Cupcaked folds locally sourced ingredients into more than 20 rotating flavors of moist and creamy creations in its freshly opened shop. Staples such as classic vanilla and chocolate chocolate satisfy commonplace cravings, and the Purple Velvet cloaks tongues in an updated version of its classic crimson ancestor. The bakery's signature key-lime-pie cupcake delivers a scurvy-curbing dose of lime and a dollop of meringue atop a foundation of crushed graham crackers.
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.
For more than 15 years, Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery’s kitchen has been churning out fresh breads, sandwiches, and breakfast fare free of preservatives or additives. The bakery wafts aromas of freshly baked garlic-basil and cinnamon-raisin breads as griddles sizzle with french toast, buttermilk pancakes, and belgian waffles. Traditional sandwiches and half-pound burgers perch comfortably atop a variety of breads, each newly emerged from its warm oven and contemplating its existential connection with mayonnaise for the first time. Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery feeds the stomachs and souls of patrons in the community, giving back by providing food and support to area schools and charity events, such as the Diablo Valley Women's League auction, which raised funds for Helping Children with Cancer.
A Sweet Affair’s family-based bakers pull handmade baked goods straight from the oven to fill bags with fresh pastries and café treats and frame café sandwiches with preservative-free breads. Each hot or cold sandwich is built upon a solid foundation of hand-baked breads. The steamy roast beef’s layers of meat are slathered with perfect proportions of mayonnaise, golden spicy mustard, and horseradish ($6.95), and house-roasted chicken breast forms a delectable chicken salad topped with cream cheese, avocado, cashews, and sprouts ($6.95).
The World's finest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes right at your doorstep. For more than 20 years Coldstone Creamery has delighted customers everywhere with the innovative creations. Nobody serves up the ultimate indulgence like Cold Stone.
Every bead, stone, scarf, and shawl at Best Bead Shop is handpicked by owner Chitwan to ensure quality and beauty. The shop carries an extensive inventory of materials from vendors in Turkey and India. Meanwhile, classes teach participants how to make and repair professional-quality jewelry made from clay and various metals.