Like many adults, Frannie Albanese cherishes memories of being a carefree child and visiting the "goodie shop" for hot-fudge sundaes and candy sticks. Now at her own dessert haven, she enables both children and health-conscious adults to savor creamy sweets without worry. Her premium frozen yogurts are rich in calcium and live, active cultures, which can aid digestive health and immune-system function. Rich ribbons of Cable Car chocolate, pistachio, and dulce de leche fall from self-serve machines among many other rotating flavors, and patrons can accessorize their cups with more than 80 types of fresh fruit, candies, and syrups.
In the afternoons, Xenia Fine Foods’ quaint storefront bustles with the activity of cooks who handcraft organic dishes. They tuck traditional Waldorf chicken salad into spinach and honey-wheat wraps, and fill pita pockets or gluten-free pant pockets with roasted eggplant, tomato sauce, and garlic. On a daily basis, they simmer up fresh soups, ranging from mushroom barley to new york cabbage. They cater to the after-work crowd in the evenings, stocking the deli case with ready-made items, such as salmon filets, turkey meatballs, and roasted vegetables.
At Sweetooth Katonah, culinary-institute pastry chefs carefully curate locally sourced, premium ingredients to craft the batter for daily-made cupcakes. Treats rise from the foundation of locally sourced flour, eggs, and cream. Cake flavors range from flourless chocolate to orange essence to traditional licks such as carrot-ginger cake, with most sweets topped with dustings and dollops such as bittersweet chocolate ganache and chai spiced frosting. In addition to whipping up tiny treats, Sweetooth Katonah churns out ambrosial cakes for birthday bashes or retirement cubicle burnings and sates thirst with creamline milk and organic, direct-trade-certified Counter Culture coffee.
The award-winning dough punchers at Loaf flaunt a menu of sweet and savory items, all made from scratch on the premises. The shop's panoply of salads includes the thai beef ($9) and the seared-tuna avocado ($9), constructed with avocado, asparagus, lemon vinaigrette, and spicy mayo. Loaf also brandishes classic sandwiches such as the BLT ($8) and original inventions such as the smoked-tofu sandwich, festooned with mushroom and peppery arugula ($8). Fresh baked goods range from the monkey loaf ($7), which garnered a mention in the New York Times, to fresh focaccia ($5), ciabatta ($7), and cinnamon-raisin bread ($7.50). The experts behind the counter match dinners with a slice of cake, such as coconut ($5.25), lemon poppyseed ($6), or red velvet ($5.25). Guests can also complete the transition from an innie to an outie with belly-button-bursting fresh muffins, crumb cakes, and cinnamon buns ($3.25–$4.50), which pair well with homemade ginger iced tea, pomegranate iced tea, and watermelon lemonade.
The confectionery alchemists residing in Three Dogs’ kitchen wield gluten-free recipes to conjure up delicious cookies, a bevy of baked goods, and cakes for all occasions. Diligent ovens spend mornings incubating muffins ($1.50 each) and scones ($3 each), warming up for such larger midday deliveries as loaves of bread ($8) or scale gingerbread models of Fallingwater. Cupcakes ($1.50–$2) parade in seasonably fashionable coats of icing behind glass displays surrounded by adoring throngs of freshly baked cookies ($0.75–$1.50). Assuage multi-layered cravings with 8"x8" pans of bar cookies ($12), which double as boards for impromptu chess games between rival pâtissiers.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts. Choose your favorite ice cream from dozens of silky flavors, such as cake batter and mint. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary by season and location. The store also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $1.99 and $5.99, depending on size.