Shopping carts and cappuccino haven't mixed much, but that's just changed. Now you can sip freshly brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and caffe latte while you shop for groceries. Starbucks, a Seattle-based specialty coffee company, has opened retail outlets in three Pavilions markets, dispensing premium coffee beans and hot concoctions. The three locations are 727 N. Vine St., Los Angeles (at Melrose); 8969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, and 11750 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood (near Barrington). These cheerful coffee bars also sell mugs, candy-coated coffee beans, plunger pots and other paraphernalia. The price of coffee beans ranges from $7.95 to $13.95 for the top-of-the-line Kona and Arabian Mocha Sanani.
Frozfruit Corp. of Gardena, known for its frozen yogurt bars with chunky fruit, has just introduced its first fruitless bars. They're like yogurt blended with fancy candy toppings--chocolate almond pieces in a chocolate bar, and Heath Crunch in a vanilla bar.
Stocked in supermarkets and convenience stores, the bars sell for 70 cents to $1 each, or about $2.89 for a package of four. Frozfruit plays up the natural, healthful, nonfat properties of the yogurt in these products. But take a close look at the nutritional information on the label. There are four grams of fat in the chocolate yogurt bar, contributed by the chocolate-almond pieces. And the candy crunch adds three grams of fat to the vanilla bar. The yogurt itself is indeed fat-free, an advantage over the rich ice cream in other frozen bars.