The Grande is often booked for weddings thanks to its elegant ballroom, scenic courtyard, and talented staff of chefs and florists. However, the venue also welcomes everyday visitors to a tearoom to partake in the British tradition of parlor teatime. Servers embellish tiered trays with fresh scones and pressed sandwiches with pimiento cheese, braised pork, and other savory ingredients. They also steep leaves of varieties such as oolong or vanilla rooibos in teapots. Guests can dress up in traditional hats and gloves or classic American garb such as prom dresses.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice (around $1.89–$2.89) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice). Along with creamy ice, Rita's also sells icy cream. Case in point: Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard (around $2.49–$3.59), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg to yolk ratio, for a creamy texture that makes regular ice cream feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds. Rita's most popular frozen treat, gelati (around $3.45–$4.39), takes its cue from brunch, twilight, and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.49–$3.99), fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49), and frozen-coffee Ritaccinos ($4.25), all of which make for a tasty treat as well as a deliciously soothing topical treatment for chicken pox.
At The Juice Box, LLC., delicious and nutritious cross paths as servers dish out smoothies packed with fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables. Wholesome snacks made in house enhance the health-conscious experience, as do postworkout creations such as protein shakes, energy bars, and invigorating shots. Instead of relying on a magic 8 ball to make well-balanced decisions, visitors can tap into the knowledge of The Juice Box staff for advice on nourishing benefits and how to make beneficial lifestyle choices.
At Lulu’s Bakery, students learn the art of decadent desserts in five weekend baking classes taught by Chef Rawl, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. Teach fingers to shape truffles of two varieties, mold caramel treats, and slip a chocolate coat over toffee's shoulders in the chocolate candies class. Dough reinvents itself as edible art in the sweet and savory tarts course, tastily enveloping quiche, creating a chocolate short crust around delicious ganache filling, and forming pastries more elegant than a powdered-wig fight. A bakery breakfast class teaches a.m. eaters how to construct fruit and cheese danishes and bake buttery scones, while a French desserts class whispers the mysteries of the crème brulee and the éclair into ears hungry for pastry knowledge.
October 4, 1957, wasn't just the start of Rebecca Pickren Thomson's life; it was also the day that Sputnik I was launched into space. Since that day, the two have been intertwined, with Rebecca collecting any Sputnik paraphernalia she could find. So it's no wonder that when she opened her frozen yogurt shop, she chose to name it and design it after her pet obsession. At Sputnik's Yogurt, her collection of Sputnik mugs, models, and posters create a retro yet futuristic '50s vibe for clients creating their own custom frozen yogurt treats.
While the flavors of frozen yogurt change daily, the store always features a range of sweet and tart yogurt and non-dairy sorbet options, such as the tart California lemon to the chocolatey candy bar smash. Customers can outfit their chosen fro-yo with more than 40 toppings, which includes healthy options such as nuts and fruit, as well as more decadent candy, hot fudge, and marshmallow topping.