After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.
The menu changes frequently at Petite Patisserie. It's not because the chefs and bakers are tired of what they make, but because they only use seasonal ingredients. One can see the seasons change by the types of fruit adorning their glistening gallettes or flavor their macaroons, all of which they make with imported, non-GMO flour. Some dishes, however, are always in season. Chefs craft savory french dip sandwiches topped with a slice of harvati cheese on a brioche bun, as well as fill crepes with a smear of Nutella. To complement this light fare, they also pour cups of Portland Roasting Coffee, which give the cafe a slight West Coast touch, much like their uniforms made from douglas firs.
People with gluten allergies might think they have to wave at bakeries from afar. That's not the case at Liberated Baking, where they can walk right in without fear of an allergic reaction. The bakery swaps out barley, wheat, and rye for all-natural, gluten-free ingredients in its cakes, breads, and pastries. Customers can savor a cinnamon bun or made-to-order sandwich, and sip Trillium coffee. The shop also stocks a selection of gluten-free grocery items, and customizes cakes for weddings and other special events.
A cupcake is a treat in itself, but K Squared Cupcake's Cookie Monster indulges sweet teeth even further. That's because childhood best friends Katie and Kriss top each chocolate-cake and cookie-dough buttercream confection with a fresh-baked cookie. The Cookie Monster is one of K Squared's many unorthodox flavors, which range from chai cupcakes dusted with cinnamon to blueberry-pancake cupcakes topped with maple-syrup buttercream.
The duo imbues its custom cakes with similar imaginative flair, shaping sweets like fluffy lambs or blooming flowers. Kriss and Katie even encourage customers to tap into their own creativity by personalizing cupcakes from more than 15 cake and frosting flavors, including s'mores and key-lime buttercream.
Indecision is all part of the fun when it comes to visiting Yogurt Shack. Each shop features self-serve stations that patrons use to fill their cups with calcium-rich YoCream frozen yogurt?a frosty, certified Kosher treat made with a high count of live natural cultures and no high-fructose corn syrup. But choosing a yogurt may prove deliciously daunting, as the staff rotates the selection of flavors at every store and adds seasonal favorites throughout the year. The lineup can include everything from classic chocolate and vanilla to cake batter and fruity sorbets. Once their decisions have been made, customers can finish their personalized creation by topping the yogurt with fruits, candies, and edible name tags before paying by the ounce at the register.
Sisters Erica and Kirsten draw from local sources when making their treats and meals from scratch at Pure Bliss Bakery. They mix flour from Bob’s Red Mill, milk from Sunshine Dairy, and juicy berries from Sturms Berry Farms into delectable bakery bites, including homemade cakes and cupcakes. When not evoking applause from sweets lovers, Erica and Kirsten produce a variety of soups, salads, and paninis, such as turkey pesto, chipotle chicken, and tuna salad, to fulfill lunchtime cravings.