At Bal Harbour Smiles, Dr. Ari Benmergui and his knowledgeable staff keep vigil over grins with preventive and cosmetic dental and periodontal services. Full-mouth digital x-rays glimpse deeper into jawlines than routine exams and cleanings can to pinpoint deep-rooted cavities or baby teeth that refuse to come out and play. Friendly employees steer patrons toward the most appropriate treatment for their personal woes, whether it be teeth whitening or CEREC crowns and fillings, which blend seamlessly into ivory surroundings, much like a cloud at a marshmallow factory.
The rich and complex flavors inside a cup of Cafe Britt's gourmet coffee start with a simple bean. For more than 29 years, Cafe Britt's buyers have searched for crops with an ideal genetic profile, farms with beneficial ecosystems, and beans with magic properties, and have learned to harness at least the first two elements. In Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia, Cafe Britt has built strong relationships with farmers and maintained fair-trade practices at every step of the way.
With those beans, Cafe Britt blends signature gourmet coffees such as Colombian Dark Roast and Costa Rica Espresso Roast. The shops also complement coffee with gourmet cookies, chocolates, and other treats.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
At JMC Restorative Medicine, certified aestheticians rejuvenate and revitalize flagging façades with an invigorating oxygen facial and gold mask. After a mini-consultation to determine dermatological desires, a friendly technician administers a 45-minute red-carpet oxygen facial (a $125 value), rolling out medical-grade oxygen across the surface of the skin to aid in deeper absorption of vitamins, nutrients, and moisturizing hyaluronic acid. Then, facial mavens apply a gold mask (a $20 value), stimulating new skin-cell growth, treating sun damage, and increasing facial real-estate values. Complexions walk away hydrated, firmed, and replenished with reduced inflammation and redness, as well as a decreased appearance of fine lines.
At the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, vendors and chocolate lovers alike descend upon South Florida during a celebration of life's sweeter side. An estimated 3,000 foodies visit the evening event, witnessing and tasting the creations of some of the region's and the world's most distinguished chefs.
Themed areas make navigating the event a cinch. In designated chocolate zones, gourmet retailers, bakers, and pastry chefs win the hearts of taste buds with their sweets, which range from handmade goods to organic and small-batch treats. For a more savory experience, Restaurant Row showcases the eats of more than 30 South Florida restaurants. Pairing seminars, meanwhile, discuss what edibles go well together, and live cooking demonstrations share tricks of the trade, such as how to turn a chef's hat into an oversized drinking goblet. There will also be a number of beer, wine, and spirits vendors on hand and attendees can enjoy music performances throughout the space.
Nestled within the food show, the Cigar Cellar & Lounge sponsors the Miami Smoke Affair. Cigar connoisseurs stroll the booths of 20 brands, learning from the factory reps about how the cigars are made, what they're made from, and how they should be smoked. As they meander through the space, they sip on unlimited glasses of craft beer and nibble on bites of food. They can also dig into cigar-packed goody bags in the tented smoking lounge.
Back in the day, as customers trudged out of Home Depot—arms laden with buckets of paint for repainting the dining room or wooden planks for transforming their bike into a pirate ship—they would catch a whiff of sizzling steak. The source of the enticing aroma was the Kendall Latin Food stand, a cheerful little shack that sat directly adjacent to the Home Depot front entrance. Inside, servers whipped up Cuban-style sandwiches—delicious towers of crunchy bread and tender steak.
As word of the food stand spread across town, the demand for these sandwiches became too much for the tiny kitchen to handle. The chefs packed up their pans and moved to their own restaurant location, where they continue to whip up Cuban sandwiches and Latin specialties to this day. Each day, they pack their front counter with a colorful array of more than two dozen dishes, such as juicy ropa vieja beef, tangy imperial rice, and sweet bread pudding. Diners can pick out freshly made items by the pound, or opt for a daily meal plan to sample a new dish each day of the week.