Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.39) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—a chocolate and Swiss chocolate blend, brimming with pieces of chocolate ganache cake and chocolate chunks. The ice alchemists at Baskin-Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($3.99–$5.99).
The sprawling 8-acre family-friendly amusement park dubbed Funworks initially began as a miniature-golf course, Putt-Putt Golf, before expanding to include a coin-operated-game room in 1989, which first bore the Funworks moniker. Today, its current incarnation helmed by Freddy Foreman, the facility's foreman of fun, showcases multiple family-friendly attractions at two locations. The grounds house remote-controlled racing tracks, batting cages, and an expansive mini-golf course that weaves across 54 holes. Additionally, patrons will discover other curios of entertainment such as a teddy-bear factory where children can customize stuffed animals to fulfill carpool-lane requirements.
The aroma of chicken cooking fills The Chicken Barn, where patrons can opt to have their poultry à la carte or generously surrounded by biscuits and sides such as corn or mashed potatoes. Chicken resurfaces throughout the menu fried or as friendly nuggets, and garden salads add gastronomic diversity. Diners can then tackle desserts such as cheesecake or brownies, which end meals more easily than writing out closing credits on napkins.
Loard’s Ice Cream beguiles ice cream connoisseurs with more than 40 flavors of cold culinary comfort. Experience the tastes of fall without sautéing leaf piles by slurping up regular-sized scoops of pumpkin or maple-walnut ice cream crafted with cream from local suppliers ($2.50 each). Popular concoctions such as cookie-dough, bubble-gum, and ube-taro-root ice cream color tongues’ opinions on nothing-but-dessert diets, swaying them to beg for milkshakes for breakfast ($3.85), double scoops for lunch ($3.85), and kids’-sized scoops for post-cardio workouts ($1.90). The punch cards unlock further treasures of Loard’s loaded menu, including ice-cream-free italian sodas, shaved ices, and freshly made cookies.
Though Bocelli's Ristorante's stone ovens and gleaming stovetops are only a few years old, they churn out ancient Italian recipes perfected over generations. Baked thin-crust pizzas sport medleys of tiger shrimp, goat cheese, and pesto sauce, and fresh seaside Mediterranean flavors echo in the seafood-stuffed ravioli. Massive murals of that sunny shore cover the walls, depicting vine-entrenched villas sitting on the edge of an aquamarine sea. Live musical performances and events, such as Winemakers dinners celebrating Napa Valley vintages, provide entertainment for the mind as well as the palate, without the need to lick every page of a calculus textbook.
At YogoMania, you can skip the middleman and head straight toward self-serve stations to load up on refreshing frozen yogurt. Its Stolting machines swirl 12 featured flavors into cups, cones, and waffle bowls. Flavors change frequently, but on a typical day you can mix up classic flavors such as vanilla bean with exotic café-inspired treats such as cocoa'ccino and milk-chocolate mocha. Or instead, they offer smoothies in flavors such as strawberry and orange-tangerine, which draw their sweetness from real fruit. The smoothies also are free of dairy products, lactose, and gluten. To add an energizing crunch to your treats, add toppings such as graham crackers, Kit-Kats, or toasted almonds, or feel free to bring ice cubes from home.