Carvel's ice-cream shops sling creamy and crunchy treats spanning the sweet-spectrum from hand-dipped ice cream cones to ice-cream cakes made fresh daily. Customize an ice-cream cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration, or pick up a fully festooned cake ($11.99+) trimmed by one of Carvel's seasoned treat artisans. Each hand-dipped ice-cream cup ($2.59–$4.29) or frosty shake ($3.99–$4.99) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Taste buds can also ascend classic hot-fudge sundaes ($3.99–$4.99), winding past chocolate-syrup flows and whipped-cream glaciers en route to the cherry summit. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their nutritional information and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
You Say When Yogurt Shoppe was designed to give customers that necessary balance between healthy and delicious when they wanted to indulge in something sweet. Rotating flavors for frozen yogurt include creamsicle, boysenberry, and gingerbread yogurt, while smoothies are packed with nutritious flavors like or strawberry, mango, and mojito. Both options provide a refreshing taste and nutritious vitamins and minerals. The frozen yogurt also comes packed with live and active cultures that aid in digestion and give self-guided tours of your stomach.
The Pasco County bakery and cupcakery specializes in special-event cake design and offers custom-created gourmet confections made from premium local and organic ingredients. Consult the cake makers to help you design and construct the sweet centerpiece for your next wedding, graduation party, or post-triathlon soiree. The qualified cakers will help you choose the flavor, size, shape, and aesthetic design of the decadent dessert. The customizable cake creations can be made vegan and gluten-free and are sure to please any dessert admirer or party attendee. Two-tier round cakes start at $114.50, and the more-angular hexagonal cakes start at $162.50. Or score a single 10-inch cheesecake for $65. Custom cakes will vary in price depending on the project, and Crave recommends placing orders a month in advance to ensure complete accuracy. Schedule ahead for a cake consultation.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.