Ovens blaze at La Chicanita Bakery, delivering flaky handfuls of fresh authentic bread, golden rolls, and specialty cakes. Stock up on golden french rolls ($0.35 each) or authentic mexican bread ($0.60–$0.99) covered in butter glazes, sugar coats, and fruit fillings, or celebrate a recent cake-eating-contest victory with a 12-inch round yellow or chocolate and yellow commercial cake with a sweet strawberry filling ($25). A decadent 12-inch round three-milk cake's creaminess satiates cake cravings ($25)—or adds a fruit-packed core to satisfy strawberry-filling cravings ($30)—and the 10-inch Oreo cake with Oreo-crumb filling ($15) proves that cookies and cake work best together.
Though the Two Brothers Summer Festival might seem like an excuse to celebrate the warm weather, it also serves a second, noble purpose. Devised by the brewery's founders, the Ebel brothers, this week-long event supports the local and regional community, philanthropic programs, and a growing number of charities. Over the past 17 years, the company has been supporting children's charities, such as granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On Saturday, bands take to the stage at Two Brothers Roundhouse as part of a lineup that includes the group Los Lobos, Cornmeal, and Chicago indie-rock duo Autumn Defense. Activities for kids, including a show from performer Ralph's World, ensure that even the youngest visitors aren't left out. One of the weekend's other big events is a homebrewing competition. The winner's recipe will be brewed at Two Brothers.
For more than 20 years, the team at Jake’s Bagels and Deli has been following a simple recipe: make more than a dozen types of bagels from scratch and steam bake them daily. Its menu also boasts 10 kinds of cream cheeses whipped up on the premises, including salsa and pineapple walnut, along with fresh cups of Green Mountain Coffee. The aroma of homemade muffins, cookies, and soups fill the space, which is made even cozier by a two-sided stone fireplace and walls strung with local artwork.
Rondi Stickney holds more than 10 weighty fitness certifications, which goes some way in explaining her super-toned physique. But muscles aren't her only focus—she's been helping clients overhaul their entire lifestyle for more than 30 years. Whether leading group fitness classes or coaching clients one-on-one, she leaves her charges with armfuls of healthy habits and advice. Personal-training sessions, which help clients to perfect form and avoid future injuries, run through custom-designed exercises built around each guest's fitness goals, whether they involve losing weight, toning muscle, or building the strength to punch the conference table in half for more effective PowerPoint presentations. Stickney also partners with doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and lifestyle coaches to help clients to attack their wellness goals from every angle.
Held in a studio dotted with cardio and strength-training equipment, classes such as boot camp, Zumba, and pole-dance fitness teem with fun ways to burn calories and build muscle mass. Family-focused sessions, such as TRX and Zumba, encourage clans to bond, and workshops fill collective consciousnesses with handy tips and strategies for preventing childhood obesity.
Four Beans Coffeehouse's baristas sate the ping of caffeine cravings with a bevy of flavorful fresh-brewed coffees, fine teas, and baked goods. Cool overheated summer stomachs with an iced caramel macchiato ($3.90 medium; $4.30 large), or stoke the fires of creative frenzy with a hot mocha ($3.50 small; $4 medium; $4.50 large). Quick eats, such as the croissant sandwich ($2.99) with egg salad, tuna salad, or chicken salad, banish midday munchies. A cup of French press tea ($3.95) comes in over 80 varieties, served in a porcelain cup and saucer that take turns politely engaging customers in philosophical debates. For take-home orders, bean buffs can purchase blends from all corners of the actually round world, including the Ethiopian Harrar, a complex medium roast with hints of blueberry and cinnamon flavor, or the Tanzanian Peaberry, a mellow companion.
There are thousands of ways to enjoy the customizable frozen yogurt at CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar. That's because the shop features some 50 rotating flavors such as snickerdoodle cookie dough, crushed candy, and sprinkles. They can cater to fruit-loving, healthier taste buds with honey vanilla greek frozen yogurt or dairy-free pink lemonade sorbets, topped with chunks of fresh fruit and granola. The customizations can accommodate most food allergies, and thus ensure everyone can have their favorite dessert without just eating a printed-out picture of it.