Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Juicy red peppers, bright green spinach- and basil-flecked pasta, and golden-brown fried fish all come together atop plates at Pisco Sour Piolyn Jr. to create eye-catching Peruvian specialities with a Chinese twist. Chifa cuisine infuses traditional Chinese dishes with the flavors of Peru, which is extremely popular in Lima. The lengthy menu delivers everything from fresh fish ceviche and churrasco-style rib-eye steak to traditional tacu tacu—a breaded and fried mixture of beans, rice, and your choice of meat or shrimp. To wash down their South American eats, customers can choose from a list of Peruvian wines or stay domestic with a beer or swig of water from the local reservoir. But for those wanting to fully embrace the Peruvian dining experience, a pisco sour is the only way to go. Made from pisco, the traditional Peruvian brandy, and a mix of lemon juice and sugar, the drink is a refreshing way to cap off the meal.
Winner of the 2010 Connecticut Florist of the Year award from the Connecticut Florist Association, Paul Buettner Florist creates inspired and creative floral arrangements for every occasion. Let the floriculturists stimulate the senses with the FTD Holiday Rose Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens ($49.99), the FTD Share My World Bouquet ($42.99), or the FTD Basket of Dreams Arrangement ($47.99). Those celebrating the birth of a new baby can pick up the lily-packed FTD Starshine Bouquet ($34.99). With Buettner Florist, pedal-seekers can find an arrangement to say various well-wishes, including “happy anniversary,”, “get well soon,” “sorry I crashed the Wienermobile into your house,” and “congratulations”. All orders are online or by phone and must be placed 24 hours in advance. Local delivery costs $10 extra.
The Fitathlon Challenge blends the format and philosophy of decathlons and triathlons with the accessibility of a 5K. Great for all fitness levels, the event divides participants into four categories—Newbie, Beginner, Challenger, and Competitor. Separated into waves, runners move through a course fraught with obstacles designed to test strength, endurance, athleticism, and mental toughness. These obstacles include tire flips, wall climbs, and hill sprints that leave bodies sweaty and fatigued and minds feelings as confused as a fish in a geology class. Those competing in the Competitor division are eligible for cash and prizes awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female groups. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit a local charity.