The key ingredients to the extraordinary desserts at Chocolate Zen Bakery are owners Doug Krahn and Betty Lai’s longtime friendship and passion for pastry. The two pastry chefs worked side by side for 16 years before opening Chocolate Zen in 2007. The cozy 1000 sq. ft. South Osborne bakery has quickly established itself as a leader in the city through its show-stopping presentation married with incredible taste. More than 40 desserts beckon from the showcase, including fluffy coconut macaroons, decadent oreo truffles and signature slabs of chocolate cake that readily satisfy sweet cravings. 533 Osborne St, 287-2253.