Inside butter-yellow walls and an array of eclectic contemporary art, Octane Coffee & Cocktails sates meal-seekers and laid-back loungers with light dishes and coffee-laden drinks from its full bar. Espresso enthusiasts can warm stomachs and enliven casual conversations about the state of their periodic-table-of-elements-inspired rock band with a decadent caramelissimo ($3.15–$4.15) or another balmy beverage from the extensive coffee menu. Entire edible excursions from Octane’s lunch and dinner menu can begin with a warm helping of mushroom brie bisque ($3–$4.50), satisfying on its own or with any of a number of fresh sandwiches ($6–$7.50). Gourmet specialties abound, as piquant peppered bacon surrounds sweet scallops alongside sautéed fennel spinach ($14), and peach coulis and southwestern corn merge with the pecan-encrusted chicken ($9). Weekends at Octane hold a special thrill, from the Friday and Saturday evening appetizer menu to a Sunday brunch that’s soundtracked with live music.
Even if you think you know what you want going into Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, you might find yourself lingering over the store's other selections. Everywhere you look, round dispensers teem with Jelly Belly jellybeans, gummy candies, and M&M's. Tubs of Tootsie Rolls, and Pixy Stix fill the floors, and fresh-made fudge and gourmet caramel apples line display cases. There?s also old fashioned and one-of-a-kind sodas to quench thirsts, toy bubblegum machines to fill goody bags, and PEZ dispensers to teach children about intellectual-property licensing. All of these items, along with a selection of Hello Kitty, TY, and Ganz toys, make excellent holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or snacks for shopping marathons.
In keeping with the rest of the Plum Restaurants family, Plum Burgers food truck has no meat products on board. Its burgers are entirely beef-free, organic, and vegan?but within these restrictions, the cooks have gotten more than a little creative. The Jerk + Yam burger piles yam and Jamaican-spiced grilled tofu with caramelized onions, whereas the 8-ounce Mediterranean burger layers mint-kissed seitan with pickled figs. Other patties incorporate lentils, portobello mushrooms, and panko-crusted tempeh as meat substitutes.
Also on the menu are a variety of sandwiches and sides, including the popular Mac & Yease, which is a vegan version of mac and cheese that can also go gluten-free upon request. Milkshakes made with vanilla coconut ice cream conclude meals with cool, sweet sips. To track the truck's location, customers can refer to its homepage. It even takes pickup orders via phone call, text, or really loud yelling from across town.
Formosa Chinese Cuisine's colorful dishes enliven tables with plates of meat, noodles, and fried-rice dishes, as well as contemporary takes on classic Chinese flavor profiles. The menu lists time-honored dishes such as mongolian chicken ($8.25) and beef lo mein ($7.50) among a cavalcade of entrees that can be written down and given to Santa as next year’s holiday wish list. Seafood entrees, such as a peppery shrimp with ginger scallions ($9.50), ship ocean-fresh cargoes of shellfish to awaiting taste buds, whereas veggie-flecked dishes such as the Triple Green ($7.25) liven sides of fried or steamed rice with verdant landscapes of broccoli, snow peas, and string beans. Like a Yanni album, the chef's specials section offers contemporary original recipes that blend complex flavors, textures, and tastes, as exemplified in dishes such as the nutty sesame shrimp ($10.95).
The husband-and-wife team at Sister's Sweet Creations collaborates with fresh ingredients to hand-make cakes, pies, and confectionary specialties in dozens of gourmet flavors. The shop’s cake pops make mobile cake consumption a manageable undertaking, as each bouquet of frosted orbs arrives gift-wrapped and placed into a bag or box for easy carrying or pulling from a top hat. In addition to cookies and brownies, the team crafts gourmet cupcakes that display rotating flavor possibilities such as chocolate mint truffle or hot fudge sundae. Tiered and sheet cakes let hosts customize desserts to match any situation, from a five-level wedding cake to a full-sheet cake that conveys messages such as "Happy birthday" or "Sorry for trying to cut your other birthday cake with a blow-torch." To craft similarly imaginative baked gifts and edible works of art at home, patrons may inquire about upcoming classes.