The fruit pruners at Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company rearrange nature's bounty into a blooming cornucopia of ripe delights for nutritious gifting. Each Fresh Garden bouquet comes blooming with an arrangement of strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, oranges, and daisy-shaped pineapple to plant on a colleague's desk or toss to hungry bridesmaids. As a special for Groupon users, Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company will include three chocolate-dipped strawberries culled from their cocoa-fertilized garden in every biodynamic bundle.
Happy Playz beckons youngsters ages 0–6 to traverse its age-appropriate playplaces while parents enjoy free WiFi near the cappuccino bar. Small tots boost their hand-eye coordination in the activity center or scrutinize their outfits in various mirrors throughout the multihued recreation station. A magnetic-bug center delights fledgling scientists with refrigerator-door residents whereas a pretend doctor's office teaches tykes about health and how to correctly ask for a doctor's note to get out of their taxes. Just beyond the bounds of the play area, an on-site café slings a bevy of kid-friendly cuisine including macaroni and cheese ($3.50), mini pitas with hummus ($3), and classic cheeseburgers ($3).
Owner Melissa Vias originally unveiled Malanga Café not only to share the exotic dishes crafted from her meticulous collection of Cuban recipes, but to transport diners to the music- and amusement-filled atmosphere of Cuba itself. Head chef Haydee Porras blends traditional ingredients to forge from scratch items such as crispy croquettes, steaming tamales, and a traditional suckling pig that smokes and crackles as it rotates in its sweltering roaster. Meanwhile, succulent morsels of shredded pork nestle into pillowy baguettes to craft the pan con lechon, whose popular recipe arrived from Santiago de Cuba via Vias's husband. Postmeal, patrons can amuse other senses with games of Cubilete or the rhythms of a live band, then sign a giant mural awash with famous Cuban sayings to personalize a part of history and provide an effective alibi against sushi-eating accusations.
The soft-serve-dispensers at Tutti Frutti inspire customers to create edible architecture with more than 40 rotating frozen-yogurt flavors and 50 self-serve toppings. Patrons fill bowls with a choice of frozen yogurt before blanketing their velvety frozen treat with fruit, candy, and nut toppings such as peaches, chocolate sprinkles, and candy corn harvested from a local piñata farm. Though yogurt flavors rotate daily, past varieties have included birthday cake, strawberry banana, and mint chocolate, and average approximately 30 calories per ounce. Name-brand candies, including Reese's, Snickers, and M&M's, are available per ounce to top yogurt creations at both the Pembroke Pines and Pinecrest locations. Upon completing sweet masterpieces, dessert sculptors can submit their handiwork ($0.45/oz., including toppings) to the store's judicious scale to be weighed, priced, and read its Miranda rights.
With a rotating selection of seven to eight delectable cupcake flavors offered daily, Clarabelle’s Cupcakes offers a bevy of tastes with today's deal. Choose from a surprise six-pack of the day's cupcakes or make a six-pack from vanilla with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with chocolate buttercream, red velvet with signature non-dairy cream cheese frosting, vanilla chip with chocolate buttercream, chocolate chip cookie dough with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with fluffy cream filling and ganache topping, chocolate with vanilla buttercream, or lemon with tangy lemon frosting. Romantics can capture the hearts of dreamy, lactose-intolerant lovers with any of Clarabelle’s treats, because all cupcakes are non-dairy, kosher, and won't expand into a wheel of cheddar cheese when exposed to water. Visitors can sample some 30-odd flavors while visiting the pink-stripe-walled cupcakery confines, watch the bakers give birth to sweets in the open kitchen, and nosh on a variety of treats such as brownies, cookies, cakes, and olde-timey salted leather bootstraps.
Be careful—stepping into Atelier Monnier may become a habit-forming activity. Best of Voice Places bestowed the Best Croissant title upon the French bakery in 2012, adding that the chocolate-almond variety "will make an addict of you." Miami New Times blogger Trina Sargalski praised Atelier's parisian macaron, a gluten-free cookie comprised of a light crust, moist almond meringue, and a natural ganache filling in such flavors as pistachio, coffee, and raspberry cassis. The shop's glass cases also brim with European-style ice cream (crème glacée), profiteroles and pastries, and handmade chocolates along with freshly baked bread and sandwiches.
The store owes its success to the gourmet passions of owner and Belgium native Patrick Feyten and the artisanal creativity of French pastry chef Franck Monnier. The minimalistic decor allows guests to focus on the vibrant colors of their sweet treats, which range from a sunny lemon yellow to a rouge as deeply crimson as Édith Piaf's lips.