Siblings Fabio, Mary, and Saul Soares were practically born to be pastry chefs. They grew up watching their mother Vera bake for family and clients in their native Brazil, spreading cheer through her creative and tasty desserts. Today at The Pastry Shop by Magic City Chefs, the trio continues her legacy by creating stunning tiered cakes, dainty macarons, and airy mousses suitable for any occasion, especially dentist appointment pre-parties. For those who require a bit of balance on their plate, the chefs also prepare hor d'oeuvres, canapés, wraps, and other savory specialties.
Every Saturday rain or shine, Glaser Organic Farms hosts the Coconut Grove Organic Market, a vegan-leaning outdoor market. Each week the farm offers an array of organic vegetables, fruits and prepared vegan foods that are prepared at the farm. These offerings include cashew butter, homemade salad dressings and fruit pies, while a big draw is the macadamia and cashew nut milk ice creams. For anyone looking to do more than just take home the ingredients of their next meal, a hefty salad bar, wraps, and a great assortment of prepared foods can be purchased and eaten at the market’s many picnic tables. In addition to the farm’s own offerings, there are many small local vendors who sell spices, beans, soaps and juices. Be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind scuffing up, because the market is held in a vacant lot.
At The Last Carrot, fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grain breads come together to feed the body and mind. Lean chicken, tuna, or tofu nudge up against shaved carrot slices and crunchy cucumber inside the welcoming embrace of a whole-wheat pita sandwich. Diners also dip into freshly made bean soups, or slather snacks in homemade peanut butter. The health food enclave also offers a colorful mélange of freshly squeezed juices, including acai, wheatgrass, and a frothy blend of carrot juice spiked with sweet strawberry, papaya, and mango.
Creative customization is key at Yogurtini, where a rotating cast of frozen yogurt flavors meets a large list of toppings to create personalized self-serve desserts. Each day, frozen yogurt flavors such as "The House" plain tart, cookies and cream, and strawberry shortcake are culled from a sprawling list and presented for customer selection, with vegan and gluten-free options available. After customers fill their cups or insulated to-go containers with yogurt, they can amble over to the toppings bar, which showcases more than 60 choices including popular candies, cookies, and fruits. Once their frozen treat is complete, customers can relax in one of several sea-foam-green chairs and enjoy.
At last year's Grovetoberfest, more than 6,500 beer enthusiasts descended on Peacock Park for a celebration of seasonal beer, delicious food, and live music. This time around, the festival ratchets up the good times with an even bigger selection of beers to sample—more than 200, to be exact. Like the festival's guests, they come from all over the world, along with plenty of domestic craft brews as well. And besides sampling a world's worth of autumnal potions, attendees can ply their own wares in the Best Homebrew Contest, and learn to incorporate beer into their cooking routine in Milam's Kitchen Lab.
Grass-green walls and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee greet diners at Caffe 33 before its chefs satisfy insides with warm sandwiches and breakfast dishes. Hot sandwiches, including an avocado BLT, warm bellies like internal hot-water bottles, and cold sandwiches refresh with options such as Mediterranean salmon with olives or a chicken caesar wrap. Earlier in the day, breakfast fare that includes ham, egg and cheese paninis and house-made empanadas transforms sleeping caps into thinking caps. The café also serves freshly squeezed juices, using fruits and veggies such as beets, pineapple, and ginger to craft elixirs even more refreshing than unicorn milk. As patrons nosh, they can connect to the Internet beneath walls with vivid and expressive paintings or pepper their meals with fresh air at a smattering of sidewalk tables.