The fair-trade coffee and gourmet tea at Cup and Top Cafe intermingle with locally sourced breakfast and lunch dishes to create a mouth-mash of palatable goodness. Imbibing enthusiasts can enjoy an organic coffee ($1.45 for 12 oz.) or chai latte ($2.14 for 12 oz.), while serious apple-pie-eating energy-seekers can gulp americanos ($1.48 per shot). Supplied by sleep-deprived, jittery bovine, the espresso milkshake adds some oomph to a straw-clogging classic with Bart's ice cream and Mapleline milk ($4.30).
Cars, suits, and wedding rings. With some things in life, customization is key. MoFroYo Frozen Yogurt, which touts a self-serve bar with 21 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 100 toppings, brings this concept to your taste buds. Its self-serve machines swirl out traditional tastes, such as vanilla, and exotic blends, including cake batter, sweet coconut, and strawberry shortcake. The amounts, toppings, and mouths they’re eaten with are all up to the customers. MoFroYo's flavors change regularly, often with the seasons. For example, during the fall there's pumpkin pie à la mode and in the winter mouths dance with peppermint stick and white-chocolate mousse.
Let's Yo Yogurt blends probiotics, fruit purées, and other gourmet ingredients into its sorbets and frozen yogurts, which are available in nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added iterations. Flavors such as sea salt caramel pretzel and cinnamon bun fill simple white dishes alongside slices of fruit and nuts or colorful gummy candies. Let's Yo Yogurt also brews gourmet coffee, and stocks cereals from Kashi to Froot Loops.
Alexandra and Romeo fell in love in France over cups of flour and sugar as Romeo completed his professional boulanger and patissier training. Today, the couple recreates quintessential French flavors in their West Hartford bakery-café, where the menu kicks off with breakfasts of pain au chocolat and almond croissants. For lunch, chefs build sandwiches such as Le Brie with cheese and butter, and the Eiffel, whose roasted chicken breast, carrots, and cucumber stands 324 meters tall. Desserts such as macarons and chocolate-hazelnut mousse cake pair with a cappuccino or café au lait to round out each meal.
La Petite France also rolls out its portable crepe cart to special events throughout the area, where French-speaking chefs (upon request) whip up sweet or savory crepes for parties of 20 or more.
Gardner Municipal’s par 71 course takes golfers on an 18-hole odyssey through immaculate fairways hugging the north end of Crystal Lake’s waters. Astride a whirring golf cart or advancing on foot, golfers bob and weave through the course’s tight tree lines, rein in wayward balls, and bribe woodland creatures to improve their lie. Rounds reach their crescendo at the 538-yard, par 5 seventh hole, where drives must trace the fairway as it doglegs to the left while avoiding a vanguard of towering trees along the left side of the fairway.
A multifaceted training area fosters straighter swings and confident putts with a three-tiered practice green and a two-level driving range with space dedicated for long drives, shorter iron shots, and blindfolded sprints through the barrage of practice shots.
Gardner Municipal Golf Course showcases the latest golf styles and equipment in Ben Egan's Golf Shop, which is run by a savvy staff that will help golfers find the clubs and clothes that best suit their style. William's Restaurant and Tavern awaits greenside, where golfers can peruse a menu of prime meat cuts and savory grill fare while deciding whether or not spinach leaves would make a good putting surface.
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