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We wake up from a dead sleep caused by a Saturday night of too much everything, settle into the car, and tune the radio to one of the acoustic sunrise stations and drive while Radiohead carries us to Solstice Cafe in Grant Park. There it is at the north end of a strip mall, next door to an vacant space, a dirty, old, rundown laundromat, and a small Mexican food market with a ceiling lined with pinatas, Solstice Cafe is a quaint, bohemian food spot easily below the foodie radar.

Simple metal tables painted over with an amateur painter’s touch, walls lined with paintings in various media and a bar serving both omelettes and alcohol, this is yet another secret spot unvisited by the hordes of breakfast feeders searching for another order of biscuits, grits and pancakes.

Solstice Cafe is what would happen if you turned an excellent bohemian coffee shop into a breakfast and lunch spot and then gave it a liquor license. The staff is friendly and on this particular Sunday morning, everyone seems to be gripping the hours before tomorrow as they sip their coffees and enjoy Sinatra crooning over the speakers.

The menu is lite, mostly consisting of eggs, sandwiches, potatoes and other simple fare. No pancakes, no super size servings. Just a quiet space away from the lines at the Flying Biscuit, Thumbs Up, and Crescent Moon – all with a huge painting of Elvis behind the bar.

Review Summary: 4.3 out of 5

562 Boulevard SE

Atlanta, GA, 30312

(404) 622-1976

  • Serves Great Food: As I said, this is far more than just a cafe. So even if you are not a coffee lover but are hungry anyway and want a fill, then the Coco Cafe Coffee Shop is a great place to drop by! Their pizza is extremely tasty although a tad too expensive given the average price range of food items around Boracay. Their coconut coffee is something that you must not miss at all at any cost; the one negative thing of the coffee is that it is low on cream content, which was not a major issue for me, by the way. One decent food I can recommend for you is their cream smoothie; their cookies and cakes are also quite delicious.
  • Serves Real Drinks: Food and coffee are not the only stuff you can get here; like any reputable bar of Boracay you can get plenty of awesome drinks here too. I am not a booze lover myself but speaking of drinks, I loved their milk: it was so fresh and yummy! Later on I learned its name too: they call it ‘coco milk’! If you are in a party mode then drop by there on Friday, Thursday and Saturday when the joint rocks with hot girls! I found it rather weird that all the bartenders there were well-built with toned physique; one looked like as though he was a former boxing champion; he showed us his well toned biceps rather proudly!
  • Friendly And Helpful Staff: Like the hotels, restaurants and bars of the rest of the Boracay, you would find friendly and helpful staff here too. I wish I could take some of the staff from here back into my country and get them employed into my own business. They really know how to treat customers and make them feel at home well. No matter how crazy your order and timing is, the staff is always there to serve you with a smile.
  • Great Location: If you want to take a good look at the White beach while sipping your coffee then the Coco Cafe Coffee Shop would be an ideal location for you. This cafe enjoys proximity to the beach; no wonder it has so many footfalls

Overall, if you want to go someplace for a little coffee, gorge on some hot and tasty food, indulge in a little fun and party, all the while enjoying the cool breeze of the ocean nearby, then this is one place you simply cannot skip visiting!

  • Heart Benefits – Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants like chlorophyll, carotenoids and vitamin E. The Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) also known as the “bad cholesterol” transports and deposits cholesterol in the tissues and arteries, which can eventually block the arteries leading to deficient blood flow and all kinds of heart problems. The high levels of monounsaturated fats found in the oil not only lower LDL levels protecting you from atherosclerosis, but also allow the High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) the “good cholesterol” to clean the cholesterol away from the arteries.
  • Inflammation Benefits – The healthy fats in olive oil are used by the body to create natural anti-inflammatory agents which help reduce the severity of both arthritis and asthma. Cell membranes that are not inflamed are able to transport healthy nutrients into the cells and move the waste products out.
  • Cancer Benefits – A study published in the January 2005 issue of Annals of Oncology (which is a peer-reviewed medical journal of tumors and cancers), showed that a monounsaturated fatty acid found in olives called oleic acid, has the ability to reduce the affect of an oncogene. An oncogene is a gene that in certain circumstances transforms a cell into a cancer cell. Another research which included over 36,000 participants conducted by the University of Athens revealed that high rates of olive oil consumption, is associated with lower odds of having any type of cancer.
  • Diabetes Benefits – A Spanish study published in the Scientific Journal Diabetes Care revealed that a Mediterranean style diet, rich in olives, reduces by almost 50% the risk of type II diabetes when compared to a low fat diet. Previously it was prescribed that a low fat diet can prevent various diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes, whereas it now appears that it is the “type” of fat that counts rather than the actual amount of fat. Adding olive oil to your diet can also lower your triglyceride levels. Many diabetics live with high triglyceride levels which increases their risk for heart diseases.
  • Weight-Loss Benefits – Being overweight goes hand in hand with high levels of cholesterol, heart disease and other ailments. In a study conducted and published in the September 2003 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, it was found that a significant loss of body weight and fat mass can be achieved by changing only one eating habit; the substitution of saturated fats with olive oil.

Experiment is something that your taste-buds would definitely love and Stalactites Greek Restaurant is the best place to do just that! It’s considered one of the most popular Greek restaurants in Melbourne which is known for its delectable range of food and excellent service. Then we have Gazi, one the rather most interesting Greek restaurants in Melbourne where you can expect some delicious yet light Greek cuisines in an exquisite fine-dine setting. And when you are going crazy to have some authentic dips, octopus, saganaki, calamari and hot pita bread, you would be making a big mistake if you’ve not booked your tables here! Don’t forget to indulge in an inviting orange cake dessert at Salona at Swan Street., one of the which is known for its amazingly warm ambience and friendly service, apart from the traditionally prepared Greek Cuisines that they serve. The bar tables and the outdoor lounges at Bahari The Hellenic Palate is always bubbling with excitement and hence it’s always advisable to book your tables when you’re planning to enjoy a Greek meal here. And when you’ve finally made it there, don’t forget to try the chargrilled octopus; it’s simply mouth-watering, and we bet you would come back to try it again. No wonder why they are considered to be one of the best Greek restaurants in Melbourne. If souvas is on your mind, you would have never encountered a variety of souvas, like the ones that are served at Kalamaki.

  • Stalactites Greek Restaurant
    Cuisine: Greek

One of the most popular places in CBD, Melbourne for Greek cuisine, Stalactites is a family business that has been running for the past 38 years. The staff is extremely efficient and even on busy days you can find yourself a seat with their help. Don’t take our word for it, though…

  • Gazi
    Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

When patrons wish for great interior decorations in the restaurant and a light meal over fine dining, they head out to Gazi. They simply can’t get enough of the fast food! The service is touted as one of the best and you can sit in the bar while enjoying the sight of the cooks at work, rolling out 1 master…

Chef Marchell commented, “My work in public education was cut in the downward economy of the last few years and my health was suffering.” This is a situation that so many talented people have experienced and all can relate to the stress in life that it creates. Fast forward quickly, Chef Marchell realized that this provided her the inspiration and perfect opportunity to share her passion for delicious raw foods, so she dug in and opened her natural foods restaurant. Chef Marcell stated, “I wanted others to know just how healthy and delicious raw food could be.” This vibrant, smart and intuitive woman really knows how to cook with some very unique and interesting raw food dishes. Many of the dishes are served hot, not cooked higher than 118 degrees. This is the official cut off for maintaining raw food and its nutrients.You will find hot soup, veggie burgers and many delicious dishes such as Pesto Pizza, Cucumber Wheels and Romaine Tacos. I particularly enjoyed the raw Classic Guacamole Burger with mega-healthy ingredients including nuts, hemp seeds, mushrooms, “grilled” onions, spices and kale. And it’s served with tasty sesame and herb natural crackers and freshly made salsa. The menu is culturally interesting with popular dishes such as Buddha Bowl, Pad Thai and Hole Mole Enchiladas. You will also find many fresh and tasty beverages including a Green Tropic Smoothie with spinach, orange juice and mango.

Au NatuRaw is unique in that they prepare hot DoMatcha green tea Japanese style. Complete with a tea bowl and bamboo whisk, they whip up a hot cup of tea or latte right at your table. Fresh, green and good, the hot frothy tea is an excellent way to finish a meal. I haven’t seen another place in Orange County, that prepares this special tea right at your table. Chef Marchell also adds the tea powder to desserts such as her key lime pie.

The environment is extremely pleasant and is located at 206-A North Broadway, Santa Ana, Ca. in the heart of the Artists Village downtown. With high ceilings, a hanging garden, art, natural colors, quaint tables and fresh natural flowers, Au NatuRaw serves up a natural environment right along with very tasty dishes. If your destination is Orange County, Ca., and you want a healthy natural meal, try out Au NatuRaw for a toast “to your health!”

Natty Greene’s

For those of you that like a good beer every once in a while, Natty Greene’s is the place to go. This local brewery offers beer, food, and fun. Greene’s is right in the heart of Downtown Greensboro and the atmosphere is delightful. Not the typical downtown ‘dive bar’, Natty Greene’s is a great place to stop on a Friday night.

Kabuto – Japanese Steakhouse

Of course there has to be a Japanese steakhouse on the list! This hibachi style restaurant offers a full sushi bar as well as a dining room and “teppanyaki” tables to enjoy the show watching your food cooked right before your eyes. The service is excellent, but early arrival is a must if you don’t make a reservation. The fun and excitement keep people laughing and talking for hours! Don’t miss out on this gem.

Romo’s Pizza

Running home from work, picking up the kids, and realizing you forgot to set out dinner or prepare anything at all can be a nightmare. Good news is, if live in the south Greensboro area or drive around south Greensboro, you can order Romo’s. I may have a biased opinion because when I first moved here, this place was the first local restaurant/pizza delivery that I ordered, and ever since this is the only pizza delivery I order. The delivery guys are super nice, and always quick on delivery.

Country Bars

These were old English countryside pubs that served ale with a brief menu. The contemporary forms have diversified the menu vastly, and serve a variety of liquor-based and non-alcoholic drinks. However, most of these have preserved the ambience, with classic wood furniture, light and jovial country music. These often feature live performances and an environment that is suitable to engage in conversations. They are apt for an after-work get-together with friends, where you can sit and chit-chat. The way you dress up should be casual and stylish. A quick party can be planned at these.

Night Clubs

These are the all-time favorites of most people amongst bars. As the name suggests, these are apt for late night parties. The ambience is that of dim lights, dance floors and a professional DJ to get you on the groove. The menu usually enlists a variety of cocktails and mocktails with starters and snacks in the offer. A low-lit interior with neon light bar stools and adept bar tenders are typical of such places. You would want to look your best while going into one of these, so consider putting on your best clothes and visiting a beauty salon to help you groom as you look forward to enjoy the evening. Since the nightclubs are housed within malls, there are various salons and parlors under the same roof to give you a touchup.

Sports Bar

These are specially designed to become ‘the guy thing’ in town. With rustic interiors, classic wood décor and huge plasma screens, these offer the perfect ambience for cool dudes to hang out with their friends. Here you can enjoy your favorite game along with your gang with chilled beer. The big screen experience of viewing your favorite sports and to hang out with friends has made these popular amongst men. You can dress up the way you want to as you are amidst your friends or colleagues. The menu is loaded with fun starters and munchies, along with some filling dishes as well. The variety of beverage is more on the non-alcoholic side with an exception of beer as people go there to enjoy and not to get drunk.

  • Indigo Delicatessen
    Savour some delectable European fare at Indigo Delicatessen, presented in a casual deli-like setting. The food is authentic and refreshingly honest. Try, BBQ pork ribs and Rueben sandwich.
    Cost for two: Rs. 1700
    Location: DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
  • Hard Rock Café
    Godfather of gastro-pubs in India, Hard Rock Café brings together two grand loves, American food and music. Go for, the legendary 10 oz burger. Their live gigs are renowned.
    Cost for two: Rs. 2000
    Location: Cyber Hub, Phase 2, Gurgaon
  • Made In Punjab
    Part of chef Jiggs Kalra’s collection, Made In Punjab is one of the finest North Indian restaurants in the city. Interiors are posh and classy. Their butter chicken is worth tasting.
    Cost for two: Rs. 1500
    Location: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
    Get your noodle fix at this relaxed modern Chinese eatery. TWIST is known for its Pan Asian spread served in contemporary dark surroundings. Dragon rolls and truffle edamame are sublime.
    Cost for two: Rs. 1400
    Location: 17-18, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
  • Circus
    The fun playful décor based on circus theme steals your heart the moment you step across Circus threshold. Throw back some lip-smacking cocktails to go with their mind-blowing multi-cuisine menu.
    Cost for two: Rs. 1500
    Location: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

No matter if you seek Indian, Italian, Chinese, Continental or its native signature dishes such as Pasta, Beavertails etc. But if you like to tease your taste-buds more often, then Indian food must have been on the top of your list.

Entire Indian cuisine is full of spicy and delightful dishes, ever ready to make you crave for more. But we tend to believe no matter how many restaurants are there around the corner, the particular taste belongs to its origin only.

What if I say That’s not the case here! Being a foodie, I always keep looking for something new and I have been at a place called “The Rajdhani Sweets and Restaurant” which would tame your tongue with their entire range of marvelous Indian dishes.

The menu ranges from Sweets viz. Kaju roll, Kalakand, Pinni, Cham Cham etc (P.S. I am mouthwatering at the moment) and traditional dishes such as Kachori Chana, Aloo Tikki, Samosa, Biryani etc. The most loved items are Dal Makhani, Paneer Masala, Chaat Papri, Saag, and Roti. The ambiance of the place and heart-welcoming treatment makes you fall more in the place.

Veggies are die hard fans of cheese or paneer! If you ask them their favorite fritter then I bet paneer pakora will top the list. Dipped in the batter of gram flour and served with tamarind chutney or coriander mint as per your taste! The way it dissolves in the mouth makes you crave for more!

Either sliced or filled in bitter gourds are one of most beloved dishes in the world. They can tame every taste bud with their spices and onion garnishing. The unique taste makes it stand out of the main course and make people try it once and follow it for the rest of life.

You just can’t leave the place until your tummy is full up to its top and you need two men to drop you at home. LOL! I bet you won’t be able to skip this place anymore.