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 Dinner Detective's renowned troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulates through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package. The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for such Fortune 500 companies as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
No matter which origami shape you fold it into, Hoagies & Wings' menu remains highly pleasing to any saucy or sandwich craving. Wings are available in three styles: bone in ($5.99, six pieces), boneless ($4.99, six pieces), and chicken fry ($3.99, small). Each wing is outfitted from a 10-member flavor bureau, which consists of such finger-coating deliciousness as mild, hot, spicy Thai, mambo, and garlic parmesan.
When Lois Margolet first opened Capriotti’s in Wilmington, Delaware, 36 years ago, she and her brother, Alan, worked from the second story of a boarded-up building, roasting 10–12 whole turkeys every night and churning out a “real turkey lover’s” sandwich each day. Today, Capriotti’s has expanded across 12 states, each location stacking the same award-winning hot and cold sandwiches, racking up such accolades as The Best of Las Vegas 2012, Best of Culver City 2012, and Best of Delaware 2012 prizes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Culver City News, and Delaware Today, respectively. Though the shop is still known for its slow-roasted-turkey creations—such as the Thanksgiving-inspired Bobbie, named America's best sandwich by AOL's Lemondrop.com, piled with cranberry sauce and stuffing—its menu now ventures into the realm of roast beef, italian deli meats with such sandwiches as the capastrami, cheesesteaks, and vegetarian treats, such as meatless chicken and turkey.
At Island Monarch Coffee, named the top coffee house in Los Angeles by CulverCityCoffee.com, the coffee beans are world travelers. Collectively, they've made quite a journey; imported from South America, the beans arrive at the coffee shop a distinctive green color. The shop's baristas roast them in-house before grinding them each day, prepping beans for life as steaming espressos and lattes. Each drink comes brewed and flavored to order, with macchiatos and peppermint espressos made using water that has been filtered multiple times for purity. In addition to coffees, baristas also oversee an extensive selection of organic tea, can blend more than a dozen types of fresh fruit smoothies.
Replete with natural wood accents, the shop gives of a welcoming, rustic vibe. However, it's not all country living; guests can take advantage of free WiFi to catch up on work, finish special projects, or email love sonnets to Michael Cera.