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taste

local flavor

Brunch, Cuban-Style

Corey Heath, chef at The Dock at Crayton Cove, has created a unique dish—a Cuban ropa vieja egg-and-steak sandwich, available on the Sunday brunch menu. It consists of chopped steak served with two eggs over easy, a spicy tomato-pepper sauce and manchego cheese pressed between two slices of Cuban bread. Go early; the sandwich often sells out.

Shop and Sip The Dock’s Cuban brunch sandwich

the grapevine Al and Jessica Fialkovich, founders of Decanted Wine & Beer, have sold the popular wine shop on Pine Ridge Road to move back to Colorado. While the name of the new owner remains under wraps, the store’s staff continues to offer small production wines and beers, as well as weekly themed tastings and other special events. In North Naples, The Wine Merchant has relocated to a brighter location next to EVOO Bistro. Stop by to peruse the unique wall of wines, and during season, shop the assortment of cheeses, pâtés and other goods. —Leah Ciesla

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Decanted holds tastings and classes each month.

Business is blooming following a 1,300-square-foot addition to the upscale Wildflower Boutique in The Village on Venetian Bay. A unique part of the upgrade is a wine and coffee bar, taking retail therapy to a whole new level. Shoppers can enjoy a glass of vino or a macchiato while perusing designer fashions. An outdoor patio for fashion shows and special events is also new. Great clothes, a sophisticated atmosphere, tasty refreshments and attentive service make Wildflower a fun fashion destination. —Ashley Huntsberry-Lett

Tweets and Treats A fresh, new business named Let’s YO! recently opened in The Shoppes at Vanderbilt. It’s not the usual ice cream or frozen yogurt shop. In addition to a wide variety of decadent frozen yogurt flavors, like rocky road, cheesecake, espresso and cherry limeade, as well as fresh toppings, the store features iPads and TV screens showing live updates of the company’s social media networks. It’s kind of like the Apple Store, but with the added allure of frozen desserts. The all-natural yogurt comes in nonfat, low-fat and no-sugar-added options—perfect for health-conscious Neapolitans with a sweet tooth. Integrating yummy fro yo with social media in a cool shop is a sweet and modern idea. —A.H.

Naples Illustrated September 2012  

The Naples Luxury LIfestyle

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