Founded by French-trained chocolatier Elizabeth Chung, who was named one of the top chocolatiers and confectioners in America in 2012, Ciel Chocolatier produces small-batch, handcrafted, and exquisitely flavored chocolates. Ciel employs ingredients such as fresh, locally sourced cream, butter imported from France, and cocoa imported from plantations in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to craft smooth chocolate pieces flavored with exotic and creative ingredients including fruit, aromatic flowers, tea, liquor, or a melted Rubik's cube. The shop hosts a rotating menu of 25–30 flavors per day, allowing patrons to mix and match treats or discern their favorite flavor for edible gifts and party favors. As the decadent treats contain no preservatives, like a snowman’s last will and testament, pieces must be eaten within two weeks.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).
Chop Chop Grill whips up noodle and rice bowls using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Prospective noodle-slurpers can step up to the automated kiosk counter to order customizable ramen soups, filled with egg, bean sprouts, bamboo, ginger, and pork slices in a natural pork-bone broth ($7.25+), and set meals, which sidekick a tofu, chicken, fish, or shrimp base with miso soup, rice, and another option ($5.59+), without making human contact. Curry dishes make an appearance and are diagnosed with cases of mild or medium hot, which can be gently treated with thai iced tea, fresh juice, or an antioxidant-filled pot of green tea ($2.95).
The first Kee Wah Bakery appeared in Hong Kong in 1938, where its moon cakes, bridal cakes, and other pastries gradually generated a loyal clientele. In 1985, when much of that clientele had migrated to the United States, Kee Wah set down new roots in LA to offer its signature floury goods to Californians. Patrons pick from egg tarts, crispy squares, and pineapple crust buns using a self-serve bakery system, which is refilled with fresh breads baked three times a day. During the autumn, when the Chinese Lunar Festival is in full swing, the bakery churns out moon cakes filled with lotus seed and red-bean paste. The shop's three locations in the San Gabriel Valley—Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Rowland Heights—help meet the demand for Chinese wedding cakes and almond cookies throughout the valley.