Surprisingly enough, the most popular item at Rachel Dunn Chocolates is an apple. The Unbelievable Apple, in fact. A true dessert behemoth, this nearly 3-pound fruit is painted with hearty coats of caramel, chocolate, and fresh-roasted almonds. There’s not even any room left for the stick. Feeding as many as 12 people when sliced up, the apple has earned the attention of celebrity sweets-lovers ranging from Rosie O’Donnell to Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams.
That’s not to say that Rachel, a chocolatier with 30 years of experience, is a one-treat pony. Her beloved dark honeycomb chocolate was selected as one of the 101 Best Bites of the East Bay by Diablo magazine in 2011, and her kitchen has churned out more than 72 million of her addictive Ebird’s perfect peppermint cookies. Though esteemed, Rachel’s hardly secretive about her methods, she personally hosts regular chocolate-making classes in her very own factory.
At Mango Star, patrons can lounge on an outdoor patio while sipping sugary bubble teas, fruit-packed smoothies, and thin, flavorful crepes from a menu that overflows with coffee and café fare. Apply $6 per visit toward hot or cold blended tea ($2.75–$3.75), in flavors such as honeydew, jasmine green, and passion fruit, served with optional tapioca pearls freshly plucked from the mouths of seaside tapioca mollusks. Airborne forks can rip open savory crêpes with gusto, revealing chicken, tomato, pesto, and cheese ($5.95), or gourmet avocado, mushroom, onion, tomato, olives, and cheese ($5.25). Sweet crêpes arrive crowned with powdered sugar and whipped cream and boasting coats of strawberry nutella ($5.25), peach and ice cream ($5.95), and the sweet and tart trifecta of strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry ($6.50). Free WiFi and an outdoor patio let patrons browse favorite dog-fashion blogs while sipping espresso ($2.75+) and gourmet coffee ($1.50–$1.75).
Sinful Bliss Cupcakes' swirly crowns of frosting rest on cushy thrones that flaunt their royalty in a wide range of flavors, from the stately red velvet to exotic Caribbean and coconut creations. Shop owner Tammie Parnell cultivates bite-size bliss with a gardener’s care, fertilizing her cupcake vines with rainbow sprinkles and plucking off miniatures to sell singly ($2) or in bushels of a dozen ($19). Regular-size cupcakes ($3.25 each; $29/dozen) team up with their diminutive brethren to fill the shop’s air with the scent of chocolate, raspberries, and peanut butter. Classic flavors such as vanilla, carrot cake, and rich, gluten-free chocolate provide pillows for nostalgic reveries, and a mini peanut-butter cup perches jauntily atop the chocolate-peanut-butter cupcake like the top hat on a master chef's head.
The husband-and-wife team at Shaadzee Bakery Bistro sates hearty appetites with a Mediterranean- and French-inspired menu of dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Morning diners can wake up with a quiche of the day served with a cup of fresh fruit ($9.45), or reenact historical sieges with a small battlecade of french toast under attack by caramel apples, raisins and walnuts ($9.95). For lunch, chicken kebabs cozy up to romaine, feta, tomatoes, and cucumbers in the persian chicken kebab salad ($11.95); vegetarians can nosh on a plate of the frittata-like kookoo sabzi ($9.95). Shaadzee's fresh selection of baked goods ise crafted fresh daily from top-flight ingredients.
Little Red Bistro, an idyllic café splashed in vivid crimson accents, suffuses its intimate interior with eyelid-unfurling aromas wafting off three kinds of espresso. As the sun inches over the horizon and the boogeyman dives beneath the bed, the bistro’s chefs fold 17 kinds of crepes, ranging from sweet creations stuffed with peanut butter and jelly to savory pockets piled with green eggs and ham. Golden sear marks color seven piping-hot paninis that swaddle gourmet ingredients such as prosciutto, pesto, and roasted red peppers. Sips of frappes flavored with white chocolate and irish cream forge a fitting accompaniment to the café’s homemade desserts, which rotate daily.
Cafe Duzni is located along the beautiful busy town of Walnut Creek, California. We serve fresh homemade fare that is both, health conscious and delicious. Our hearty sandwiches are made with only the choicest meats and fresh vegetables. All of our breads are freshly baked.