Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).
Helmed by executive chef and baby cake froster Tiffini Soforenko, Yummy Cupcakes bakes daily batches of 22 different flavor combinations (chosen from a roster of more than 212 flavors), made from scratch with quality ingredients including sweet creamery butter, ranch fresh eggs, and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. Upcoming flavors for November include a handful of daily offerings such as brown sugar cinnamon, carrot cream cheese, and traditional southern red velvet, complete with rich cream-cheese frosting and taste bud-pleasing hospitality. Crown your favorite Elvis-loving veteran on November 11, with The King, a bacon-filled peanut butter cupcake with banana buttercream and nuts, or the marshmallow yam cupcake, made from fresh yams, marshmallow fluff filling, and frosted with brown sugar buttercream. Forgo the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in favor of turkey-gravy-flavored cakes with cranberry cream cheese, as well as a trail of vegan pumpkin pie cupcakes. In addition to vegan mini-cakes, Yummy produces sugar-free options and guarantees all cupcakes are not on fire.
When the first strawberry fell from its tree into a child's fudgesicle, a stranger walking by grabbed the boy's treat, mass-produced it, and sold it to other children. Today's Groupon celebrates that day with a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries for $18 from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Burbank. A dozen of Rocky Mountain's decadent bites (which are normally $3 each) will take your taste buds to sweet and strawberry perfection, an anomalous isthmus between cocoa powder–coated produce and chocolate bars with strawberry jam.
Drawing on an ancient cuisine, Gourmet 88 Burbank's chefs craft many of the restaurant's dishes from recipes that have been staples of Chinese cuisine since the 10th century. Bringing with them the traditions of their native Hong Kong, they call upon more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen to expertly craft classics such as orange chicken and hot-and-sour soup. On the menu, signature items include gourmet walnut shrimp and mu shu pork, served alongside cocktails during lunch, dinner, or "it's 5 o clock somewhere" happy hour.
While Not a Burger Stand does sneak a 7-ounce burger onto its menu, its staff focuses more so on mid-Atlantic comfort food and Maryland seafood. While enjoying the breeze on a covered outdoor patio, diners can share steamed artichokes, sweet potato fries, or smoked hot wings while awaiting pulled-pork or beef brisket sandwiches. Hearty plates of shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, or ribeye steak come with sides such as mac and cheese or horseradish mashed potatoes.