Until the staff at Water 'n Ice can create a delicious mist, they'll continue to specialize in the water and ice forms of H2O. Transforming water into an impressive array of sweets, they whip up 40 flavors of ice cream and 60 flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice. They also craft treats including smoothies, milk shakes, italian ice, and strawberry pop rocks, which when mixed with soda results in earthquakes. Their BPA-free water bottles and reverse-osmosis-purified water keep clients healthy as they hydrate.
With at least 10 rotating flavors and more than 65 toppings available, Yogurtini lets sweet-seeking savants craft custom, self-serve treats. Culinary concoctions abound with each tasty creation going for $0.39 per ounce. Plop yourself onto one of Yogurtini's mint-green seats, the perfect pedestal for devouring cups of bananalicious, lemon-drop, and peppermint-stick yogurt piled high with fruity pebbles, cappuccino crunch, kiwi, marshmallows, diced walnuts, and more, sating creamy, calcium-based cravings until midnight, Yogurtini also carries at least one sugar-free and soy-based yogurt or sorbet option.
Tropical Smoothie Café whips up freshly blended fruit smoothies and wholesome café fare. Low-fat smoothies such as the Hawaiian Breeze transport landlocked taste buds to an exotic isle surrounded with a zesty blend of pineapple, orange, and nonfat yogurt. Supplement boosts populate supercharged smoothies such as the Lean Machine, which powers bodies with a mix of strawberries, banana, and weight-management and energizer supplements, plus three drams of raw horsepower.
With 30 years of baking experience, Cookies From Home ships tins, trays, baskets, and boxes of freshly baked and creatively packed treats that scrumptiously enhance existence. Master bakers handcraft 15 varieties of orbicular bliss each day so they can travel from beaters to bellies without once inhaling the icy breath of the deep freeze. Traditional flavors such as Chewy Chip, Peanut N’ Butter, and Always Oatmeal Raisin, mingle with combos off the beaten palate—including the chocolate, coconut, and oatmeal triumvirate that is Hunka Chunka—to create a conga line of sweet comfort. Five cookie flavors also have gluten-free doppelgangers, with bases of rice flour and tapioca starch, as well as calorie-free versions made of holography lasers and wishful thinking.
Cartel Coffee Lab has reaped its fair share of local and national applause, including that of BBC Travel and Food & Wine Magazine. With all those accolades, it's surprising just how modest Jason Silberschlag—the man behind the coffee—actually is. "We're all infants in understanding coffee," Silberschlag mused in a video on the shop's website. "It's one of the most complex beverages we consume." But, more than modest, Jason's comments reveal a very real respect and reverence for the drink—a respect that manifests itself in the staff's persistent experimentation, study, and instruction. The spot, after all, is not a coffeehouse; it's a coffee lab. Each of Cartel Coffee's four locations moderately play up the laboratory theme with lots of stainless steel, but offset any hint of coldness with brightly colored walls and original sculptures. Even more essential to the theme? The baristas are known to carefully explain brewing processes and technique to their customers as they create decadent espresso drinks, including the simple desert favorite: cold-brewed coffee. Light on the sugar, the brew allows sippers to really taste and admire the bold, earthy flavor of espresso beans culled from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Guatemala. And though coffee is the most obvious drink to order at Cartel, you’ll want to pay attention to the rest of the menu, especially at the Tempe location. Since early 2013, this outpost has evolved from a straight coffeehouse into a full-blown microbrewery.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company's product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers?made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water?and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Talbot Teas, including Paris Breakfast and SOHO Earl.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.