Cedar View Winery has spent the last decade perfecting their craft to produce distinctive wines with an emphasis on rare and eclectic varietals. The tour peels back the curtain to offer curious quaffers an inside look at the art and science of viniculture, narrating the epic journey of their flagship Alicante Bouschet grape from its infancy on the vine through the high hopes of graduation day, and onto the physical and spiritual crush of the fermentation process. At the end of the tour, older and wiser connoisseurs file into Cedar View’s elegantly appointed tasting room to test their freshly honed sommelier skills on six separate wines, as well as nibble on smoked-salmon finger sandwiches, balsamic-dressed grilled sausage, and other gourmet appetizers.
Hungry Bear Cookies pays homage to company founder Deryl Bear, as well as his bear-sized appetite for fresh-from-the-oven gourmet treats. The preservative-free cookies are available in flavors ranging from chocolate chip to Sugar Dreams, as well as in cake-sized formations perfect for birthdays or rescuing someone from a giant glass of milk. Beyond saving countless tummies from a day without dessert, Hungry Bear has also proudly donated portions of its profits to charitable organizations such as the Children's Hospital of Central California.
Don't you dare mistake Leilani Shave Ice's frozen creations for snow cones. They're far more unique than that. Unlike snow cones, authentic Hawaiian shave?that's shave, not shaved?ice starts with a base of vanilla, macadamia, chocolate, mint chip, or strawberry ice cream. Upon that creamy foundation, staff pile ice that has been shaved down to a super-fine powder and sweeten it with a variety of tropical syrups in flavors such as blue raspberry, red watermelon, and orange dreamsicle. Even then, the delicious flavor layering isn't finished. Staff still need to add a final flourish in the form of toppings like condensed milk, chocolate or caramel syrup, or mini marshmallows.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
Void of artificial colors, preservatives, and glutens, Cefiore's swirlable snack is packed with body-benefitting goodness in the form of live and active cultures. Its frozen menu includes simple and elaborate bites; original cups start at $2.50 for a kids size and end at $5.75 for the family size. The feature flavors rotate often, but currently include original tart, acaiberry, green tea, and raspberry pomegranate, and prices run $3 to $6.25. Toppings are extra ($.95 for one, $1.45 for three) and run the gamut from fresh-grown berries and fruit to gingerbread-house mainstays such as gummy bears and chocolate chips. The epicurious will want to taste test the crepes, which crest a fluffy French pastry with yogurt and choice of toppings ($6.95 for three toppings).
Combining a longtime interest in baseball with a love for cooking, Doug-Out Cookies founder Doug Low pitches customers a tasty selection of cookies and other sweet treats. “The Roster” features a variety of cookie flavors for clients to delightfully mix, match, and multiply into a double-dozen package that strikes out sweet-tooth sluggers faster than cake-battered curve balls. Cookie connoisseurs can step up to a plate of Super Star Triple Chocolates, peanut butters, oatmeal raisins, or "MVP" Milk Chocolate Chips (with or without the nuts). If that’s not enough to meet the dessert needs of cookie cravers, clients can stock their basement cookie-jar collection with amaretto chips, strawberry shortcakes, jalapeno sugar cookies, or Cambria Health Bars made with whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, oatmeal, walnuts, pecans, and coconut.