The skilled baristas at the aromatic Mōka Coffee Bar spend their days within the sunny little cafe, grinding quality beans from JJ Bean and Land of a Thousand Hills. Some blend shots of espresso with steamed milk and sweet syrups to craft their expansive repertoire of specialty coffee drinks, while others whip up smoothies and Italian sodas. Meanwhile, another staffer stacks a display case with freshly baked pies, muffins, and cookies, while another folds chicken, ham, and vegetables into lunch wraps. Meanwhile, diners recline on cushy red couches or perch at playful flower tabletops, using the free Wi-Fi to do homework or to google ways to train their dogs to do their homework.
Since 2008, Trent Loewen has started his day at 3 a.m. The baker starts with the baguettes before moving on to the rest of the breads he and his staff craft for Earth Bound Bakery and Delicatessen. Each loaf is made by hand in-house, rather than in the mouth of a dragon. The bread is composed of local and organic ingredients, much like the rest of the menu, which includes paninis, pastries, and soups. Further shrinking the eatery's carbon footprint, the staff makes sure to reuse and compost what it can and packs all carry-out food in recyclable containers.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Hot Racks Bakery's determined bread-smiths blend fresh ingredients to build an ensemble of breads baked daily and ever-changing savoury sandwiches. Steaming loaves of veggie bread release aromas of broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onion, and cheese ($6.50). Bakers roll out artisan breads such as beet and dill or onion and potato, as well as french bread, naan, and focaccia ($5.50) using new recipes and the concentrated tears of Michelangelo each day. Tongues scale the miniature peaks of hot cinnamon buns slathered with cream-cheese icing or flecked with pecans ($2.75 each) and fruit-filled tarts ($5). Keep baked-in vegetables and fruits from taking root with lattes ($3.50–$4) and other coffee drinks made using Leven's Coffee Company artisan coffee. Satiate stomachs further with a variety of cake shots ($$2.25–$2.75), a deconstructed dessert served in an easily edible 4 oz. cup.
Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a Canadian dairy. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Touting more than 80 flavours of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Today it is one of the world's largest specialty frozen yogurt chains. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits, a sprinkling of nuts, or popping boba balls, mochi, and candies. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.