When your army of Easy-Bake Ovens has been deactivated by Y2010K, a tragic pastry-sized void may consume your days. Today's Groupon plays dental assistant to your sweet tooth with $20 worth of cakes and pastries from Torrance Bakery for $10. Locations in Torrance and Gardena, the former housing its own sandwich shop as well, are eager to pack your cheeks with baked and hand-prepared delicacies more pristine than sculpted hedges sculpted by the lasers used for eye surgery.
After years of biting into delicious-looking cupcakes only to be disappointed by the taste, the minds behind Cuppies Delicious Cupcakes decided to open their own bakery. They now build cupcakes using unbleached flour, organic milk and fruits, Callebaut Belgian chocolates, all-natural sea salts, and mountain spring water. The gourmet ingredients pack a flavorful punch in each sweet bite. More than 70 cupcake flavors rotate on the menu every two weeks including gluten-free and vegan options. The bakers can design custom cupcakes to match almost any theme or occasion. The shop is also stocked with ice cream, hot waffles, cannoli's, cupcake sundaes, and Hawaiian shaved ice.
Capicola's Gourmet Sandwich Co. and the in-house illy Cafe combine to create a modern Euro deli, specializing in a menu of gourmet sandwiches and pizzas, up to 80% of which are organic. Guests gather around rustic finished wood tables in a dining room awash in natural light for such bread-borne meals as the baked muffuleta: a pile of capicola, prosciutto, salami, and mortadella cuddling under a blanket of olive tapenade and melted provolone. Or they might opt for a pulled pork panino, slow-roasted in chipotle-barbecue sauce and topped with a choice of shoestring onion rings, carmelized onions, or invisible emperor's new onions. For a gourmet kick to start the day, the cafe illy serves gourmet coffee and sweet baked goods such as croinuts and and cannoli. And the lineup of two dozen bottled beers and international wines by the glass helps cap the night.
Staff members at L?Amande French Bakery arrive at work by 5 a.m. each day to knead and bake for the day ahead. They continue baking fresh loaves as the day goes on too, prepping baguettes so diners can take loaves home. Throughout the day, the authentic French bakery also features recipes passed down through generations for lunch or light meals, such as the Croque-Madame with fresh-baked pain de mie. As an added bonus, breakfast items are served all day, such as the raspberry cream cheese croissant with housemade compote, Omelettes, French toast, coffee, and tea.
Lox of Bagels is breaking the bagel out of breakfast-food prison. While they still serve up bagels loaded with egg and cheese, or bright slices of fresh lox, come midday they build out all sorts of lunch-time delights. In fact, customers might find that the density of bagels better for supporting the hearty slices of ham and generous dollops of mayo than the alternative?wheat bread or their bare hands. To wash it all down, customers grab a bottled drink from the cooler or fill up with hot coffee from the urns lining the wall.