Cool Mo's Coffee dishes out piping-hot java creations and nourishing café nibbles to in-store customers and to homes and offices via a speedy delivery service. Café patrons peruse an in-store menu of smoothies, shakes, and caffeinated concoctions, and late risers call in and place orders from the room-service menu before racing to the office. Titillating aromas of fresh-roasted beans rise from cups that hold double-shot espressos ($1.75), breakfast-blend drip coffee ($1.50), and butter-pecan lattes laced with butterscotch, hazelnut, and amaretto ($2.50). Plates of 10 delectable beignets ($2.50) surf down to bellies on steamy waves of coffee, and a deli menu quells wanderlusting palates with hot dogs ($2–$2.50) served in the style of Chicago, Coney Island, New York, and Ybor City. Layering salami, pork, ham, and swiss cheese, the Real Cuban Sandwich ($3.50-$6) rounds out the menu and pairs with a signature cafe con leche ($1.85-$1.95). Office workers without the time or energy to head down to the store can have breakfast sandwiches ($2.25) delivered to keep from drowsily collating embarrassing diary pages to outgoing affidavits. Ordering is available through Cool Mo's own iPhone and Android apps, or via traditional methods such as telephone or carrier pigeon.
Soothe your nerves and open your mind over a hot—or chilled—cup of fine tea with today's Groupon: $15 buys you $35 worth of loose-leaf tea at Kaleisia Tea Lounge, a favorite spot for young and old to chat, study, knit adorable baby Cthulhus, or relax amid the aroma of oolong and souchong.
With a history that dates back to early-20th-century Chicago, Landers Steakhouse now introduces Tampa townies to dinner and lunch fare hearty enough to withstand the Windy City. Dinner centerpieces include the 20-ounce T-bone ($19), the aged 7-ounce filet mignon ($17), and the twin coldwater lobster tails ($22), which finish each others’ sentences and have an identical taste in overalls. During lunch, steaks coexist with lighter fare, such as fried grouper sandwiches ($9) and vegetarian wraps ($6). Landers’ efficient staff can also deliver cocktails, such as caramel appletinis ($9) or vodka-infused french-vanilla lattes ($8), both of which loosen tongues in time for yodeling contests that determine who gets the check.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The spirited wine bar fetes grown-up grape-juice lovers of all varietals with a plethora of deliciously fermented beverages and savory eats alongside a cozy smoking room ideal for enjoying top-brand cigars. Settle in at one of the hardwood high-top tables or along the timber-culled bar with the mediterranean flatbread teeming with feta cheese, chicken, creamy hummus, and a smattering of kalamata olives ($8), or grab hold of the bumble-bee banini buzzing with a white-albacore-tuna medley in a warm, bready embrace ($7). Like Derrida's interpretation of Dr. Seuss, the deconstructed salad breaks down a list of ingredients for creative herbivores to choose from, including monterey cheese, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and a choice of drizzled dressing ($6). Myriad wine tapas such as the smoked salmon ($9), artisan cheese ($8), and toast-point trio ($6) complement the varied vineyard delights available in the fermentation emporium.
Gelateria del Duomo siphons authentic Italian culinary culture directly into its artisan gelato and handcrafted espresso drinks. As pairs or quartets stroll into the store, alluring espresso aroma piques noses' interest, and 20 flavors of creamy treats—one for each second science has proven it takes to order gelato with gelato already in the mouth—lie in wait within a gleaming glass case. Each made fresh daily with a combination of natural and imported Italian aliments, the gelato varieties reflect both authentic Italian and innovative modern flavors. Crumbled cookies star in the biscottino, and the salted-caramel flavor delights palates with its complexity. Dive into chocolaty possibility with flavors that add spicy heat, ginger, and orange to the classic favorite. Commiserate on shared favorites, or coerce friends to order something different for adventurous gelato swapping and more flavorful food fights.