Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
Miga's restaurant and meat market unfurls an elegant array of steak, pastries, and pastas at the market, or mouthwatering feasts of barbecue, fine wine, and sandwiches at the restaurant. Guests enjoy light wraps and tapas at the alfresco sidewalk cafe, or chow down on Argentinian-style grilled Angus steaks amid the rustic barrels, woodsy picnic tables, and pan-fluting forest nymphs of the indoor dining area. Display cases beckon to shoppers with edible treasures of empanadas and cakes, while rows of baskets and walls of wine racks bristle with flavorful malbecs, merlots, and cabernet sauvignons.
The Flavor of Broward showcases complex bouquets of wines from around the world—and their interplay with plates from upscale South Florida restaurants. Top chefs and eateries serve gourmet samples at festival booths, and visitors wash down their food with wine, rather than with a wine glass full of more food. Entertainment for the other senses, such as live music and a car show, rounds out the event.
When it opened in 1950, Mike's Cigar Bar kept its entire stock in a cozy 1,800-square-foot storefront. These days, however, the store doesn't just sprawl its wares across a 17,000-square-foot space. Instead, the staff splits its time showcasing the millions of cigars in its store and recommending the perfect drinks to go with the cigars in its connected lounge. The space is an ode to smoking rooms of years past, albeit updated to include modern amenities, such as the widescreen televisions showing sports events. The lounge also plays host to frequent events throughout the year, including tastings.
Although the lounge may be the place to linger, most guests still spend a bulk of their time perusing the store's expansive cigar inventory, which includes more than 300 cigar brands—everything from Rocky Patel to Mike's Cigars' flagship 898 Collection. Besides individual stogies or five-cigar samplers, Mike's stocks humidors, cutters, and accessories.
Full Bodied Wine & Spa soothes stressed-out oenophiles with lavish, natural, grape-based massage treatments and complimentary wine tastings. Ideal for body-rub neophytes, the chardonnay massage tames tension with Swedish-massage techniques enhanced with grapeseed oil heated 3–4 degrees above body temperature—the optimal temperature of Hot Pockets served to foreign dignitaries. The champagne massage calms frazzled nerves with sparkling-fruit aromatherapy and kneads away chronic pain with medium-pressure strokes. Clients who opt for the cabernet massage treat the senses to an aromatic burst of full-bodied grapes and berries and deep-pressure techniques that promote healing and prevent sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and ultimate frisbee toe.