Though you'll find an array of lunch selections on the menu at Coffee Land, the shop pays most of its focus on two meals: breakfast and dessert. The staff begins each morning by setting up displays full of sweet pastries and fresh fruit, and by blending caffeinated drinks such as iced coffee and cappuccinos, along with more exotic options such as thai tea and boba smoothies. As the day heats up, they begin crafting sweeter options. Scoops of ice cream perch atop waffle cones, and whipped cream and chocolate syrup drench slices of banana and rich ice cream. Guests can linger over their treats at one of the intimate tables in the cherry-colored cafe, using the free WiFi to get some work done or build a website for their turkey sandwich.
The people behind SlenderZone believe that eating nutritiously isn’t just a matter of willpower—it’s a matter of chemistry. That’s why they strictly limit the amount of fat and carbs that goes into the meals they deliver to area homes and offices, which tamps down their customers’ addiction-like cravings for sugar and starches. Not that participating is a chore: the menu includes such delectable dishes as lemon pepper garlic shrimp and lamb chops with chutney sauce, and the chefs who prepare the foods have expertise in South American, Asian, European, and American cuisine. There’s even a roster of sugar-free desserts, including mint-chocolate cheesecake and peanut-butter pie. Each meal arrives fresh and is never frozen, freeze-dried, or turned to stone by a look from Medusa.
Two-time winners of the Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge, SugarJones's expert confectioners fill stomachs with dollops of scrumptious desserts. Flaky crusts envelop cinnamon- and caramel-infused apples in each handheld tart, perfectly sized for cooling on car windowsills. Customers can devour made-to-order tarts by way of scheduled pickups or have the savory morsels delivered for an additional fee. Ten take-and-bake varieties let quasi-chefs warm up the treats at home inside the familiar confines of the family’s monogrammed oven.
The robin’s-egg blue walls of Stacey’s Cafe Delish provide a calming backdrop to the delicious chaos of cheese and crisp, flattened bread that compose the grilled paninis. Stuffed with the likes of eggplant, salmon, and scrambled eggs, the paninis represent the creative café fixings that are served up in the sunny, coffee-scented restaurant. Breakfasts of asparagus omelets or apple-juice smoothies are followed by a plethora of hot sandwiches and cool salads, which are kosher and can be prepared vegan or gluten free if desired.
In addition to its azure waters and its intoxicating climate, the Mediterranean is known for the rich variety of herbs and spices that populate the cuisines of its people. Steeped in this tradition themselves, the cooks at Eilat Grill season their meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes with the same flavors found in bustling markets and cozy kitchens throughout the region. Their menu is packed with traditional favorites such as hummus plates, kabobs, and grill plates piled high with chicken, beef, and lamb, as well as four salmon entrees prepared with different international twists. Diners can also sample exotic breakfasts such as shakshuka, a poached egg dish soaked in a homemade spicy tomato sauce, or stick with familiar favorites such as classic American burgers. No matter what they order, guests take their meals in a romantic dining room featuring accents such as Jerusalem stone columns, tiled arches, and statues of Cupid updating his LiveJournal. This scene is occasionally joined by visions of colorful cakes and tarts, which make their home in the displays of the restaurant’s bakery.
Row upon row of baked, fried, and shredded dough line the glass case at Baklava Factory, tantalizing customers with a bounty of honey, walnuts, and custard cream. The factory’s pastry experts concoct more than a dozen kinds of baklava each day alongside other European and Mediterranean sweets, such as fried balls of dough dipped in honey. Customers can sip espresso or cappuccino as they peruse these confections and the bakery’s array of elaborate gift boxes and baskets filled with Belgian chocolates, cookies, and, of course, baklava. Baklava Factory also does corporate gifting and enlivens events with custom cakes embellished with edible butterflies, cartoon characters, and rhinestones capable of fooling amateur jewel thieves.