It was a quiet Sunday morning when Kerri Blache decided to drive her car into Old Mandeville, meandering through its forests of gnarled trees and verdant marshes. As she drove past a small, sunny clearing dotted by pine trees, something caught her eye—an enchanting cottage with a fairy-tale entranceway, rustic arches, and a white picket fence. Instantly smitten, Kerri knew she had discovered the site of her future international teahouse.
Today, the cheerful cottage is home to Vianne's Tea House, where Kerri and her husband Michael pair a menu of more than 120 teas with scones, salads, and sandwiches. As Michael, the house's executive chef, bakes homemade pastries and stirs daily soups in the kitchen, Kerri delivers pots of steaming white, green, black, and specialty teas out into the four tearooms. The colorful, sunlit rooms boast cushioned chairs, fine curtains, and chandeliers that start blinking if someone uses the word "penultimate" correctly.
Shiver Shack Snowballs helps patrons combat summer heat with frosty snowballs, ice cream made with pure cane sugar, and Memphis-style barbecue. Snowballs ($2.75 for a medium), a marriage of shaved ice and flavored saccharine syrups, eliminate summertime swelter and nagging existential doubts with dozens of flavors, including green apple, peppermint, and sugar-free iterations such as mango and wedding cake ($0.50 extra). Lower tongues' core temperatures with a refreshing frozen yogurt ($2.50), or scarf down a chocolate sundae ($2.50) any day of the week. Diners seeking further sustenance can fill bellies with the pulled-pork sandwich ($5) and a side of corn grits, slaw, or smoked baked beans. Cool off outdoors under the shack's palm umbrellas or on its large covered porch, relishing the summer breeze and building an army of sugary, sentient snowmen.
Our passion is to promote the love and enjoyment of social dancing, to empower people with new social skills, to guide them to attain confidence on the dance floor and in life, and to give people a fun, clean way to meet new friends and build relationships.
Browse through KC's cupcake gallery to feast your pupil pointers on a prime selection of premium pint-sized creations dressed for sweet-tooth seduction. Sample the signature Babycake, a vanilla cake infused with semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts and topped with darker-than-noir chocolate frosting and Madagascar-vanilla buttercream. Or chalk another win up to chocolate-chocolate cupcakes, chock full of dark-chocolate cake, dark-chocolate buttercream frosting, and a candy heart topper with a suspicious lack of chocolate. If the regular menu doesn't frost your boat, the rotating menu of daily specials, such as carrot and coconut, might be the preferred pick-me-up for any lonesome sunken sea vessel. The bakers at KC's Babycakes purchase local ingredients whenever possible and provide sugar-free (add $4.50) and gluten-free (add $3.50) options.
Two adages motivate naturopath and sports nutritionist Catherine Wilbert: “You are what you eat” and “If it tastes good, it’s not good for you.” The first is her philosophy, but the second is a stereotype she aims to shatter at The Nutrition Company, where she creates delicious, health-promoting drinks from fresh-squeezed juices and wholesome supplements such as wheatgrass. Smoothies come in more than 30 varieties, such as the tropically themed Rainforest Cherry and the citrusy mélange Spunky Monkey, each fortified with between 25 and 40 grams of protein. The shop’s 100% organic coffee can also be supplemented with mix-ins such as ginseng and acai berries, making it more energizing than a lightning bolt shot from the eyes of a drumming bunny. Stuffed with whole grains and healthy proteins such as free-range turkey, sandwiches and wraps stave off hunger while eschewing additives such as MSG and sulfites.