From towering tiered cakes to bite-sized miniature desserts, the bakers at Cotton's Gourmet Gifts & Creations handcraft an eclectic portfolio of sweets for every occasion. Each dessert is handmade at the behest of each and every client, and a wide range of options is available for weddings, showers, birthdays, and sweet-tooth conventions. Beautiful wedding cakes are among the bakery's specialties, helping see each bride and groom's vision becomes a sweet-tasting reality.
More than a breeding ground for revolution, hip hats, and lovelorn sea turtles, Rhode Island Reds keeps your mitochondria busy with a mouthwatering menu of gourmet pizzas, homemade soups, salads, signature sandwiches, wine, beer, and more. Reds is renowned for its Roman-style thin-crust pizzas (eight slices of gormondo tomato pie cost $10). Try the Broforino, made with garlic pesto sauce, onions, anchovies, and fresh tomatoes; or dine on a prosciutto, pineapple, mozzarella, and tomato-herb gravy pie. Sandwiches ($6.50 each) such as the Joe Di Maggio (a salami sandwich on a baguette with mozzarella, tomatoes, and garlic pesto dressing) or the Black Friday (turkey breast and Swiss with a smear of cranberry sauce on rye bread) are served weekdays until 3 p.m. Customize your sandwich's condiments or design the entire thing yourself; Reds' ingredients are fresh, usually organic, and often locally sourced. Plus, there are vegetarian and vegan options available.
Real-estate agent LaKisa Taylor may have been a longtime whiz in the business of brokering homes, but brokering cupcakes began as a hobby. As a thank-you to clients and potential buyers, LaKisa would bake and decorate batches of the confectionary delights. Her sweet tooth and background in event planning eventually propelled the pastime into a full-fledged career when she dreamed up Pretty Girl Cupcakery, named for her still-flourishing real-estate campaign, Pretty Girl County. Inside the shop's recently opened doors, LaKisa and her staff bake treats fresh each morning in an atmosphere more welcoming than a doormat carved from peanut brittle. Their classic menu keeps it simple with chocolate and vanilla, double chocolate and vanilla, half and half, and red-velvet cakes topped with rich buttercream frosting.
LaKisa and her team spread their passion for edible artistry at classes that broach subjects such as basic frosting techniques and crafting fondant that deliciously embellishes cakes. They also host themed bashes at the bakery, enveloping birthday kids and their guests in a world of pretty princesses or doll and tea parties.
Yogi Castle brandishes the Live & Active Cultures seal from the National Yogurt Association, assuring spoons that the dessert is populated with active cultures that may bolster immune and digestive systems and encourage weight loss. Dispensers sculpt cool towers in 14 flavors of kosher-certified frozen yogurt ($0.49/oz.), including offerings infused with essences of New York–style cheesecake, Heath toffee, Euro tart, and Abe Lincoln's birthday cake. Dessert chalices overflow with more than 40 toppings, including crunchy granola, cookie dough, fresh fruit, and gummy bears. Smoothies ($4.95–$5.95) meld the vitamin-packed sweetness of fruit with fortifying add-ons ($0.75 each), such as whey-protein isolate. The Forbidden Fruit smoothie blends an exotic mix of pink and white guava with passionfruit, and Red Apple Orchard bursts through straws to remind sippers to pick up scarecrows from daycare.
Alive Juices' drinks aren't technically alive. They are, however, brimming with natural enzymes and unaltered nutrients—thanks to the fact that the company presses each freshly before bottling and never pasteurizes. Ayurvedic principles and modern nutritional research come together in eight low-calorie juice blends that strike a balance between savory and semisweet. All are made with garlic, sprouts, ginger, lemon, and apple, but also feature combinations such as beets and kale or red bell pepper and mint. The juice-makers punch up their recipes with a blend of herbs and spices, and use USDA-certified organic produce when possible.
Juices are provided as part of weight-loss programs and full cleanses, and may be used as part of meal-replacement plans that also include fruit and nut snacks rather than just pictures of steaks with Xs drawn over them. To sweeten the arrangement even further, Alive Juices also delivers its packages to customers' homes and offices throughout the DC area.