Ali's Sweet Treats bakes and decorates photo-emblazoned cookies customizable for any occasion. After customers send one high-resolution photo file via email or holographic carrier pigeon, Ali's army of confectionary connoisseurs turn the image into edibles baked with real vanilla and pure butter with no trans fat. Choose to overlay a baby photo, hand-drawn design, or mug shot of Cookie Monster onto 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch round cookies, or 3.5-inch rectangular cookies. Each order is then packaged in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a colorful satin ribbon. Any design can be cropped to the customer's specification, and patrons may choose to add up to three wise words of wisdom to the design for no additional cost.
Owner Melissa Vias originally unveiled Malanga Café not only to share the exotic dishes crafted from her meticulous collection of Cuban recipes, but to transport diners to the music- and amusement-filled atmosphere of Cuba itself. Head chef Haydee Porras blends traditional ingredients to forge from scratch items such as crispy croquettes, steaming tamales, and a traditional suckling pig that smokes and crackles as it rotates in its sweltering roaster. Meanwhile, succulent morsels of shredded pork nestle into pillowy baguettes to craft the pan con lechon, whose popular recipe arrived from Santiago de Cuba via Vias's husband. Postmeal, patrons can amuse other senses with games of Cubilete or the rhythms of a live band, then sign a giant mural awash with famous Cuban sayings to personalize a part of history and provide an effective alibi against sushi-eating accusations.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-five years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "hot doughnuts now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
Yogurtland is a colorful, dreamlike destination for frozen-treat fanatics, softly serving up a variety of fun flavors. In addition to offering an impressive mix of classic and creative yogurt flavors such as New York cheesecake, praline, blueberry tart, peanut-butter cup, vanilla wafer, dutch chocolate, and root-beer float, the store lets customers customize their portions of tasty goodness with a variety of toppings. Decorate your dairy delight with fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, peaches, or pomegranate arils, or prove at last that gummy bears, Fruity Pebbles, and frosted animal cookies can get along, provided they have a chill place to hang out together. Yogurtland also offers a variety of flavors with no sugar added, as well as many that are gluten-free.
Yogurbella invites dairy gormandizers to treat their palates to a satisfyingly cold embrace with every brain-chilling mouthful of sweetness. Indulge in 20 different flavors of yogurt, as well as smoothies, beverages, and special arctic desserts to cool down after attempting to bench press the Liberty Bell. Yogurbella whips up its milky morsels every day, and churns out smoothies ($5.50), parfaits ($5.50), and cones ($3.25–$4.50) for a fancy frozen fete. Swing into the store and order a classic yogurt flavor cup in flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, and original—all soothing alternatives to gnawing on hot sauce packets ($3.75–$12.75). One 100-gram serving of the plain yogurt contains a paltry 110 calories, making it an ideal treat for health-conscious dairy devourers, and can be topped with fresh fruit to gussy up servings without an application of mascara. The yogurt recipe contains fewer than four major ingredients and keeps artificial flavorings and additives out of its exclusive frozen clubhouse.