Black Bear Frozen Yogurt & Espresso's menu offers treats and beverages to satisfy any sweets craving. Yogurts are made from high-count active yogurt cultures obtained from one of Portland's locally operated creameries. These simple ingredients are transformed into a rotating spectrum of frozen yogurt flavors, including simple blends like french vanilla or egg nog to specialty flavors such as s'mores or snowflakes, which is best dispensed directly onto a stuck-out tongue.
Chilly treats can be paired with hot espresso drinks featuring the fresh flavor of locally roasted beans. Beans are acquired through Family Direct trading, which pays fair wages to coffee farmers and their families in South America and Africa for the best-grown coffee from their fields.
The weather in the Pacific Northwest isn’t always ideal for spending time outside, which is why Java Billiards keeps daytime as well as nighttime hours. More than just a shelter from the elements, though, the all-ages pool hall stands as an emphatic answer to boredom. It invites families to sink shots on five different pool tables and rack up wins during games of checkers and foosball. Making good on the “java” part of its name, the facility’s full espresso counter brews fresh lattes and mochas and serves up smoothies and italian sodas. Perhaps most importantly, Java Billiards maintains a safe environment for all ages by not serving alcohol or advertising itself as a hangout for vampires.
The pastry aces at Burning Cupcakes sift, whip, bake, and frost a mouthwatering lineup of 20 rotating varieties of hand-held treats. Sweet-seeking teeth missiles can hone in on the Cherry Coke cupcake, or see what's been missing all along with the Better Than Chocolate creation. Other revolving varieties include the tart and airy Lemon Drop, a playful cake-take on peanut butter and jelly, or the intoxicating Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The mini cakery caters to people with dietary restrictions, allergies, and fond memories of childhood pet bales of wheat with vegan and gluten-free options.