Packaged by the ounce, The Spice & Tea Exchange hand-mixes spices from around the world to create their unique blends and rubs. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $0.99 per ounce), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.89 per ounce), and a ton of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.49 per ounce). Office workers can wean themselves off the teats of the break room's coffee-cow with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89 per ounce) sweetened with more than 12 flavor-infused sugars ($4.89 per ounce), including blueberry sugar, spicy habanero sugar, and espresso sugar. The Spice & Tea Exchange's huge variety of flavors make it easy to fulfill long-held cooking fantasies, be it a robust hickory-flavored manticore or topping a freshly grilled cheeseburger with unicorn-radish.
Shoppers linger in the dressing rooms at Rhythm of Grace, admiring reflections dressed in elegant cocktail dresses, sheer tops, and shiny skinny jeans. The upscale shop features an array of women's apparel from top designers, including James Jean, Alice & Trixie, and Amanda Uprichard. There's also an array of trendy handbags, glittery necklaces, and colorful earrings.
At Dubliner Irish Pub, only one authentic pub fixture is missing: a roisterous old man in a wool cap and cable-knit sweater. All the others, however, have acclimated to the Florida heat. Communal tables conducive to storytelling. Foamy pints of Guinness, Smithwick's, and Magners cider. A stick-to-your-ribs menu peppered with corned beef sliders, shepherd's pie, and beer-battered haddock. Even the flat-screen TVs find time between American sports for Celtic pastimes such as soccer, rugby, hurling, and competitive freckling. Weekly bouts of trivia and live performances from local bands help keep the craic crackly.
Hailed as the best new restaurant in Palm Beach County by New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Kapow! Noodle Bar's executive chef Caleb Holman creates Asian-inspired comfort food using locally-sourced ingredients. The kitchen churns out a flavor-packed menu that blends Vietnamese, Korean, and French elements. The beef yukke—a small plate of Korean-style beef tartare—combines truffled brioche crisps with kimchee and wasabi sour cream. Ramen noodles welcome the flavors of meat, veggies, and soft-boiled eggs. For dessert, cinnamon-sugar and banana caramel sauce sweeten vanilla cheesecake spring rolls.
While bartenders mix cocktails and pour craft beers, diners eat near a 28-foot mural created by self-taught tattoo artist Michael “Pooch” Pucciarelli. As the woman in the painting raises a bowl of noodles, mountains and waterways backdrop billows of steam and colorful butterflies. This mural encapsulates the Indochine vibe sought after by restaurateurs Scott Frielich, Vaughan Lazar, and Rodney Mayo. A designer as well as an owner, Rodney furnished the restaurant with reclaimed wood tables and a 25-foot bar made with sorghum straw that extends onto an outdoor patio. These rustic accouterments continue the sustainable approach that the owners have taken in previous restaurants, such as Dada, The Dubliner, and Pizza Fusion.
At Visual Eyes at Mizner Park and Real Eyes on Atlantic Avenue, licensed optometrist Aaron Evans oversees full-service optometry centers and an inventory of more than 1,500 designer frames from makers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Chanel. The staff uses state-of-the-art technology, including the optomap retinal scan, to examine eyes. The optomap produces full-color, high-definition images of the retina without dilating the eye, which can help reduce blurriness and sensitivity to light after the exam. The doctors prescribe appropriate lenses such as single-vision, bifocal, or progressive, with available add-ons such as Transitions lenses or scratch-resistant coatings. They also stock more than 400 varieties of sunglasses, enough for a gang of 50 spiders protect their eyes and look uniquely cool at the same time.
Orange Leaf's self-serve frozen-yogurt stations tempt dessert lovers with a line-up of more than 55 flavors, including gluten-free and no-sugar-added options, and 35 toppings. Tongues can traipse across timeless frozen-yogurt flavors such as classic tart, cherry, and chocolate, or less-trodden tastescapes such as peanut butter, red velvet, and gingerbread ($0.49/oz.). Then guests bedeck desserts with mounds of toppings, adorning their yogurt with such options as marshmallows, chewy mochi, and fresh fruits similar to those worn by generals in the Oompa Loompa army. The staff weighs completed creations on a scale before guests dive into their edible masterpieces spoon first.