At Rice Paradise, the gluten- and preservative-free signature rice cakes are culled from a European recipe and are all homemade. The culinary crew tops each batch with fresh fruit or nuts, and sticky-sweet sauce, such as chocolate or strawberry. They also craft rice pudding from scratch in flavors such as tiramisu and chocolate chip cookie dough. To give guests a true break from their daily grind, the eatery's walls are splashed with ocean blue and lined with seashells and starfish, and the countertops are fronted with bamboo and topped with tropical plants.
The SweetTooth Soiree spotlights the top bakeries, candy-makers, and dessert experts in South Florida. Vendors dish out samples of their signature sweets, including gooey brownies, artfully frosted cakes, and rainbow-colored candy. The entertainment ranges from DJ-spun tunes to dessert-making demos, which teach visitors to create confections more sophisticated than a mud pie covered in edible gold leaf.
When Danna and Adam Caldwell went to a frozen-yogurt shop on their first date, they didn't realize how much it would change their lives. Not only did they each end up finding the person with whom they'd spend the rest of their lives, but also they found what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives together. Eventually, they opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, which now has outposts across the nation. Like the Bill of Rights, the business is represented by a series of mascots––led by Menchie himself––to create a fun family experience.
No matter where the store is, however, the staff members start the process with a signature ingredient: protein-rich California dairy milk. They use this as the base for their probiotic-filled yogurt, and add only all-natural ingredients to create their roster of flavors. These satisfy a variety of dietary restrictions, resulting in flavors such as no-sugar-added coffee and low-carb candy cane. At the toppings bar, guests customize their chosen flavors with a sprinkling of candy, fresh fruit, syrups, and marshmallow cream.
Gallery of Cakes’ master of cakes, Yonnie, uses his experience as an ex-pizza chef and the owner and head instructor of Yonnie’s Cake Art School to craft delicious and creative baked treats. All treats are non-dairy and under the supervision of Kosher Miami, ranging from cupcakes and buttercream cakes to sheet cakes and fondant cakes for all occasions. As an outlet for his artistic spirit, Yonnie also specializes in custom cake decoration, yielding inspired cake designs such as cakes in the shape of the Torah, a sheriff’s hat, or a 3D rendition of a princess’ castle.
Though you may not garner it from the name, the menu at Bagelworks goes far beyond their eponymous doughy diameter. Onion and honey whole-wheat bagels, made onsite, hold up on their own with a schmear of cream cheese but work just as well bolstering deli fare such as house salads, eggy breakfast dishes, and fish platters. Other items on the expansive menu include grilled cheese, pastrami paninis, and pancakes.
In 1954, Gino's Italian Market's founder, Anthony Paparella, moved from the teeming fisheries of Bari to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he married a fellow Italian and worked as a builder for nearly 20 years. After retiring to South Florida in '73, Paparella brought a taste of his homeland stateside by opening a bustling bazaar filled with fresh produce, succulent meats, and sweet desserts.
The market's commitment to tradition and family can be found in all of its business practices, from its catered feasts of traditional baked pastas and rib roasts, to e-mail correspondences from the resident Nonna that contain expert advice on party planning, recipes, and optimal angles for cheek-pinching. Shoppers consult Nonna Anna and handy recipe guides to concoct rich sauces and tasty entrees from the store's bountiful selection of cheese, wine, ripe tomatoes, and imported Italian goods.
In addition to rounding out dinner plates with house-made prosciutto bread, fresh chicken, and juicy cuts of beef, Gino's graces weddings, desserts, and banquets with custom cakes and pastries.