Bakers fill La Patisserie Francaise with the sugary scents of fresh pastries crafted according to traditional recipes and cooking methods passed on from its French founder. Breakfast selections span the divide between sweet and savory with chocolate and almond croissants ($3 and under) and butter croissants before plates take lunchtime naps beneath warm crepe blankets snuggling a variety of fillings. Flocks of pastries such as raspberry- and chocolate-layered basilic, cupcakes ($3+), and amaretto éclairs gather behind clear panes of glass cases to collect fingerprints in hopes of finding the one that unlocks their crystalline prison. Punch cards earn their carrier large ice-cream bowls stacked with scoops of mint chocolate-chip, spumoni, strawberry cheesecake, and other flavors.
Charlie's Ice Cream Social hearkens back to a bygone era, when entire families would gather around the radio with their frozen treats and when the Rocky Mountains were still freshly planted pebbles. The aesthetic of 1940s America pervades the throwback parlor: inside, black-and-white portraits hang above red stools and countertops, and outside, a chalkboard colorfully broadcasts daily specials and staff picks. Visitors seeking sweet reprieve step up to a sprawling white menu, where they'll devise their own glacial creations with many flavors of syrups and ice cream that serve as the landing pad for more than 40 different toppings. Custom Twister shakes swirl together ice cream, candies, and cookies into pucker-inducing potions.
What Gluten Free Things lacks in, well, gluten, they make up for in camaraderie with their customers: The bakery knows it can be hard for anyone on a gluten-free diet to find the foods they want to eat, so the store often collaborates with other gluten-free food producers to make sure that customers know about a wide variety of locally available gluten-free foods and beverages.
That’s just in addition to the wide variety of gluten-free fare that Gluten Free Things has on its own. Like the most successful dating sites, GFT has both an online catalogue and a retail shop. They sell a selection of breads includes everything from crispy garlic crostini to soft, fresh bagels. Among the many sweets, they offer muffin bars and cookie squares in five flavors, including double chocolate brownie. There’s even a variety of ready-to-bake items are available, such as 2-pound tubs of cookie dough, balls of pizza dough, and take-and-bake pizzas.
Just as the name implies, Tipsy Cupcakes & Desserts rolls out cupcakes with a kick. These decadent treats blend bar and kitchen favorites, combining gourmet cake flavors such as blue velvet and yellow lemon with premium alcohols and liqueurs such as Crown Royal, Kahlua, and Bacardi. Selections include the Red Carpet, a red velvet cupcake infused with vodka. Other offerings include Tipsy Cupcakes’ twists on beloved cocktails such as the margarita, daiquiri, and mojito. Tipsy Cupcakes has gluten-free options available by request, and the staff can make virgin versions of each cupcake. Otherwise, customers must be 21 or older or have really convincing mustaches and British accents to partake in the tasty treats.
Each morning, My Favorite Muffin's bakery wizards twirl spatulas through gentle clouds of flour to craft more than 20 varieties of massive muffins. Forged from wholesome soybean oil and egg whites, these cake-like delicacies tumble sweetly across tongues like candy-coated Olympic gymnasts, and the menu showcases a delectable parade of cherry cheesecake, lemon poppy-seed, and cinnamon-crumb sweet-teeth bait served in a welcoming atmosphere. The delectable banana-nut megastar delights diners without resorting to slapstick peel-slides, and, like all of the eatery's confections, it substitutes the pride and care of tender doughsmiths for added preservatives.
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