The oenophiles at Napa Valley Toffee Company satiate cravings for local flavors with tastings of Napa-produced wines and luscious homemade chocolates. Synchronized sippers can indulge in a hodgepodge of five red and white nectars, each harvested from Napa-grown grapes, bottled by local wineries, and approved by the California Raisins. Though wine flights vary by tasting, guests can expect to nourish their palates with gulps from small case lots and nibbles from local vendors, such as Napa Farmhouse 1885, and Verve Coffee of Santa Cruz. Before heading home to wash off purple handlebar mustaches, sippers can treat themselves to $20 worth of goodies from the shop, where bottles of 2009 sauvignon blanc ($20) and Rescue Red ($15) hobnob with eight-ounce boxes of house-made chocolates ($11) and Drink the Leaf loose-leaf tea.
You won't find Let Them Eat Cake!'s indulgent cake recipes published anywhere, since founder Paulette Coffman and her daughters Brittany and Chelsea fiercely guard their culinary secrets from competitors and town criers. But an interview with Sacramento Press in 2010 reveals three signature flavors that are served each day: red velvet, Guinness Stout chocolate, and vanilla. "We’re really kind of geared towards childhood favorites,” Paulette divulged. "But we’re also a little bit more innovative…You can find your standard red velvet here, but you can also find a margarita cupcake here."
In fact, the mother-daughter trio's three staple flavors are joined by a weekly rotation of 24 flavors, and customers can also commission more than 80 other flavors—including vegan and gluten-free options—via special order. These desserts always include real butter, fruits, and pure vanilla, and forgo preservatives since they're baked fresh each morning. Paulette, Brittany, and Chelsea stack the cupcakes into towers, line them up in boxes, and fashion them together as specialty cakes, donating $2 of their Flavor of the Month sales each Wednesday to charity. Alongside steaming mugs of Ritual coffee and Mighty Leaf tea, the Coffman women also dole out scones, breakfast sandwiches, and gourmet cookies that, like hand weights divvied up in a divorce settlement, weigh in at a 1/4-pound each.
Each appointment at Skin Renewal Center matters, but the first one really lets clients know that the staff cares about their skin and wants to educate them. During the initial visit, an aesthetician assesses the client?s skin, both with their expert eyes and a skin scope. The skincare specialist then works with the client to devise a skincare plan they can follow at home.
They treat everything from acne to dry skin to signs of aging with high-quality products by Pevonia Botanica and Epicuren Discovery. Even the center?s massages focus on skincare?the therapists use varying strokes to increase blood flow and enhance a complexion?s glow or to relax muscles that cause wrinkles.
At Davis Creamery, visitors can wind down while sampling a wide selection of delectable desserts in a cozy atmosphere. Davis Creamery’s menu offers 9 classic flavors, including salted caramel and cheesecake, as well as 25 seasonal flavors that include avocado coconut, amaretto, pomegranate raspberry, lemon custard, and vanilla honey. Sweet-tooth-toting customers can lick away with a single scoop ($2.75) and add extra scoops for a dollar each, or opt for a shake ($3.95) and a cow-pie ice-cream sandwich ($3). To supply your whole coven with sweet treats, take home ice cream by the quart ($6.50). Additionally, patrons can soak in a cozy atmosphere that’s much more relaxing than a rickety windmill under siege by a delusional knight.
At first glance, Ciocolat appears no different than the cozy homes it neighbors. But a few steps closer reveals aromas of melting chocolate, baking pastry crusts, and fresh fruit fillings, not to mention views of french macaroons arranged in gleaming cases. During lunch and dinner hours, servers transport plates topped with creamy pasta dishes, vegetable frittatas, and wild-mushroom lasagna to dining customers, who can end their meals on a sweet note with éclairs, entire pies, or seasonal fruit tarts. The shop also accepts reservations for four-course high-tea services, which transport groups to another era with mini sandwiches, berries with Chantilly cream, flux capacitors, and gourmet teas served with Miss Match china.
Ciocolat donates a portion of its profits to local nonprofit agencies. The staff takes charity suggestions into consideration at the beginning of each month.
At Java Jax, refreshing, roasted-on-site coffee beverages unite with fresh sandwiches and specialty hot dogs to populate a varied menu of afternoon fare. Temper tempests of tastelessness with a flavor-packed Chicago-style hot dog loaded to the hilt with relish, peppers, celery, tomatoes, onions, and dripping with mustard ($3), or let your mouth play host to a jalapeno & cheddar cheese dog ($3.50). Meanwhile, patrons of holed cuisine can delight in a tasty spread of hummus on a bagel ($3.50) or spoon out a see-hole through a turkey sandwich ($6.50). Feel free to rest atop the cushy diner-style stools and bathe in the store's natural sunlight as you absorb the fresh-brewed espresso potables, such as the café mocha ($3–$3.75), or sip a blend of earthbound sweets in the fruit smoothies ($3.50–$4).