iConnect Cafe's goal is a lofty one: to help revitalize the spiritual and cultural offerings and lifestyles in south Florida. A goal this ambitious calls for services that rise to the challenge, and so iConnect's founders do more than just provide organic tea, coffee, and café food. They also offer yoga classes that can help clients work up an appetite for their vegan bean burgers and kale salads, and lead healing reiki sessions that can be followed with a cup of organic joe. Body wraps wrap the body, promoting exfoliation and moisturizing with cucumbers, aloe, honey, or seaweed, and the five-point star treatment targets the scalp, hands, and feet with herbal salts, organic paparazzi, and medicated oils.
Although each of their dishes is made without gluten, animal products, or refined sugar, Green Wave Cafe proves that raw, vegan food can tempt palates. The eatery earned laurels in 2010 for being the Best Raw Food Restaurant according to the New Times Broward-Palm Beach for flavorful dishes "that actually satisfy." Among such edibles is a vegan chocolate ice cream that tastes close to "the real thing."
All dishes are made onsite daily, and the only cooked dish on the menu is the soup of the day. The hummus sandwich is made from peas sprouted in pure ionized water. The lettuce taco boats, which the staff calls one of its most popular dishes, include with housemade guacamole and vegan pâté rich with Mexican seasoning. Raw-food enthusiasts can also fill their baskets at the Monday farmers' market or earn raw-food certification with cooking classes.
Churromania makes a single treat countless ways. The Venezuelan snack shop, a creation of Ariel Acosta-Rubio, Maria Alejandra Bravo, and Miguel Bravo, might dust its crispy churros with sugar, drizzle them with chocolate, or fill them with cream cheese. Orders of Crispy Mania blend sugar and cinnamon, and each Big Mania comes to tables filled with one of eight toppings, including guava and Nutella. Instead of sucking humidity out of the air with a big straw, visitors can stay hydrated with more than a dozen hot and cold beverages.
The hearty Italian dishes and seafood of Cafe Volare earned praise from the Miami Herald this year for its “wonderful” desserts and dishes such as the “light and elegant” spinach and Parmesan ravioli. Chef Manolo Guerra often prepares whatever dishes customers request, and customizes dishes such as raviole penne and grilled salmon. Desserts range from succulent apple tart to a tiramisu made with Colombian coffee, amaretto, and Sambuca.
Origami Food replenishes pantries with fresh groceries, produce, and organic specialty items. Customers can raid the shelves for wholesome oils and seeds, or stock up on spices, herbs, and dressings to add flavor to everyday foods or an astronaut friend’s idea of dinner. Customers can also browse a selection of potables, from organic green teas and coffees to fruity drinks.
A smorgasbord of fun, adventuresome activities fill the 9,000 square feet of Funderdome. Upon entering, eyes immediately gaze skyward to the center's ceiling, where kids deftly navigate the ropes course a good 22 feet above the ground. While kids remain safely tethered, they traverse seven complex courses that build balance, coordination, and confidence. As the sky's the limit for kids, there's also a climbing wall to further enhance fitness in a fun way. A 30-foot-high multilevel playground keeps heads in the clouds with 20 different obstacles as well as mazes, tubes, and slides. Kids even can climb a vertical tower to an enclosed sports complex. There, they play basketball and soccer 22 feet in the air. From there, kids can come to ground while not exactly coming back to Earth for the activity floor and space-quadrant laser maze. With views of all the action, the café provides parents respite with WiFi, pizza, sandwiches, and LavAzza coffee.