Prudence Manolov is an artist. But you don't have to stand at a distance when viewing her work. Not even for the pieces that take her up to 20 hours to create.
She wants you to eat them.
Manolov's most-prized works of art are her specialty cakes, whose sculptural, airbrushed designs and unusual flavors have earned her feature spots on Fox-35 News and at events celebrating everything from marriage to a baby's first insulin spike. She initially honed her sugar-sculpting skills at a cake-decorating class at Michaels, where she discovered fondant and an outlet for her artistic talents. Along with elaborate cake creations, which have taken shapes ranging from footballs to seated mermaids, she and her bakery staff create gourmet cupcakes, cream puffs, cannolis, brownies, and other pastries.
Cavallari Gourmet stocks kitchens with high-quality ingredients and beverages while smoothing over the travails of shopping with exemplary customer service. The store carries a wide selection of foodstuffs including an in-house line of sauces and toppings made with carefully vetted ingredients that—like releasing a wolverine in the dining room—add extra zest and excitement to every meal. Those whose hunger cannot be contained can fill their bellies as they shop, munching on a variety of gourmet sandwiches made fresh in-store, including the Cavallari Italian plied with Boar's Head ham, genoa salami, and hot cappy ($8.49), or the crab salad sub, chock full of toothsome, crustacean-flavored surimi ($7.99). Cavallari's large wine selection pairs vinous accompaniment with gourmet victuals. A spread of party platters provides preparation-free group nutrition, offering up a delectable variety of lunchmeats, veggies, and fruit. Most party platters are priced between $20 and $50 and feed 8 to 20 people, depending on size, appetite, and predilection for competitive eating.
Each day, Marco's churns out freshly concocted sauces and house-made dough to construct a delicious assortment of palate-pleasing pies. The menu of specialty pizzas includes a strategic conglomeration of carnivorous delicacies, whimsical veggies, and a gooey triumvirate of cheese. With four types of classic pizza meats, the Meat Supremo packs enough protein to conquer a hoard of bloodthirsty Visigoths intent on sacking the Imperial LEGO forum. Gentle omnivores, however, represent additional food groups with the White Cheezy, which features butter-garlic sauce and a smattering of bacon over feta, onions, and tomatoes. Lettuce and Lotus-eaters can enjoy the vegetarian bliss of a specialty Garden pie or fashion their own flesh-free pizza from the ample selection of toppings.
When French native Joel Martin was young, his family moved to Africa. While there, Joel learned to stalk many jungle creatures including crocodiles with the help of his Malgache friends. Years later, in 1995, Martin packed up his own family and moved them to Florida, where the heat and humidity reminded him of his beloved childhood in Africa. Today he owns and operates Black Hammock Adventures, located near some of Orlando's busiest attractions, and charters picturesque airboat rides on the waters of Lake Jesup. His boat, equipped with Goliath's desk fan, skims earplugged riders past lake fauna at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. During rides, experienced guides pilot the vessel safely through narrow creeks and shallow wetlands, and help tourists to spot wildlife and at times, sunning reptiles. After zooming by the scenery, guests can stop by Black Hammock's free wildlife exhibit, enjoy a lively libation at the Lazy Gator Bar with live music every weekend, sit down at the full service restaurant featuring Executive Chef Barth that is known for its fried gator tail, or hand over their cameras as they pose for pictures with a live baby alligator or barter for an autograph with hunks of raw meat.
Eight potters' wheels whirl next to shelves stacked with bisque pieces, worktables spotted with glaze, and walls hung with abstract art. The eclecticism of the space is one of owner and artist Tracy Wilmes's favorite things about his pottery studio, Cup O' Pottery—that, and the opportunity to inspire his students by leaping on a chair in his typical ebullient, and sometimes downright zany, teaching style. As a former high school art teacher, he loves educating students of any age, leading both family-oriented studio classes and open pottery paint and design sessions. The studio also includes a small retail area, where Tracy sells his own pottery and hands out mock detentions to disobedient clay.:
Hugo Joe’s seasoned culinarians answer the persistent calls of hungry bellies with a menu brimming with flame-licked specialties from the U.S. and around the globe seven days a week. Discuss the many traits of the multifarious cucumber over a pile of tangy fried pickles with sour cream ($4.99) before making your way to a hearty oven-baked chicken parmigiana sub ($7.49) or a texas burger, a veggie-and-swiss-topped slab of succulence nestled between slices of texas toast ($8.99). For a taste of Italy that doesn’t require an ample licking of a world atlas, order one of the shrimp and pasta dishes ($15.99) or opt for the baked ziti covered in three cheeses and house sauce ($10.49). The wings ($6.49/half-dozen), coated with a choice of sauce, target mouths in the mood for bison airfoils. Stamp a palette’s passport with the mark of Switzerland sans ink with a wienerschnitzel ($14.49), or conquer a bucket of Hugo Joe’s signature oysters ($24.99).