American Pressed Bakery’s crew of cookie crafters usher packaged pairs of their signature strooples into the pleading palms and ajar jaws of salivating patrons. Birthed from baker’s scraps in Holland during the 18th century, traditional Dutch stroopwafels wed a pair of crispy, thin waffle cookies with a gooey caramel center. The traveled staff at American Pressed Bakery infuse these tempting treats with worldly flavors and flair, dubbing its reincarnation the stroople. In addition to the original flavor, the bakery concocts a Brazilian coconut stroople, an American chocolate-chip stroople, and an English toffee stroople that is quick to admonish breaches in tea etiquette.
Pastry traditionalists may question the cannoli nacho. But consider this: the triangular pastry shells can be dunked into an edible chocolate bowl of sweet-cream filling, forever circumventing the soggy fate that so often befalls cannoli shells. This deconstructed cannoli is just one of DiMare Pastry Shop’s many inventive spins on traditional Italian desserts.
Founded in 1976 by Italian-born Ugo DiMare, the pastry shop is now helmed by his two daughters, who have updated the menu with award-winning European and American creations. In addition to scratch-made pastries, the confectioners frost nearly 30 kinds of cakes, ideal for special events such as weddings, company picnics, and Take Your Cake to Work Day.
Sisters Helen Danial and Diana Gould believe that the right treat can brighten someone's day. As the founders and chocolatiers of Chocolate Rain Shop, the pair is in the professional day-brightening business. The sisters whip all-natural chocolate, carefully selected fruit, and creamy caramel into decadent desserts and everyday indulgences. Confections can be customized for weddings and other special events, and seasonal offerings celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate hearts, St. Patrick's Day with green shamrocks, and Opposite Day with plain brussels sprouts. Danial and Gould aim to spread the sweetness to the community as well and have designed dog- and cat-shaped chocolate pieces to raise funds for PAWS, an animal charity.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
The staff members at Maggie May's dish out large sweet and savory crêpes along with a variety of frozen yogurt. Crêpes come with apples, honey, strawberries, Nutella, and more, or guests can choose a savory filling such as eggs. With more than 60 different froyo toppings available and the choice between fresh-fruit, power protein, or vegetable blended smoothies, customers can customize their dessert however they choose. An all-natural juice bar is also available.