The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($3.75 for 16-oz., $4.25 for 24-oz., $5.25 for 32-oz.). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an ultimate açaí berry bowl, or Eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice or shot of wheatgrass.
Begin the day or the midday with a simple cup of coffee or one of the numerous specialty drinks populating the menu. Sip a white-chocolate mocha; an almond ecstasy, topped with shaved almonds; or a depoccino, crafted from espresso and ice cream (hot coffees start at $3.90, add $0.25 to get it cold). Supplement a liquid pick-me-up with some flying cookie saucers ($1.25) or slices of cheesecake ($4). Heartier bites are available, including sandwiches such as the turkey croissant or the veggie delight, piled like an overturned farmers’-market stand with non-animal deliciousness (all sandwiches $5.20–$6.95). The lengthy menu also houses a range of breakfast sandwiches, sweet and savory crêpes, and a handful of salads.
A warm sense of community mingles with the aromas of fresh-brewed coffees and lattes at Daily Brew Coffee House, all percolated by an amenable crew of baristas who dole out fresh pastries, wholesome sandwiches, and hearty wraps. The café's grinders overflow with beans from Wild Goose Coffee Co., a local, small-batch roaster that supports direct-trade relationships with their farmers. Within the golden-hued walls, the air buzzes with free WiFi and local talent, showcased during Wednesday open-mic nights and other events as well as in a burgeoning gallery of local artists' works. A Brew it Forward program encourages patrons to send spontaneous bubbles of joy into the day of a stranger or friend by anonymously purchasing them a drink or building them a new car out of coffee stirrers.
Cobblestone Bakery & Deli serves up delicious pies and pastries to local lovers of baked goods and sweets. Their ovens churn out fresh trays of cinnamon rolls ($2), sheets of croissants ($1.50–$2.50), and pans of pies ($9.99–$14.99) daily. Pick from a variety of fruit-filled dough-disks, including traditional favorites such as apple, blueberry, pumpkin, and cherry, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and anti-matter cream. Cobblestone Bakery & Deli's expert culinary craftsmen also make a selection of cakes, including cheesecake, lemon cake, and custom creations (call ahead for cake and pie orders) ($12.99+).
Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights' freshly made delectable desserts have garnered this ice creamery several accolades: MyFOXla voted Frostbites the best ice-cream parlor, while The Tonight Show granted it a custom-made jingle. Loosen up with the 16 flavors of sorbet chill (starting at $2.59), made with authentic italian ice, or dive taste buds into creamy chocolate frozen custard (starting at $2.79), made from natural ingredients such as egg yolk. Commitment-phobic customers can combine the two with the sorbet cream (starting at $2.89), where fruity flavors such as watermelon, coconut, and orange merge with rich vanilla custard. Those in the mood for pancake-esque desserts can fill up with a sweet crêpe ($3.29) hot off the griddle and topped with a choice of sauces (each $.69) and accoutrements (each $.89). Buck traditional notions of French cuisine with a sandwich crêpe (starting at $3.99), stuffed with a choice of meat, cheese, condiments, and fresh vegetables.
Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
Arco Nut & Candy acquires its inventory of nuts and fruit from respected local growers known for harvesting plump cashews and savory California dates. Since the company began in 1933, it continues to form lasting alliances with some of the area's most respected farmers and suppliers, garnering it the fresh supply for which it's known. In-store shoppers espy the wall-to-wall nuts, dried and glazed fruits, and a kaleidoscopic selection of candies and confections that come in prepackaged containers or by-the-pound bulk sizes. Snackers who can't make it to Arco's retail location can log onto the shop's online store and customize a gift basket for a novel way of sending regards to a loved one or finally proving to friends that you can survive in the wild with just a knife and a bag of nuts.