Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt has been here for years??30 years, in fact. At first Jeff Barnes began serving frozen yogurt as an offshoot of his health food store. Soon thereafter, he couldn't keep cups filled fast enough; so in 1983, he began serving the chilly delight exclusively. The rich flavors, which include pistachio, s'mores, pumpkin pie, and salted caramel, all made with real milk and real fruit and available in low-fat and nonfat options. The staff also works to be as eco-friendly as possible, which includes filling cups that bio-degrade within 21 days and spoons that self-destruct in 60 seconds.
Embracing the Middle Eastern culinary tradition of mezze?small plates of appetizer-like nibbles meant to be shared? Nara Bistro serves hot and cold varieties, including stuffed grapes leaves, creamy hummus, and spinach pies. Nara also serves traditional entrees such as chicken and minced beef strung along skewers on the grill and falafel tucked into sandwiches with mint and tahini. Its chefs also make classic Middle Eastern desserts, from baklava flavored with orange blossom syrup to sweet cheese-stuffed crepes. And all the dishes can be washed down with a bevy of beverages: fruit and honey smoothies, turkish coffee, and a wide selection of exotic teas populate the menu.