The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy?s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar?s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
The cookie artisans at Quintessential Cookies create colorful cookie creations for any occasion, whether it's a wedding, birthday, graduation, or a day you really want a cookie. Made from scratch, raspberry-filled linzer heart cookies and almond chocolate-chip biscotti are available by the half-dozen, and cake pops embed creative designs in the shapes of footballs, popcorn boxes, and tulips. Customers can bring in photos to be scanned and transformed into a 100% edible decorative photo cookie, and other cookie specialties, such as platters and cakes, divert attention from well-meaning veggie platters at office parties.
The sun hangs low on the coast of Santorini, casting a thumb-print of light on the rippling waters of the Aegean Sea. Farther inland, sand recedes into an elegant spreadsheet of block buildings, still cotton-white despite their age. This scene is the backdrop of Aegean Grill's menu, serving as reminder of the restaurant's emphasis on traditional Greek dishes. In the dining room, flaming saganaki cheese starters can be seen flickering like artwork against the restaurant's off-white walls. Waiters arrive to the table with cool hummus dip in one hand, and in the other, entree plates of stuffed shrimp and hearty charcoal-broiled lamb kebabs. The restaurant also offers a large kids’ menu with meals named after Greek deities such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Big Bird.
Sweet Lucille's started with one homemade recipe: Aunt Annette's carrot cake. From that one little cake, the business has grown into a bakery and cafe with omelets and pancakes for breakfast, and sandwiches and salads for lunch. But regardless of the expanded menu, the cakes still reign supreme. Sweet Lucille's bakes mini red velvet, lemon, and chocolate cakes, gourmet cake pops, and artful special-occasion cakes in addition to fruit-filled pies and a variety of cookies.
Azure Chocolat showcases a seemingly endless selection of fresh truffles (including dairy-free and vegan options), truffle brownies, chocolate-smothered grahams, and other yummy treats such as freshly made marshmallows. Azure uses only imported, hand-made Belgian chocolates and all-natural and gluten-free products. The beauty bark, with its combination of Belgian dark chocolate, sea salt, golden flax, and wild blueberries, is the definition of a feel-good treat, since its packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and of course, chocolate.
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.