Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a California dairy, and it is free of the artificial growth hormone rSBT. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Cool, creamy, naturally sweet, and low in calories, the wares at FreshBerry are a refreshing treat after yoga, before fencing, or during intermission at the opera. FreshBerry brings a healthy option to the calorie-loaded ice cream and deep-fried Snickers bars everyone enjoys. With more than 25 toppings, fruit, and tart yogurt, you can put together hundreds of combinations of delicious, wholesome goodness.
When discussing the origins of his bakery with reporters from the Houston Press, owner Andrew "Drew" Rogers explained, "When I turned 40, my wife turned to me and said, 'If money were no object, what would you really want to do?'" Andrew told her he wanted to be a pastry chef, recalling the familiar smells of baking from growing up in an Italian household. After working in various bakeries and kitchens throughout Houston, he finally opened up his own New York–style bakery, Drew's Pastry Place.
Colorful displays of cookies, cakes, and housemade cannolis lauded by MyFoxHouston greet customers entering the bakery, where Andrew and his kitchen crew whip up baked goods and fresh bread from scratch. In the seating area, customers curl up in a cushy armchair by the bookshelf and bite into crunchy pizza. Soft lanterns hang from the bakery's ceiling, illuminating Italian-inspired artwork—from oil paintings of the countryside to marble statues of a puddle of olive oil.
Great Harvest Bread Company’s bakers craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour. Each month, a newly designed menu allows the team to employ the season's freshest ingredients and harvest the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees, including cinnamon-raisin-walnut swirl, white chocolate cranberry swirl, and Mediterranean olive loaves.