There’s love in Fanny Cakes: love for baking, love for surprising the tongue, and love for family. As a young girl, chef Kristyn spent long days baking alongside her nana, Fanny. Those hours spent in flour and those moments waiting by the oven planted seeds in Kristyn that sprouted into a passion for baking and, eventually, the start of Fanny Cakes—named in honor of the woman who inspired her. Kristyn now relies on formal culinary training as well as the lessons learned from her nana while she crafts personalized treats for birthday parties, wedding receptions, and everything in between. She pays further homage to her nana as she works by using the sorts of ingredients Fanny loved—sweet creamery butter, belgian chocolate, and natural citrus zests—but finds inventive and eye-catching ways to showcase their flavors.
The fondant-draped tiers of Kristyn's full-size cakes conceal flavorful fillings such as lime curd or coconut custard. Cupcakes also feature inspired combinations, such as strawberry daiquiri with rum-spiked buttercream and snickerdoodle with a dusting of graham crackers and cinnamon sugar. Even with all of these flavors speaking for themselves, Kristyn still commits to presentation, designing cakes shaped like everything from a Gulfstream jet to an electric guitar. She also expands her menu beyond traditional bakery offerings by creating treats such as grown-up cake shots with doses of liqueur and cupcake push pops in plastic cylinders. She even shares her techniques with the public by leading classes that teach students how to decorate cupcakes without covering them in old two-cent stamps.
Every person’s taste is different, which is why Yogurtini offers a wide range of frozen-yogurt creations to please every palate. Customers choose from 16 self-serve frozen yogurts in rotating flavors such as classic vanilla, ultimate chocolate, candy bar smash, sea salt caramel pretzel, strawberry fields, bananalicious, and luscious lemon, along with a daily no sugar added flavor. Guests drizzle crests of creamy treats with more than 78 decadent and healthy accents, such as fresh strawberries, slivered almonds, and blueberry flaxseed, which contains omega-3 fatty acids and more fiber than a wool sweater tailored for a giant. All of Yogurtini's blends deliver health benefits via carefully protected live cultures, which can strengthen the immune system.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.
Servers at The New York Stuffed Cone Company scoop ice cream crafted from natural ingredients, alternating creamy layers with crushed candy, fruit, and other toppings. The resulting creation, a stuffed cone or sundae, might require a spoon to do the heavy lifting needed to eat brownie bits and bananas mixed with flavors such as english butter toffee, chocolate-raspberry truffle, and coconut avocado. Sweet-seekers can opt for a belgian waffle stuffed with caramelized bacon or cupcakes baked fresh onsite. With free WiFi, they can wile away their stay by browsing the Net and sipping italian espresso and cappuccinos.
Happy Times Cafe, located at 535 Broad Hollow Road (631-270-4836), in Melville, New York, is a fabulous place for great food in a relaxed retro setting. Escape the work environment and step back into the 1950's for a unique and delicious dining experience. Or, stay in your home or office and have us deliver to you: free!