At Tasti D-Lite, patrons can sample a bevy of tasty treats that serve as a healthier alternative to ice cream. Serving health-conscious customers since 1987, Tasti D-Lite offers creamy concoctions that are lower in fat, calories, sugar, carbs, and voodoo spells than ice cream; treats also contain fewer calories than most brands of frozen yogurt while remaining much lower in sugar and burnt curly-fries content. Tasti is crafted from natural ingredients that include real dairy and no artificial sweeteners. Visitors will be able to enjoy over 100 delectable flavors, such as brownie batter, green tea, rice pudding, peanut butter 'n' jelly, and strawberry cheesecake, as well as a variety of smoothies, shakes, sundaes, and cones. Most flavors contain 80 calories or less per 4-fluid-ounce serving, allowing customers to shape up and finally fit into old space suits from the Starfleet Academy. Cups begin at $3.25 for a small, $3.75 for a medium, and $4.55 for a large, depending on location.
Johndrea Slay has been whipping up tasty confections under the J-Slay moniker for more than 10 years. Her efficient kitchen can engineer a dozen made-to-order cupcakes in mint chocolate or rocky road, or harness fruit’s charm in two dozen strawberry delights. Clients may also request an order of J-Slay's famous cake pops for delivery to home, or slingshot to a low-flying plane.
Not only is Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar an "antidote to the antiseptic Pinkberrys of the world," according to Lonely Planet, it's also "the most adorable place in Houston"—or so gushes a Houston Press blogger. Like a worn-in powdered wig, the cozy shop exudes a shabby-chic French aesthetic, with bright pastel colors complementing cream-colored wooden furniture and shelves full of jarred candy and homey gifts. Sweet Lola's seasonal fro-yo flavors are equally adorable, boasting names such as "dreamy chocolate," "merri mint," and "blush," a combination of cherry and almond. Each creamy spoonful tickles taste buds with probiotic flavor sweetened with cane sugar and free of corn syrup or additives. A small but dependable selection of artisanal toppings crowns frozen creations with peanut-butter croutons and cookie crumble.
Bungalow's homey atmosphere extends from the white siding outside to the mismatched couches inside. Retro signage hangs on walls both inside and outside on the patio , and stamped tile surrounds the coffee bar. While surfing the Internet on an iPad borrowed from the store, patrons can sip on coffee drinks made from beans roasted by local purveyor Java Pura. Muffins and sweet biscotti let guests sharpen their teeth without relying on the village grindstone again. Colorful shelves hold a collection of boutique gifts and clothing by local Texas designers.
Byzantio Cafe & Bar
Every Thursday night, belly dancers swivel their hips to the beat of Mediterranean music at Byzantio Cafe & Bar. Live DJs spin on weekends while patrons puff smoke rings of apple-, melon-, and mint-infused tobacco from hookahs. To fuel the revelry, chefs whip up classic Mediterranean cuisine such as sliced gyros with warm pita bread and a lamb souvlaki plate. After dinner, patrons may sip signature cocktails or grab a quick snack from the menu of bar bites and Greek coffee served until 2 a.m. The restaurant, a renovated bungalow, is composed of several rooms filled with sofas and cushioned chairs. The space’s centerpiece is the elaborate bar adorned with a stone mosaic and surrounded by antique fixtures. A patio offers additional seating for outdoors junkies during nice weather.
Sugar Bunch Creations adds a spoonful of sucrose to any party or event with rainbow-blanketed candy buffets and edible party favor arrangements for kids of any age. The Jitterbug Buffet sates up to 15 kid-sized candy appetites with a choice of three different candies, creating a triumvirate of sweet treats for delicious birthday parties or clown-retirement soirees. For larger celebrations, the Mildly Wild Buffet package serves up to 25 kids with four different type of candy, and the Bouncing off the Walls Buffet package serves up to 40 kids with five different types of candy. Each package includes a choice of a treat from options including cookies, animal crackers, goldfish crackers, or pretzels. Sugar Bunch Creations also provides party décor, setup and cleanup services, and clear candy bags with ties, proving that sweets, like parakeets, should always be transported in festive carriers.