While most people would say they like chocolate with coconut, not many would say it changed their life. One exception, however, is Terri of Terri Does Desserts. As a child, she kept begging for German chocolate cake until her mother finally decided to kill two birds with one stone and teach her daughter how to bake. Little did Terri's mother—or Terri herself—know that that was the beginning of her baking career. She now makes her famous three-layer German chocolate cake alongside cookies, cobblers, and cupcakes for friends, family, and customers.
Naturally, Terri specializes in cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. She's got everything from 7-Up pound cakes to Snickers cupcakes, all with a range of coordinating icings and frostings. Her cookies also come in unique flavors, with seasonal varieties such as pumpkin as well as fruit-filled options such as blueberry white chocolate. Even her drinks have a bit of cake in them, as evidenced by frappes served in flavors such as red velvet and cookies and cream.
The glimmering glass case at Donuts, Yogurt & More showcases freshly-baked pastries from chocolate donuts topped with colorful sprinkles to giant cinnamon rolls oozing with frosting. Behind it, staffers bustle about, slicing up bagels to make sandwiches, layering croissants with sliced ham, and doling out scoops of ice cream and swirls of yogurt in a variety of flavors. The shop’s specialty beverages include icy mochas, creamy caramel lattes, and refreshing mango smoothies. And for their selection of "lite" drinks, staffers make health-conscious modifications such as swapping out cream for skim milk and bacon fat for no bacon fat.
Every day since “Daddy Dave” Leatherby Sr. and his wife, Sally, opened the first Leatherby’s Family Creamery 30 years ago, the shop has been churning out fresh ice cream layered in sweet sauces straight from the candy kettle. Milk, cream, and sugar form the base of Leatherby’s more than 45 flavors, which range from staples such as chocolate and strawberry to more exotic varieties including mocha almond fudge and spumoni. Inspired by family recipes that date back a half-century, these frosty treats come in cones, shakes, malts, and sodas, as well as in heaping sundaes and banana splits, the largest of which tips the scales at 54 ounces. Leatherby’s menu has expanded over time, and includes savory options such as sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads.
When he first created his signature fried pastries at home, Anthony White knew he had a hit on his hands. So when his friends and family started raving about the contrast between the crispy fried pastry shell and the creamy texture of the fruity cheesecake filling, he decided to try selling his new recipe to the public. He now sells his treats by the dozen, incorporating flavors such as strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry milk chocolate into his pastries for tart and rich treats. Clients receive their treats frozen, ensuring they have a stockpile of hors d’oeuvres for their next party or night spent tucked indoors with a bottle of wine.
Espresso Metro's homey lounge space has something of a do-it-yourself feel, meaning you won't find the predictably replicated furniture of coffee chains. The owners have honed their aesthetic sense since 1988, and their eclectic collection of mismatched chairs that circle each table grants a good view of a hand-painted mural that runs the length of the counter. The mural depicts abstract figures with elongated arms folded over their heads, because they haven't had their morning coffee yet. But the baristas are as serious about their coffee as they are playful about their decor, evidenced by a sleek La San Marco espresso machine and its neighboring burr grinders, each filled to the top with beans. On any given day, the bakery counter might showcase freshly baked cookies, lemon cake, or croissants. These pair well with lattes with such foam art as hearts, bunnies, and lips.
Brewing coffee at home is a crapshoot of ratios, freshness, and equipment. Instead of waking up to smell the home-brewed coffee, start leaping out of bed in a streaking sprint to the Coffee Garden to expose your nostrils and fuzzy slippers to the flowerful fragrance of roasted bean juice. Perk up in the midmorning sun amid a potted jungle of greenery on the back patio with a signature cup of coffee ($1.50 for 12 oz.) or an indulgent mocha ($3.25 for 12 oz.). When high noon hangs above, halt sweat beads in their browed beginnings with an iceberg's worth of iced tea ($2.25 for 24 oz.) or a cold café au lait $3.50 for 24 oz.).