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.
The hookah's natural habitat is not a nightclub with crashing music and empty drinks slamming against tables. The hookah experience, according to Kimm Smith of Hookah House, should be unrushed and mellow. "It's very meditative," she says, "and should be shared with people you care about." This was the atmosphere in which co-owner Zo spent his childhood in Algeria, where people would spend long hours gathering with friends and families in hookah lounges. He and his Bostonian wife, Michelle, wanted to bring that aspect of Algerian culture to the United States, both to spread a feeling of community and as an homage to the marriage of their distinct backgrounds.
As the fruit-tinged smoke of shisha rises from between murmuring visitors, it passes rich fabrics, which drape the exposed-brick walls, and bright lanterns dangling from a marigold ceiling. Stories seem to overflow from the furniture and textiles, gathered during the couple’s travels in Algeria or preserved from Zo's former life as a sommelier in Paris. This is where patrons linger, resting shoeless feet on bright cushions and pillows as they converse or check email on the free wireless internet. Atop inlaid tables, servers place Turkish coffee, house blends of Moroccan tea, and small plates of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
On some weekend evenings, live jazz stirs guests to twist among tendrils of smoke before a DJ steps up to spin a range of music, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Jimi Hendrix. Belly dancers, with bells and scarves for all to borrow, demonstrate to patrons how to pass lie-detector tests with just their hips. A psychic-in-residence reads coffee grounds most nights, translating the earthy onyx shapes into predictions about the drinker's future.
Kilwin’s chocolate- and ice-cream specialty shop soothes sweet teeth of all ages with a sumptuous assortment of homemade confections. Grouponnoisseurs can feast their palates and peepers on a collection of handcrafted confections that are made fresh in-house before their very eyes. Meet the daily crunch quota with the 24-ounce bag of homemade nutcracker sweets, a crackling concoction of almonds, pecans, and caramel corn, that serves as a vegetarian alternative to the doll's usual diet of sugarplum fairies (a $16.95 value). A half-pound of flavored fudge tantalizes taste buds with flavors, such as chocolate, maple walnut, peanut butter, toasted coconut, vanilla, and butter pecan (a $8.10 value). For bellies in need of a briny bounty, a bag of Kilwin's saltwater taffy welcomes tongue laps with salty-sweet flavors including cherry, chocolate, orange, lemon, raspberry, mint, and blue–a mysterious flavor falling somewhere between cotton candy and the tears of heartbroken Cubs fans (a $4.95 value).
When Stacey Skinner realized her oldest son had a severe intolerance to gluten, she didn’t want to deprive him of his favorite pizza and pasta meals. Instead, she started whipping up her own renditions of these dishes with gluten-free flours and organic ingredients. Her friends and family marveled at her healthy creations, and Stacey started up her own catering company to distribute the freshly cooked, gluten- and peanut-free meals to households throughout Palm Beach County.
In her expansive kitchen and bakery, the skilled chef folds organic ingredients into dishes ideal for family dinners, children's school lunches, and attempts to make a stolen picnic blanket look used. Her oven spills rippling warmth and aromas that hint at a variety of breads, custom cakes, and desserts. Though the menu rotates, it has included coconut-encrusted flounder, spice-rubbed beef medallions, and fritters made with freshly shredded zucchini. In addition to gluten- and peanut-free options, the chef can also craft selections without dairy, eggs, or casein.
With its homey atmosphere and penchant for pub-style comfort food, The Living Room was already a destination for nights of relaxed revelry. With the opening of The Pub at The Living Room, that vibe just took on a decidedly English accent. Within this comfortable, no-frills pub, guests kick back the way they do in Merry England, munching on casual comfort food and knocking back pints of strong ales. If the rotating beer list is any indication, the owners here know a thing or two about brews; seasonal selection and year-round favorites from Founders, Blue Point, and Cigar City Brewing currently fill the tape lines.
A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café brims with happy chatter, which drifts from regular classes, special events, and open playtime seven days a week.
Children frolic across multicolored carpeted floors in a 6,000-square-foot playroom, exploring climbing structures, foam pits, and a floor-level trampoline that is kept safe by rounded edges, extensive padding, and declawed teddy bears. The playground eschews video games, prize games, and violent toys, instead letting older children don animal costumes in the dress-up area, while toddlers younger than 2 romp in their own play pit and toy bins. Cool zephyrs of air conditioning sweep contented sighs away from zebra-print sofas or onyx-hued wooden tables, where adults peruse a gourmet café menu. A boutique toy store extends the center's positive attitude toward play into homes with a slew of unique gifts and rare and eclectic toys.
A private room reverberates with the youthful energy of A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café's classes, formal functions, and parties, which staff members provide with refreshments, cake, and decorations. At least two assistants remain on hand at kids’ events to provide full setup, cleanup, and supervision to ward off squabbles that arise when imaginary friends show up wearing the same outfits.