CakeLove's baking staff, led by owner and Food Network's Sugar Rush host Warren Brown, specializes in cupcakes and cakes, baking batches from scratch daily with fresh, natural butter, sugar, eggs, and more. Each location's rotating selection of vanilla, chocolate, red-velvet, banana, carrot, and pumpkin cake bases is smothered with a variety of flavored buttercreams. Chocoholics can silence grumbling sweet tooths with creative concoctions like Cynthia's sin (chocolate cake dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with peanut butter buttercream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel, and sprinkled with candied peanuts), while those longing for a tropical getaway can abduct their tongue to a farflung locale with the lime on the coconut (shredded coconut and lime zest on a vanilla cupcake with lime buttercream). Cupcakes are $3.25 each, $19.50 for a half dozen, and $39 for a baker's dozen. Other sweet forms of gourmet baked goods ($2–$5), as well as the bakery's six-inch to 12-inch layer cakes ($25–$130), can sugary-up birthdays or candy-coat a van full of Shriner cars.
Wetzels Pretzels takes pride in twisting its creations until they are unrecognizingly delicious. Its talented staff bakes pretzels flavored with everything from jalape?o to cinnamon and can wrap them around hot dogs to create delectable meals. If you prefer traditional pretzels, you can go for the original with or without butter, but options for something a little different include pepperoni twist or garlic that can be paired with a dipping sauce. And to wash the pretzels down, Wetzels Pretzels offers a variety of drinks such as fresh lemonade and frozen granitas.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
Sharing food is the heart of each dining experience at Skyline Cafe. Meals consist of Ethiopian stews crafted with meats, vegetables, and plenty of spices and herbs. But they do not arrive at tables in separate dishes; rather, chefs ladle a handful of stews onto a single platter for the entire group to feast upon. Dining as the Ethiopians do also means eschewing silverware. Instead, a housemade flatbread called injera is used to scoop up mouthfuls of stew and wipe faces clean after meals. Another Ethiopian tradition?the coffee ceremony?occurs daily when servers pour a special blend of coffee into tiny glasses for guests to slowly sip.
With over 700 locations across 20 different countries and a selection of more than 50 rotating flavors in the soft-serve machines at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, there’s a flavor to suit everyone’s taste. The yogurt ranges from tangy lemon to refreshing mint and the sweet royal red velvet. After filling their cups, customers can adorn their yogurt with toppings from the bar such as candy pieces, fruit, and nuts.
The inside joke behind the name of Lara Stuckey's bakery goes all the way back to her childhood. As she told the Fairfax Times, "When my sister and I said silly things, we would call them 'fluffy thoughts.'" The reference to her youth is appropriate, considering that's when Lara got her start at baking by whipping up treats in her Easy-Bake oven. Her pursuit of culinary skills continued throughout her life, including during a period when she would design cakes at night after returning home from her full-time therapist job. At the urging of her friends, Lara eventually left her job to dedicate herself to her true passion at Fluffy Thoughts Cakes.
The bakery looks as cheerful as the story behind its development. Bright baubles hang from the walls, spotlighting display cases of specialty cakes and cupcakes made with Valrhona chocolate, pure European butter, and fresh fruit. Cupcake flavors rotate frequently, but they typically include inventive creations such as an apple cupcake with bacon bits and a pina colada cupcake that gives you the ability to play the piano if you practice the piano a lot while you eat it. Lara is also a longtime painter and sketch artist, so sculpting towering specialty cakes with intricate designs and imaginative shapes comes naturally to her.