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.
Bottega La Dolce Vita stocks its shelves and fridges with fine pastas, sauces, pestos, cheeses, and deli meats from all regions of Italy. Like a wormhole to the Mona Lisa's kitchen cupboard, the mouthwatering spread of imported fare brings a tiny piece of the Old World to America, loading pantries with silky chocolates, creamy pecorino Toscano, and all-natural pork salami. Among the store's charming cloth-clad tables, owners Franco Di Blasi and Joan Bavaresco guide visitors through a culinary tour of Italy, allowing them to sample fine cheeses as they peruse the selection of cookies, olive oils, and homemade pestos and sauces.
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.
When you walk in to the family-owned Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream Shoppe in Miami, you’ll likely feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Make your way to the counter to find your ice cream being scooped by hand in front of you, then released into a specially-dipped cone. The classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, strawberry, mint chip and cookies ‘n’ cream are always offered at this throwback counter service spot, but check the board for daily specials that bring the place up to modern day standards. Lighter-calorie flavors are available as well, plus a variety of basic toppings, and you can examine the wall of accolades while you wait for your treat to be served. Or sit on one of the painted park benches inside.
Founded in 1912, Gardner's Market brought fine foods, gourmet groceries, and the services of skilled chefs to the public for over a century. While the grocer's store recently changed ownership, the mission and much of the market's renowned staff has endured. Executive Pastry Chef Luis Dorado still creates the same sinfully delicious sweet treats that have graced the cases during his 19-year tenure, whipping up everything from flourless chocolate tortes to crème brûlée. Other culinary artists spend their days crafting hot carrot bisque, Maryland mini crab cakes, and tres leches cake, cooked fresh and packed to go. They also whip up hot lunches, which vary in price from day to day due to the incorporation of market-price seafood and garnishes of freshly minted dollar bills. In the meat department, the team serves up certified angus beef, hormone-free chicken, naturally-raised lamb, and more.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.