As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Italian ice is refreshing and frozen custard is decadent, but it's the unique combination of the two that continues to bring customers through the doors at Zero Degrees Italian Ice. After staff members serve up scoops of Italian ice infused with fruity flavors such as passionfruit and mango, customers can opt to garnish their orders with swirls of frozen custard. The resulting treat is a blend of flavors; a zesty fruit tang softened by the creaminess of custard. Alongside these desserts, they also make a range of unique drinks. They blend smoothies with slices of avocado for thick, creamy smoothies full of healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and fill rustic mason jars with cold bubble and milk teas that make the ideal beverage to tell teapots you've had it with their offensive whistling.
The owners of Kang Lac Bakery have served their traditional, colorful Vietnamese cuisine for more than 30 years. Their menu balances traditional baked goods with savory staples, such as bao sandwiches, beef and chicken banh mi, and pan-fried bot chien vegetable cakes. Also popular are their signature mi and hu tiu: egg and rice-noodle soups bobbing with morsels of beef satay, wontons, and shrimp. The exotic meals don't stop with the entrees—the drink menu lets adventurous imbibers quench thirsts with salty lemonade and milk-egg sodas, as well as red-bean jelly boba and almond-pudding tea. For a more conventional way to put out spontaneous shoelace combustions, opt for a strawberry smoothie or iced coffee.
Cuisine Type: Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt and Sorbets
Most popular offering: Hawaiian Delight, Peanut Butter Cup
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Number of Tables: 1?5
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We are located in the Cerritos Towne Center food court across from Edwards Cinemas
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Visitors create their own frozen treats at a self-serve bar, choosing from 14 fruit/tart/creme flavors. Customers can finish their treats with a long list of toppings, ranging from fresh fruit/berries to gummy bears, cereal, brownies, and chocolate wafer straws.
What is one of your most popular offerings?
Salted caramel, Hawaiian delight, taro, mango, and peanut butter cup. These have a genuine and rich taste.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have a robust and rewarding loyalty club and you get a 10% discount just for joining. Also, there are random "lucky" rewards only for our loyal customers, including free movie passes.