More than 70 varieties of baked goods erupt with aromas from the Siblings Bakery ovens every day. Passersby catch whiffs of snickerdoodles, apple bars, and crumbly scones, then stop in and find artfully decorated cupcakes and soft cranberry-orange muffins. The bakery is home to an expert cake designer who has been in the business for more than 35 years. With the bakery's help, visitors solicit a custom 3-D wedding cake. They can also bring in a photo of a cherished friend, relative, or cake to be reproduced atop a brand-new cake.
With a frosted flotilla of french and classic bars, traditional round donuts, and textured twists, the friendly bakers at Avenue Donuts can dispatch sugary squadrons of 12 at a moment’s notice to quell the threat of volatile sweet teeth. With this Groupon, customers can shake off the authoritarian chains of presorted donut dozens and compose a custom collection of regular and fancy pastries. Dapper dozens of fancy donuts include éclairs filled with succulent custard, tiger tails, and cinnamon rolls ($15), and circular classics feature chocolate-frosted and sprinkled varieties ($9/dozen).
Pattibakes’ founder Patti Wicks whips up handmade treats with all-natural, preservative-free ingredients. Sweet-toothed visitors can select from boxes of six classic chocolate or carrot cupcakes topped with cream-cheese frostings. A three-part sampler of tastes—including chocolate, carrot, and lemon raspberry—is also available, bringing variety and, when consumed in unison, singing a three-part harmony of your tongue’s favorite Frank Sinatra ditty. For mini cupcakes or small boxes of other flavor combinations, clients must call ahead.
Baker extraordinaire Missy ? of Missy's Cupcake Creations ? loves making and sharing delicious cupcakes, so much so that she earned the popular vote for best cupcake from the Ventura County Reporter's Best Of Food & Drink contest. Her intimate, sweet-smelling shop features row after row of gourmet mini-cakes, some stuffed with fudge and titled chocolate thunder, some flavored like maple syrup and sprinkled with bacon. She also serves some simple savory eats such as hot dogs and hamburgers, for those who wish to stop by for meal before sinking teeth into one of her guaranteed-moist cupcakes, which come in regular and mini sizes.
It started as a simple idea shared by two moms. Karen Bain and Lisa Kudrika wanted to make their favorite dessert, shave ice, ?hip and trendy,? according to 805 Living magazine. So when they opened Shave It?which recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Tarzana location?they made sure to express their sense of style with chic interior design inspired by water, ice, and snow. Inside the shop, blue plexiglass hangs like icicles over steel tables and chairs. Flat-screen TVs broadcast shots of surfers and snowboarders, and a colorful floor changes design with every step.
Each cup of fluffy shave ice comes drenched with fruity ?flavas? flown in from Hawaii, such as mango, guava, or green tea, or a combination, such as root beer ice over vanilla ice cream. Beyond the storefront, Shave It also purveys the frozen concoctions on the go, thanks to a mobile truck that is often spotted at beaches and parks, unless its cloaking device is turned on. They also donate a percentage of their sales to their foster-child foundation, Foster a Miracle.
Family-owned since 1994, Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. specializes in doughy delectables and homemade schmears warmed and whipped on-site. The bagel emporium molds mouth-ready rings out of five preservative-free ingredients before boiling them and heating each in a 500-degree hearth that replicates Brooklyn's climate. The menu showcases 17 varieties of taste-bud-tempting, toroidal treats, including honey-oat raisin, pumpernickel, cranberry, chocolate chip, and sun-dried tomato. Festoon chewy bagels with a spread of one of nine homemade cream cheeses. Spice seekers can snatch a tub of jalapeño-cheddar, and ordinary Janes can opt for dollops devoid of forceful flavors, such as original or low fat.