Sarah Riefke took her first cake-decorating class in 2008. Instantly hooked, she soon became a decorating instructor herself, eventually enrolling as a student in the prestigious French Pastry School in Chicago. She went on to start Sweeter Than The Rest, where she has created a jaw-dropping assortment of specialty cakes and three-dimensional masterpieces that are nearly too pretty to eat, but just pretty enough to chew on.
The vibe at Sleeping Moon Cafe suits many personalities as it transitions from a quiet, low-key café to a venue where local musicians can share their tunes. During the sunshiny hours of the day, the dining room serves as the perfect spot to get work done. Guests can sip on Italian sodas or Americanos as they study, or balance typing with eating vegan burgers or ham-and-apple paninis. As the day goes on, guests begin to socialize more. Friends talk as they share appetizers such as the stuffed grape leaves or slices of gala apples served with Nutella. But as the first band of the evening begins to play, the mood shifts to a more mellow tone. Musicians strumming guitars, artwork hanging on the walls, and dim lighting create the ideal backdrop for dates, or hiding the fact that you're wearing the same fruit hat as someone else.
Cuisine Type: Frozen yogurt
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Yogurtland's self-serve yogurt taps feature a rotating selection of 16 frozen-yogurt flavors, selected from among 79 recipes. The nearby toppings bar contains something to pair with every flavor of yogurt, be it fresh-cut fruits mixed into tangerine tango tart or chunks of chocolate blended into new york cheesecake. Henrique, the establishment's owner, says that the most popular variety of yogurt is the red velvet cupcake batter; it's low fat, gluten free, and so calcium rich that it has a swimming pool full of calcium at its mansion.
Touting more than 50 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
At Smart Coffee HD, each new season brings new batches of java from fair-trade cooperatives around the world. The shop's baristas incorporate those environmentally conscious blends into classic beverages like cappuccinos and frappes, though they happily steep herbal teas and craft fruit smoothies, too. Cooks, meanwhile, assemble local, organic ingredients into house-made comfort foods, from veggie wraps stuffed with portabella mushrooms and saut?ed onions to homemade chicken and waffles, while desserts and pastries end meals on sweet notes.
Stowed away in big glass jars, nearly 100 different types of teas fill the shelves of Tea and Tea. The staff crafts hot, iced, and blended drinks, such as a roasted mate drink with notes of sweet caramel. Guests can pair their cups with fresh pastries and baked goods while they catch up on work using the shop's free wifi and numerous outlets. Tea and Tea also welcomes local artists and musicians to share their talents during biweekly Center Stage events.