Considering Juan and Alvaro Gorrin studied medicine and business, and went on to forge careers in real estate and banking, it's probably surprising to many that they found their ultimate success in a totally unrelated field: baking. The Gorrins, who were born in Spain but moved to Venezuela in their youth, found there was a demand for European-inspired baked goods in South America. They developed the Don Pan brand in Venezuela in 1982, and eventually relocated to Miami, where they opened their first North American bakery in 1995.
Today, their menu maintains distinctly Spanish and South American accents. A bounty of pastries includes guava danish and tres leches, as well as brazo gitano, a sponge cake rolled with chocolate or cream that's popular in both Spain and Venezuela, as well as the section of Canada that uses cake as currency. There are also plenty of savory menu items, including cachapas—corn pancakes served with meat or cheese—and Venezuelan-style tamales bursting with pork, beef, chicken, and veggies.
Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
Berryism's menu offers frozen yogurt and a wide array of accessorizing toppings, as well as smoothies. There are always three flavors on constant tap (original tart, wildberry, and chocolate) as well as a rotating flavor of the week. Cup sizes range from kids ($1.99) to large ($5.79). You can also pick up a fresh quart for $9.99. Toppings are $0.95 for the first one and $0.35 for each additional. Dress your creation with a variety of seasonal fruits, such as pineapple, mango, banana, or kiwi, or choose a perennial topping such as Oreos, Gummy Bears, chocolate pretzels, or granola. Sip a savory smoothie ($4.25 for a small, $4.95 medium, $5.65 large) to avoid the complications of managing unpredictable spoons. Satiate a sweet tooth with a peanut-butter banana smoothie with chocolate yogurt, or boost your fruit intake with a tropical fruit smoothie featuring original tart yogurt, mango, pineapple, and oranges.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
Inside the Italian-inspired café of Coffee Evi, information on the origins of the coffee bean line the walls, charting its journey from the first coffee houses in Turkey to the cup holders of today's flying cars. Telltale drips of an espresso machine harmonize with the genial chatter of patrons who nibble croissants and gluten-free baked goods. The current cast of brews is scribbled across a chalkboard menu, with featured players such as turkish coffee, iced drinks, and hot teas.
To maintain the quality of each cup, Coffee Evi's husband-and-wife owners work with the local Kahwa Coffee Roasting to source all of their coffee blends. They also use Mighty Leaf tea bags, which, like all of a gingerbread man's possessions, are biodegradable.
With its miniature treats and requisite flair, a proper teatime ceremony is hard to recreate at home, which is why Tampa residents are fortunate to have Milk N’ Honey Tea Room nearby. Experts on the afternoon gathering array 25 varieties of tea, served hot or cold, and assemble the traditional finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and desserts. Much of the produce is sourced from local growers, and special vegetarian and gluten-free menus cater to all guests. The dress-up area is draped with hats and fluffy boas, which help them get into an elegant, vintage mindset as they sip. The tearoom also hosts birthday parties and baby or bridal showers and sells locally made gifts inside a boutique shop.