Kreative Cupcakes' mini cake bakers whip up delicious palm-sized confections using only wholesome, high-quality ingredients. The diminutive treats boast artful decoration and small-batch preparation to ensure freshness and reduce modern cupcakes' feelings of isolation and anonymity. Frosting-mad visitors make slow, deliberate choices from the selection of flavors, some of which reappear daily Tuesday–Saturday, including taste bud levelers red velvet and chocolate mocha; while other varieties rotate, such as Wednesday's peppermint patty with crisp peppermint filling or Tuesday's triple coconut, tropical-fruity enough to stir up nostalgia for those ten years spent stranded on a desert island.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks composed of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser vision–inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Cup O' Joy, a nonprofit venue, provides an intimate and melodious experience in a family-friendly and alcohol-free environment. With the early bird pass, attendees can arrive 15-20 minutes before the general public and get the best seats at a Friday or Saturday night show. National and regional Christian artists of every style grace the Cup O' Joy stage, including folk strummers, bluegrass twangers, punk screamers, and electro-Gregorian chanters. Catch classic country songwriter Bobby Solberg on Friday, February 4, the Celtic punk energy of Flatfoot 56 on Friday, February 18, or any other upcoming show. While basking in sweet harmonies, you can use this deal to sip on a soda, Snapple, or Monster Energy drink.
The Tasteful Cake culls frosted feasts from fresh ingredients and fixings, crafting goodies to gussy up all manner of gatherings. Cake whisperer Melissa Mydlo and her dessert-making dynamos lasso seven flavors into a posse of taste pugnacion that leaves sweet teeth stunned and wisdom teeth unable to finish their crossword: lemon and raspberry swirl serve up tangy taste-bud temptations, and the sultry trio of almond, chocolate amaretto, and red velvet offer additional after-dinner cajolery for chompers. Chocolate-vanilla and carrot-cake flavors round out the pint-sized platoon of potential treats. While this Groupon is not valid for vegan or gluten-free orders, many of The Tasteful Cake's cupcakes can be composed of vegan or gluten-free ingredients upon request for future orders to please palates of all preference.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. April's daily bread offerings range from $3.65 to $7.50 a loaf and include french baguettes ($3.65), pepperjack sourdough ($7.50), country buttertop ($5.05), raisin cinnamon ($5.55), and apple pie bread ($6.70). Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.
Brewing up a bevy of coffees, teas, and espressos, Ice House is an ideal hangout for caffeine freaks and chamomile junkies alike. To suit traditionalist sensibilities, stick to the basic coffees ($1.50–$2) or café lattes ($2.95–$3.70), and for more daring drink desires, sample from Ice House's variety of creative concoctions. Try a self-explanatory raspberry white-chocolate mocha ($3.20–$4.20) or the grasshopper frappe, a refreshing blend of espresso, mint, and vanilla, topped with whipped cream and imitation grasshoppers made from real crickets ($3.95–$4.45).
The owner of Cakes from Scratch makes sure the bakery lives up to its name by not only handcrafting cakes and cupcakes from basic ingredients including flour, sugar, and fruits, but by also using recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother. By staying away from premixed ingredients, Cakes from Scratch ensures their flavorful batters—which ranges from German chocolate to cotton candy and piña colada—bake into heavier, moist cakes. And the cupcakes and cakes look just as good as the taste, because the bakers delicately apply decorative icing and fondant to each treat, replicating images such as sport logos or tropical flowers to fit any baby shower, bachelor party, and birthday theme. Cakes from Scratch also churns out flaky-crust pastys stuffed with Angus ground chuck, chili, and albacore tuna using the owner's great-grandmother's authentic English recipe.