Standing in a smoky kitchen, with fine particles of coffee chaff drifting through the air, Darrin knew he had found his calling. It all began with a book, in which Starbucks chief Howard Schultz describes his first taste of freshly roasted coffee. For Darrin, it was as an epiphany: he had to give coffee roasting a shot. And so, standing in his kitchen with whisk in hand, he roasted the first of many batches of coffee.
Fast forward to today, and Darrin's motto is simple: to roast the best coffee possible. At Darrin's Coffee Co., he roasts a handful of different coffees as often as James Bond hires a new martini maker: weekly. Darrin then sells the resulting blends in 6- or 12-ounce bags. Brewed varieties include dark espresso, creamy lattes, and the grasshopper—a blend of green coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
In an interior that blends the aura of a club with that of a good friend’s living room, minimalist geometric paintings reminiscent of Rothko’s work hang alongside classical portraiture on the walls. Beneath the swaths of color, patrons direct their own tasting experiences with self-serve Enomatic machines, which draw from dozens of bottles to dispense servings of 1–6 ounces of red or white wines. More than 30 domestic and international wines star on the wine list, from sweet rieslings to cabernet sauvignons to the deep red of a rebellious bull’s Camaro. Sharable plates, including baked brie with apricot compote and flatbreads topped with steak and Stilton blue cheese, fuel conversation.
Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
In a petite 56-seat eatery, the chefs at Café St. Tropez cull fresh ingredients to craft the classic French sandwiches, pastries, and eats that populate the menu. Early risers can replace lingering memories of wailing alarm clocks with the sensations of a Very Berry crepe, a warm amalgamation of seasonal berries and mascarpone sprinkled with vanilla-infused sugar. In the St. Tropez caprese, tomatoes and avocado huddle next to fresh mozzarella as sourdough or wheat toast or a croissant soaks up garlic-infused olive oil like a teddy bear soaks up the sleep-mumbled poetry of children.
The sweet-tangy taste of organic cranberry-orange black tea; the fruity flavor of peach white tea; the rich, chocolaty undercurrent of organic red rooibos Mint Kiss tea. No matter the shade or flavor, TeaBuds Brewing Co.'s loose-leaf teas deliver health benefits, such as digestion-easing agents or disease-fighting antioxidants. The shop also sells some tea infusers and mugs so you can sip on the go. If you'd rather stick around and savor a cup, the café menu spans the entire colorful spectrum of teas and offers pastries as well.