Sugar Cakes & Supplies offers budding bakers the instruction and supplies they need to create their own cakey, culinary masterpieces. Each class will educate curious cooks on the ins and outs of batter concoction and proper baking methods as they craft a rich red-velvet cake that can make a great treat for birthdays or a squishy stand-in for a missing footrest. While ovens produce a heady perfume of sugar, butter, and delicious smoking jackets, baking students will whip up a dreamy frosting of cream cheese and white chocolate with which to coat the cooled cakes, before they devour the delicious un-fruits of their layered labor. The class will prepare one cake to be shared between all of the participants.
In 1954, Gino's Italian Market's founder, Anthony Paparella, moved from the teeming fisheries of Bari to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he married a fellow Italian and worked as a builder for nearly 20 years. After retiring to South Florida in '73, Paparella brought a taste of his homeland stateside by opening a bustling bazaar filled with fresh produce, succulent meats, and sweet desserts.
The market's commitment to tradition and family can be found in all of its business practices, from its catered feasts of traditional baked pastas and rib roasts, to e-mail correspondences from the resident Nonna that contain expert advice on party planning, recipes, and optimal angles for cheek-pinching. Shoppers consult Nonna Anna and handy recipe guides to concoct rich sauces and tasty entrees from the store's bountiful selection of cheese, wine, ripe tomatoes, and imported Italian goods.
In addition to rounding out dinner plates with house-made prosciutto bread, fresh chicken, and juicy cuts of beef, Gino's graces weddings, desserts, and banquets with custom cakes and pastries.
The chefs at Julio's Natural Foods Restaurant concoct fresh, vitamin-packed dishes from healthy ingredients. They boil up pots of organic brown rice and quinoa to accompany grilled organic tofu and fish fillets, and they pack their turkey burgers and zero-fat tuna sandwiches with fistfuls of sprouts, alfalfa, carrots, and other veggies. Signature dishes include Julio's special quesadilla, a popular plate of tortilla, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and secret sauce. Fresh squeezed juices and complex smoothies wash down these feel-good foods and make guilt-free filling for water balloons.
The Sweet Tooth's team of confection connoisseurs has inspired cocoa-coated grins for more than 28 years. All of the shop's exquisite edibles are handcrafted by couture-driven dessert designers, and consist of only high-quality, kosher ingredients. Pre-made gift baskets ($26–$150) range in size and contents, but typically include treats such as chocolate-covered pretzels and fruit, cookies, brownies, truffles, and rugelach. Customers can also customize baskets by theme or for a special event, or peruse pre-themed bundles for upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Crowd Around Blimps as They Land Day. Individual treats include caramel apples ($6.50+), truffles ($33/lb.), and chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows ($1.25–$2.50).
Juice & Java prides itself in a menu filled with drinks and organic ingredients all pulled directly and unadulterated from their natural birthplaces. Even the most devious of thirsts are heroically quenched by coffee and tea drinks ($1.40–$3.75) along with juices and smoothies, available with nutritious add-ins ($2.95–$10.95). Solid sustenance presents itself as a chicken crepe, a chicken breast swathed in a gossamer crepe with optional roommates of sprouts and tomatoes ($7.95). The salmon toss, named for an ancient ritual of flinging salmon onto mile-long barbecue pits, presents a plate of organic quinoa, smoked salmon, scallions, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and tzatziki sauce ($9.95). Vegan and gluten-free menu items unfold before the eyes of eager herbivores.
The hearty Italian dishes and seafood of Cafe Volare earned praise from the Miami Herald this year for its “wonderful” desserts and dishes such as the “light and elegant” spinach and Parmesan ravioli. Chef Manolo Guerra often prepares whatever dishes customers request, and customizes dishes such as raviole penne and grilled salmon. Desserts range from succulent apple tart to a tiramisu made with Colombian coffee, amaretto, and Sambuca.