The fruit pruners at Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company rearrange nature's bounty into a blooming cornucopia of ripe delights for nutritious gifting. Each Fresh Garden bouquet comes blooming with an arrangement of strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, oranges, and daisy-shaped pineapple to plant on a colleague's desk or toss to hungry bridesmaids. As a special for Groupon users, Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company will include three chocolate-dipped strawberries culled from their cocoa-fertilized garden in every biodynamic bundle.
Happy Playz beckons youngsters ages 0–6 to traverse its age-appropriate playplaces while parents enjoy free WiFi near the cappuccino bar. Small tots boost their hand-eye coordination in the activity center or scrutinize their outfits in various mirrors throughout the multihued recreation station. A magnetic-bug center delights fledgling scientists with refrigerator-door residents whereas a pretend doctor's office teaches tykes about health and how to correctly ask for a doctor's note to get out of their taxes. Just beyond the bounds of the play area, an on-site café slings a bevy of kid-friendly cuisine including macaroni and cheese ($3.50), mini pitas with hummus ($3), and classic cheeseburgers ($3).
Owner Melissa Vias originally unveiled Malanga Café not only to share the exotic dishes crafted from her meticulous collection of Cuban recipes, but to transport diners to the music- and amusement-filled atmosphere of Cuba itself. Head chef Haydee Porras blends traditional ingredients to forge from scratch items such as crispy croquettes, steaming tamales, and a traditional suckling pig that smokes and crackles as it rotates in its sweltering roaster. Meanwhile, succulent morsels of shredded pork nestle into pillowy baguettes to craft the pan con lechon, whose popular recipe arrived from Santiago de Cuba via Vias's husband. Postmeal, patrons can amuse other senses with games of Cubilete or the rhythms of a live band, then sign a giant mural awash with famous Cuban sayings to personalize a part of history and provide an effective alibi against sushi-eating accusations.
The soft-serve-dispensers at Tutti Frutti inspire customers to create edible architecture with more than 40 rotating frozen-yogurt flavors and 50 self-serve toppings. Patrons fill bowls with a choice of frozen yogurt before blanketing their velvety frozen treat with fruit, candy, and nut toppings such as peaches, chocolate sprinkles, and candy corn harvested from a local piñata farm. Though yogurt flavors rotate daily, past varieties have included birthday cake, strawberry banana, and mint chocolate, and average approximately 30 calories per ounce. Name-brand candies, including Reese's, Snickers, and M&M's, are available per ounce to top yogurt creations at both the Pembroke Pines and Pinecrest locations. Upon completing sweet masterpieces, dessert sculptors can submit their handiwork ($0.45/oz., including toppings) to the store's judicious scale to be weighed, priced, and read its Miranda rights.
Selva's Cake Designers helps customers celebrate wedding feasts, quinceañeras, baby showers, and other landmarks with handmade cakes and cupcakes. Layers of sweet buttercream frosting cover traditional multitiered wedding cakes or sculpted fondant creations such as an edible guitar, flowers, and tequila bottles. The skilled confectioners and bakers at Selva's work hard to make their clients' dreams come true, even if those dreams involve devouring a cake meant for 20 people all by yourself.
Deemed by the Miami New Times to have the Best Exotic Frozen Desserts in 2009, Via Veneto Gelato serves up oodles of distinctly flavored gelato and confections to sweet tooth collectives. Score a small dish ($4.59), large dish ($5.50), or sugar cone ($4) packed with 1 of more than 40 frozen flavors such as almond chocolate, Nutella, or tiramisu gelato. The three-scoop waffle cone ($4.99) comes stacked with a toothsome trio such as lychee, pistachio, or Super dulce, which pairs a heroic dulce de leche with chocolate-chips sidekicks to fight against bland, soft-serve foes. Sorbets such as blackberry, mango, and passion fruit nest deliciously in a cup cone ($3.25) and fat-free, sugar-free Doppiozeros such as coconut and strawberry can be whisked out of the establishment in bambino ($2.80), giovani ($3.95), or signor ($6.95) to-go containers. The confectionery also crafts cakes and offers snacks for dessert diners looking to thaw out their palates.