1 Café Lurcat’s new Italia Moderna Voyage menu
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Café Lurcat’s Voyage menus. Every few months, Lurcat‘s chef, Mike Mueller, curates a new menu based on a theme or geographic cuisine that allow guests to explore different taste profiles from around the world. Recently, he unveiled his Italia Moderna menu, and there’s not a bad thing on the roster. (Trust me—we were lucky enough to try it all.)
My favorite seasonal selection was the seared sea scallops, pictured above, which are seared golden brown and served with a sunchoke puree and a sauce of reduced local orange juice, olive and orange segments, topped with a pine nut gremolata.
Another not-to-be-missed choice: the raviolo al ouvo, a large egg, black kale and ricotta cheese-filled raviolo topped with lots of shaved black truffle, Parmesan cheese and brown butter. Y-U-M.
You probably took foreign language classes in school and have subsequently lamented the fact that you remember none of what you learned. Enter Duolingo, a smartphone app that helps you practice a slew of languages—including French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and more—all in bite-size snippets that make it seem more like a game than a task as you compare your progress to friends’ and achieve new goals. It tests your vocabulary, pronunciation and listening comprehension, and best of all, it’s completely free.
3 CPK’s Sunny Side Up pizza
Jesse took one bite of this and deemed it “the ultimate hangover cure.” It may not be described that way on California Pizza Kitchen’s new Next Chapter menu, but the Sunny Side Up pizza—topped with shaved fingerling potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized leeks, Parmesan, mozzarella, fresh cracked black pepper and two sunny side up eggs—fits the bill for brunch, dinner or any time in between. Try it at CPK at Coconut Point.
4 Hydrafacial MD
Living in Southwest Florida, you probably get more than your fill of vitamin D from days at the beach, on the golf course or on the boat. And while there’s a slew of skincare options out there (how do you even choose?!), we can’t wait to try the Hydrafacial MD treatment at Woodhouse Spa in Naples, which utilizes super-serums filled with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, address the signs of aging and protect skin from environmental pollutants. It takes about 30 minutes, and you’ll see a difference immediately. (A friend of TNN swears by it, and her skin looks amazing!)
5 Baker Museum Store
So much cooler than your average museum gift shop, the Baker Museum Store at Artis—Naples is where you’ll find classic modern home goods and unique design products and gifts you can’t get anywhere else in Naples. New to the store this month: Pantone Mood Food serving trays, mugs and cups (pictured above) and a collection of super-soft, colorful leather wallets and billfolds woven with stainless steels to protect from credit card and digital theft. Worth a visit on its own, or tie it in with a performance, exhibit or Art After Hours.
See five things we tried in February 2016, too!