Chefs at The Village Mediterranean Restaurant & Pastries prepare a full menu of Mediterranean specialties including lamb, beef, and shrimp kebabs and eight kinds of savory pie bundled in housemade dough. But the restaurant is probably most popular for its traditional Middle Eastern pastries. An in-house pastry chef prepares more than 100 different desserts from scratch. Sticky triangles of cashew, walnut, and almond baklava form one pillar of the pastry roster, while maamoul walnut cookies and namoura—squares of semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup and topped with almonds—are available by the platter should you need to host a party or lure a nest of honeybees away from your stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh.
Yogurt City Place pairs sweet frozen-yogurt treats with savory sandwiches and salads to create light lunches that aim to satisfy every taste bud. Pair a ham-and-swiss or chicken-caesar sandwich with a personalized frozen-yogurt sundae. Or, if you need a stronger injection of fruits and veggies, sidle over to the juice bar?there, you can build your own blended smoothies and juices from a selection that includes peaches, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, and ginger.
When Don and Katy Kilwin opened their candy shop and bakery in 1947 in Petoskey, Michigan, they couldn't have known that it would one day become a chocolate-covered empire of more than 80 stores spread across 16 states. From the moment Don made his first batch of marble-slab Mackinac Island fudge, kids and parents have watched in awe as candysmiths turn waves of chocolate, ribbons of copper-kettle caramel, and dashes of nuts, sea salt, and toffee into treats that would make Mr. Wonka green with envy. The current head chef, Bill Hoffman, learned his candy-making craft from a student of Mr. Kilwin himself, and thus carries on the tradition of creating gourmet Kilwin-style candy. Today, he and the rest of the Kilwins cooks create their brittles, taffy, fudges, and ice cream the old-fashioned way, often using heritage equipment and describing their finished products as “swell” or “the cat’s pajamas.”
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and other flavor options including georgia mud fudge blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($2.29+). The peanut buster parfait slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight ($3.39+). This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies and fruit drinks to create a sweet treat superpower.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.