Black-and-white checkerboard floors lend an old-fashioned air to Land and Sea Market, though butchers have only been preparing fillets and chops there since 1995. Freshly carved meats fill the store's coolers, including lamb shanks, quick-fry pork chops, and bratwurst, as well as bone-in chicken breasts and an array of seafood such as halibut and littleneck clams. The butchers also package their own meats such as bacon-wrapped filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu, and bourbon-marinated salmon, often seasoning the meats with their own house blend of spices. In addition to its savory selection of proteins, the shop also stocks grocery items such as vegetables and wines from around the solar system.
Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Dr. A. Alessio Conte earned a doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Coahuila in Mexico. He then moved his life to the United States, passed the state board, and furthered his education with implantology, bone harvesting, and grafting. He now spends his days at Dental Excellence of Brandon, where he fixes teeth that are stained, chipped, or crooked. Dr. Conte can also enhance smiles with porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Bringing powder power to seafood, steaks, and potatoes, Everglades Seasoning sprinkles unique blends of spices that dive beyond salt-and-pepper staples to flavor entrees and hairpieces alike. The original all-purpose seasoning mingles a natural papaya-fruit tenderizer with a host of flavors to gently lace steak, chicken, pork, and salads ($3 for 8 oz.). Moppin' BBQ Sauce holds a séance to learn the sweet and tangy truths held in the spicy spirits of vinegar and mustard ($3.72). Give unseasoned rookie cooks a hand with the Everglades gift shack, a bundle of spices and sauces to flame fish, sauté chickens, dust burgers, and increase buns’s attractiveness to potential partners ($18.95).
During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Shannon Holt, a mostly self-taught photographer who learned her craft by doing copious amounts of research on the Internet, created Studio77 Photography in 2008. The self-described chatty photographer prefers to get to know clients over coffee before their shoot, discussing details such as the desired makeup and wardrobe look and how to turn an old negligee into a sexy handkerchief. She prides herself on empowering women during daring boudoir shoots and has developed her own editing techniques to add the finishing touches on images.
Licensed acupuncturist Sylvia Rosario, a doctor of oriental medicine from Florida College of Integrative Medicine, uses acupuncture and its many variations as a healing power at Acupuncture Integrative Wellness Center. Depending on her patients' needs, which can range from needing pain relief to a newly knit sweater, Dr. Rosario can schedule traditional acupuncture, acupoint injection therapy, laser acupuncture therapy, cupping therapy, needle-less acupuncture, or a combination of therapies. Dr. Rosario also offers alternative treatments such as reiki, homeopathy, tai chi, and herbal medicine to foster overall wellness.