients can also build their own treats with up to three of the 29 available syrups, which range from fruity flavors to birthday cake and coffee. Add-ons are also available such as cream, to make the treat reminiscent of traditional Hawaiian-style shaved ice, and a spill stopper to catch any drips or tiny snowmen trying to jump ship.
Issac Dakar opened Petra House in 2013, but his mother deserves a share of the credit. After all, Issac is using her recipes. These range from char-grilled salmon kebabs with shrimp to more traditional offerings, such as bamyeh bilahmih, a dish of oven-baked okra served with halal beef, onions, tomatoes, and spices. The d?cor reflects the menu's traditional bent: guests dine along plush pillow-lined seating amid ornate rugs and colorful Mediterranean drapery. There's also a rosewater hand-washing station, so guests can freshen up before a meal without holding their hands up to the showering sky.
Adults love to drink coffee. Kids love to play. But unless you have a frappuccino-filled swimming pool in your backyard, there aren't many places where both activities can take place. That's where Little Cups & Grownups comes in. Part cafe and part play-space, Little Cups allows adults to relax and converse as their children interact in a supervised area stocked with toys and books. Baristas pour Caffe D'arte coffee and espresso drinks alongside salads, chicken wraps, and turkey paninis, while parties provide kids with snacks and drinks of their own, including personal pizzas and juice.