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Radio Café whips up a midday menu of light lunch offerings. Diners can graze on whole wheat, plain, or sun-dried tomato wraps ($5.95) filled with such proteins as Thai curry chicken salad or smoked salmon and cream cheese, and those craving pressed and wrinkle-free fare can fill their feedbags with a grilled panini ($6.75) on thin focaccia, encasing grilled vegetables and goat cheese or rosemary ham, glazed onions, and Monterey Jack. A fresh-baked daily quiche ($5.09) bears a rotating cast of ingredients such as braised leeks, fresh thyme, and goat cheese. To quench thirst and caffeine cravings, Radio Café brews up a selection of specialty coffee drinks made from its own fair-trade MacLaren blend (starting at $1.48), as well as an array of loose-leaf organic teas ($1.67). Visitors can lunch next to a modern brick fireplace in the café's cozy interior or eat outdoors in the gallery's sculpture courtyard when the weather cooperates and the statuary isn't feeling standoffish.
Certified by the world's largest diving training organization, and located near some of Barrie's best scuba hot spots, Dive Central is perfectly positioned to take students sub-marine. After an in-class or online introductory session, PADI-certified instructors give students as young as 10 years old a chance to test their sea lungs and Marco Polo skills in the safety of an on-site pool. In these confined dives, students will learn a watery cornucopia of aquatic aptitudes, including how to share or replace masks and how communicate in Welsh, the language of whales. Finally, students break Mother Earth's millennia-long stranglehold, striking out for the briny deep in a series of four open-water dives. After the run of classes, which can be completed in three or four days, you'll finally be able to dive to 60 feet with a partner, thus gaining the competitive edge at the neighbourhood apple-bobbing championship.
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