Noche crafts refined small plates that mix Southern cuisine with Spanish cooking styles. A wide selection of tapas lets disparate diners bond over passed plates of chicken empanadas with pineapple-mango jubilee ($6) and coriander grilled lamb-chop lollipops ($9). Warmed tortillas wrap a selection of traditional tacos and atypical creations such as lobster tacos with oaxaca cheese ($7) and the fried chicken-filled, queso-doused trailer park taco ($4). Green-eating grazers, meanwhile, can divide portions of fried green tomatoes ($5) and vegetable tostadas layered with goat cheese and cilantro pesto ($6). Noche's chefs also outfit classic comfort food with Spanish accents, pairing pan-seared crab cakes with poblano cream ($9) and mixing shrimp and grits with grilled chorizo and jalapeño jack cheese ($8).
The cozy, laid-back, two-story wine and coffee house's large windows and ceiling fans encourage lingering and long talks about the meaning of life and the proper pronunciation of Sartre. Your wine flight will consist of five 2.5-ounce pours from JavaVino's wine list, which, like foliage and fashions, changes seasonally. The pared-down menu favors boutique vineyards from around the globe over the more well-known monster grape-crushing conglomerates. Sample a glass of the slightly sweet Washington State Kiona Reisling ($6 a glass) before moving on to the blackberry-hinted Three Winds Pinot Noir ($8 a glass) from France, or the organic Santa Julia Argentine Cabernet ($6), with notes of black cherry and currant. Included in the flight is your choice of either JavaVino's signature mixed cheese plate ($7.75) with five artisan cheeses, chorizo, mixed olives, and crackers; the vegan hummus plate ($6.95); or any of JavaVino's desserts. Taste the signature untraditional chocolate cobbler, which melts a half-pound brownie, chocolate cake, and chocolate syrup into a warm dessert pile and tops it with whipped cream and raspberry sauce ($5), or Ryan’s Grandma’s tri-layered, cream-cheese-frosted carrot cake ($5).
Jai Shanti's dedicated, professional teachers are committed to bringing the health and life benefits of yoga to everyone, even if you happen to be a fictional character. With a multitude of weekly classes, Jai Shanti has a style of body-bending to match the needs of every Atlantan, including special assistance and tailored programs for people with special needs. Newbies can relax and limber up with Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Every Body, or challenge their muscles and connective tissues with Yoga Workout. If stretching is more of a secondary goal, Lindy Hop your way to inner peace during Dance Meditation, or start your day with Morning Yoga. And if you're so manly that your pants fly off your body every time you flex, the Nude Yoga men's class makes sure that nothing comes between you and the sun you're saluting. Click on any date on the calendar and consult the class guide to learn more and choose an appropriate class.
For more than 20 years, Carrie Heller's life has been a balancing act between honing her circus talents and helping others. Today, the licensed clinical social worker, a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization, blends therapy methods with big-top techniques at the Circus Arts Institute, benefiting children and adults alike with mind- and body-benefiting acrobatics that send students swinging, twirling, and laughing through the air.
Carrie and her team of instructors acquaint students with circus-performance fundamentals using the trapeze, tight wire, Spanish web, and juggling balls. They bolster core and upper-body strength during Circus Arts Fitness workouts, which have been featured on CNN for their exciting approach to toning. For students with special needs, such as sensory challenges or ADD, they host Circus Arts Therapy classes. These sessions channel playful and positive energy as small groups learn to navigate circus equipment, enhancing their confidence, social skills, and physical coordination in a much more natural way than going on a handstand speed date.