Although aesthetician Julie MacMillan graduated among the top five students in her aesthetics program, she keeps her homey beauty outfit, Skin Care By Jewls, free of pretensions. Jewls is MacMillan's nickname and preferred moniker, and the tag reflects her friendly, easygoing attitude. During spa services she plays dreamy, tranquil music to compliment the low, cozy lighting.
Jewls became a board-certified permanent-makeup artist in 2008, building on the training she received in Arizona, where she exceeded 800 hours of education?well beyond Florida's requirements of 260 hours and a papier-m?ch? mockup of a pore. She reaches for products from Rhonda Allison and lavender wax imported from Italy to create radiant, smooth skin.
Perish Grill is a new restaurant and bar specializing in hand-cut steaks, Cajun dishes, seafood, and sandwiches. Lunchers can munch on hand-cut french fries to complement organic grass-fed burgers ($7.99) or try the sweet-bourbon salmon with yellow rice and fresh vegetables ($7.99). Dinner grazers can whet their appetites in a garden of salads or wolf down seafood appetizers such as shrimp cocktail ($6.99) and crab cakes served with roasted red pepper sauce and remoulade ($7.99). A classically marbled, hand-cut 12 oz. rib eye sates steak steadfasts ($13.99), and the crawfish étouffée bursts with classic Cajun flavor ($11.99). Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured a meal at Perish Grill.
The chefs at Cantina Toscana adhere to Mediterranean culinary traditions to bake and fry authentic regional cuisine rich with olive oil, peppers, seafood, and cheese. Meals commence with appetizers ranging from beef carpaccio to bacon-wrapped sea scallops splayed atop a bed of wilted spinach, just as they're naturally found on Italian shores. Entrees range from house specialties such as eggplant parmesan to pasta dishes including con frutti di mare, an aquatic medley of mussels, calamari, and undelivered mail to Atlantis. The saltimbocca alla romana partners parmesan risotto and broccoli gratin with pan-fried veal cutlets topped with parma ham and sage. Throughout the meal, diners swirl and sip glasses of wine, trying to discern the floral notes of pinot grigio and guess the age of pinot noir without asking to see its ID.
At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, the chefs set out to create a fully engaging dining experience for guests, relying on showmanship and knife skills in addition to interesting flavor combinations. Surrounded by rich earth tones and in front of patrons' very eyes, they man gas-heated hibachi grills and juggle platefuls of steak, seafood, and vegetables into flashes of fire. Across the room, the sushi chefs avoid open flames and high-wattage light bulbs entirely as they roll a number of traditional and contemporary maki, filling each one with delicate cuts of fish and piquant dabs of sauce. Amid the bustle of flashing knives, sputtering grill tops, and standing ovations, flat-screen TVs also keep guests entertained at the restaurant's fully stocked bar.
Urban Flats puts a modern twist on the classic pairing of pizza and wine by crafting gourmet flatbreads served alongside carefully selected wines from around the world. For wine-centric evenings, pairs can nibble on flatbread and appetizer samplings in between sips from an array of international vinos. To create tip-top tastings, Urban Flats utilizes a temperature-controlled system that preserves wines at their ideal temp, preventing oxidation and fever-induced rants.
While it is a fine purveyor of Hispanic foodstuffs, Acapulco Tropical also dishes out flavorful Mexican fare in the kitchen of its in-store café. Relying on natural, native ingredients, chefs create traditional dishes for carnivorous and seafood-centric palates. Early risers can catch a breakfast of huevos con nopales, in which eggs team with zesty seasonings and cacti culinary wits ($5.49). To launch lunchtime appetites, try a griddled quesadilla filled with asada, carnitas, pollo, pastor, or queso ($1.99). Or fill up mouth caverns with anytime entrees of burritos with a choice of any meat with rice and beans ($3.75), nachos ($6.49), or tortas ($4.25).