Edible Arrangements' boxes combine the richness and euphoric properties of chocolate with the juicy deliciousness and nutritional soundness of fruit. The Edible Arrangements geneticists have relinquished the chocolate-fruit hybridization task to a skilled team of dipping artists. These creative connoisseurs hand-dip fresh fruit in gourmet semi-sweet chocolate and then nestle each finished piece in its compact, boxy bed. Several $25 boxes are available, including choices from Edible Arrangements' mélange of fruit. Anjou pears, pineapples, strawberries, and other tempting treats are available under a darkened drizzle and can easily sate cravings without sacrificing allegiances to Mother Nature or Mother Nature's husband, Father Fragrance.
At La Palma, the air is full of so much romance that it seems possible to pluck the moon from the sky with your fork. This is doubly the case if you order the popular Meze Lune Ripiene di Zucca?a pasta dish of moon-shaped, pumpkin-stuffed tortellini glazed with a butter and sage sauce. Even if you don't, though, the restaurant's scenery is enough to make a date memorable: the historic building was designed as a hotel in 1924 by George Merrick, whose Mediterranean architecture dots much of Coral Gables. Inside, fine art curated by the owners draws the eye. Outside, trees swathed in lights and a burbling stone fountain evoke an Italian courtyard. And on Wednesdays through Saturdays, live music adds to the dreamy quality of the setting.
The Northern Italian food also transports diners to Europe. Homemade pastas mixed with seafood and meat sauce abound, including spaghetti with fresh clams and crab-filled ravioli. Entrees of braised veal shank, grilled tuna in a gorgonzola cheese sauce, and New Zealand rack of lamb make for satisfying dinners. There's also a prix fixe chef's special menu, which concludes with a homemade treat you get to choose from a dessert trolley, as long as you don't hop on and demand to be taken to Candyland post haste.
Vegan quinoa and apple salads, tuna with olive tapenade and tomato sandwiches, and mango-basil smoothies. These are only a few of the healthy options you can get at Pete's Authentic Cooking. The restaurant prepares a whole menu of nutritious meals using fresh produce and wholesome ingredients. Pete's homemade jams top a number of the breakfast toasts and sandwiches, adding a sweet fruit flavor to brioche or roast beef. You can get these tantalizing tastes in the store for breakfast or lunch or delivered across Coral Gables.
Insomniacs and early risers can take advantage of the Duck's modest morning taste menu. Salute the sunrise with a steamy hot chocolate ($2.50) and mini-croissant slathered in apple jelly ($.80) or try the fruit salad ($2.30). For lunch, the choices expand delightfully, like a magically growing animal tablet submerged in the bathtub. From fishy (Two Scoops salad with tuna salad) to fruity (Old Dixie chicken salad with orange sections), salad options run the gamut ($7.10 and up). Wraps, stuffed baguettes, sandwiches, and subs round out the menu.
Cuban-born Reina has called Miami her home since starting her hairstyling career more than two decades ago. Within those years, Reina has sharpened her eye for detail, which she showcases during each precision cut, ombre highlight, and bridal updo she performs from within Zen Hair salon. Reina reaches for ammonia-free dye to liven up dull locks and straightens out unruly curls with an organic smoothing formula and a tough, but fair, lecture.
When two stay-at-home moms transformed their passion for gift giving into a part-time basket-arranging business, they couldn't have predicted what it would become. But more than three decades later, their taste and selection have caused Sweetreat to blossom into a go-to for occasions in southern Florida, earning attention from Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, and The Gourmet Retailer along the way. The delights they deliver to doorsteps come piled high with fine wines, cheeses, chocolates, and cookies, curated for special occasions ranging from graduations to the moment one realizes that cookies are amazing. While most occasions warrant a weaved basket, holiday gifts load into a festive drum, and baby gifts might come packaged in a miniature bathtub or a stepping stool.