When it comes to receiving cosmetic treatments, knowing a board-certified surgeon is at the helm can make patients feel at ease. When it’s four board-certified surgeons, even the strongest of worries are set at ease. Doctors Stephanie Stover, Richard Lung, Mario Reyes-Serrano, and Wendell Perry of Imagenes Cosmetic Center erase the effects of gravity by combining their experience in general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery in a supergroup of surgeons, complete with flowing capes and meteor-powered stethoscopes. Several of them are bilingual, and they all believe in creating the most natural results possible with such techniques as tightening the inner tissues of the face during a facelift to avoid a “windswept” look and lifting eyelids without changing a patient’s natural eye shape.
Mers Optical's locations in Hialeah West is chock-full of designer frames well suited for all manner of face shapes and personal styles. Independent doctors of optometry administer thorough eye exams, passing the results off to lens grinders who churn out single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses and fit them into frames from the likes of Lacoste, Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Mr. Potato Head.
Global Liquors stocks waiting wet bars and larders with a spectrum of spirits and gourmet noshes. A specialty cellar keeps an array of international wines at their ideal temperature, ensuring that the 2008 Tabali Reserve chardonnay ($17.99) and peppery Argentinean Navarro Correas Alegoria malbec ($19.50) age gracefully and don't catch colds. Invest in a sleek black bottle of Ty Ku sake ($17.99), or craft sophisticated cocktails out of spirits such as Tito's Handmade Vodka ($19.99). A feast of refined spreads and snacks awaits its perfect cocktail pairing in a delicatessen featuring notable noshes including Woolrich Dairy's triple-créme goat brie ($6.89) and the smoky lemon zing of Icelandic Stromluga herring caviar ($4.99). Global Liquors hosts weekly tastings during which patrons may wander amid wooden shelves teeming with bottles as they sip spirits, taste new noshes, and play Pin the Cork on the Bottle.
Kouzíne puts a local spin on Latin American and European treats, gourmet meats, specialty condiments, and more. Before heading to a holiday party, pick up a hefty hostess gift such as the Argentine wines and jellies basket ($45), which comes stuffed with two bottles, two wine-infused jellies, and an unofficial pass to the front of the bobbing-for-apples line. The two-tier Kouzíne appetizer and wine tower ($49.50) includes a Camino 7 Lagos malbec from Argentina, cold cuts, cheeses, and green olives. The Latin sensation ($56.50) displays a combination of Latin American wines and delicacies in a traditional brown wicker basket known to ward off evil plastic bags. To circumvent possible pantry claustrophobia, bypass goodie bundles and instead peruse Kouzíne's selection of loose wines, cheese accompaniments, and artisan fruits.
Back in the day, as customers trudged out of Home Depot—arms laden with buckets of paint for repainting the dining room or wooden planks for transforming their bike into a pirate ship—they would catch a whiff of sizzling steak. The source of the enticing aroma was the Kendall Latin Food stand, a cheerful little shack that sat directly adjacent to the Home Depot front entrance. Inside, servers whipped up Cuban-style sandwiches—delicious towers of crunchy bread and tender steak.
As word of the food stand spread across town, the demand for these sandwiches became too much for the tiny kitchen to handle. The chefs packed up their pans and moved to their own restaurant location, where they continue to whip up Cuban sandwiches and Latin specialties to this day. Each day, they pack their front counter with a colorful array of more than two dozen dishes, such as juicy ropa vieja beef, tangy imperial rice, and sweet bread pudding. Diners can pick out freshly made items by the pound, or opt for a daily meal plan to sample a new dish each day of the week.