Chef Spiros Nerantzis may seem gruff on the surface, but—as his wife and partner, Jenna, explains—that's only because "his passion and his love all come out in his food." Cooking since he was 15, Chef Spiros bounced around Europe until 2006, when he jumped across the pond to take over the then-24-year-old Olympia Cafe. Today, his kitchen expertly constructs traditional Greek fare, turning out plates of moussaka, gyros, and pastitsio, a Greek-style lasagna topped with béchamel sauce. A classically trained chef, Spiros is especially adept at fresh fish dishes, and concocts all his silky cream sauces from scratch rather than downloading them from the Internet.
If the kitchen is Spiros' domain, the rest of the restaurant is Jenna's. Jenna met Spiros six months into his tenure at Olympia Cafe, and a whirlwind romance saw them married before another six months was over. Friendly and personable, today she welcomes arriving guests into a dining room with white-and-blue-clothed tables and a bleached-brick bar. To further enhance the homey vibe, Jenna and her team adorned the space with authentic Greek trinkets, including painted platters, komboloi beads, and statues of titans arm-wrestling to decide who gets the bigger bedroom.
When they're examining teeth, the trio of dentists at Premiere Dental Care Center aren't just thinking about the mouth—they're thinking about the rest of the patient, too. That's because they recognize the relationship between oral health and the body. During consultations, they explain how stress can cause cavities, plaque can lead to heart problems, and loose lips can sink ships. Then they meticulously examine teeth in search of decay and other ailments, taking into account activities that can impede oral health, such as smoking.
The aroma of slow-simmering caramel and chocolate wafts through Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Greenacres headquarters. To demystify its origins, the shop’s chocolatiers have outfitted their kitchen with observation windows, granting customers the chance to admire their delicate handiwork and holiday helper subcontractors. They meticulously lace European truffles with chocolate drizzles, and dunk cherries and pretzels in milk and dark chocolate. This devotion to small batches of handmade treats extends back to the 1970s, when founder Paul Hoffman began peddling treats out of his small Lake Worth chocolate shop. Over the decades, chocolatiers have expanded the bakery’s repertoire to include whimsical confections such as enormous fortune cookies and seasonal treats.
Contemporary and classical styles mingle across Gazebo Cafe’s menu of shareable plates and French-influenced entrees, including duck-liver pâté, balsamic confit, and roasted rack of lamb. The meshing of new and old also surfaces in the dining room, which elegantly sports sleek, cobalt blue chandeliers and antique chinaware. Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate servers as they float from table to table, pouring wines from a list of more than 200 bottles and training silverware to perform intricate song-and-dance routines.
The printer inside Tasty Image hums its monotone song and produces a high-definition photograph—on a thick sheet of chocolate. But It's not a waste of candy. The machine uses FDA-approved, food-grade inks to create readily consumable, framed chocolate photographs or personalized lollipops. The ink is entirely odorless and flavorless and serves as mere decoration for the cocoa beneath. It’s treats like this that make Tasty Image so different from other chocolate stores.
The international chocolate shop's offerings go well beyond the simple printed image as well. Using another method, the staff provides kits with edible-ink markers that kids can use to color in chocolate butterflies before devolving them back to caterpillars with a few swift bites. Each shop also carries boxes of truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and even raw chocolate, which is used in Tasty Image’s BYOB chocolate making classes.