Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.
Husband-and-wife dessertier duo Mickey and Rosemary Tynski translate the language of love into moist morsels from the confection-covered confines of their bakery. With all pastries baked from scratch daily using gourmet ingredients, hunger-havers can rest assured that their palates are being punched with only the finest sweet treats. Placate protesting sweet teeth with one dozen cupcakes in sizes conducive to either polite nibbles or decorum-ignoring chomps. A palette-popping array of flavors twirls together sweet staples including chocolate, strawberry, and coconut, and the house favorite red velvet’s silky cream cheese frosting combines serious taste with sweet presentation better than a debate on yarn subsidies in Kitten Congress.
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.
The family-friendly, annual Festival of Chocolate packs the Palm Beach County Convention Center with delectable cocoa creations, classes, and demonstrations November 19 and 20. Vendor booths display baked and molded treats, where sweet teeth can sink into cupcakes and brownies, break through truffles, and bathe in creamy beverages. Award-winning pastry chefs demonstrate baking techniques and sculpt large, intricate, opulent dessert structures to lure attendees with the ambrosial scents of chocolate mastery and the enjoyably gooey texture of chocolate malleability. Tykes can wander through the Kids-4-Chocolate creative workshop area to make sugary crafts or write novels about the eternal struggle for candy, or attend a chocolate museum that educates on history and production methods. Throughout the festival, experts battle in the Chocolate Indulgence competition, awarding winners in six different categories. The festival maintains its own currency, the chocolate-chip coin, which is worth $1 and can be traded in for goodies generally costing $1–$5 apiece and is legal tender for all debts public and private.
The evening before Jolene left town for the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition in Tulsa, she gingerly tucked 225 gum-paste cherry blossoms into her suitcase. She had planned to scatter them across her Chinese-temple cake once she touched down in Tulsa, but at the airport, the stewardess told Jolene that her carry-on wouldn’t fit in the overhead compartment. While Jolene's eyes swelled with tears, her friend explained that the contents of the suitcase represented three months of painstaking work—Jolene had molded each petal by hand and painted them with delicate brushstrokes. “With all due respect,” she said to the stewardess, “you’d have to pry that suitcase from her cold, dead hands.” And so 225 cherry blossoms rode to Tulsa in the stewardess’s own personal luggage compartment.
As the above story makes clear, Jolene pours her heart into the confections she crafts at Ladybug Cake Creations. She scours local farmers’ markets for ingredients and finds deep satisfaction when she blends them to perfection saying, “It’s my Zen relaxation at night. I come home and I make flowers.” For someone so dedicated to her craft, no order is too ambitious; among her more impressive efforts are a 75-pound pirate-ship cake and an edible surveyor’s instrument that she sculpted for her father’s 85th birthday. Perhaps her most personal touch, though, is the tiny sugar ladybug. Ladybugs are considered a good-luck charm in China, and Jolene makes sure to hide one on each of her treats. If her success at getting through baggage check is any indication, the ladybugs are working.