The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy’s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar’s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
Staffers custom-blend clients’ choices of more than 80 flavors into frozen treats at The Lite Choice, a purveyor of kosher gluten- and corn-syrup-free desserts and drinks. Organic flavors and add-ins such as almond butter, caramel, mango, and Colombian coffee accessorize the outfits of all-natural soft-serve and organic frozen yogurt ($3.75–$7.75) more deliciously than bangles made of horseradish, and staff members can concoct custom shakes from soft-serve or frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and toppings ($4.50–$5.75). Choco-lite dalmatians are served with dark chocolate chips and dollops of organic frozen yogurt or soft serve, or guests can celebrate friends' nephews' teachers' birthdays by indulging in sundaes with hot fudge and nuts ($5).
Karen Doman, the personal chef behind the scenes at Dishin' It, lends her expert hands to clients’ kitchens for a variety of services. As a personal chef, she consults with clients and helps them plan customized menus based on dietary needs and personal preferences. She takes care of all the shopping and cooking, and leaves dishes prepared in clients’ freezers with full instructions for reheating. Karen also plans dinner parties, romantic meals, and private cooking classes, using her knowledge as a French Culinary Institute graduate to teach customers how to prepare mouth-watering dishes such as ratatouille, poached pears in caramel sauce, and halibut with shrimp and scallops served over risotto.
From afar, a Chloe Madison Creations wedding cake may seem traditional. A closer look reveals that their wedding cakes aren’t cakes at all, but layers of cupcakes that fill out a multi-tiered cake stand. The bakery’s staff specializes in inventive cupcake flavors, such as the mousse-filled, marshmallow-topped smore and the raspberry lemonade, a lemon cake iced with raspberry buttercream. They also churn out traditional pecan, pumpkin, apple-crumb and chocolate-cream pies.
In 1983 Nord Brue and Mike Dressell decided that it didn't matter how far Burlington, Vermont was from New York City; no distance was too great to limit their access to New York-style bagels. So they spent 2.5 years apprenticing with a professional bagel baker from the city until they mastered the technique. Once they were comfortable with their skills and had accepted that it doesn't actually hurt the bagel to bite it, they opened their first Bruegger's Bagel, a casual bakery and café. Today, they have more than 300 eateries across the United States and Canada, each hawking freshly baked bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
Listed in Connecticut Magazine’s Best of Connecticut 2010: Food and Drink as one of the best coffee bars, Molten Java Coffee Roasters energizes lethargic locals with arabica beans freshly prepared and purchased from reputable traders. The café's brigade of baristas roast beans on site just days before serving using a signature "calico" roast and comedic insults from B-list celebrities. Like starting a maze from the finish, every bean purchased can be traced back to its plantation, which ensures the beans are grown under the best conditions. Closet caffeine addicts can partake in privacy with take-home, fill-your-own bags of fresh coffee beans ($12 per pound), which are air-roasted and blended with the calico roast. Pair any coffee with a warm burrito such as the breakfast burrito ($4.50) or Mayan burrito, a mélange of black bean, seasoned rice, salsa, and cheddar prisoners caged in a soft tortilla ($4.75+).