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    Tranquilitea Organic Cafe: Paninis, Juices, Smoothies and More!

    by Caitlinette Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Set in a small yellow building with Tibetan prayer flags across the front, this organic vegetarian cafe is a place I'll want to come back to again and again. You can sit at one of their handpainted tables and watch people walk by, or you can sit out back in the patio at funky little tables with equally funky little chairs. Service is friendly and relaxed. The food can take a bit to come out, and when it comes your appetizer -- bagel chips, Kettle chips, or salad -- is on the same plate. The food ranges from fresh vegetable juices, fruit smoothies, salads, wraps, vegetable paninis, sweet coffee drinks, raw dishes, and some very cool desserts. There's also some kind of massage room attached to the cafe so I suppose you could get a quick rubdown while waiting for your food!

    Favorite Dish: The Dragon's Way panini is incredible! Melted brie, sundried tomatoes, spinach, pesto (the absolute best pesto I have ever had by far!), kalamata olives. I've also had the Prancin' Pan's Panini (pesto, goat cheese, apple slices, walnuts, some other good stuff between two pieces of warm, chewy, locally-made Brio bread) and the tofu panini (I can't remember what it's called). So, so good! I have a feeling that anything you get here would be scrumptious. The food is made with love and care. The way the descriptions of the food are written is delightful, too. There are some really cool ingredients in the food. I believe one hot drink had chocolate, lavendar, vanilla soy milk, and rose petals in it. This whole place makes you feel wonderful!

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    Mazzotti's: Excellent casual Italian food

    by jessicadf Written Dec 27, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Looking slightly upscale from the outside, felt a bit more downscale once on the inside. Burgundy tablecloths are covered with brown paper. Perhaps at night the paper comes off?

    Lots of food for the money and the food is GOOD. A hot, fresh, sliced roll comes out first with a dipping bowl filled with olive oil, balsamic and herbs, as well as a dish of oregano/sun-dried tomato butter. Yum!!

    Mark had a meaball grinder sandwich with a salad, and I had a vegetarian grinder sandwich with fries. The salad was fresh, ample and delicious (we shared) and the fries were skinny and crunchy, salty and bountiful. Mark's meatball sandwich was a bit plain (but what do you expect?) and my vegetarian sandwich was INCREDIBLY delicious. Sauteed (to the point of caramelization) broccoli, cauliflower, onions and mushrooms, topped with melted provelone. YUMMMM. Could only eat half and had to take the rest home.

    Favorite Dish: The vegetarian grinder, for sure.

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