Scamper across Gilmon's Bakery's checkerboard floor to view colorful display cases stocked with freshly baked cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and watch confectioners decorate their wares at a visible frosting station before smuggling home a variety of cakey cups. Each day, batter-whisperers bake 9–12 different flavors for customers to serve at weddings, parties, or successful parole hearings. Chocolate-chip cookie dough nestles next to red velvet, and tangy key lime and sweet strawberry shortcake gossip about the carrot cake's latest frosting hat. Always stylish, cupcakes regularly step out in sugar decorations that reflect the season, sports teams, or aesthetically pleasing psychic visions. Cleanse palates between cupcake courses with coffee ($1.25), bottled water ($1), or a mini cannoli ($1.25), which are not included in the price of this Groupon.
Substituting fat for more healthful probiotics, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, real fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs just 25 calories, letting diet-conscious taste-testers engorge stomachs while tightening belts. The shops' soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz). After piling bowls high with toppings, such as fresh banana, kiwi, pineapple, or m&ms, cookie dough, or peanut-butter cups, tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
When you shake the hand of your talented technician, he or she will use a highly developed palm sense to instantaneously analyze the genetic makeup and needs of your five-fingered grip mitts. You will then be graciously led to your station where your two-handed escape takes place. First, your hands are submerged in a revitalizing soak to perk up sleeping cells. Overgrown cuticles are caringly cut down to size while a soothing massage is masterfully administered by hand instead of rough, unsoothing crab. After an application of moisturizer, your nails are primed and polished, leaving a healthy glow emanating from the ends of your finger spines.
Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries combines sweet-tooth-sating flavors with upscale, custom pastry design. Using only high-class ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure vanilla, and imported Swiss fondant, Choux's chefs handcraft each cupcake and dispense them by the flavor-full according to the customer's verbal request or series of oversized cue cards. Indulge cravings with a chocolate cupcake topped with gooey vanilla frosting, or rest chins comfortably in a pillowy-pink patisserie.
At Hala Cafe and Bakery, chefs whip up a selection of Turkish and Middle Eastern eats, including falafel plates, kabobs, and a number of hummus-based dishes. The menu features buffet options, as well as house specialties, such as the shawarma plate–sliced and marinated lamb or chicken, served on a bed of fresh parsley and onion and topped with tahini sauce.
At Cold Flame, nearly 30 flavors of gelato climb aboard spoons or slide through straws in the form of thick milk shakes, while bites of brownies and cakes provide warmer sustenance. A punch card gets patrons five visits to the dessertery, where they can spend up to $5 each time on treats as sweet as a teddy bear riding a miniature horse. Chocolate, coconut, or tahitian-vanilla-gelato shakes swathe taste buds with rich, creamy flavor ($4.99), and lemon or mango sherbet quells fruit cravings. The selection of gelato flavors rotates, so italian pistachio gets its share of the limelight and tabloid interviews before giving way to cookies and cream or dutch fudge. Sweet-seekers chat while seated upon blond wood chairs at round silver tables, and icy blue walls add visual accent to slices of cake or brownies ($5.49/slice or square).
A Sweet to Eat Bake Shop's menu features all kinds of handcrafted creamy, crunchy, and cupcakey creations. The shop's signature chocolate chunk cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, speckled with hunks of Belgian chocolate, and sprinkled with just a dash of sea salt for a rounded-out finish ($2.25 each). Defy the same misguided masses who said you couldn't milk a lizard, and have dessert for breakfast with a bite of fruit rugelach (three for $2), a Linzer torte slice ($3.99), a buttery, balanced scone ($1.25), or a neatly wrapped cannoli ($2.25). Cupcake flavors include red velvet, strawberry, and lemon, with buttercream headdresses offered in shades of vanilla, peanut butter, cream cheese, strawberry, and more ($2 each, bite-size $0.50 each). Lure unsuspecting neighbors into cleaning your caramel-sauce-filled pool with an aptly placed pie on the windowsill; choices include the key lime pie ($24), the tried-and-true apple lattice ($20), and the svelte, sugar-free apple lattice ($20). A Sweet to Eat also presents a large cake selection (starting at $24, cookie cakes $15) and a selection of savory snacks such as individual servings of cheesy popcorn ($1.50), roasted nuts ($3), and homemade Chex mix ($1.50).