Behind Indian Shores Massage's seafoam green exterior is an arched entryway evoking the symmetrical domes of ancient Mughal architecture. The lobby’s decorative Buddha statues, elephant sculptures, and wall decor further heighten the Eastern aesthetic. Patty Iorio and Emily Field make up a two-person team of licensed massage therapists, each versed in bodywork techniques as varied as head, hand, and foot reflexology, hot stones, and Thai yoga massage. Soft music mingles with the sound of the Gulf of Mexico's nearby shoreline during services that take place in spacious private rooms, where aromatic ocean zephyrs and the occasional trident soar through billowy white curtains.
The chefs at Lisa's Café sate hearty appetites with steaks, burgers, and seafood on the dinner and lunch menus. For dinner, fresh grouper sings a savory culinary duet with a Maryland crabcake on a plate of Lisa's recipe grouper oscar, inspiring an audience of garlic mashed potatoes to applaud with a shower of hollandaise and toss fresh asparagus bouquets onstage ($27). Noontime noshers can test their incisors’ mettle against a sharp-shooting western burger armed with barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese, and spiky fried-onion spurs ($10). Alternately, patrons can lounge outdoors under large umbrellas to enjoy the breeze from the nearby beach or toss freshly breaded grouper nuggets ($9) into the mouths of passersby.
Helmed by owner Bill Brown, the talented artisans at William Dean Chocolates handcraft premium candies with the type of inimitable designs and flavor combinations that have made the confectionery the repeated winner of a slew of prestigious awards. Select single chocolates such as crème brûlée teeming with white-chocolate ganache, vanilla beans, and raspberry Chambord jelly, or transport taste buds to the border with Mexican mango––a savory bonbon packed with fresh lime juice, mango pate de fruit, and sea salt infused with green chilies and a miniature mariachi band. Customers can opt for boxes of chocolate assortments, choosing their own mixes in a five-piece ($12), nine-piece ($18), 10-piece ($22), 20-piece ($40), or 36-piece ($70) assemblage, or they can trust the experienced staff to select morsels for them based on dessert preference and each sweet tooth's astrological sign. Chocolate bars such as the orange-peel ($5) and wasabi bars ($5) introduce distinct concoctions to discerning palates, and the pate de fruit 18-piece gift box ($18) swarms with handpicked fruit puree in flavors such as kiwi, guava, coconut, and Caribbean cocktail.
To find a sweet, chilly treat throughout Florida, all you have to do is keep an eye out for a giant ice-cream cone. Topper's Creamery's many locations quite literally represent what's inside of them: heaps of ice cream. With such décor, customers know exactly what to expect from the creameries' menus: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream drizzled in syrup and dusted with crunchy toppings. Their selection of cool treats doesn't end with cones, however, as the menu includes classic shakes, sundaes, and banana splits. The staff also whips up brownie boats, which, unlike gingerbread houses, allow owners to eat their belongings without having to file an insurance claim.
Il Ponte Cafe’s chefs bake a bridge between Italian classics and the flavors of the greater Mediterranean. Herb-crusted salmon basks in rich lobster sauce, seared atop a grill until patterned with perfect lines or a cross-hatched portrait of the chef. The spears of kebabs thrust through both land and sea meats, accompanied to the table by freshly made hummus, and a lively fattoush salad casts off parsley, tomatoes, onions, pickles, olives, pita crisps, and feta cheese into a leafy lagoon of romaine and iceberg lettuce.