Voted Best Cookies in Tampa three years in a row by Tampa Bay Magazine, Kookie Krums specializes in decorative cookie bouquets to commemorate special occasions or to give as unique gifts. The bakery crafts seven flavors of cookies fresh daily, including chocolate chip, double chocolate, sugar, peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin, and can substitute Divvies nut-, egg-, dairy-free cookies with any order for an additional charge. Reward a baked-good fiend for keeping his paws out of unattended jars with a hand-painted big brown daisy flower pot filled with a half-dozen individually-wrapped cookies ($30.95), or buy Cookie Monster's vote for your Sesame Street mayoral bid with a dozen artfully arranged cookies ($35.95). Bouquets come in many themes, such as birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, and canine connoisseurs, ensuring that mouths will meet cookies and sweaters will need vacuuming regardless of the occasion. Along with flower-pot bouquets, Kookie Krums also sells smaller cookie-mug arrangements ($21.95) and cookies customized with personal photographs or corporate logos ($24 for a dozen).
The fusion of robust Malaysian spices and smooth coconut milk erupts with each bite of beef rendang. Sweet and spicy notes infuse the syrupy glaze coating each morsel of general tso’s chicken. A conical seaweed wrap imbues its saltiness in slices of spicy conch. Within the red and yellow walls of Hin Lee Malaysian Chinese Restaurant, the talented chef forges a synthesis of flavors from Malaysian and Chinese traditions. On the weekends, a rice artisan rolls cuts of fresh grouper, salmon, and spicy scallop into seaweed-encased slices at a small sushi bar, where diners can sidle up to watch the master work and shout names of current events to inspire the wasabi's improve-comedy routines.
Nestled in Dunedin, the sister city of Stirling, Scotland, The Gaelic Dish harnesses its international ties to dazzle palates with authentic Scottish food. The owner and chef procures fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets, crafting dishes that brim with verdant field greens, artisan cheeses, and organic meats. In accordance with Scottish tradition and the Farmer's Almanac, The Gaelic Dish also serves high tea meals—accessible by ladder or helicopter—welcoming families to dine on succulent morsels amid a stream of live music.
Though the colorfully packaged products at International Food Mart may seem like those of any neighborhood grocery, a simple perusal of their labels reveal a much wider world beyond its shelves. The store carries oils and coffees from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with a selection of fresh produce, meats, and fish that've flown themselves across the ocean from far-away lands. Many ingredients find their way into the staff's Middle Eastern and Vietnamese carryout meals, such as falafel wraps, lo mein noodle dishes, and pork egg rolls.