When Danna and Adam Caldwell went to a frozen-yogurt shop on their first date, they didn't realize how much it would change their lives. Not only did they each end up finding the person with whom they'd spend the rest of their lives, but also they found what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives together. Eventually, they opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, which now has outposts across the nation. Like the Bill of Rights, the business is represented by a series of mascots––led by Menchie himself––to create a fun family experience.
No matter where the store is, however, the staff members start the process with a signature ingredient: protein-rich California dairy milk. They use this as the base for their probiotic-filled yogurt, and add only all-natural ingredients to create their roster of flavors. These satisfy a variety of dietary restrictions, resulting in flavors such as no-sugar-added coffee and low-carb candy cane. At the toppings bar, guests customize their chosen flavors with a sprinkling of candy, fresh fruit, syrups, and marshmallow cream.
Gallery of Cakes’ master of cakes, Yonnie, uses his experience as an ex-pizza chef and the owner and head instructor of Yonnie’s Cake Art School to craft delicious and creative baked treats. All treats are non-dairy and under the supervision of Kosher Miami, ranging from cupcakes and buttercream cakes to sheet cakes and fondant cakes for all occasions. As an outlet for his artistic spirit, Yonnie also specializes in custom cake decoration, yielding inspired cake designs such as cakes in the shape of the Torah, a sheriff’s hat, or a 3D rendition of a princess’ castle.
Though you may not garner it from the name, the menu at Bagelworks goes far beyond their eponymous doughy diameter. Onion and honey whole-wheat bagels, made onsite, hold up on their own with a schmear of cream cheese but work just as well bolstering deli fare such as house salads, eggy breakfast dishes, and fish platters. Other items on the expansive menu include grilled cheese, pastrami paninis, and pancakes.
Eggnog tends to be a holiday treat, but not at Suretto Gelato. Its zabaione, an eggnog-flavored blend of eggs and sweet wine, is one of more than 40 housemade flavors served year-round. Besides classics like coffee and chocolate, Suretto Gelato's varieties include figs mixed with cheesecake gelato and blue sky, a cotton candy–flavored treat popular with youngsters. For a fruitier snack, visitors can opt for lemon, mango, passionfruit, and other sorbets.
It was blazing hot in Brooklyn during the summer of 1959. So when the spray of fire hydrants wasn't chilly enough to keep kids cool, Uncle Louie decided to whip up some Italian ices for the neighborhood. This became a tradition on the block, and then the neighborhood, and eventually, grew into a fully-fledged business: Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream. Though there are now outposts of this Brooklyn institution all across the U.S., staff still whip up Italian ices using Uncle Louie's old-fashioned recipes. Enjoy scoops full of Italian ice in a range of sweet flavors, from root beer to lemon to decadent peanut butter chocolate cup. They also use Uncle Louie's recipes to create ice cream flavors such as pistachio, butter pecan, and apple pie a la mode?the latter of which combines rich vanilla ice cream with actual chunks of the dessert to create a flavor as all-American as a photo of Henry Fonda wearing a hotdog costume.
At Rice Paradise, the gluten- and preservative-free signature rice cakes are culled from a European recipe and are all homemade. The culinary crew tops each batch with fresh fruit or nuts, and sticky-sweet sauce, such as chocolate or strawberry. They also craft rice pudding from scratch in flavors such as tiramisu and chocolate chip cookie dough. To give guests a true break from their daily grind, the eatery's walls are splashed with ocean blue and lined with seashells and starfish, and the countertops are fronted with bamboo and topped with tropical plants.