After honing her baking and decorating skills for more than a decade at a French-pastry shop in the New York City suburbs, Sugar N Spice Creations’ owner, Chris M'Gonigle, started her own cakes, cookies, and pastries business. Along with a team of adept decorators, Chris squeezes colored icing into intricate floral bouquets and coaxes seasonal figures such as turkeys, snowmen, and hearts. She and her staff pass on their baking acumen to visitors in cookie- and cupcake-decorating classes, where they demonstrate how to create icing designs and ancient baker hieroglyphs.
As you point out every time you motorcycle off into the sunset, go AWOL, or abandon coworkers to their fate in your office's icy crevasse, you're a lone wolf, baby. Today's Groupon gives roguish loners who play by their own rules a friendly, social, neighborhood coffee shop where they can hang out with fellow roguish loners who play by their own rules (playing board games together not recommended). For $5, you get $15 worth of coffee, sandwiches, and more at the new Lone Wolf Coffee Company in Ballwin.
Step into 6 North Café and sample a variety of offerings from its plentiful menus. Whipping up palatable grub since 2005, this family-owned eatery percolates with a sizeable selection of coffee, breakfast items, and smoothies. Instead of chewing on an old-timey salted leather bootstrap, nosh on a turkey club sandwich with jalapeño cheese and avocado ($6.30), a honey chicken wrap ($6.50), grilled Reuben ($6.96), or a mixed fruit and walnut salad ($6.96). Although scampering atop busses at the crack of dawn in an adrenaline-pumping chase scene is one way to wake up, healthier alternatives include building a breakfast sandwich buttressed by a croissant, bagel, or toast while sipping on a variety of coffee bean brews and Italian sodas. Escape the doldrums of workaday coffee machines and partake in the café's WiFi hot spottery while munching on tasty grub with today’s Groupon.
Since the first store opened in 2010, YoMyGoodness has brought its low-fat yogurt and unlimited toppings bar to five locations throughout the state. With active probiotic cultures and about 100 calories per serving, Yo My?s yogurt makes for a healthy dessert treat. The offerings can vary between locations and change from day to day, but there are always 12 flavors of yogurt?each made locally?and over 25 self-serve toppings.
The cozy interior of Hearth Room Cafe?complete with roaring fireplace in the cooler months?fills with the aromas of crispy bacon and fluffy stacks of pancakes during breakfast and brunch. Midday, drop in for a satisfying lunch of wraps and sandwiches, or specialties like the quiche du jour that's made each day with fresh ingredients brought in by the vegetable stork. Hearth Room Cafe also has a private event space equipped with a separate entrance that's perfect for luncheons for a dozen guests or more.
Though John Lancia had a steady, successful career as a banker, he couldn't shake the fond memory of the days he spent in Italy during college, playing soccer, sipping espresso, and eating gelato at Sicilian cafés. Lancia Frozen Yogurt is the realization of John's longtime dream, where visitors can convene over frozen treats named one of the top three desserts in town by the Best of Chesterfield in 2012. Humming self-serve machines line the walls, churning out an ever-changing selection of more than 50 flavors of frozen yogurt—including some that are free of sugar, fat, and gluten—as well as traditional chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Colorful bins and bowls of nearly 60 toppings are on display, filled to the brim with candy, nuts, cereal, and fresh fruit.
The majority of the products featured—from the yogurts to the Fitz's sodas—come from local suppliers. The staff turns to the community for guidance when choosing its next yogurt flavors, tallying the votes of customers on a board and testing out new creations by placing bowls of yogurt in the forest and counting how many raccoons come running. A selection of ricotta-filled, chocolate-dipped cannolis and ricotta puffs satisfies sweet teeth without making them chatter. And to counter the chilliness of frozen yogurt, staff also serve up warm cups of handcrafted espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks.