As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
Though Cafe Del Sol’s chefs largely stick closely to the restaurant’s Mexican theme, they’re not afraid to throw in a few American favorites, either. Chefs are equally skilled at grilling carne asada and artfully preparing shrimp fajitas as they are at creating tiered club sandwiches and sizzling double cheeseburgers. The sunny restaurant is the perfect place to sample all the cuisine’s varied dishes or rank tortillas by their taste, texture, and which one doesn’t remind you of the napkin that ruined your last date by being so tasty.
Spicy scents abound at Siam Palace, where chefs use traditional Thai recipes to create mouth-watering vegetarian and meat-based dishes. Stir-fried wide rice noodles form the base of pad see eew and pad kee mao, while fresh vegetables are simmered in green and red curry sauces. To create the restaurant's signature Thai-style barbecue entrees, the kitchen drenches marinated steak, shrimp, and other meats in a housemade sauce. The restaurant also provides catering and complimentary delivery to homes and offices, as well as to the occasional alternate dimension.
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DG also features a full compliment of baked goods and fare that are made fresh daily.
The blenders at Juice it Up! crank out a made-to-order menu of nutritious smoothies in a slew of fusion flavors. Rather than construct a fort out of kleenex boxes, sippers guard against flu season with a cup of Orange Blitz, where orange juice blends with blueberries, bananas, and orange sherbet. Sweet pineapple juice and lime sherbet mingle with a chorus line of peaches in the Congo Lime, and lemonade infuses a blend of raspberry juice, strawberries, and pineapple sherbet in the Lucky Lemon Punch. Though not covered by this Groupon, patrons can bolster their beverages with shots of wheatgrass, soy protein, ginkgo biloba, and other natural supplements to boost bodily strength and immunity without bench-pressing an ambulance.