Beyond Chocolate's confectionary wizards, led by experienced chocolatier Kelly Commisso, silence chattering sweet teeth with handmade cake pops. Clothed in top-notch Belgian chocolate and garnishes of swirls or sprinkles, the toothsome spheres contain luscious centers of white, yellow, or chocolate cake. Meanwhile, resident chocolatiers manipulate gourmet chocolate to create 10 varieties of truffles, as well as turtles, almond bark, and drizzled strawberries, which helps customers to fulfill the food pyramid’s recommended 16 servings of chocolate per day. As passionate about making confections as they are about sharing their techniques, the skilled staff teaches classes on the art of crafting cake pops and creating molds, sending students home with their own delectable, handmade desserts.
At W.D.'s Gumbo Café, wax paper lines red baskets that bear gifts of Cajun chicken sandwiches and sweetwater cornbread, while open-mic crooners serenade parties as they enjoy Southern fare. The tempting menu is a showcase of colorful New Orleans culture, with feasts of chicken and sausage gumbo in a savory brown roux, complimented by more squares of sweetwater cornbread. While health-conscious diners opt for a selection of raw juices or healthy smoothies.
Just a free weight’s throw away from Lifestyle Fitness Gold, health enthusiasts and exercisers fortify their physiques at Lifestyle Café Juice Bar, where staffers juice fresh fruits, veggies, flax seed, and wheatgrass. Meanwhile, organic juices and fruits compose blended smoothies for light meals and refreshing treats.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
Courthouse Cafe & Grill sits right across the street from the place that inspired its name, and a half-a-world away from the place that inspired its cuisine. Just a few steps from the Macomb County Circuit Court, the family-owned restaurant brings traditional Lebanese dishes to the Mount Clemens community and to judges tired of chewing on the same old gavel. An expert chef with decades of experience creates the eatery's colorful spread, which sizzles with fresh-from-the-grill shish kabobs and lamb chops. Signature entrees showcase Mediterranean heritage, including hand-rolled grape leaves stuffed with lamb, rice, and herbs.
As an art gallery, concert venue, and meeting place, The Kewl Beans Cafe provides locals with a place for creativity and conversation over cups of hot coffee. Baristas grind up organic, fair-trade beans daily, transforming the bitter confetti into traditional beverages and uncommon drinks such as frozen mocha madness. Fresh slices of bread from Knickerbocker Baking Co bookend meats and cheeses for made-to-order sandwiches, and Hershey’s premium ice cream piles into sundaes and shakes. During weekend concerts, live musicians play acoustic guitar or accordion as patrons snuggle into comfy chairs and auto-tune performances on free WiFi.