Café Connection's baristas demonstrate passion and aptitude for brewing Colombian coffee and supplying patrons with sweet baked treats. Java specialists concoct creamy iced lattes ($1.80/small, $2.20/large) and rich black coffee ($1.40/small, $1.80/large) using imported Colombian beans grown at an ideal altitude and hand-harvested before being roasted by fire or a panel of quick-witted comedians. The Just for Kids menu includes miniature strawberry, chocolate, and mango smoothies ($2.25 each) as well as chocolate milk ($1.15). Among baked goods, bagels ($1.20/each) and donuts ($0.80/each) reward bellies for learning to growl the alphabet.
Lead by Chuck and Heidi Weck, the chocolate artists at Theobroma Chocolatier craft creamy chocolate pieces by hand for holidays such as Easter and Valentine's Day, as well as the everyday. Besides truffles, chocolate-dipped Oreos, and chocolate macadamia nut patties, they mold all kinds of chocolate into shapes such as footballs and sports cars for customized gifts. They also make personalized corporate gift baskets replete with chocolate business cards and earplugs for long board meetings.
The Candy Basket comes stocked with retro candies and old-fashioned treats that sweetly brim from the mouths of numerous wooden barrels. Customers can finally quiet a cacophonous mouth full of squealing sweet teeth by choosing from a wide variety of sugary products, such as Razzles, Bit-O-Honey, Pop Rocks, and more. Ice-cream cones are just $0.99 a pop within this candy cabin, and tongues will break out with anticipatory beads of saliva at the sight of wax lips ($1.50), big cherry bars ($1.50), and giant jawbreakers ($5). Enhance your masticator’s muscular tone by chewing on more than 40 flavors of deliciously soft saltwater taffy ($4 per pound). From strawberry-banana and lemon meringue to watermelon, raspberry, and vanilla, this softly stretched delicacy will easily distract mouths from the grim reality that every bite taken leads to no more taffy.
Loose-leaf tea prices vary by the style, grade, type, and how many stouthearted strongmen died to bring it to your mug, but some 12 oz. selections start at $2.99, including Rooiboses and herbal tisanes. Some of the currently featured teas include Cherry Star, pomegranate bai mu dan, and the "anchor's away" blend of black tea and caramel bits, a brew known to induce in its drinkers spontaneous bursts of maritime shanties. The perky staff can also whip up a 16 oz. tea smoothie, boba tea, or matcha latte (all $3.99).
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The chefs at Asian Cafe fill up plates with Asian specialties. They stuff tender dumplings with pan-fried chicken and cabbage for their pot-sticker appetizers and stir fry flank steak with yellow onions and scallions in a savory sauce for mongolian beef entrees.