The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
While most frozen fruit restaurants dump a bunch of pre-made liquid yogurt mix into the top of their machine, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt buys yogurt powder, milk, and other fresh ingredients, then mixes it all together themselves. Thus far, their process has yielded 16 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their cups with cool, low-fat coconut, strawberry, NSA vanilla, dairy-free orange, and pistachio. Juicy strawberries, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 40 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Marvin Owens has been tempting people with baked goods for quite a while. Just ask his wife, who describes the sweets he'd bring over while he was courting her as "bribes" (which evidently worked). His fourth bakery, Hometown Cookie Co. & Bakery, offers a wide assortment of fresh baked sweets and savories, from Texas muffins filled with sausage, jalapenos, and cheese, to gooey cinnamon rolls that are easier to pull apart than two positive magnets covered in frosting. Each day, the bakery rolls out a variety of pies, muffins, cupcakes, and cookies, and can fill custom orders for special occasions.
For bakers Nancy and Carisa Newsom, no cake is too difficult to master. They specialize in both decorative cakes that are sculpted into three-dimensional pieces of art, as well as allergen-free cakes that can be made without gluten, sugar, or dairy products. No matter what goes into their cakes, they take great pride in creating their own signature flavors, such as pink champagne cake with mimosa filling. For special occasions, they can customize their creations both inside and out, adding a splash of liquor to the cake or piping polka dots or bows on the icing. The two also whip up cupcakes, cookies, and cake balls if you prefer desserts that fit in the palm of your hand or the tailpipe of your neighbor's car.
Flavors from around the world converge at Oasis Café, from the grilled lamb and beef of Greek gyros to the sweet chili sauce of Thai chicken. Sandwiches and wraps emphasize organic and natural ingredients, and both meat and vegetarian options are well-represented. Coffee splashes tongues in hot, iced, or blended forms, as in the Oasis macchiato, which swirls caramel and vanilla into double espresso. The aromas of freshly baked muffins and percolating soups drift across the long wood counter and over checkered booths, where diners groove to soft jazz melodies so they don’t have to bridge conversational lulls with knock-knock jokes that might offend people who live in tents.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's in the summer of 1991?a tropical-themed hut that served shaved ice amidst the sweltering Texas heat. Although his business has now expanded to 30 locations (and counting) throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, each shop embraces the same island atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.
Behind the counter, employees drizzle tropical flavors?from banana to watermelon and coconut?into cups piled high with shaved ice, cooling down overheated patrons. Anyone who forgot their brain-freeze medication can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, or Paradise Fruit?a blend of island fruits topped with chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.