The Primal Diet owner and head chef Jeanette Rodriguez designed her low-carb diet plan around the needs of busy modern humans. But at the same time, she also designed it with an eye towards the time-tested, protein-rich foodstuffs favored by our paleolithic ancestors. The regimen aims to imitate the intake of humankind's early predecessors, without requiring adherents to fashion tools out of flint or ride dinosaurs to work. Primal dieters munch on healthy, grain-free meals made with meats, fish, nuts, and fresh fruits and veggies, which are arranged in modern recipes such as chicken carbonara with spaghetti squash, or Bourbon-glazed wild caught salmon with spinach. And while chefs whip up a varied, nourishing menu each week, the company's drivers dutifully deliver each meal package to subscribers so that it's ready to eat whenever they are.
To brew your own beer, it's not enough to put hops and yeast in a bottle and wait for it to rain. The proprietor of Daddy Brews?who holds a degree in brewing?created his shop to be a resource for local brewing enthusiasts. Amongst the brewing supplies are yeast, barley malt, and hops stored at the proper conditions to ensure quality, as well as brewing kits, books, and bottling supplies. Aspiring brewers can also show up to take classes in the fine art, while special events with local microbrewers give newbies a chance to hobnob with area craft beer-makers.
Mr. Pasta makes sure bellies stay full at birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events throughout the Miami-area. The company dispatches its staff to local gatherings and sophisticated food fights to set up spreads that include classic Italian starters, salads, sides, and, of course, pastas. With more than a dozen different dishes and pasta preparations on the menu, Mr. Pasta makes diversity a priority—the selection includes everything from chicken cacciatore to fettucini tossed in a pesto and sun-dried tomato cream sauce. The presentation of their dishes is a priority, too, with staffers going the extra mile to assemble spreads in a manner appetizing to the eyes as well.
Suspended from gossamer strands, white orchids hover like butterflies above rows of champagne glasses. Avant Garden's wedding arrangements such as these shatter notions of the traditional bouquet, forming eye-nabbing centerpieces instead. This attention to detail extends to the flower center's everyday arrangements, which florists tenderly assemble in glass vases and hand-painted jars. Additionally, staff members happily work with gift-givers to construct personalized arrangements. Once they’ve adjusted each petal to customers’ liking, florists also provide tips for care, such as how to make arrangements last longer and proper tackling techniques for catching bridal bouquets.
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.
From the outside, China Steak House's diner-style windows and corner location almost make the restaurant feel torn from an Edward Hopper painting—with the addition of red lanterns hanging from its awning. But within, it’s the eatery's commitment to a variety of regional Chinese flavors that’s the main draw. Cantonese noodle dishes find good company alongside the menu’s spicy Szechuan entrees and occasional Miami-style touches—such fried plantains—find their way into the mix. The dining room incorporates a bit of a ballroom vibe with its high-backed booths and heavy wood chairs surrounding lacquered tables that add class to an already refined dining experience.