It started as a simple idea shared by two moms. Karen Bain and Lisa Kudrika wanted to make their favorite dessert, shave ice, “hip and trendy,” according to 805 Living magazine. So when they opened Shave It—which recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Tarzana location—they made sure to express their sense of style with chic interior design inspired by water, ice, and snow. Inside the shop, blue plexiglass hangs like icicles over steel tables and chairs. Flat-screen TVs broadcast shots of surfers and snowboarders, and a colorful floor changes design with every step.
Each cup of fluffy shave ice comes drenched with fruity “flavas” flown in from Hawaii, such as mango, guava, or green tea, or a combination, such as root beer ice over vanilla ice cream. Beyond the storefront, Shave It also purveys the frozen concoctions on the go, thanks to a mobile truck that is often spotted at beaches and parks, unless its cloaking device is turned on. They also donate a percentage of their sales to their foster-child foundation, Foster a Miracle.
Eating frozen yogurt on a sunny day is one of life’s simple pleasures, and at Planet Yogurt, patrons can indulge outside even during the winter because the shop provides fleece blankets for snuggling on the patio. This thoughtfulness extends to the frozen yogurt itself, as the shop aims to accommodate a range of dietary restrictions with kosher-certified yogurt as well as gluten-free, nondairy, and nonfat options. Visitors can enhance Dannon yogurt flavors—such as orchard cherry, white-chocolate macadamia, and red velvet cake—with more than 60 toppings, skillfully assembling their desserts while watching the shop’s five high-definition TVs or studying the backs of their eyelids.
Nicknamed Kokolita at a young age after the popular round, pink cookie, Martha Aguilera combines her talent for baking and love of nostalgia at her bakery of the same name. Recipes bear the names of ’50s and ’60s icons, such as the Holly Golightly cupcake, with pink-champagne cake and fresh strawberry filling inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s character, and the Bob Hope–inspired Ski Nose cupcake, with fresh lemon-curd filling and wisecracking seared-merengue frosting. Martha also draws on her own Chilean background with savory fare such as empanadas, churrasco sandwiches, and traditional brazo de reina cakes. During regular cake- and cupcake-decorating classes for kids, she passes on her skills to younger generations during leisurely paced 45-minute sessions in which kids top cupcakes with colorful frostings, candies, and their best guesses of what Marlon Brando looks like.Kokolita Cakes & More also gives back to local nonprofit organizations with fundraisers and donates to larger causes including cancer research and animal welfare, always taking suggestions for charitable projects from customers and the community.
Our bakery was created to bring the community of Santa Clarita together through the simple pleasure of cupcakes! They provide the nostalgia of younger years with the sophisticated flavors we've grown to love as adults! Come visit our clean little shop for a special treat!
The bakers of this modern cake shop—named 1 of Martha Stewart's 10 favorite cupcake bakeries—decorate elaborate cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops with bright icing. In their open-air kitchen, they weave together quality ingredients, such as Callebaut chocolates, Valrhona cocoa, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and sugar imported from Gum Drop Mountain. They schedule a set number of flavors for each day, juxtaposing classic flavors with eclectic concoctions, such as french toast, peach cobbler, and Martha Stewart's favorite, cherry pie.
After baking tasty canvases, bakers decorate the cakes with swirls of delicious buttercream or cream-cheese frosting. They can also transform pastry and frosting into custom designs, such as a turntable, piles of books, or a Barbie doll to celebrate a special occasion or conceal sweets from greedy party guests. The rich, smooth icing is so photogenic that no wedding cake ever needs to wear fondant cover-up.
Family owned and operated, Ninong's Pastries and Cafe serves up an intriguing assortment of bakery items, barista beverages, and specialty main dishes distinctly infused with Filipino heritage. Wrap your mouth around a handmade, family-recipe-stuffed empanada ($1.45 each) with your choice of chicken, beef, pork asado, corned beef, longanisa (sweet Filipino sausage), or spinach filling, or order an entire platter to experience lots of time-honored tastes in a single sitting ($8.70 for a half-dozen). Savory morning mouthfuls perk pepless patrons with dishes including Filipino corned beef and eggs ($5.50) and the classic ham-, pepper-, and onion-laden Denver omelet ($6.25), while the cafe's collection of muffins ($1.50), brownies ($1), fruit tarts ($3), cakes ($2.50 a slice), and more prepares customers for sweet dreams regardless of the time of day. For a satisfying lunch, pair the tang of pickled vegetables atop a tocino baguette sandwich (chicken or pork, $5.95) with some slurps of a sweet fruit smoothie ($3.25, add bobas for $0.80), or rinse down all of your rations with a cup of traditional-Filipino barako coffee ($1.75) for the energy to swim across a map of the Pacific with one eye behind your back.