Each appointment at Skin Renewal Center matters, but the first one really lets clients know that the staff cares about their skin and wants to educate them. During the initial visit, an aesthetician assesses the client?s skin, both with their expert eyes and a skin scope. The skincare specialist then works with the client to devise a skincare plan they can follow at home.
They treat everything from acne to dry skin to signs of aging with high-quality products by Pevonia Botanica and Epicuren Discovery. Even the center?s massages focus on skincare?the therapists use varying strokes to increase blood flow and enhance a complexion?s glow or to relax muscles that cause wrinkles.
Espresso Metro's homey lounge space has something of a do-it-yourself feel, meaning you won't find the predictably replicated furniture of coffee chains. The owners have honed their aesthetic sense since 1988, and their eclectic collection of mismatched chairs that circle each table grants a good view of a hand-painted mural that runs the length of the counter. The mural depicts abstract figures with elongated arms folded over their heads, because they haven't had their morning coffee yet. But the baristas are as serious about their coffee as they are playful about their decor, evidenced by a sleek La San Marco espresso machine and its neighboring burr grinders, each filled to the top with beans. On any given day, the bakery counter might showcase freshly baked cookies, lemon cake, or croissants. These pair well with lattes with such foam art as hearts, bunnies, and lips.
At multiple locations throughout the Sacramento area—including the newest one downtown—the chefs at Perko's Cafe are busy cracking fresh ranch eggs into omelets, skillets, and scrambles featuring ingredients such as portuguese linguiça or hickory-smoked ham. They turn hand-cut, marinated steaks into tri-tip sandwiches au jus, and they build towering double-decker burgers whose half-pound ground-beef patties teeter with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and thousand-island dressing. To match the beef- and barbecue-filled menu, many of the welcoming dining rooms have a decidedly Southwestern feel, with corrugated-tin accents, old-timey tools, and booth dividers that resemble a black-and-white cow or an incredibly complex inkblot test.
Coffee can be bitter and bracing or sweet and comforting at Java Bliss. That's because baristas make their gourmet coffee in dozens of styles, from standard cups of black coffee to lattes to blended drinks pumped full of flavorful syrups. They make both steaming hot and iced drinks, and both come with an optional dollop of the shop's homemade whipped cream. Customers can pair these drinks with breakfast staples such as bagels, muffins, and egg sandwiches, which help get the morning off to a good start, like an alarm clock that only whispers compliments.
At first glance, Ciocolat appears no different than the cozy homes it neighbors. But a few steps closer reveals aromas of melting chocolate, baking pastry crusts, and fresh fruit fillings, not to mention views of french macaroons arranged in gleaming cases. During lunch and dinner hours, servers transport plates topped with creamy pasta dishes, vegetable frittatas, and wild-mushroom lasagna to dining customers, who can end their meals on a sweet note with éclairs, entire pies, or seasonal fruit tarts. The shop also accepts reservations for four-course high-tea services, which transport groups to another era with mini sandwiches, berries with Chantilly cream, flux capacitors, and gourmet teas served with Miss Match china.
Ciocolat donates a portion of its profits to local nonprofit agencies. The staff takes charity suggestions into consideration at the beginning of each month.
Rivers Edge Cafe aims to put a spin on the traditional, Americana-steeped diner by creating a casual neighborhood eatery that serves slightly more imaginative versions of otherwise familiar comfort foods. Tempting diners with the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day, the chefs begin each morning by cooking a number of breakfast staples. Buttermilk pancakes and country fried steak are classics, but they also cook omelets using three farm-fresh eggs and everything from artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to smoked salmon and capers. They even update the traditional side of hash browns by creating a version stuffed with bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. As the sun begins to set, the cafe serves its selection of hearty, home-style dinner entrees, including housemade meatloaf flavored with garlic, onions, and green bell peppers, and penne pasta tossed with crisp vegetables, shrimp, and a balsamic glaze.
Much like its menu, Rivers Edge Cafe's dining room exudes a decidedly casual vibe that is more reminiscent of a bistro than a diner. Gleaming wooden tables and low-backed booths fill the dark floors, which still manage to catch the light streaming through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Tulip-shaped pendant lamps hang above a few of the tables, but, as night falls, the ceiling fans' lights help keep the space illuminated as they lazily spin above patrons' heads and keep guests cool as they sip on one of the available craft beers or wines imported from the future.