The brainchild of sisters-in-law Shelly and Quinn Pennington, Buttercelli Bakeshop pleases sweet teeth and nourishes bodies with the dulcet tastes of oven-fresh, organic baked goods and piping-hot java. By welding together Shelly's mercantile savvy and Quinn's background in biochemistry, the pair devised a bakery built around mouthwatering cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and muffins forged from organic ingredients without the artificial aid of preservatives, additives, or corn syrup. The gleaming glass-flanked counter excites both eyes and palates with plates of cupcakes crowned with dollops of creamy frosting, cakes emblazoned with custom decorations, and dessert bars decked in colorful layers of jam. Coffee and espresso keep sweet notes company among the café's tempting cake displays and dark-hardwood floors. Meanwhile, convenient curbside pickup allows party planners and picnic-table racers alike to fetch desserts while on the go.
Scents of kosher and pareve cookies, breads, and cakes have wafted out of the family-owned Unique kitchen for 20 years. Supervised by the Rabbinical Council of California, Unique ensures that each dish escorted out of the kitchen is kosher, and a separate dairy kitchen keeps milk and cheese away from the pareve products and lactophobics. Although the eatery follows strict dietary guidelines, it shows off a more whimsical side in its cakes shaped like engagement rings, law textbooks, princesses, and perseverance. Sprinkles festoon about 20 cookie species and dough petals hoist up a cluster of sweet blueberries in flower-shaped tarts. Soups, sandwiches, and omelets balance diets with vegetarian-friendly selections enjoyed at home or in the dining area.
Row upon row of baked, fried, and shredded dough line the glass case at Baklava Factory, tantalizing customers with a bounty of honey, walnuts, and custard cream. The factory’s pastry experts concoct more than a dozen kinds of baklava each day alongside other European and Mediterranean sweets, such as fried balls of dough dipped in honey. Customers can sip espresso or cappuccino as they peruse these confections and the bakery’s array of elaborate gift boxes and baskets filled with Belgian chocolates, cookies, and, of course, baklava. Baklava Factory also does corporate gifting and enlivens events with custom cakes embellished with edible butterflies, cartoon characters, and rhinestones capable of fooling amateur jewel thieves.
Kalinka Russian Tea House celebrates the hearty flavors of Russian cuisine with authentic dishes of meaty dumplings, thin blinchiki pancakes, and wholesome soups and stews. Traditional Russian fare combines the earthy vegetables and savory cutlets of Slavic peasant cooking with the gentry's delicate French-influenced salads, desserts, and forks that won't work unless the pinky is pointed skyward. Eurasian feasts flourish when complemented with glassfuls of rye-based kvass imported from Russia, earthy cups of Turkish coffee, or fresh tea steeped in an authentic samovar.
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream is frequently featured on television and in the press. The Daily Find praised the eclectic selection at L.A. Creamery. The Los Angeles Daily News featured the shop as one of its "Small Bites," and L.A. Creamery was seen in the "Dine on a Dime" segment on CBS News. Yelpers give the Canoga Park location an average of four stars.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).