Variety may be the spice of life, but at Buttercream it's also the sweetness. Each day, co-owners Jeanette Dennis Eddery and Kathi Catania Jackson whip up a special cupcake flavor to go along with their regular offerings. Though each day's specialty varies by month—bringing with it everything from coconut lime to cherry almond—the staples are enough to entice any sweet tooth through the door. Chocolate mint's richness offsets the light, more delicate flavor of lemon mousse, which in turn bows to the signature neapolitan, a cake marbled with vanilla and Valrhona chocolate and topped with strawberry buttercream frosting. And even when they're not making cupcakes or signing autographs with icing, these confectioners are busy making other unexpected sweets: cannolis, cheesecake, brownies, cookies, and other desserts.
At Cafe Lily, the vibrant, house-made fare mirrors the pastel storefronts of the Old Poway Village outside. The eatery was described by the Pomerado News as "an energetic hub brewing social interaction and creativity, as envisioned by owner Sean Sassani." A blend of Sean's artistic inclinations and his mother, Lily's, culinary talents, the café doles out steaming cups of Divine Madman coffee, a flavorful, organic java that's roasted in 1-pound batches via eco-friendly and socially responsible techniques. Loose-leaf black, green, chai, and herbal teas hail from global gardens, but breakfast and lunch menus claim roots in Lily's own kitchen. Cold sandwiches and colorful paninis, some stuffed with Boar's Head meats⎯like a deli owner's bed pillow⎯serve as savory precursors to pastries and cakes baked onsite.
Patrons can entertain themselves around a fragmented puzzle, or absorb euphonic sounds during open-mic sessions and sets by live musicians. Creativity continues to run abound in the form of colorful artwork by local artists. Coral walls and a fireplace add to the coffee shop's warm ambiance, which extends to an outdoor deck and induces a sneaking suspicion that you might secretly be on fire.
DIY Yogurt's selection of 10 flavors—including nondairy and sugar-free options—is dwarfed by the selection of toppings and sauces. M&Ms, cookie dough, peanut-butter cups, and honey-almond granola are just a few of the 50-plus toppings available at any given time. Complementing the frozen yogurt and its candy-clad surface, more than a dozen sauces, including chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, mango, and marshmallow, serve as toppers.
Someone stepping into a store dedicated to baklava might expect to be greeted by a display case packed with pastries. At Baklava King, this isn’t the case: not a single piece of baklava awaits potential customers. Unless, that is, they’ve placed an order, in which case Cevdet Ugur and his wife Sarka are most likely pulling it from the oven and garnishing it with chocolate sauce, chopped pistachios, or some other finishing touch before boxing it up and bestowing it on the customer at its peak of freshness. This utmost respect for fresh baklava is the crux of the Ugurs’ baking philosophy, which also calls for traditional Turkish recipes, domestic ingredients, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in the syrup that they drizzle over the tissue-thin layers of phyllo dough and customers who ask nicely.