Drawing on as many local and sustainable ingredients as they can find, Harmoni Market's chefs create Mediterranean-inspired lunch and dinner menus that take taste buds on an island tour of the wine-dark sea. At the sound of the city's unnerving dinner siren, preface your feast with a heaping plate of Mediterranean nachos, which swap the tortilla chips with crispy pita and buries them in red-pepper hummus, spicy tzatziki, Harmoni salsa, kalamata olives, and feta ($10). Market mussels swimming in white-wine garlic butter sauce ($12) will similarly prepare you to follow the meat rainbow to pots of diverse flavors, such as pan-seared scallops with roasted tomato couscous ($18) or flat-iron steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and a fig balsamic ($16.50). Lunchers, on the other hand, can forget the office's acidic coffee and nudity-filled PowerPoints over a caprese panini made with mozzarella, basil, and locally grown tomatoes ($8.50) or the salty and sweet Harmoni Signature, which loads figs, bacon, tomato, and blue cheese onto a fresh-baked flatbread ($9).
A silhouette of New York’s skyline glows neon on the front counter at Dippitys, an Altamonte Springs eatery opened in March 2013. Behind the counter, staffers prepare a classic Big Apple treat—Italian water and crème ice made with either a cream or water base in more than 50 flavors. They also scoop ice cream; serve up Gelatis (Italian ice swirled with soft-serve ice cream), malts, egg creams, and sundaes; and load Nathan’s hot dogs with traditional toppings such as sauerkraut and chili. Italian ices and ice cream are made in-house, along with chicken tenders and fries. Sips of Barnie’s coffee wash it all back.
Whether guests are in the mood for a slice of pizza, a hot sub, or a hearty Italian meal, the chefs at Christopher’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria can match every craving. The eatery also adds a sports bar element to the mix, with daily happy-hour specials that complement the big game better than an in-house marching band.
A Barbie doll is wearing an ornate pink dress, with a huge skirt puffing outward. Despite how realistic it looks, Barbie's five-layer fashion statement is the not the work of a toy designer, but the handiwork of Danielle Wilson, the baker behind Vanilla Bean Bakery. Danielle sells her handcrafted cupcakes and specialty cakes via phone, carefully customizing each order to customer needs. It all started when she supplied her young nephew, a budding athlete, with a basketball-shaped cake on his birthday. She discovered she has a knack for cake-based artistry, which led her to start her own business meticulously sculpting the complex cakes, such as Barbie, whose highly detailed dress represented nearly a day's worth of work. Danielle's specialty cake masterpieces have included an alligator, popular cartoon characters, and her street’s first buttercream fire hydrant.
The frost aficionados at Philly Italian Ice scoop and blend cold concoctions from a menu of Hershey’s premium ice cream, gelati, and more than 30 tasty italian-ice flavors made with real fruit. Signature italian Ices ($1.25–$3.25) span the flavor spectrum from strawberry-kiwi and guava to sugar-free lemon. Soft-serve ice cream plops atop italian ice to form smooth and sweet gelati ($1.50–$4.25), and Hershey's premium ice cream ($1.95–$4.75) revives taste buds dulled from years of licking firecrackers with cookie dough, praline pecan, or the triple threat of the peanut-butter-caramel cookie dough. Straws dip into the specialty coffee-custard drink ($2.25–$2.75) and its sea of Godiva-crème-brûlée coffee and milky soft-serve ice cream or swirl around the natural smoothies ($3.95) and milkshakes ($3.95) to create sumptuous confectionary whirlpools.