Employing organic ingredients, the baking buffs at Nightingale Breads stock shelves daily with fresh-baked loaves. Composed of organic flours, grains, and seeds, nine varieties of dough are proofed overnight before meeting the heated gape of a traditional wood-fired oven. The shop’s colorful interior greets bread-winners with a lineup that includes Forestville french ($3.50/loaf), cinnamon raisin ($6.50, available only on Thursday), and seeded-sourdough sandwich bread ($5), perfect for encasing deli meats or idiosyncratic love letters.
Microroasted organic, fair-trade coffee and a green business certification earned Yo el Rey Roasting North Bay Bohemian's award for Best Cafe/Coffeehouse in Napa County for two years running. Customers can sip on self-serve coffee ($2.75) or fortify a cappuccino ($3.25) or mocha ($3.75) with an extra shot of espresso ($1) for a beverage as energizing as flossing with downed power lines. They can also nibble at sweet treats like cookies, scones, and croissants ($3–$3.50) while letting their gaze wander over monthly art exhibits, or through pages from the small library's collection of books. This Groupon can also be used toward the purchase of any coffee beverages, including doubles and large-size drinks.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. With six small servings of frozen yogurt to redeem, sweet-teethed customers can enjoy a several of the rotating flavors, including tastes such as just chocolate, peanut butter, café latte, butterscotch, and boysenberry. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the number of jumping jacks or flying-starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods. The creamery also boasts frozen yogurt with non-fat and low-fat yogurt options. Smooth and creamy frozen yogurt is packed with probiotics and can be combined with low-calorie mix-ins for a healthy frozen treat.
Though Andrea Ballus's wedding frustrations propelled her into reality-television fame, the camera never focused on personal drama—instead, it zoomed in on the cupcakes. As she planned her marriage, Andrea couldn't find a bakery innovative enough to cater her reception. Rather than settle for tired designs, she decided to create her own cupcakes, mixing confections in signature flavors and garnishing them with edible art. These concepts led to the first incarnation of Sift—a dessert venue whose ingenious edibles have since won first place on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and returned to compete on Cupcake Champions.
Sift's current cupcake menu pays homage to classic tastes as well as cunning combinations, from the snickerdoodle and red velvet cakes to the Knock Your Sox Off—a bavarian-cream-filled vanilla cake dipped in chocolate ganache. Visitors can pluck their favorites from the onsite displays or order custom servings that suit a wedding or party theme. In the past, Andrea and her staff have festooned cakes with images of cheerful dragonflies, company logos, and Pink Floyd album art as well as holiday graphics for New Year's and Christmas. They can even infuse the cupcake batter with a chosen wine, resulting in nearly perfect food and drink pairings.
Alongside their signature item, Sift prepares a separate catalog of nostalgic desserts, including whoopie cookies, macarons, and ice-cream sandwiches.
Delighting North American taste buds for a quarter century, Yogen Fruz's scoopers blend vanilla and chocolate frozen yogurt with a dozen fresh fruit flavors available in low-fat and no-fat varieties. The yogurt base combines with fruit mix-ins, such as blueberries, kiwis, and mangoes, to fashion sweet treats healthier than a high-fiber medical degree. Patrons can speckle their probiotic-infused scoops with 16 toppings, adding texture and flavor with options such as cereal, nuts, fresh fruit, and chocolate. Smoothies, fruit cups, and fruit-yogurt combos are also available.