The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students? inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio?s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters?many of them local artists?provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio?s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
At Pre-Dating's speed-dating events up to 24 mingle-ready singles and hopeless romantics converge for a gender-balanced evening of abbreviated rendezvous and private duologues. Focusing especially on the needs of busy professionals, Pre-Dating's events are always split evenly between men and women attendees, ensuring a balanced, one-to-one ratio for dates and spirited bouts of Red Rover. During the two-hour verbal waltz, daters chat with individual counterparts for six minutes at a time. Then, at the end of the event, guests complete and turn in a score sheet that divides potential suitors from the rest. After reviewing the score sheets, Pre-Dating will supply each attendee with the email addresses of matches who said "Yes," allowing pairs to fan the flames of love or a roaring dumpster fire during a follow-up date.
With the ease of a well-oiled pendulum, Sazon Mexican Kitchen?s culinary team swings between crafting classic and upscale Mexican eats with a new American twist.
On the classic side, there is a traditional black mole that flavors succulent servings of chicken or pork, as well as fajitas and a wet burrito smothered in green or red sauce. But there are also numerous creative takes on Mexican cuisine, including cod and prawn tacos topped with housemade crema and stewed lamb served with tortillas. For those who want to put their own creative spin on the dish, Sazon offers a salsa station equipped with options such as roasted habanero mango.
The drink menu also tempts with both classic drinks and drinks with a twist, including a tried-and-true margarita with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, as well as margaritas flavored with muddled jalapeno and mango puree. Patrons sip these drinks while basking in the sun on the outdoor patio or reclining against the long black banquette that is made comfortable with bright throw pillows and teddy bears.
The Seattle Times featured LOT No. 3 and commended its ambiance, while Seattle Weekly reviewed the restaurant's sliders and the Downtown Bellevue Network named LOT No. 3's spiced jar cake a top-three dessert in downtown Bellevue. Yelpers give the restaurant a four-star average, and 91% of 60 Urbanspooners recommend LOT No. 3.
Extreme Fitness's instructors leverage their backgrounds in boxing, bodybuilding, and competitive sports to lead students during personal training and group workout classes. Personal-training sessions commence with a preworkout assessment of current health conditions, such as body composition, and stress tests form a launching pad from which clients rocket toward goals and any star-shaped balloons floating in the rafters. Trainers then customize a system of weight-machine-based strength exercises that conspire with cardio routines to sneak up on calories and expel them from their post. To stabilize cores, students take on punching targets and play medicine-ball catch while perched on bosu balls. Feel free to share the fitness journey with like-minded peers by stepping in for 30- and 45-minute group classes. Teachers pack cardio-stimulating spurts of Zumba dance fitness and kickboxing into lunch break-long time slots. Classical yoga postures work away stress as limbs stretch and perform slumbering lion impressions, whereas bouts of interval-based annihilation training ignites fat stores with free-weight-enhanced plyometric hopping and relay running.
The distinctive biodiversity flourishing in New Zealand's forests, lakes, and mountains resembles nothing else on earth. Today, nearly 2,000 of the country’s plant species are found nowhere else on the planet. The country's national symbol (and the nickname its people proudly call themselves) is the flightless kiwi, a stubby, long-beaked bird indigenous to New Zealand. Because of the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley near Rotorua features some of the world's largest hot springs and a geyser-like lake within a crater. Discover the country's colorful natural diversity with a 13-day, three-city tour of New Zealand with all airfare and transportation.Days 1–3: Your Qantas Airways business-class flight departs from LAX bound for Auckland. The high-tech plane’s business-class seats transform into beds, and personal media consoles with a library of 60 movies and 200 TV shows speed up the overnight flight. After you lose a day by flying over the International Date Line, the plane touches down in Auckland on day 3. A connecting flight takes you to Queenstown, named the "Adventure Capital of the World" for its skydiving, whitewater rafting, and Lord of the Rings tours.Days 3–6: For four nights in Queenstown, guests take in the panoramic views at Azur Luxury Lodge, a secluded hilltop hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Remarkables mountain range. Sip locally produced wine on your suite’s window-lined sundeck, or hop on the complimentary shuttle to explore Queensland.Days 7–9: After transferring to Wellington, visitors drive through the countryside in a rented car to Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate at the southern base of the North Island for a three-night stay. Named one of the best hotels in the world in 2009 by Condé Nast Traveler, the 5,500-acre resort integrates a working sheep farm, a gourmet restaurant, and a rugged coastline. Secluded guest cottages crafted from natural elements such as clay tiles and New Zealand wool carpets sit above Palliser Bay. A tour of Wharekauhau farm—with its romney sheep and sheep-dog demonstration—is included.Days 10–13: Best known for its geothermal activity, the northern city of Rotorua sits near geysers and hot-mud pools that pop up over its countryside. Spend three nights at the Treetops Lodge & Estate, set in the heart of an 800-year-old forest. The lodge’s ecology-inspired architecture earned it New Zealand’s Leading Luxury Lodge award in 2009. Windowed french doors in lodge rooms allow for epic games of peekaboo with sneaky geckos. During the stay, guests join chef Charles Royal for a Wild Food Trail tour that introduces native Maori cuisine. Sample ingredients such as horopito, kawakawa, and pikopiko, a fern native to New Zealand. The tour concludes on day 13 with a transfer to Auckland and a return flight to Los Angeles. Click here for a day-by-day breakdown of the trip.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.