The Pasco County bakery and cupcakery specializes in special-event cake design and offers custom-created gourmet confections made from premium local and organic ingredients. Consult the cake makers to help you design and construct the sweet centerpiece for your next wedding, graduation party, or post-triathlon soiree. The qualified cakers will help you choose the flavor, size, shape, and aesthetic design of the decadent dessert. The customizable cake creations can be made vegan and gluten-free and are sure to please any dessert admirer or party attendee. Two-tier round cakes start at $114.50, and the more-angular hexagonal cakes start at $162.50. Or score a single 10-inch cheesecake for $65. Custom cakes will vary in price depending on the project, and Crave recommends placing orders a month in advance to ensure complete accuracy. Schedule ahead for a cake consultation.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Britans Yogurt Mill tempts sweet teeth with troves of trans-Atlantic treats and healthy, probiotic substitutes with a regularly-rotating cast of flavors. Britans' stash of Only 8 frozen yogurt, free of fats, sugars, cholesterol, and lava, packs 48 calories per small serving ($2.50) and 64 calories per medium cup ($3.25), letting sweet-seekers indulge without sabotaging waistlines. Churn spoons over gobs of Working Cow Ice Cream ($2.65–$3.95), Florida's own boutique dairy blend brimming with fruit, chocolate, and nuts; or expand horizons with Britans' import selection of candy ($1.25–$5.25) and biscuits from England and South Africa.
Considering Juan and Alvaro Gorrin studied medicine and business, and went on to forge careers in real estate and banking, it's probably surprising to many that they found their ultimate success in a totally unrelated field: baking. The Gorrins, who were born in Spain but moved to Venezuela in their youth, found there was a demand for European-inspired baked goods in South America. They developed the Don Pan brand in Venezuela in 1982, and eventually relocated to Miami, where they opened their first North American bakery in 1995.
Today, their menu maintains distinctly Spanish and South American accents. A bounty of pastries includes guava danish and tres leches, as well as brazo gitano, a sponge cake rolled with chocolate or cream that's popular in both Spain and Venezuela, as well as the section of Canada that uses cake as currency. There are also plenty of savory menu items, including cachapas—corn pancakes served with meat or cheese—and Venezuelan-style tamales bursting with pork, beef, chicken, and veggies.
The spirited wine bar fetes grown-up grape-juice lovers of all varietals with a plethora of deliciously fermented beverages and savory eats alongside a cozy smoking room ideal for enjoying top-brand cigars. Settle in at one of the hardwood high-top tables or along the timber-culled bar with the mediterranean flatbread teeming with feta cheese, chicken, creamy hummus, and a smattering of kalamata olives ($8), or grab hold of the bumble-bee banini buzzing with a white-albacore-tuna medley in a warm, bready embrace ($7). Like Derrida's interpretation of Dr. Seuss, the deconstructed salad breaks down a list of ingredients for creative herbivores to choose from, including monterey cheese, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and a choice of drizzled dressing ($6). Myriad wine tapas such as the smoked salmon ($9), artisan cheese ($8), and toast-point trio ($6) complement the varied vineyard delights available in the fermentation emporium.
Home to more than 140 flavors of dairy-based frozen treats, Bruster’s offers everything from traditional sundaes ($5 for regular) to customizable, candy-loaded blasts ($4.75 for regular). A lengthy flavor list offers enough cold, creamy options to placate the pickiest palate and smother the smokiest campfire. Browse the menu to select your optimal sweet-tooth-sating device, such as a single-scoop waffle cone filled with one of more than 24 flavors of ice cream made fresh every day ($4.15). Though flavors vary by store, dairy denizens may sample eclectic edible hues such as mint chocolate chip—one of Bruster's featured mint flavors in April. Opt for the lighter options of sorbets and italian ices or takeout containers in pint ($5.50), quart ($7.50), half-gallon ($11.75), and udder-size servings.