The day of a big celebration is always pretty hectic. Houses need to be cleaned, party clothes need to be ironed, and lots of food needs to be cooked and artfully displayed. But it's in situations like this that the bakers at Cupcake Catering shine by taking care of a party's central dish: the dessert. They take orders in the days preceding parties, then bring the beautifully frosted treats straight to your door when you need them. They make cupcakes in a range of flavors to cater to a range of cravings and desired level of decadence.
Since 1980, chef Francois Maeder has crafted artful European entrees in Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery's scenic, forest-surrounded dining haven, prompting accolades from Esquire, TripAdvisor, and OpenTable. A creek bustles beneath the bridge leading to the dining room's entrance, flanked by oak trees and a spacious patio for alfresco dining. Inside, exposed brick and tall, floor-to-ceiling windows inculcate elegance, and a painstakingly built menu of pasta, meat, and fresh seafood dishes highlights options that are heart-healthy, like running from a bear or running after a cardiologist. By request, cooks can poach or charbroil certain entrees with a nonfat Santa Elena sauce of vegetables in a cabernet reduction. Crumpets' lineup of delectable baked goods charms sweet teeth by feeding them croissants, cakes, flans, and pastries, and rotating wines from around the world arrive monthly, like new moons and new presidents.
Tunes played on the harp or keyboard during musical performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays fill the air with pleasantly sonorous vibrations to match the ambrosial cuisine scents wafting overhead. For more primal culinary outings, diners may be tempted to accompany Chef Maeder on gourmet rafting trips, which carry attendees through canyons and campsites with the promise of palatable rations and lessons in catfish calls.
Le Petit Cheesecakes' bakers blend fresh cream cheeses, flavored extracts, and cream into 2- to 4-ounce cheesecakes. They then sprinkle the miniature treats with sweets including their own candied nuts, sometimes paired with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream or stripe of chocolate ganache. Catering to dessert-lovers on the go, the cook’s cheesecake bonbons pack sweet flavor on an easy-to-carry and even-easier-to-swordfight-with stick. The confectioners make every effort to comply with requests for substitutions, and can also whip up a full-sized 10-inch cheesecake upon request. No matter what the sugary need, all works of edible art are available for hand delivery within the San Antonio metro area.
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Café's 13 signature pie flavors — which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray–praised pumpkin pie — as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's café, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch–style.
A well-timed exchange of cupcakes brings families closer together during the holidays and played a crucial role in the diffusion of tensions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Today's deal gets you your choice of a dozen of these delicious diplomats at Cupcake Couture for $11 (a $22 value). This deal is good for either the Silverado Shopping Center or the Broadway locations, and will get you every kind of cupcake except for custom-design orders.
As one of the largest and most established maternity-wear franchises in the United States, Pickles & Ice Cream outfits moms-to-be and their bundles of joy with helpful gifts and stylish clothing from well-known labels. Designers such as Spanx, Prego, Seraphine, and More of Me dress expecting shoppers to the nines in eye-catching lingerie, swimwear, and outerwear suitable for any occasion, and adorable babywear swaddles infants in comfortable, colorful ensembles. Like a cocktail dress with plenty of cargo pockets, diaper bags from Babymel fuse fashionability with function. Pickles & Ice Cream’s assortment of thoughtful gifts of skincare and baby-care essentials stock shower gift baskets.
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Gorge on gluten-free goodies with today's Groupon. For $10, you'll get $25 worth of breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and gourmet drinks at The Little Aussie Bakery & Café, a carby kingdom serving loaves that are rumored to make customers weep tears of joy and drool salivas of happiness.
A former registered nurse, Rita Sturzbecher mastered the art of preparing allergy-friendly eats to accommodate the specific dietary needs of her five children. With the aim of applying her talent to a larger scale, she opened the bakery with fellow nurse John Apostolovic, and now has quite a friendly staff to keep the place running. Stop in before five for yummy lunches, such as the soup of the day ($4.95 cup; $5.95 bowl), house salad ($7.95), or fresh-baked, aged-cheddar quiche with salad ($9.95). The Little Aussie also serves heartier entrees, including the big bloke sandwich ($7.95), with roast beef or chicken, meat gravy and melty baby swiss; or the vegetable lasagna with cilantro pesto ($9.95). Sip some triple- industrial-strength coffee ($1.89) alongside or cap off the meal with one of the bakery's decadent desserts.
On Sundays, look forward to a well-edited brunch menu, featuring gluten-free versions of such morning staples as waffles with berries and cream ($7.95 for single, $9.95 double), French toast ($7.95), or eggs Benedict ($9.95). On Fridays, you get a complimentary glass of wine when you order a pizza. The Little Aussie Bakery & Café is open Tuesday through Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (add a dollar more to all food purchases other than pizza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays); and on Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yelpers and a single Yahoo! Local give The Little Aussie Bakery & Café a perfect five-star rating. Further, 94% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- The breads are very good, the service is excellent, and the menu has something for everyone. The desserts are quite delicious. – Wayne Martinez, Urbanspoon
- Best gluten-free breads and sweets I've tasted! – Grace, Yahoo! Local