Sparta Greek Grill specializes in fast and healthy Greek fare, crafting each menu item in an open kitchen to the delight of diners' hungry eyes. Platters plate hearty salmon fillets ($11.99) or falafel balls ($9.99), leaving customers to deliberate a choice of 3 sides or slingshot ammunition from a total of 12, including calamari, veggie skewers, and dolmas. Pillowy pita wraps enfold falafel ($7.99) or tender chunks of meat such as beef or lamb souvlaki ($9.49) before patrons choose a flourish of hummus or garlic, tzatziki, or spicy tzatziki sauce to top the sandwich and a meal-complementing side. Between bites, patrons can cleanse their palates or lubricate their voice boxes for a full reading of The Iliad with a selection of beer ($3.75+) and coolers ($4.75).
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Ch?teau Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Ch?teau Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Ch?teau Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
When the founder of Spasation Salon & Spa travelled to Europe and Asia in the late 1990s, he was looking for ways to improve his already bustling salon business. Instead he found inspiration in the indulgent Turkish bathhouses, prompting him to design a day spa that draws upon their ancient and sophisticated luxury and tuxedoed rubber duckies. His original concept rapidly grew into brick-and-mortar reality when he opened the flagship location of Spasation Salon & Spa in 1998. In the elegant day spa, staffers dole out haircuts and indulge clients with relaxing deep-tissue massages and signature facials amid a lavish and blissful backdrop of ceramic tile, white oak, and brushed silver.
Bonanza Buffet Company's expert kitchen crew grants eaters the power to craft personalized meals with unlimited helpings of more than 50 buffet items. To fill their robust buffet line, chefs slice fresh veggies, slow-cook beef, and roast chicken in a rotisserie oven until it's as juicy as the workplace gossip on a soap-opera set. Multicultural eats such as pasta, tacos, and szechuan beef take palates on a tour, and a fully stocked salad bar adds some greenery to each plate's landscape. To round out the custom culinary experience, Bonanza's food gurus equip eaters with a soft-serve ice-cream station. At both locations, cushy booths and tables surround the buffet, forming a casual dining space where guests can chat and debate the hunting strategy to use when acquiring their next plateful.
The multiple facilities access membership grants you admittance to a venerable variety of fitness centres around Edmonton. Swim yourself to sexiness in one of the city's indoor pools, utilize the gym, court, and field house areas, or drop in for an aquatic, dry land, or arena program. Included among the 13 different facilities to which you'll have access, the brand new St. Francis Xavier Sports Centre offers a huge gymnasium divisible into three full-size gyms, an indoor jogging track, and batting cages for whacking at meatballs with baguette bats. The Kinsmen Sports Centre features basketball, badminton, and tennis courts, and the Londonderry Fitness and Leisure Centre (closed for upgrades November 1–December 31) includes a whirlpool for whirling, a steam room for steaming, and a sauna for drying out jerky and prepping for next year's move to the sun.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.