When putting together the decor at C U Latte Cafe, it would seem that its designers started with a white box and went from there. But, this blank basis makes the colors within it stand out in sharp contrast. The red of a woman's dress in a local artist's painting. The brown of the leather sofa. The pink of a cup of frozen lemonade. The menu is similarly simple, focusing on the necessities of a café visit: a cup of steaming coffee, a light sandwich, and a laptop to spill it all on. Patrons may choose to take their drinks indoors, surrounded by artwork and decorative reeds, or nestle around the patio's intimate table.
Juice Rx founder Dean Kasal had a two-fold vision for his wellness-promoting juices: great taste and great health. Kasal's infatuation with all-natural health comes from a very personal place. Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and reacting poorly to the pills his doctor prescribed, he began his own path to well-being after by making his own juices. The concoctions required little more than organic fruits and vegetables and a homemade liquifier ray, but the benefits were staggering. His digestive troubles vanished, and by the age of 29, he was able to retire from corporate life and start pursuing his true calling: helping folks get healthy with 100% organic, raw, unprocessed juices.
A good portion of his success has to do with his juicing methods. Rather than using traditional juicers?whose motor heat saps vital nutrients from the fruits and veggies?he deploys an awe-inspiring hydraulic press. The contraption's cold-press method deploys 5,000 pounds of pressure to squeeze a bounty of vitamins from the organic fruits and veggies.
Pulp-free and nutrient-rich, those juices include a metabolism-stimulating spicy lemonade with green apple, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper; a tropical green blend of pineapple and kale that alkalinizes the body and floods cells with a potent mixture of vitamins and minerals; and an antioxidant-packed citrus blend with succulent pomegranate called Liquid Love. Besides customized juice-packs, Juice Rx also supplies expert-built cleanses that range from the fruit-filled Regular Cleanse to the low-sugar Extreme Green Cleanse.
Inside the historic, 145-year-old building, dozens of teapots and accessories collected by current owner Mary Ann Waldorf line curtain-swathed shelves. Whether joining friends for a luncheon, purchasing some specialty foods and gift baskets, or savoring high tea in the Angel Room, visitors of the tin-ceilinged teahouse find themselves transported to what seems like another time and place. Teapots, purchasable jewelry, and seasonal tea blends may not be the only Gourmet Junction dwellers; local mediums say the ghosts of Plainfield's first inhabitants tread the hardwood floors.
The kitchens inside La Bamba look a bit different from most. That's because they don't have a freezer or a fryer, and instead focus on fresh food cooked right in front of the customer. The restaurant's chefs start with traditional bolillos?a soft Mexican roll?or tortillas that are made specifically for the restaurant each day. In addition to the as-big-as-your-head La Bamba burrito, they craft tacos and tortas with meat or vegetarian fillings. Chefs then add a spicy touch and splash dishes with their hot sauce, which is so popular people ask for it in bottles or pepper-spray form.