Sweet Temptations, a sweet shop and ice-cream haven born on the summer boardwalk in 1985, serves homemade treats year-round. Shoppers can treat mouth caves with a dulcet triad of homemade fudge slabs, choosing from nine flavors including peanut-butter chocolate, vanilla, and maple walnut. Each sugar-laced block weighs in at half a pound, perfect for toning atrophied taste-bud muscles or constructing a 1.5-pound fudge complex.
Pekadill's serves up a carefully constructed menu featuring toppling towers of deli meats and cheeses and steaming saucers of sip-worthy broths. The luncheonette spoons out four to six different soups daily ($2.95/cup; $3.95/bowl), such as cream of potato, tomato basil, chili, Wisconsin cheese, and creamy chicken tortellini. Unlike rebellious planets, Pekadill's array of admixtures is in constant rotation, ensuring that bellies never get bored. Solid-seekers can step up to one of the eatery's 37 sandwiches, such as the Hambirder sandwich on light rye ($4.95–$6.95), budding with branches of lettuce, onion, and tomato and home to a cold-cut combo of ham, turkey, and swiss cheese. Starting April 1, Pekadill's also slings frosty ice-cream treats, including shakes and scoops that can be hand-packed into house-made cones or home-brought fedoras. Waves of free WiFi flood the cheerful, charming parlor, affording patrons the opportunity to dine with friends, even if they live with their parents in a chat room.
At her in-home bakery, Julie Couturier whips up more than 15 flavors of cup-size and miniature treats topped with puffs of flavored frostings. After perusing the menu, sink sweet teeth into two flavors of cupcakes that huddle inside boxes and bear flavors of such recipes as cookies and cream, red velvet, and lemon. More adventurous taste buds seek excitement within nibbles of peanut-butter-and-jelly, root-beer-float, and sea-salt-caramel cupcakes, which meld together salty and sweet like love songs penned by a sailor. Guests may order regular or mini cupcakes in any two flavors of their choice, and a 72-hour notice is required for all orders.
Culling flavors from Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland, Alpenrose Restaurant treats tongues to dishes from a menu bursting with diverse Alpine cuisine. Weiner schnitzel and tuscan lamb rub elbows on the dinner menu, which ensures freshness by leveraging seasonal ingredients and local harvests, including duck from nearby Maple Leaf Farms. A glass or bottle selected from the extensive wine menu can help lubricate talk tubes, and a broad selection of pastries, including nine flavors of cheesecakes and tarts, supplies patrons with extensive options for indulging sweet teeth. The restaurant, which opened in 1991, beckons visitors to enter through a green, wrought-iron gate before traipsing down a birch-tree-lined cobblestone path. Inside, the dining rooms' massive windows, wood-paneled walls, and carved-wood columns evoke a warm, ski-lodge ambiance. The restaurant also boasts an enviable location; it's just minutes from Holland's famous Tulip Time Festival, whose 2013 edition welcomes the springtime sun May 4-11.
White mums, ripe apples, and chocolate-chip muffins are just a few of the goodies Posies & Pastries packs inside its colorful baskets designed to suit any occasion. The floral experts combine fresh-baked eats with fragrant blooms to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or devise season-specific desserts such as autumnal candy-corn cupcakes and Christmas cookies flavored with a pinch of Santa’s after-shave. Each edible, sniffable treat is a product of the staff’s more than two decades of baking and floral-design experience. Beyond their flower and pastry specialties, the crew also provide event-planning services, event photography, and tuxedo rentals.