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Whenever she reminisces about childhood days spent baking with her Nonna, baker Emily—dubbed "Emi" by her grandmother—can still smell the aromas of baking dough and powdered sugar wafting from the kitchen. Though back then her idea of helping was to steal tiny bits of dough, Emi is now the keeper of those trusted family recipes and hopes to share those same Sicilian sweets with other families. She still relies on her grandmother’s guidance as she bakes each batch of biscotti, wedding cookies, chocolate balls, and amaretti, and she calls to mind the huge Italian parties and weddings where she enjoyed them as a young girl. Besides cookies, she also prepares traditional Italian tiramisu that can feed up to 16 people, making it the perfect size for a birthday party, Sunday dinner, or troupe of two-headed square dancers.

157 Grand Ave, #105
Pacific Grove,
California
US

If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice’s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn’t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it’s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.

Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there’s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there’s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice—all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.

In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit—which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.

398 Alvarado St
Monterey,
CA
US

For pastry chef Pascal Merle and baker Jean-Bernard Vial, Lafayette Bakery & Café is a dream 35 years in the making. The pair were both born and raised in France, where they both mastered France's signature art: baking. The duo now showcase their rustic, crusty breads, fruit-started sourdough, and delicate pastries inside their shop. Every morning, they create artful tartelette pommes, meringues, baguettes, and croissants. Though the pastries stand alone as sweet snacks, the chefs also use the breads to make their signature baguette and croissant sandwiches. They pair all of these treats with gourmet coffees, espressos, and cappuccinos, as well as juices and tea.

3659 The Barnyard Suite E22
Carmel,
CA
US

In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in more than one-dozen states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where everyday lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.

102 The Crossroads
Carmel,
CA
US