Playing videogames can be an isolating pastime, with most conversations transpiring via headset. But not so when enthusiasts game with CrashNPlay. The service’s technicians deliver and set up video-game lounges in gamers’ homes, facilitating overnight or hourly parties that unite gamers under one roof. Clustered around the lounge’s Xboxes and flat-screen TVs, gamers build even stronger relationships thanks to system-link technology, which allows avatars to meet without players having to rubber-band screens together. To add extra flair to their party, hosts can hire an associate to explain individual games’ nuances or upgrade with a connection that hooks gaming systems up to homes’ wireless networks.
Aashirwad Palace & Martini Lounge’s gastronomic alchemists transmute the recipes and ingredients of subcontinental cooking to timelessly flavorful Indian dishes. Culinary adventures begin with bites from one of more than 20 appetizers such as the the chicken pakora’s spicy garlic-laced fritters or the Paneer Tika Sizzler’s homemade cheese-and-tandoori masala marinade. Entrees run the gamut of mealtime matter, ranging from vegetarian chana masala to spinach-packed lamb saag. A mild yogurt sauce and fresh coriander envelop the boneless-chicken korma, while the shrimp baigan's baked eggplant sizzles in a blend of herbs, spices, and fire-breathing shellfish. A dried-fruit garnish tops the navaratan korma, buttressed by mixed vegetables in a rich sauce made from members of the leafiest food groups. Grapes get tipsy in two glasses of wine, which quench throats and ably complements dishes.
We make all of their own dressings, soups & sauces and Mozzarella by hand. Mozzarella Sticks are made from Fresh Mozzarella. Spedini, mozzarella sandwiched between ciabatta bread and served with anchovy or marinara sauce. Entrées include hard to find traditional items like Beef or Pork Braciole & Osso Bucco.
As kids caper about in a world of rides, games, and playground equipment at Giggles Play Station, their parents can rest assured knowing that the amusement emporium was built from the ground up to safely accommodate them in areas divided by age group. Among the indoor playground's attractions, toddlers enjoy exclusive access to their own padded play area, complete with a playhouse and kid-size construction vehicles. In the play station that's governed by specially trained safety staff, kids aged 1?8 clamber up padded ramps, careen down six slides, and plunge into the ball pit, which is sanitized regularly to keep bacteria and the purple cooties at bay. The arcade houses numerous ticket-earning diversions, including skee ball and basketball shooting, and siblings can settle rivalries while competing in games of air-hockey or on the twisty lanes of slot-car racing.
Giggle Play Station caters to adults as well, welcoming them to put their feet up when not cheering for their kids as they conquer slides or tour the facilities on the train ride. In addition to a menu of snacks, the caf? offers a vantage point for parents to keep an eye on their brood while building sculptures out of their mozzarella sticks.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
To look glamorous in a photo, it helps to look glamorous in real life. That’s why Glamour Shots’ professional photographers and stylists work in tandem, transforming their subjects into stars with expert hairdo and airbrush-makeup services. Their shoots—all of which allow for at least one outfit change—can focus on solo models, or capture easy group rapport during family sessions. After shoots and optional retouching services, patrons can store their images on CDs, order keepsake prints, or request their smiling faces be screened onto calendars, phone cases, or the inside of each others’ eyelids.