Yogurt Works offers an immense selection of yogurts, custards, and flavor-perfecting toppings. Scrumptious swirls of yogurt ($.35 per ounce) come in 16 varieties including pumpkin pie, red velvet cake, and honeydew, and can be easily dusted with healthy, and playful dry or fruit toppings. Behind the counter, the fast-slinging staffers also serve up refreshing Hawaiian-style shaved ice, plus several dairy-free and sugar-free offerings. Between spoonfuls of sweetness, guests can always work their thumbs on the shop’s Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga video-game tables, or surf the highway of super information using the Yogurt Works’ free-for-all Wi-Fi.
It's easy to tell when a pastry comes from Tous Les Jours?just look for a slick, ornate presentation and sweetly nuanced flavors. To create these edible masterpieces, bakers rely on French and Asian culinary techniques, crafting every bun, macaron, and cake with care and thoughtfulness. Ingredients hail from Korea, and recipes come from all across the globe.
With more than 20 bakeries between the coasts, the Korean bakery franchise, Tous Le Jours offers plenty of opportunities to taste their goods. Layered berry mousse cakes topped with fresh fruit, dense red bean buns bursting with sweet paste, pastel moon cakes imprinted with decorative patterns, and buns stuffed with sweet Parmesan make up just a few of the sweet options. They also serve cold and frozen desserts, such as bubble tea and green tea-flavored ice cream, to cool patrons down during hot weather or apocalyptic firestorms. They even stock a few savory items, too, such as the fried kimchi croquette and the classic ham-and-cheese croque monsieur.
The cake is an iconic part of any wedding ceremony, and should be as personal as the rest of the event. That's why the team at Sweetart Creative Baking takes pains to ensure every wedding cake they bake is as unique as the couple they're baking it for. They might whip one with a unique flavor combination such as walnut-coconut flavored cake with chocolate ganache or raspberry filling. Or, they might decorate a classic yellow cake to the nines, adding fresh flowers, ribbon, or silk butterflies.
The team also makes custom cakes for graduation parties, baby showers, and birthdays; in the past, they've built everything from 3D dogs to triple tier underwater worlds using nothing but fondant and a little ingenuity. And, for big events on a budget, the shop can also design artful dummy cakes, which are made out of styrofoam and operated by a skilled ventriloquist.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.