B&B Bagel's name refers to the traditional process of making a bagel: boiling and baking. Whereas many places skip the boiling step, B&B considers it crucial ("If it's not boiled, it's not a bagel," their website states definitively).
It's hard to argue with the results. Any of the shop's classic bagels can be topped with flavored cream cheeses or breakfast meats; there's even a pizza bagel that comes with melted cheese and pepperonis. Of course, bagels aren't the only items on the menu. The shop also serves cinnamon rolls and traditional sandwiches, neither of which are boiled.
Cafe Berlin fills its kitchen with vegetables, coffee, dairy, free-range eggs, and other natural and organic foods from local farms, including Patchwork Family Farms, Green Hills Harvest Dairy, and Lakota Coffee Company. Breakfast, which is served all day, includes dishes such as Turkish-style eggs, french toast, and pancake burritos—a large pancake that enfolds two scrambled eggs and Patchwork bacon, served with maple syrup. Black-bean quesadillas, burgers with local, organic beef, and housemade soups crown the lunch menu and pair with an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Cafe Berlin then reopens daily at 5 p.m. as a bar scene featuring craft beers and cocktails made using the same fresh ingredients they use to make brunch.
Plastic dinosaurs and Godzilla figures dot the sunny dining room, where they hang from the rafters, sit on the counter, and gnaw on table legs. Patrons can gaze at the eclectic decor while listening to live music or tales from the Porch Light storytelling series.
The kindhearted staffers at Candy Bouquets use their eye for art and discerning taste for confections while assembling vibrant, hand-delivered gift baskets filled with sugary goodness. Brighten up someone's day better than a heart-shaped spotlight by sending them The Junk Food Junkie basket––a smiling 7"x4"x5" gift box that bears a variety of Nabisco treats. Sate a sweet tooth hungry for chocolates with bite-size Oreos and Chips Ahoy! cookies and small bags of M&M's. While digging through piles of Twix and Hershey bars, beneficiaries may find personalized messages written by the sender, transmitting well wishes or apologies for sneezing on their poodles. Gift givers can arrange for recipients to receive their baskets on a specific day, as the order is placed at least five days in advance.
Once, upon adding the finishing whiskers to her custom wedding cake, Cherie stared in horror at what she had done. The cake looked exactly like an armadillo: beady eyes, bulbous armor, spindly claws. Concerned with its semblance to the rodent, Cherie insisted that her client come by and assess the cake before making her final decision to present it as her wedding centerpiece. The bride-to-be let out a squeal of joy. ?I love it! It?s exactly what I wanted.? Cherie let out a sigh of relief.
Cherie, who has been decorating cakes for 30 years, admits that there?s no accounting for taste. Despite her personal opinions on armadillos, she was heartened by her client?s elation, which is ultimately why she began baking in first place. ?It?s so much fun watching kids eat their first birthday cake that you?ve worked on for hours, or to get thank-you notes from brides who say your cake tastes just as good a year later, at their one-year anniversary.?
To ensure that smiles and thank-you notes continue to pour in, Cherie collaborates with clients to design the ideal treat for their celebrations. She reviews photos with them during in-person consultations, and even requests napkins and invitations in order to design a cake to complement each event?s aesthetic. After assembling her cakes, she swathes their fluffy exteriors with her cream sherry frosting, which adds an oaky and sweet finish.
Hot sandwiches and cold scoops of ice cream dominate the menu at The Eagle Scoop, a comfortable, all-American neighborhood spot that specializes in familiar, made-to-order meals. Diners can build custom sandwiches or paninis that arrive piled with turkey, swiss, and a variety of dressings. Smaller dishes such as cups of daily-made soup and chili-cheese dogs can round out meals or serve as their own meal. Diners can finish meals with ice cream, brownie sundaes, banana splits, or malts.
The bakers at The Cupcake Express blend fresh eggs, sugar, and cream to whip up moist, flavorful cakes topped with puffs of velvety frosting. Their cupcakes and mini cupcakes tempt sweet teeth with 14 epicurean flavors—including strawberry lemonade and chocolate with raspberry cream cheese—and icings that range from fluffy meringues to sweetened cream cheese. In addition, they dole out cheesecake bites that would be a hit at any Lilliputian birthday bash.