An online wine community, Bottlenotes connects vino enthusiasts in the pursuit of discussing wines, getting recommendations, and connecting with experts. Staff members organize public interactive tastings in 10 major cities, gathering people of varying experience to sample vintages and blends from around the world or from a particular region. Each interactive event expands into creative spaces, such as art galleries and museums, emulating the ancient practice of how artists celebrate their paintings' birthdays. Bottlenotes' online wine collection—supplied through retailer Sherry-Lehmann—gives enophiles a communal browsing space for popular tipples. To help guide purchases, the website's interactive forum lets commenters share their tasting notes and wine ratings for each bottle. A daily e-newsletter also fills subscribers' inboxes with articles discussing interesting winemakers, wine-related products, and winemaking regions, keeping them up-to-date on current wine trends and the migration patterns of grapes.
Cuisine Type: European-style
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
With more than 1,000 different types of cheese made within its borders, France is known as the cheese capital of the world. So naturally, it's the country from which The Cheese Course imports most of its inventory?75 types to be exact. These include brie de meaux, fromager d'affinois truffles, and roquefort, one of France's oldest cheeses and one that is still ripened in the same cool, damp caves of Combalou.
Of course, France isn't the only region represented at The Cheese Course. The European-style cheese shop introduces patrons to more than 150 artisanal cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world. Most of the cheese makers use the same cheese-making methods that have been passed down through their families for generations via email. The house cheesemonger guides patrons through the cheese-selection process and teaches them how best to serve each one.
The shop also shows off its wares in various bistro sandwiches, including gourmet grilled cheese and the popular prosciutto di parma. This 14-month-aged, imported Italian meat gets its nutty flavor from the parmigiano-reggiano whey in the pig's diet.
After a trip to Mexico, brothers Jonathan and Yair Marcoshaner were inspired to create a company that makes fashionable furnishings and accessories from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps, newspapers and movie posters. The store Ecoist is the result of their hard, eclectic work. Located in Wynwood, the city’s art district, the brothers have been successful in collecting waste and turning it into eye-catching and stylish handbags, jewelry, belts, wallets and housewares. Since the development of their idea, the brothers believe that they have saved over 40 million wrappers from ending up in landfills, thanks to their supremely eco-chic designs.
Mealtime at Time for Wine is a bit like piecing together a puzzle. Guests scour the menu of Spanish-style tapas, and then they select a sampling of both hot and cold dishes that pair well with their preferred wine. The options are plentiful, with rich manchego cheese cutting through the acidity of the house's red wine, and stuffed olives offering a salty counterpoint to the subtle sweetness of the caprese panini. Though many dishes feature meat, such as the ham croquettes and the chorizo sautéed in red wine, vegetarians can easily find meat-free alternatives such as eggplant-and-bell-pepper spread and fried chickpeas.
Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, known for its small-batch roasting techniques and sublime cups of joe. In the corner of the storefront café is a bean roaster – the perfect piece of functional art – while a few high tables allow for seating across from the coffee bar. Most folks come here to grab unground beans to go, but that doesn’t mean the hip space can’t make for a great afternoon lounge spot. That’s especially true when the brews are this good, with the staff having won national awards for their Ethiopia Cherba and Coffee Kailash blends. And don’t’ be surprised when you order a latte that your steamed milk foam is decorated with some lovely latte art, and simple syrup is offered instead of sugar.
Like singing, dancing, or cooking, applying makeup is an art form that many practice each day without a foundation of proper techniques. At Blush Lounge, an expert team of beauty professionals helps clients of all ages, including teens, learn the fine skills involved in accentuating facial structure with brushes, shadows, and a variety of products. Their classes focus on professional techniques to help enhance clients' abilities in applying makeup and styling hair. During classes, they use products from the Motives line by Loren Ridinger, and they also organize makeup kits to accommodate the needs and finicky appetites of specific skin types and colors.