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.
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Bakers mix fresh chopped peaches into a small batch of vanilla cupcake batter. After a quick trip to the oven, they slather each cupcake with brown-sugar cream-cheese frosting and sprinkle on a crumb topping. This handheld Peach Cobbler is just one of the many flavors that Monkeycakes Bakery creates from scratch every day. Their bakers frost each cupcake to-order, putting the finishing touches on lime-infused Cinco De Mayo or blueberry cheesecake: a moist pound cake with a blueberry-cheesecake center. Reaching out to as many sweet teeth as possible, Monkeycakes Bakery creates gluten-free and vegan options, and they'll deliver all treats directly to a customer's home drive-thru window.
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.
At Mix 'N' Match Creamery, the process of getting an ice cream is almost as fun as eating it. After asking what flavor you'd like, a staff member places cream, sugar, and milk in a metal bowl, then blasts the mixture with a splash of liquid nitrogen that creates a sub-zero environment. As the cold, condensed-water cloud over the mixture evaporates, all that's left is wholesome, three-ingredient ice cream. The flavor options that can be added to the mix are virtually endless, as the team blends their many syrups with unique mix-ins, including chunks of cheesecake, bits of bacon, and crunchy Lucky Charms. The resulting treat can be scooped into a cone or waffle bowl to create a dessert that is easily portable and can be eaten in its entirety, much like a tin can of goat food.