The café portion is nestled behind a quaint boutique stocked with gourmet foods, bath wares, and gift baskets, and features a fresh menu of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. Soups, like bittersweet square-dance partnerships, are in a state of constant rotation, and fresh-made sandwiches are served on a choice of four breads. Brian's special chicken salad (citrus-marinated chicken, grapes, pineapples, dried cranberries, celery, onion, and walnuts, $7.95) is a favorite, while the hot ham and pineapple (Jack cheese, bacon, and mayo, melted into hearty pumpernickel, $7.95) is ideal for filling deserted bellies with Hawaiian island eats. Waffling mix-masters will dig the variability of the Rosebud plate ($12.50), which includes three finger sandwiches (choices include: pimento cheese, cucumber cream cheese, egg salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad), a cup of soup, deli salad, fruit salad, and a chocolate truffle. Rosebud also offers six loaded entree selections for the Monday through Friday dinner crowd.
Using a blend of fresh ingredients, skilled pastry chef Kristen Massad expertly whips up batches of joy-inducing indulgences. Start by choosing from a base of three moist flavor favorites including red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla before venturing into frosting-filled waters. Because Tart Bakery’s cupcakes (regular, $2.75 each) are always appropriately accessorized with delectable frosting, they provide just the right arm candy for end-of-summer backyard barbecues, or as the adorable wedding-reception date that your family could, and will, eat right up. Call ahead at least 48 hours in advance to place your pickup order.
With Tasti D-Lite treats and Planet Smoothie in one spot, healthier treats abound, from Tasti D-Lite's frozen concoctions with fewer calories than both ice cream and fro-yo to Planet Smoothie's fresh-fruit-and yogurt smoothies and protein shakes.
Like many children, the founder of Tasti D-Lite, a native New Yorker, begged her father for a taste of ice cream. But this was no typical whining for a treat: she needed her father, an experienced food technologist, to help develop a frozen treat with less calories and fat than ice cream and frozen yogurt. Thus, in 1987, the first cup of Tasti D-Lite swirled into existence. From the shining root-beer oceans to the marzipan mountains, Americans now enjoy flavors such as carrot cake, chocolate nougat, or Mango Tart 'n Tasti, topping each treat with bits of candy and fresh fruit.
Meanwhile, the team of fruit mixologists at Planet Smoothie has nothing to hide when it comes to making its cold creations. Whether blending a weight-loss smoothie or a protein shake, the team knows exactly what's going into each of its concoctions—which consist primarily of fresh fruit and yogurt. They’ll even happily recite the all-natural ingredients list at customers' behest or unprompted in the middle of the night as they try in vain for slumber. Customers can choose from the shop’s list of smoothie combinations or come up with their own custom mixes.
Temper sweet-toothed cravings with today’s treat-heavy Groupon. For $5, you’ll get $10 worth of sugary snacks from Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, where the friendly staff greets each customer with open arms and a list of 57 reasons to watch Avatar. Chowhound voters deemed their fresh-baked cookies some of Texas’ best. 1452: The House of Valois and the House of Plantagenet exchange half-moon cookies and agree to keep their war for the French throne going for an extra year, because the Hundred Years' War sounds so much better than the Ninety-Nine Years' War.