The ancients spoke of a day when a fellowship of highly intelligent strangers would journey to Earth to discover the magical coffee fields of middle earth. Together they would harvest this crop and forever break the decades-old curse of the evil mermaid! That day is now, and that coffee can be found at Brew Nerds!!
Every day, custardologists at Wolfies hand-mix batches of creamy frozen treats, displaying their colorful creations for customers to stack into cones or sprinkle with toppings, earning the sweetery a feature in The New York Times. Freshly churned custard can boast up to 50 percent less fat than luxury ice creams, and less air than a flat tire on Mars, helping to create Wolfies' signature ultracreamy scoop. Great filler for cones ($4.25/two scoops), pints ($5.95), and milk shakes ($4.60), Wolfies' more than 50 regularly appearing flavors include hazelnut, blueberry, and mango. The menu tempts sweet teeth by arranging the embellished custards in three-scoop banana splits ($5.95) and coffee-blended Wolfcaffés ($4.60). The Screamwich ($4.25) realizes the dream sandwich of childhood with its filling of rich custard enclosed in chocolate-chip cookies with crusts cut off for optimum enjoyment.
Flashback’s thick, robust smoothies are chock-full of fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, sherbet, and healthful supplements. Indulge in one of 16 custom blends, such as the antioxidant-rich V8 Splash, an antioxidant-rich synthesis of V8 Splash berry blend, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry sherbet ($4.63). Or, test the strength of a boastful straw against a thick and creamy peanut butter smoothie ($4.63), made with milk, peanut butter, non-fat vanilla yogurt, and chocolate syrup. For customers looking to try their hand at the dark art of recipe alteration, Flashback offers a create-your-own smoothie option, which allows guests to mix and match one juice, two fruits, and a choice of non-fat vanilla yogurt or sherbet ($4.40). Customers also have the option of supercharging a smoothie with a complimentary supplement, such as protein powder for muscle building, ginseng for energy, brewer's yeast for vitamins, or lecithin to aid in the break down of fat and cholesterol.
A rustic green sign hangs from the brick exterior of Haute Chocolate, hinting to passersby that the store’s delicate truffles and fresh-baked pastries have roots in an old-fashioned style of preparation. Store owner Jiliana Dulaney hand-makes all of her confections from scratch, calling upon fragrant essences of bergamot to flavor earl grey tea truffles and fresh-ground coffee beans to spike her italian-espresso candies with a jolt of caffeine. The passionate chocolatier also extends her talents to spongier regions of the dessert spectrum, dodging dive-bombing bees as she infuses cupcakes with freshly pilfered honey and lavender. Slices of flourless chocolate cake and cherry green tea sugar cookies line the store’s display cases or pile into large boxes to be sent to catered parties.
All Blue Ridge's 13 daily flavors of ice cream are scooped by hand, in order to avoid the lingering metal taste and brain freezes caused by robot servers. Flavors are constantly changing; some favorites include Brandy Alexander, coffee Oreo, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Gelato flavors morph and evolve as well, from tropical lime one day to honey lavender the next. One-scoop servings of ice cream are $2.40, whereas single-shot gelato is $2.80; put a bigger sweet tooth down with a double-barreled cone of ice cream for $3.60 or gelato for $4.20. Pour scrumptiously molten toppers such as caramel and hot fudge over your frigidly solid-state cream or gelato for a $4.25 sundae, or get the biggest bang for your buck with a large sundae for $5.25. One daily sorbet and sherbet flavor is also available, and you can upgrade your delivery device to a waffle cone for $1 extra.
Angelina's Tea Shoppe is a haven of steeped serenity, boasting more than 500 varieties of tea, as well as a vast selection of tea-related accoutrements. Customers longing for the caffeinated civility of high tea can choose from hundreds of loose-leaf options, such as Versailles lavender Earl Grey, Night of the Iguana chai (both $1.75 per ounce), or Golden Monkey black tea ($3.95 per ounce). Impatient tea-totalers can tote their tea to go or opt to sip it in the serenity of Angelina's reading room, a cozy corner inundated with overstuffed couches, used books, and free wireless Internet. The quaint tea shop also sells a multitude of pekoe-related products including teapots, cups, bird-shaped mesh lemon squeezers ($4.95), and enticing edibles such as Sticky Fingers scone mix ($5.95), the official baking mix of the Rolling Stones' 1971 UK tour.