When Millions of Milkshakes introduces a new milkshake or smoothie, paparazzi and screaming fans usually attend the event. That’s because these drink exposés often dovetail with a celebrity appearance—stars such as Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Albert Einstein have hand-crafted desserts that now appear on the creamery's menu.
In addition to serving celebrity-endorsed desserts, Millions of Milkshakes prepares custom-made creations. It does so in three steps, scooping a base (dairy or non-dairy ice cream), tailoring the dessert to a size, and mixing in toppings. Its roster of nearly 60 toppings includes everything from candy and hot fudge to fresh fruit and protein powder.
Between the celebrity following, the DIY process, and the bright-colored shop with plasma screens and modern music, Millions of Milkshakes has attracted the attention of many national news outlets, including E! and NBC News.
The Point’s chef and culinary captain, Mark Peel, is not only one of California's most storied chefs, he was a season-two contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, where he faced off against his lifelong nemesis, Doug Zest. After licking each item description on the menu to see which is most pleasing, start with a BLTA (applewood-smoked bacon atop lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and garlic aioli on grilled sourdough, $6.75) or a similarly simple pretzel sandwich towered with black-forest ham and provolone on a soft pretzel baguette ($7.75). Put all those telepathy classes to the test while mentally fork-feeding a deli salad such as the albacore tuna with steam-cracked farro, roasted peppers, and kalamata olives ($3.95 per quarter-pound). Complement any feast with a selection from two-dozen or so red and white wines, available by the bottle (starting at $10) or the case (starting at $108).
Piccolo Chef's cooking school employs incisive instructors to teach competent kitchen skills, instill the confidence to cook alone, and train the taste buds of kids and adults alike. Parents wishing to cultivate culinary independence can attempt to instill a penchant for handcrafted healthy food with one of Piccolo Chef's teen-centric classes, or younger children can graduate beyond Easy-Bake Ovens during simpler classes including the 5 Ingredients or Less! lesson. Adult cooking classes, including the Feeding a Family lesson packed with sophisticated picnic-lunch items, boost culinary prowess and expand all students' culinary horizons.
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).
The Aztecs used a currency system in which one turkey cost 100 cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans. So with today's Groupon, where 15 US dollars gets you 35 US dollars worth of Essential Chocolate Desserts creations, that means that you'll be getting more than 100 cacao beans (in their processed, chocolaty form). That's a hefty 57% discount on wicked chocolate cake, uncommon moon pies, chocolate macaroons, and more.
Bistro Laurent shows off authentic French delicacies in its relaxed yet stylish dining space, festooned with elegantly framed vintage photographs. Armed with the bistro’s dinner menu, diners can bid bienvenue to the bavette à la Bordelaise ($14.75), a succulent hanger steak finished in a cabernet and onion balsamic reduction. Or, sink your mouth bones into one of the bistro's signature crepes, such as the Florentine, an edible envelope stuffed with spinach, smoked turkey breast, béchamel, parmesan, and elf wishes ($7.75). On the lunch menu, the biquet salad proudly brandishes its crest, emblazoned with goat cheese, grilled chicken, seasonal fresh berries, and grilled pecans ($5.95). Bistro Laurent's robust wine list offers complements for any meal and high praise for any diner who can correctly identify the tannins in a bottle of merlot.