Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery's experienced team of aestheticians rejuvenates visages by softening skin spots and diminishing the effects of aging. The HydraFacial procedure uses a specialized spiral tool to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize tired faces, leaving human emoticons beaming brighter than a warehouse rave attended by lightning bugs. The technicians carefully consider each patient's skin type and epidermal flaws before concocting a custom serum, which is then deposited into the deep layers of skin, providing nutrients and hydration. Each gentle treatment reduces acne-spawning oil, smooths fine lines, and provides antioxidant protection against ravening hordes of roving free radicals, while providing less discomfort than being plunked by a softly thrown marshmallow.
Featured on WTSP’s Flavors of Tampa Bay, El Lago Ranchero serves Mexican fare amidst warm yellow walls and mission-style tiled archways. Waiters shuffle tamales, shrimp tacos, and fajitas—each paired with rice and beans—to tables inside the eatery or on a patio shaded with umbrellas. Guests can quell sweet cravings with fried ice cream and flan or sangria and margaritas as they try to find the courage to tell their date their second, secret middle name.
Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado, and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staffers pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
At Pastimes Pub, guests gather to sip brews and cocktails while witnessing the musical feats of live bands and artists. An impressive variety of acts take the stage, from ska ensembles blasting horns to head-banging metal bands to open-mic blues impresarios with lightning-quick fingers and ever-changing nicknames. When not compelled into fits of dancing by the up-close live acts, guests can challenge each other to friendly games of billiards at the green-felt-clad pool table.
Nina Lakatos and Lynn Morris, two actual girls, wanted to live healthier lifestyles. They tried combining juices and raw, plant-based vegan foods and discovered that they "made them feel fantastic." Their friends took notice of the duo's improved health and energy and became curious about how to live such a lifestyle. Being a professional chef and professional photographer, the two knew how to make good food and how to make their good food look good, too. So, they started Two Girls Food, making fresh juices and vegan entrees each morning from scratch and delivering them to customers around town. They also offer pickup service in the morning at two locations.
Like the wait staff at any laid-back, family-run Italian restaurant, the friendly servers at Filippo's Pizzeria are extremely likely to call you “hon” and keep up a lively banter with the chef. At the bar, regulars gather to sip cold beers and engage in conversation while nibbling on antipasti plates of cured meat. In the corner of the homey restaurant, a blackboard announces the daily specials and the homework due tomorrow.
That same casualness extends to the food, which delights with fresh, simple ingredients. Guests devour savory pies, hearty plates of carbonara, and tender veal cutlets inside the restaurant or out on the outdoor patio, which often hosts live music.