Chocolate Provocateur’s owner and chocolate devotee, Ella Kapul-Jenkins, stokes the flames of romance with champagne and finger-food kindling and decadent desserts nestled inside a gift box sealed with a scarlet bow. Amid the soft glow spilling from two tea-light candles, duos clink champagne flutes of sparkling rosé as they toast to cupid's arrow and the invention of Neosporin. Brie and cheddar from a silver dessert plate snuggle up to tongues, while bites of strawberries dipped in chocolate infuse palates with a contrasting sweetness. Chocolate-dipped crème puffs tease lips from their fingertip perch, and spicy-sweet cayenne truffles enter mouths via hand, fork, or flamethrower.
Yogurtland is a colorful, dreamlike destination for frozen fanatics, softly serving up a variety of fun flavors made with quality ingredients. In addition to offering an impressive mix of classic and creative yogurt flavors such as New York cheesecake, Irish mint crème, blueberry tart, peanut-butter cup, vanilla wafer cookies and cream, Dutch chocolate, and red-velvet cupcake batter, the store lets customers customize their portions of tasty goodness with a variety of toppings. Decorate your dairy delight with fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, lychee, or pomegranate arils, then challenge social norms and assumptions by proving that gummy bears, Fruity Pebbles, and frosted animal cookies can get along, provided they have a chill place to hang out. Yogurtland also offers a variety of flavors with no sugar added, as well as many that are kosher certified (ask an employee upon arrival), and features late hours daily (open 11 a.m.–11 p.m.).
The helpful staff at Menchie’s grants visitors the sweet-tooth independence to assemble their own glacial delights, streamlining the complicated art of frozen yogurt consumption into three simple steps: mix, weigh, and pay. Choose from a rotating menu of 14 flavors, including chocolate cake, red velvet cake, pistachio, and pomegranate tart, and then accessorize the chilly masterpiece with a choice of dozens of toppings, such as fresh fruit, candy-bar pieces, fudge and caramel sauces, and Oreos with compound fractures. Crammed cups or cones are weighed (regularly $0.44/oz.), scores are settled, and cheerful taste buds skip off to enjoy frosty spoonfuls. Health-conscious consumers can try low-fat, kosher, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Packed with live active yogurt cultures, each cup or cone acts as a Trojan horse of protein and calcium that can lower cholesterol, boost wilting immune systems, and topple legendary walled empires.