The aromas of spice-rubbed meats, curries, and simmering coconut milk mingle in Ginger Bay Cafe's dining room, giving visitors a taste of the tropics as soon as they enter. These vibrantly complex scents only grow stronger when orders arrive, such as plates of curried-chicken spring rolls with pineapple-ginger chutney, creole lobster, or jerk chicken with a secret blend of spices.
Inside the dining room, mottled orange and yellow walls evoke the look of an ocean sunset or really cool geometry book. The restaurant comes alive at night as live jazz bands and dance parties with reggae, R&B, and Caribbean soca rhythms echo throughout the space.
At Tribeca Medaesthetics, Dr. Jason A. Shapiro and Dr. Jeffrey R. LaGrasso beautify façades in a med-spa atmosphere decked out with colorful artwork and cozy seating. Cosmetic surgeries, such as face-lifts, breast augmentation and reduction, and liposuction—as well as Dysport and other injectables—help the doctors contour patients’ curves and dodecahedrons to desired specifications. The duo also aims luminescent beams from a trio of cosmetic lasers to help resurface skin, burn fat, and break down any unwanted tattoos or long-division problem. Tribeca Medaesthetics also supervises weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasions.
In 1954, Gino's Italian Market's founder, Anthony Paparella, moved from the teeming fisheries of Bari to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he married a fellow Italian and worked as a builder for nearly 20 years. After retiring to South Florida in '73, Paparella brought a taste of his homeland stateside by opening a bustling bazaar filled with fresh produce, succulent meats, and sweet desserts. The market's commitment to tradition and family can be found in all of its business practices, from its catered feasts of traditional baked pastas and rib roasts, to e-mail correspondences from the resident Nonna that contain expert advice on party planning, recipes, and optimal angles for cheek-pinching. Shoppers consult Nonna Anna and handy recipe guides to concoct rich sauces and tasty entrees from the store's bountiful selection of cheese, wine, ripe tomatoes, and imported Italian goods. In addition to rounding out dinner plates with house-made prosciutto bread, fresh chicken, and juicy cuts of beef, Gino's graces weddings, desserts, and banquets with custom cakes and pastries.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Founded in 2004 by physical therapist Darlene Wooldridge, Back to Health has since more than tripled its staff to better help patients eliminate pain, restore function, and foster general fitness and well-being. The bilingual therapists help revitalize bodies and spines with everything from therapeutic yoga classes to the use of MedX equipment—machines designed to target specific lumbar and cervical muscles through isolated strengthening.
Moments in Time Catering expands culinary vistas with a menu of handcrafted gourmet burgers and sandwiches, freshly prepped salads, and desserts, all serve-ready in microwavable containers. The bistro burger dresses a succulent patty in sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and a monocle of swiss cheese (an $8.50 value). A cadre of epicurean sandwiches include meatball subs (a $6.95 value) and oven-roasted turkey (a $7.95 value), and dinner entrees tame carnivorous cravings with stuffed green peppers cascading in tomato sauce and accompanied by mashed potatoes (a $10.95 value). Ladle wielders infuse a savory tomato sauce with sirloin steak and potatoes to compose homemade irish beef stew (a $10.95 value), and veggie slicers load garden salads with crisp cuts of carrots, cucumber, and red onion. Follow savory forkfuls with a variety of delectable dessert cakes, including red velvet, key lime, and carrot (up to a $6.25 value).
Drawn to a tomato picked right from the vine, a small girl breaks its crimson skin with her teeth, its earthy scent and tart-sweet flavor imprinting forever on her mind. This childhood memory of her family's garden inspired Sheila to establish SW Ranches Farmers Market, where shoppers can nibble on samples of the day's harvest just as Sheila did as a little girl. The produce on display is all grown sustainably and without pesticides, whether it is cultivated by Sheila and her crew or brought to the site from local farms.
Patrons can suss out the available options on the market's website in order to plan meals or find something that fits in a factory-defect cornucopia. Shoppers stock pantries with other organic options when available, including cereal, flour, seasonings, meats, and fish. Some summer nights, the market shows outdoor movies with a focus on healthy foods, such as the documentary Forks Over Knives.