Only four people know the Joshi family’s delicious secret. By carefully guarding the recipe for Nuts About Ice Cream's specially mixed ice creams, the Joshis ensure the quality and consistency of their frozen treats while also protecting their hard-won creation against imitators. Since placing their first perfectly rounded scoop of ice cream atop a cone in 1988, the Joshis have worked hard to forge unique ice creams and sorbets using skills honed at the Penn State Dairy Ice Cream School.
The ice creams and sorbets that come out of Nuts' kitchens are forged in small batches by chefs who avoid artificial additives when possible, opting instead for wholesome additions such as natural extracts and purées. Along with their roster of classic flavors, the ice creamists whip up specially ordered batches of exotic flavors using ingredients such as cardamom, rose-hip extract, lychee, and cabernet with a mysterious European accent.
In the front of the house, staffers behind the ice-cream parlor’s old-fashioned counter concoct all manner of treats, from cones and sundaes to thick milk shakes. Nuts About Ice Cream’s curbside pickup service facilitates on-the-go treat enjoyment, and a limited lunch menu offers hot and cold sandwiches and hot dogs.
Lehigh University’s regal shadow spills across Euro Yogurt, where staffers brandish tiny spoons with free samples of the shop’s 100% nonfat yogurt, which is blended from live and active probiotic cultures. The original- and pomegranate-flavored yogurts teem with any number of toppings, from fruits and nuts to gummi bears and M&M's. Paper lanterns glint off the honey-colored wood floor of the modern interior, where retro egg stools set the stage for sips of tropical smoothies and debates about disco’s enduring influence on interior design.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
Behind Pacific Smoothie’s fishing-net draped counters, baristas blend tropical fruits and juices into dozens of smoothies. They deftly mix and match mangos, pineapples, and kiwis with nonfat frozen yogurt and fruit sherbet for a treat as wholesome and frozen as an ice sculpture of Mr. Rogers. Alternatively, they can forgo the menu to blend customized creations for customers. Pacific Smoothie strives to match their colorful drinks with an equally cheerful dining room: pale orange walls sport vintage posters and tropical ferns soak up sunlight that streams through the storefront window.