Connolly, owner of the Sugar N Spice.
"During the summer, you dream of bananas, because you're making
them everyday," Connolly said.
Temperatures neared the 80-degree mark at Newport's beaches this
weekend, and the heat is likely to continue throughout the week, said
National Weather Service spokesman Noel Isla.
Jay Borenstein and Jennifer Stockton, visiting from Palo Alto,
cooled off Monday with a pair of frozen bananas. Borenstein went for
a double-chocolate banana with chocolate sprinkles, while Stockton
ordered a double-chocolate covered with peanuts.
"This weather lends itself to the frozen stuff," Borenstein said.
One block down, another couple indulged in a similar source of
cool. Seated on a bench, Jose and Maggie Romo, of Cerritos, enjoyed
some ice cream from Maggie Moo's.
"It cools you down, and it tastes good," Romo said.
But as one shop can attest, a quick cool down doesn't have to come
from ice cream.
Randy Hein, manager of the Balboa Island Pain du Monde, a popular
spot for coffee and baked goods, said iced drink sales have increased
by 25% in recent months.
"I go through so much iced tea, it's incredible," Hein said.
Nearly every drink on the menu can be served over ice, and
sometimes the demand depletes the product.
"I've had several days when I ran out [of ice]," Hein said.