Pure Magic dazzles palates and bulbus oculi alike with flash-frozen ice cream created fresh in front of its customers. Cream cravers commence their culinary quest by selecting one of five base flavors, including vanilla and honey cinnamon. Next, dessert sculptors can draft either three or unlimited toss-ins, such as butterscotch, cookie dough, and coconut ($5/three, $6/unlimited). The ice cream is then flash frozen with the fifth major food group—liquid nitrogen—to create a smooth and creamy texture that tantalizes taste-happy tongues. Like epicurean compasses and pocket-size Ouija boards, Pure Magic's popular-combinations list helps steer choice-smothered consumers toward a smile-inducing synergy of flavors, sporting treat titles such as cinnamon and pecans, Almond Joy, and raspberry fudge.
Liz L?pez honed her pastry skills at Notter School of Pastry Arts under the tutelage of such notable chefs as Colette Peters, Ewald Notter, and James Russell. Each cake is made from scratch and customized to fit clients? wishes. She creates sophisticated wedding cakes or fun birthday cakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse, a car, or a full-scale replica of the International Space Station. Liz also molds the batter into cupcakes and bite-size cake pops.
Rita's chills tongues and satisfies cravings with a selection of frozen treats including italian ice, sundaes, and shakes. Gelati layers italian ice in a variety of fruity flavors on top of creamy frozen custard, whereas mistos blend the two so that they can be sipped through a straw. And for those looking for a healthy option, the shop serves sugar-free italian ice.
Day Breaks Tea Emporium is a slice of England where you'd least expect it. Tucked away inside a cozy cottage the color of a robin's egg, the teahouse is best known for its afternoon tea service, which features scones, fresh fruit, and fancy finger sandwiches along with tea blends such as gingersnap red rooibos and classic peppermint. Seeing as how this is sunny Florida and not cloudy England, teas are always available iced or frozen into cup-shaped ice cubes.
More than 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.