Since leaving the world of banking in 2010 to open Treat Dreams, founder Scott Moloney?a self-proclaimed ?mad scientist of ice cream? according to an article in Hour Detroit?has dazzled area taste buds with his roster of more than 280 flavors. Eschewing traditional tastes for unconventional flavors and exotic combinations such as rose petal, brown-sugar ham, and pistachio wasabi, Scott handcrafts each batch of cone-dwelling treats onsite to ensure freshness and maintain artistic control over his masterpieces.
Scott strives to support the community at large by forging his icy wares from locally sourced ingredients and the carboys of Jack Frost's personal ice cellar. Eager to sate the appetites of all who pass through his doors, Scott caters to dietary restrictions by whipping up batches of lactose-free sorbets and vegan ice creams made with rice or coconut milk.
Strawberry Moon's menu serves up freshly baked bread and pastries made from organic flour plucked straight from the vine. Lovers of loaves can opt for breads ranging from classics such as honey whole wheat ($3.89) to game-changing explosions of flour-flecked flavor such as jalapeño cheddar ($5.89). Dessert desirers need look no further than the pastries, muffins, and cookies—including the bakery's namesake, a crescent confection topped with pink icing—lining the bakery's shelves. Despite the sweet-tooth façade put up by Strawberry Moon, a streak of eclectic edibles runs through the fare, as sandwiches and pizzas also populate the menu. Gourmet pizzas include the Full Moon ($15.19 for a 14-inch pizza), a flavorful caravan of meats, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and pineapple, and the Julius C ($15.09 for a 14-inch pizza), a satisfying slab of creamy Caesar sauce, mozzarella, romano, grilled chicken, and fresh tomato. Oven-baked sandwiches of note include a cucumber sandwich ($6.19) with wasabi and Swiss cheese, and the Funky Monkey ($4.89), where banana and honey ride a groovy bass line of organic peanut butter.
Thanks to Love Bites, snacking doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. The company's creamy, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate almond butter bars only look and taste indulgent?in reality, they're packed full of nutritional benefits. Each two-ounce square is made with only six ingredients?including yogurt, cinnamon, and real dark chocolate?and each weighs in at only 140 calories with 15 grams of protein. Best of all, the treats contain no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, which means customers will want to store them in their refrigerators or directly inside their mouths.
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Sabin, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization?gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."