Shula’s Athletic Club—named for Don Shula, the NFL Hall of Famer who coached the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl trophy in 1972—doesn’t find it hard to fill its sprawling 40,000 square feet of space. A cardio room with more than 50 pieces of equipment, a spinning center, weight rooms, fitness-class studios, and basketball courts spread through the facility, luring athletes for independent workouts and personal-training sessions. Dozens of weekly fitness classes range from calorie-burning Zumba workouts and Vinyasa-yoga sessions to spin classes that help students practice for the day they have pedal-powered cars.
The athletic club also accommodates older exercisers with aquatic aerobics and seated Silver Sneakers workouts, and it keeps kids busy with confidence-building youth sports programs. Young legs run over a new 60-yard athletic field or nine lighted tennis courts where kids whack tennis balls and low-flying hot-air balloons with rackets.
The rhythmic whirring of fruit-annihilating blades, punctuated by the crunching of ice and glugging of poured juices, courses through Smoothie King’s health emporium. Guests select from a bountiful selection of made-to-order beverages in seven categories—including Stay Healthy, Trim Down, and Get Energy—each formulated with specific fruit combos to help bulk up muscle or trim down waistlines. The Raspberry Sunrise balances out its tartness with honey, while the exotic Mangosteen Madness showcases the Southeast Asian fruit along with strawberries and papaya. Guests can augment their fruit flavors with one of 11 enhancers, such as a vitamin and calcium blend to strengthen joints, or a 125 mg Caffeine Charge enhancer to temporarily make mowing the lawn less sleep-inducing.
Dr. Michael J. Cohen oversees Miami Lakes Family Chiropractic as well as the spines of players for sports teams such as the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals. Dr. Cohen—or Dr. Mickey, as he likes to be called—puts his years of experience to the test by fighting issues such as herniated discs or spinal disappearance. He leads his team as they perform manual adjustments and decompressions, or offer full-body vibrations and cervical traction.
The bakers behind Cupcake.Love.Miami fill their huge menu of desserts with unexpected and creative flavors. Some emulate childhood favorites, such as the PB-and-J-inspired Goober and watermelon Jolly Rancher. Other categories are dedicated to refreshing summer beverages, breakfast staples such as Froot Loops, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie. These flavors take shape as cupcakes, cake pops, or full-grown cakes that can feed up to 95 people and arm as many food catapults.
But no matter what its shape or size, each dessert flaunts a distinct artistic vision with intricate fondants and other toppers. Cupcake.Love.Miami also partners with sister business Sunshine State Cakes to craft custom couture desserts.
Drawing inspiration from South American cuisine, the cooks at Che Pibe Grill roast hearty meats such as new york strip steaks, short ribs, and pork kebabs over an open flame. The Sun Sentinel also praised their "light and flaky" empanadas for "devilishly generous portions of shredded chicken or ground beef" in a 2007 review. But the chefs have even more tricks up their sleeves—they incorporate Italian influences into dishes such as marinara-sauced pastas and homemade tiramisu.
In the casual dining room, waiters pass these and other menu items onto tables illuminated by cylindrical pendant lamps. Opposite the seating, a countertop dominates the space with its polished granite surface and constant demands that staffers shine its mosaic tiles.
The burnt-orange walls of Parrillada el Gaucho echo the welcoming heat of the grills in the kitchen. There, steaks acquire charred stripes before they reach diners in several cuts, from rib eye to T-bone. Uruguayan-style parrillada meals layer impressive amounts of meats and garnishes on pans, often piling enough skewers of shrimp and crisp sausages for two. This traditional South American style of cooking typifies the warm, convivial venue, whose dining room is decorated with horseshoes and ranching artifacts. Though steaks remain its most popular offering, the menu also boasts entrees such as chicken parmesan and custom-mixed pastas, with housemade flan to bring meals to an authentically sweet conclusion. Party packages, late hours, and Friday-night musical performances conspire with tender bites, luring festive groups to tables without coaxing trails of confetti.