The bakers of Homemade do things their own way. First, instead of operating a regular shop, they roll around town in their food truck bringing soft serve, savory lunches, and cupcakes to the masses. Their options are far from ordinary too, often with liquors or vegetables balancing out their sweet treats. While spirits are only available in specially-marked batches for grown-ups, many cupcakes mix in hidden, barely-there veggies like kale or zucchini. Though Homemade is perhaps best known for its everyday desserts, the team also puts together catering packages and full-size party cakes to feed groups.
Rochelle Koff of The Miami Herald wrote that Trata Greek Taverna "isn't the typical belly-dancing, confetti-tossing, plate-breaking Mediterranean restaurant. Its spell is more subtle, cast by a charming staff led by co-owner Dimitrios 'Jimmy the Greek' Tsiakanikas, who warmly greets patrons with a 'welcome home.'" His hearty salutations drift from a building the color of fresh artichoke leaves out onto a covered patio with flower boxes and twinkling string lights.
In the dining room, lights like glowing tulips hang over the fully stocked bar, casting a buttery glow on flame-kissed kabobs, gyros, spanakopita, and lamb chops soaked in olive oil and fresh herbs for 24 hours. Lilac napkins cover diners' laps as servers arrive with flaming cheese saganaki, the crackling flame punctuated by shouts of “opa.” Photographs of ocean-side Greek villages and stone statues on the wall give one the feeling of having landed in the sun-soaked country without constantly getting hit in the head by college kids throwing discuses.
Whether they're planning intimate commitment ceremonies at local estates or overseeing lavish destination weddings on the sands of Caribbean beaches, the matrimony experts at Bridal Joy keep one thing in mind: the happiness of their clients. Thanks to their connections with vendors and venues throughout the region, these event planners knock the intimidating task of wedding planning down to attainable, stress-free size. In addition to their planning prowess, they also boast aesthetic expertise, staying abreast of the latest trends to deliver receptions and ceremonies that are as stylish as they are celebratory. Newly engaged couples can get a taste for the Bridal Joy team's experience during the company's bridal tours, which whisk the betrothed to four different venues to meet various wedding professionals, all in search of the perfect matches.
While it may seem like a contradiction in terms, the Miami Herald dubbed Tundra Las Olas the "latest hot spot" for its arctic-themed decor, with an "impressive…eclectic menu by chef Bryan Lamblin." Small cold plates include the tundra shellfish, made with crab claws, white prawns, and Willapa Bay oysters arranged on a plate made of ice, echoing the sculptures scattered around the room and lengthening the lives of visiting snowmen. Hot plates feature stuffed prawns and Kobe-style beef meatballs, and entrees fuse sea-bound or land-locked fare with European or Asian seasonings, such as lobster sauce, jalapeño béarnaise, or plantain butter.
The cool, glossy tile behind the bar mirrors chandeliers shaped as if they were formed from ice. Icy blue lighting makes specialty drinks glow, while white and silver art carry the arctic theme throughout the space.
The sugar specialists at UdderSweets beckon customers with 32 flavors of ice cream and freshly made chocolates. Fill a cone or an enemy's purse with ice cream flavors such as swiss almond fudge, pralines and cream, or toasted coconut ($3.82 for single scoop in cake or sugar cone; $1.95 for extra scoop) with more than 45 available toppings such as fresh fruit, candy chunks, and nuts (cups with toppings $0.39/oz.). Patrons marvel as 1 of more than 50 homemade chocolates melts on tongues, or while noshing on such sweet selections as peanut-butter twists ($3.25) or bear claws ($3.50). Stock up on favorite childhood sugar-high-inducers in the bulk candy section stocked with gummy treats in the shape of peach rings, mini bears, and fish, as well as giant jawbreakers, gumdrops, and rock candy ($0.69/oz.). Should cravings remain, wander to the cupcake and cookie section to wrap hands around freshly baked mini cupcakes ($1.50).
Named after a pasta-loving family friend dubbed "Noodles" who came to the United States after a childhood in the Puglia region of Italy, Noodles Panini takes taste buds on trips to Europe with pressed sandwiches, imported pastas, and refined entrees featuring chicken, beef tenderloin, and fish. Aunt Marion?s meatballs, voted the best by Florida Travel + Life, present a balanced blend of pork, veal, and beef slowly stewed in handcrafted tomato sauce. The layers of flavor that infuse the eatery's paninis originate onsite, including fresh dressings, chef-made mozzarella, and house-roasted beef and turkey. Guests can sup inside the mahogany-hued restaurant or mosey out to the patio, where strings of lights cultivate a sense of romance that's enhanced when diners spontaneously sing love songs to their meatballs.