Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery's experienced team of aestheticians rejuvenates visages by softening skin spots and diminishing the effects of aging. The HydraFacial procedure uses a specialized spiral tool to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize tired faces, leaving human emoticons beaming brighter than a warehouse rave attended by lightning bugs. The technicians carefully consider each patient's skin type and epidermal flaws before concocting a custom serum, which is then deposited into the deep layers of skin, providing nutrients and hydration. Each gentle treatment reduces acne-spawning oil, smooths fine lines, and provides antioxidant protection against ravening hordes of roving free radicals, while providing less discomfort than being plunked by a softly thrown marshmallow.
Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado, and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staffers pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
Featured on WTSP’s Flavors of Tampa Bay, El Lago Ranchero serves Mexican fare amidst warm yellow walls and mission-style tiled archways. Waiters shuffle tamales, shrimp tacos, and fajitas—each paired with rice and beans—to tables inside the eatery or on a patio shaded with umbrellas. Guests can quell sweet cravings with fried ice cream and flan or sangria and margaritas as they try to find the courage to tell their date their second, secret middle name.
Blue Dolphin Cafe's team of culinary wizards uses fresh ingredients to conjure up its menu of café fare. Satiate late-rising appetites and confuse alarm clocks with all-day breakfast options such as the corned beef hash, blanketed with a duo of eggs ($9.99), or the Blue Dolphin omelet, which outfits sausage and green onions in an eggy overcoat ($8.99). Bread-bookended bites include a chicken-salad sandwich ($7.99) and Jet's Jewel of a Sandwich, which layers roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and tarragon mayonnaise between slices of grilled rye bread ($9.99). Blue Dolphin Cafe also caters to both ends of the carnivorous spectrum, with the Surfer Burger ($8.99) riding a wave of fresh chopped beef and a bowl of veggie chili ($5.75) available to those wishing to act on their anti-meat desires.
Nina Lakatos and Lynn Morris, two actual girls, wanted to live healthier lifestyles. They tried combining juices and raw, plant-based vegan foods and discovered that they "made them feel fantastic." Their friends took notice of the duo's improved health and energy and became curious about how to live such a lifestyle. Being a professional chef and professional photographer, the two knew how to make good food and how to make their good food look good, too. So, they started Two Girls Food, making fresh juices and vegan entrees each morning from scratch and delivering them to customers around town. They also offer pickup service in the morning at two locations.
When local favorites Sangria Tapas Bar and Maemi Peruvian Cuisine merged recently, a new dining hotspot was born: Jalea. The former eateries' Spanish and Peruvian influences can be seen all over Jalea's new menu, which spotlights an eclectic mix of hot and cold tapas such as homemade Spanish meatballs, cilantro-spiced leg of lamb, and Peruvian mashed potatoes drizzled with aioli. Though tapas are the main attraction here, diners aren't required to share—no matter what their kindergarten teachers taught them. Instead, they can opt for specialty entrees, including the sirloin steak topped with fried egg and plantains or the signature jalea, a mix of breaded seafood, yucca, and corn.