The industrial facade of Madeline's Cafe and Bakery conceals an elegant, intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a Parisian sidewalk cafe. A palpable sense of European nostalgia permeates not just Madeline's interior, but also its cuisine. Chefs Gerard and Hector use recipes that have been passed down from their ancestors or culled from their own experiences, such as the time they had to eat their way out of a giant souffle. Along with a rustic soup of the day and several eclectic salads, the simple menu features sandwiches such as a chicken-salad croissant with cranberries and a muffaletta with creole-style mustard dressing. And while Madeline's food often takes center stage, it's perhaps best known for its bakery. Here, cases are lined with fresh-baked pastries, cupcakes, and 15 lavish special-occasion cakes.
It’s not hard to find cuts of meat that rival those at restaurants—if you live near Findley’s. Whether grilling outdoors or searing steak on the stove, the butcher shop supplies quality cuts and wild game that boost your meal offerings at home. Angus beef, Berkshire pork, and Ashley Farms organic chicken are just a few of the shop’s markers of meat quality, though raw meat isn’t the only currently the team works with. Among of the central parts of Findley’s processes is a smokehouse that produces fresh jerky, smoked sausage, brisket, and other specialties.
Through a special-order program, the crew also packs customer coolers with items such as caviar, catfish, and fois gras. Alternatively, anyone with little time to spend in the kitchen can grab items from the shop’s selection of heat-and-eat foods such as baby back ribs and twice-baked potatoes. To give customers a unique insight into the shop’s processes, Findley’s also encourages new customers to take free tours of the shop’s backstage areas to see the processes Findley’s is so proud of and to get their bacon autographed.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
The cooks at Suck Creek Bar and Grill crowd a grill with sizzling patties and load hearty sandwiches with fried chicken, thick-cut bologna, and bacon. Patrons crack open a Budweiser ($2) while perusing a menu that promises starters of fried mushrooms ($4.25). Hearty specialty burgers ($3.75) romp on fluffy buns loaded with american, pepper jack, or colby queso. In a cozy dining room with crimson trim, a hamburger-steak dinner ($6.75) prepares diners for revelry like a save-the-date note from Bacchus. Fried-fish sandwiches ($3) arrive on a tidal wave of tartar sauce, and the crispy bacon and tomato slices of a time-tested BLT ($3.50) fuel karaoke performances and air-guitar smashing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Equipment: Real Ryder and Lemond Bikes, Lululemon yoga accessories, Everlast box
Students should bring: A bottle for water. We have purified water and towel service.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring a friend. Having a workout buddy motivates both of you and makes it more fun.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our trainers keep it fun by changing things up all the time. Whether it's cycling, yoga, or group fitness, each day is different. And we focus on balance in working out?cardio, strength, and flexibility are all part of our program at Thrive.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We have a client in his early 60s who has absolutely transformed his body by consistent exercise and training and good nutrition. He credits his personal trainer, but really he's done all the hard work. And it shows.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Music motivates movement; there's no question. We have a great mix of instructors who play a wide variety of music, including original mixes from one of our DJ instructors. You'll find rock and roll, jazz, reggae and lots of electronic dance tracks here. And we have a disco ball in the cycle studio.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Thrive is all about functional fitness?that is, keeping people healthy as they move through all phases of their life. Our clients range in age from rom the twenties to the seventies. Even though their fitness needs differ, their goals are basically the same: to stay healthy and fit. It's our challenge to help them. We think we do a great job; at least, they tell us that we do.