We all scream for ice cream, especially when the truck is teetering on the edge of the cliff. Scoop to the rescue with this Groupon.
$5 for $10 Worth of Tea, Coffee, and Treats
Blend stocks 20 loose-leaf blends of tea that range from the caffeine-free pick-me-up's mélange of lemongrass, rosehips, blackberry leaves, and peppermint to the spiced Mexican chocolate rooibos' balance of Mexican pasilla chilies and organic Ecuadoran dark-roasted cocoa beans.
Coffee cups, meanwhile, can steam with aromas of the dark and velvet-smooth Smokey Mountain Blend or the crisp, caramel notes of Mexican Chiapas. The no-cream-needed Tanzanian Peaberry and the awesomely named Blackbeard's Blend are also popular.
The scent of housemade waffle cones ($1) also wafts throughout the eco-chic café, which serves up locally sourced craft ice cream in flavors such as chocolate peanut butter, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry pomegranate, espresso chocolate chip, and a cast of rotating flavors (prices vary by number of scoops). Smoothies ($4.60 for 24 oz.), milk shakes ($5.75 for 24 oz.), and bags of whole-bean coffee ($12.50–$14.50) are also available.
Blend of Buckroe
Behind a distinctive pink-and-purple-painted storefront, Blend of Buckroe's baristas brew individual cups of coffee and espresso drinks. The fledgling cafe enchanted the palate of an Examiner.com reporter, who heralded the shop's selection of light and dark roasts as "delightfully smooth" and "satisfying". Mugs of macchiato and mocha partner with plates of pastries and quiche on the simple café menu, augmented by sumptuous spoonfuls of ice cream. Artwork dangles from the purple walls of the WiFi-saturated seating area, and colorful couch cushions, old-fashioned benches, and an antique barbershop chair nestle patrons as they flip through magazines or compose lengthy sonnets to their favorite Supreme Court justice.