Behind Bluekiwi's sunny blue door, servers sprinkle dollops of nonfat frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and candy toppings. The owner draws from a degree in hospitality with an emphasis on nutrition to craft wholesome icy treats and answer customer questions and concerns, while counseling them against common nutritional errors such as trying to eat plastic fruit. The rotating selection of fresh yogurt flavors, such as classic California tart, cupcake, and cherry amaretto, teem with calcium, potassium, and live active cultures. Containers of freshly hewed fruit line countertops alongside dry cereal and candy toppings, while a stock of miniature cupcakes can deluge taste buds with mouthfuls of peanut-butter cup, cinnamon, and red-velvet flavors. Blue tabletops and Frank Gehry–style stools allow customers to linger over treats and chitchat, while whiteboard walls allow them to draw out detailed map reminders of where they parked their cars.
Borally’s provides a plentiful carryout menu of authentic Italian cuisine, captivating taste buds with hearty dishes designed to feed groups and families with ease. Sauce-loving snackers can opt for a full red sheet pizza, drizzled with house-made ripe tomato sauce ($17) and topped with sausage or pepperoni for an additional $3, while cautious bulls may opt to eschew scarlet bites in favor of a full white sheet pizza, rich with cheesy goodness ($16). Other appetizing entrees include meatballs in sauce ($2 per person) and succulent beef tenderloin to satisfy protein cravings (market price; serves 12). Those whose chompers hanker for saccharine sustenance may sink their sugar-craving teeth into a portion of their 100-piece pastry tray bedecked with glorious gobs of sweet treats ($65). For last minute soirees and get-togethers, Borally’s provides party packages packing items such as tossed salad, rigatoni, roast chicken, or chicken piccata, and a sheet pizza of choice into a plentiful picnic ($8 per person; $80 for 10 people). Each package, like conga lines and overachieving tandem bicycles, is intended for 10 guests or more,
Elegant Ice Creations’s certified master carver Aaron Costic, the National Ice Carving Association's 2011 tour champion, employs 22 years of experience as he chisels custom ice sculptures and luges for a variety of occasions. Sculptures are carved from 300-pound blocks ($200–$275) into seasonal shapes, wedding designs, or company logos as well as custom drink-holding luges perfect for distributing ice-cold beverages at rowdy parties. Sculptures can be illuminated with the customer's choice of white, blue, green, red, violet, or color-changing LED lights. Talented teams of frost technicians deliver and set up icy artworks with lighting and a drip pan, which collects leftover water so it can be thrown into the air to water thirsty clouds.
Without any formal culinary training, Christina Hoehn started tinkering with cake balls for a baking competition at her workplace. Following her co-worker’s unanimous approval of her german-chocolate, peanut-butter, and red-velvet spheres, Christina decided to take a risk and create Cake Kisses. Working from a pallet of fruity and decadent flavors, her cake balls and cake pops earn rave reviews for their moist center and detailed designs. Christina decorates ornate scenes, such as a phalanx of cake balls in the shape of tiny birds, smiling pandas, or football helmets. Christina also works one-on-one with brides to create special cake-lings for weddings, building tiny treats that can replace the wedding cake or sub-in for ping-pong balls.
Specializing in high-end pastries and flavorful coffee beverages, Truffles Pastry Shop woos hard-to-get mouths, with a large selection of delicious bakery fare that changes from week to week. Snack on Hungarian nut rolls ($2.25), chocolate croissants ($2), or chocolate chunk cookies ($1), thereby adding a few delicious dashes of sweet happiness to your much-neglected food churn. Sink incisors into a tender slice of cake ($4.65), or turn on and tune in to hippie cookies ($2 apiece), fortified with distrust for the Establishment, then wash away the evidence with performance enhancing glugs of a small coffee ($1.60), or a large mocha ($3.95).