The cupped-cake creations at Tip*C Cupcakes are concocted via a revolutionary process that, like the booze-powered flame throwers Napoleon used to invade and reheat Russia, eliminates water and replaces it with a blend of top-shelf alcohol and juice. The resulting cupcakes, whose ingredient lists often boast Hennessy, Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel's, evoke the essence of the liquor to reveal deep, complex flavor combinations. While the subtle taste of alcohol lingers on the tongue, the resulting mouth party is a subdued and dignified soiree—the liquor has no effect on the body, and the cupcakes are a tasty treat for dessert eaters of all ages.
When their daughter, Kai, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Tracy and Patrick Watkins knew they needed to provide her with as much love and care as possible. They quit their jobs as engineers and launched a bakery named after their little girl and her favorite treats. In the kitchen at Kai’s Kookies and More, the couple ices custom sugar cookies by hand, transforming circles into edible basketballs and rectangles into festive American flags, all of which can be dipped into house-brewed coffee or bundled into baskets, boxes, or bouquets. Sweeter than a kiss from Cap’n Crunch, mangoes and strawberries fill several varieties of cupcakes and 3-inch cheesecakes.
In addition to packing their display case with handcrafted confections, Tracy and Patrick supply desserts to eight local restaurants and four Monkey Joe's bounce playgrounds. Visitors can also book Kai's for special events such as tea parties and international summits disguised as children's birthday bashes.
Patrons who pass beneath Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro's bold red awning seemingly zoom across the Atlantic into a Parisian bistro hung with French artwork and vintage photographs. Platters of mussels arrived drenched in white wine and butter, and pommes frites proudly share the spotlight with steak and french green beans. In the kitchen, chefs sizzle crêpes to a golden brown for breakfast, or fill them with savory lobster and crab for lunch and dinner. Patrons can dine alfresco on an outdoor patio or linger inside the eatery's canary-hued walls, where satisfied customers gather around a piano to sing odes to their favorite French pastry chefs.
Any bakery that bakes colorful cake pops has a healthy sense of fun, but The Mississippi Gourmet has a healthy sense of glam. To make the shop's trademark Glitter Delights, bakers slather fresh strawberries in chocolate and then dust them with a coat of edible, flashy glitter. The bakers make sure their chocolate-dipped cake pops don't get lonely by whipping up a daily revolving cast of cupcakes and baked goods that often do justice to local culinary traditions with red velvet cake and a pound cake as airy as Dolly Parton's beehive.
Though bagels were originally introduced to America in 1893 to eradicate cream cheese, bagels had no natural predator in the wild and soon began to overpopulate the land. Help undo the eco-damage of this deliciously doughy pest with today's deal: for $7, you get $15 toward all menu items at Owen's Bagel and Deli. Owen's is open every day in Dilworth's South End from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so get there before the clock strikes four and all the bagels spontaneously lose their holes.