For those who have never been to a self-serve fro-yo place, Planet Yogurt is a veritable dessert buffet for the senses. Heading toward the back of the airy and immaculate space, visitors can find a lineup of machines that dispense ribbons of frozen yogurt into awaiting cups. After filling cups with a single flavor or combination, head to the toppings bar to deck out desserts with fresh fruit or crushed-up candy bars.
In 1954, Gino's Italian Market's founder, Anthony Paparella, moved from the teeming fisheries of Bari to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he married a fellow Italian and worked as a builder for nearly 20 years. After retiring to South Florida in '73, Paparella brought a taste of his homeland stateside by opening a bustling bazaar filled with fresh produce, succulent meats, and sweet desserts.
The market's commitment to tradition and family can be found in all of its business practices, from its catered feasts of traditional baked pastas and rib roasts, to e-mail correspondences from the resident Nonna that contain expert advice on party planning, recipes, and optimal angles for cheek-pinching. Shoppers consult Nonna Anna and handy recipe guides to concoct rich sauces and tasty entrees from the store's bountiful selection of cheese, wine, ripe tomatoes, and imported Italian goods.
In addition to rounding out dinner plates with house-made prosciutto bread, fresh chicken, and juicy cuts of beef, Gino's graces weddings, desserts, and banquets with custom cakes and pastries.
Though Abdaliz has graced Cake Whimsy's frosted tops with life-size fondant Mardi Gras masks and delicate swirls of gold-flecked frosting, the seasoned pastry chef doesn’t want her cakes’ exteriors to be their most memorable asset. She recruits fresh ingredients to create her made-to-order collection of baked treats: the juice of ripe limes enlivens her key-lime pie—which has been featured on the Food Network's Follow That Food—and rich cream-cheese frosting tops her carrot cake. Additionally, Abdaliz happily collaborates with customers to create new flavor combinations and designs treats for special events, such as weddings, birthdays, or jury-duty-selection-pool reunions.
Sugar Cakes & Supplies offers budding bakers the instruction and supplies they need to create their own cakey, culinary masterpieces. Each class will educate curious cooks on the ins and outs of batter concoction and proper baking methods as they craft a rich red-velvet cake that can make a great treat for birthdays or a squishy stand-in for a missing footrest. While ovens produce a heady perfume of sugar, butter, and delicious smoking jackets, baking students will whip up a dreamy frosting of cream cheese and white chocolate with which to coat the cooled cakes, before they devour the delicious un-fruits of their layered labor. The class will prepare one cake to be shared between all of the participants.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
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