Chill-N Keeps Things Cool in Pinecrest With Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Categories: Just Desserts

Photos by Carla Torres
Periodic ice-cream table.
Chuck Woodward is still a University of Miami student finishing his master's in finance. He also happens to be the cool co-owner of Chill-N, a unique ice-cream concept off the beaten path in Pinecrest. He and business partner Daniel Golick will open their second outpost in Aventura come early May.

At Chill-N, ice cream is made using the flash-freeze liquid nitrogen method and on the spot. The drawback: You can't sample the ice-cream flavor you want. The payoff: It's possibly the creamiest ice cream you'll have in Miami. Even kids of Azucar owner Suzy Battle head to Chill-N to get a fix.

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Peace A' Cake: Miami-Made, Gluten-Free Vegan Muffins

Courtesy of Peace A' Cake
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Healthful food doesn't have to be boring, tasteless, or raw. A good chef can make anything delicious -- including baked goods made with prune juice, brown rice flour, and coconut palm nectar. We promise.

Miami-based bakery Peace A' Cake makes sweet treats that are almost too delectable to be believed once you take a gander at the ingredients. Run by health-conscious Miamians Veronica Menin and Vanessa Hentz, this muffin-making endeavor is slowly but surely making its way into stores such as Whole Foods, Milam's Market, and beyond.

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Rolling Pin Bakery in Surfside Offers a Variety of Hamantaschen for Purim

Carina Ost
Three corner cookies.
Before you wear green on Monday, if you celebrate Purim you may be also wearing a costume on Saturday evening. This Jewish holiday has its own festive drinking and masquerading, but one of the sweeter traditions, amongst mainly Ashkenazi Jews, is the consuming of hamantaschen.

Hamantaschen are triangle-shaped filled pastries that are said to resemble the hat (or according to some, the pocket or ears) of Haman, a man who set out to kill the Jews in ancient Persia. Fortunately, Queen Esther and Mordecai foiled his efforts and you eat these cookies to commemorate the defeat of the villain of Purim.

If you want to try one of these celebratory cookies, head to Rolling Pin Bakery in Surfside, located a block away from The Shul and right next to Josh's Deli.

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Laduree, French Pastry Shop, Now Open on Lincoln Road

Categories: Just Desserts

Photo by Valeria Nekhim
Macarons waiting to be eaten at Ladurée.
Ladurée's famous macarons have landed in Miami Beach. The luxury French pastry shop has opened its third U.S. location (there are two in New York City), on Lincoln Road.

To celebrate the occasion and pay homage to South Beach's roots, the brand has designed a limited-edition, art deco-style macaron box. It doesn't come cheap (a box of eight costs $26), but it's the sort of decorative memento you keep around long after the treats are gone.

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Cookie King Delivers Colossal Sweets to South Miami

Cookie delivery has become a thing. Several late-night delivery services have popped up over the past couple of months, but only two offer more healthful, eggless, vegan alternatives. Om Nom Nom Cookies was Miami's first fully vegan cookie business to take treats from the oven to your doorstep. Now there's a second option. All hail the Cookie King.

The Cookie King called us up after reading our latest cookie coverage and insisted we try his vegan creations. We agreed, and an hour later someone showed up at our doorstep with just about the best gift in the world -- two boxes filled with king-size cookies fresh out of the oven. We sat down with the Cookie King to talk dough (or lack thereof) over a glass of milk and his delicious concoctions.

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SOBEWFF: Sweet Treats and Wines at Confections of a Macaron Maker

All photos by Sara Ventiera
These days it seems as though most everyone knows a little something about wine.

You may not be a pro, but you can probably tell the difference between a cabernet sauvignon and a pinot noir, and a port and an ice wine.

At the very least, you know white zinfandel is made for people who don't like wine.

That being said, when it comes to dessert, most of us have not the slightest idea what to do.

At Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar Confections of a Macaron Maker at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, famed pastry chef Francois Payard and well-known sommelier Josh Wesson took guests through the basics of pairing sweet treats with sweet wines.

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SOBEWFF: At Jeni Briton Splendid Ice Cream Affair, Chef Loses Her Voice, Ice Cream Speaks For Her

Photos by Carla Torres
After last night's Burger Bash and sodium overload, our sweet tooth was heavily aching. Faith (and smart planning) would have it that just as Burger Bash was ending, a Splendid Ice Cream Affair was commencing right across the street at the Gale's rooftop pool.

Hosted by award-winning cookbook author and ice cream marvel Jeni Britton Bauer, the sold-out event proved that Miami is a sweet after all.

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Dolci di Sicilia: Try the Cannoli and the Ricotta Doughnut

Photos by Carina Ost
'Stachio cannoli.
If you are looking for an authentic Sicilian bakery, head to a different island of sorts. Dolci di Sicilia on Normandy Isle has the goods.

Easy parking, friendly service, delicious coffee, and exquisite pastries have made this month-old café a neighborhood hot spot. Both an Italian flag and an American flag hang behind the counter, making clear these two countries have joined forces to put Italian sweets in the hands of Miamians.

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Miami's Five Most Over-the-Top Desserts

Nutella pizza.
Dessert is always a luxury. However, there is a line, when that cherry on top of the dessert becomes just plain over-the-top.

Miami, a town known for extravagance, is so indulgent in sweets that we are actually leaving out the Guinness World Record-holding $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3.

Now for the list we might be able to afford to sink our sweet tooth into.

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Five Best Places in Miami for Valentine's Day Sweets

Photo courtesy of Hugo & Victor
Valentine's Day themed box of pralines at Hugo & Victor
We get it. Valentine's Day is a contentious holiday. While some see it as the perfect opportunity to show their affection, for others it's simply consumerism masquerading as romance.

If you belong to the latter group, we suggest you pause for a second and think of February 14 as a day where it's acceptable, nay -- encouraged, to indulge in the most decadent sweets. And voilà -- suddenly it's a day worth looking forward to. Yes, the forces of consumption are still at play, but does it really matter when something tastes that delicious?

So whether you're romantically involved or single, a cynic or a believer, Short Order has curated a list of five spots to buy festive treats for Valentine's Day. Go ahead, enjoy; we dare you.

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