Pour Some Sugar On Me

With Valentine’s Day shining brightly on the calendar, February is a month fueled by romance, grand gestures, friendship and love. What better way to celebrate that and more than with an over-the-top, sinfully decadent dessert? Here are five Florida spots that take the cake.

America can’t get enough of James Beard award-winning chef, José Andrés. The Spaniard native has been winning American palates through his boundless creativity, energy, and humanitarian work. Bazaar Mar, nestled inside the posh SLS Hotel in Brickell, is a marriage made in heaven of the chef’s passion to push the envelope and a city that’s all things playful and chic. With a strong focus on seafood, (hence the name, “Mar”) Bazaar Mar celebrates the ocean’s bounty – from “Sea Little Snacks” like lobster croquetas to tuna ceviche to rossejat, a traditional paella made from pasta which he serves with Hokkaido sea urchin. For dessert, José Andrés redenes the iconic Miami go-to sweet, the key lime pie. Aptly named, Key Lime Pie, “José’s Way” it is made with key lime ice cream, graham cracker crumble,


and lime air and plated as the perfect tribute to Miami’s beautiful beaches. There’s the “sand” castle similar to the many made as a child, surround- ed by delicate seashells shaped from white chocolate. SlsHotels.com

Barton G is known for the extravagant and unusual, so diners can expect to be dazzled from start to nish at this South Beach hotspot. The goal of Barton G is to create an unforgettable dining experience that pushes the culinary envelope – a type of sensory overload where aesthetics and taste come out on top. There are liquid nitrogen drinks and inventive dishes like the Great American Steak, which features a super-sized knife and fork. But possibly the biggest draw comes at the end the meal with the dessert of all desserts, Dolla Dolla Bills Y’All, a chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart under a gold brick shell with graham cracker crust, soft meringue, and chocolate feuilletine “gold nuggets.” There’s a larger-than-life $100 bill strategically placed behind the dessert. The server, sporting a welder’s mask,  torches the dessert table side for extra wow factor. BartonG.com

This husband and wife duo began Better Than Sex, their aphrodisiac- themed dessert restaurant when their sexy sweet creations garnered fame among dinner party friends. Inspired and encouraged by their following, they decided to open up their restaurant in Key West which seats, you guessed it, parties of two and will accommodate up to parties of four. Each table is separated by a curtain to create a sense of intimacy as diners splurge on des- serts with sensual names and racy descriptions such as Man Flowers, winner of Key West Master Chef in 2013. The chocolate cake has dark chocolate frosting and a chocolate stout ganache. It is accompanied by house-made Irish Cream ice cream and salty/sweet chocolate art alongside caramel sauce. The couple opened a second location in Orlando and a franchise in Savan- nah. BetterThanSexDesserts.com

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Cheban and Brickell’s trendy restau-rant with a Miami-club vibe (check out the lounge on the third floor) have made all dessert fantasies come true. Indulge in savory Pan-Asian dishes (their Peking Duck is legendary) then get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with the Food gōd Baked Alaska Surprise. Prepare your phone, while youareatit–thisisagoodonefor the ‘gram. The festive dessert is made with cake batter, strawberry ice cream, funfetti cake, cotton candy, white chocolate Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles and ignited tableside. Komo- doMiami.com

This Ocean Drive fun spot (with additional locations in Orlando, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Manila, Bahrain, and Dubai) is where to go for all things sweet. Celebrities are regularly spotted here, either at the retail store, where one can get Couture Pops, limited-edition $26 lollipops branded by stars like Kylie Jenner and Britney Spears, or at the restaurant enjoying comfort foods like red-velvet pancakes and fried chicken. There are whimsical adult beverages like the Blow Pop Martini, nished o with a Pop Rocks rim and Blow Pop in the glass and the S’Mores Martini, a combination of chocolate and marshmallows garnished with a graham cracker rim. Dessert is even more decadent, so much so, that diners visit Sugar Factory just for their King Kong Sundae. And why not? It combines all your childhood favorites in one gigantic bowl: 24 scoops of ice cream piled high with hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, sliced bananas, toasted marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, wa e cones, gummi bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, toasted walnuts, whipped cream, and giant lollipops. The icing on the cake, so to speak? Sparklers, of course. Now that’s the way to make an entrance. SugarFactory.com

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