Toro Sushi Bar invites you to join the bite-sized culinary festivities in a chic modern setting. Its menu features a wide variety of hand-made flavorful treats, from sushi to sashimi to full entrees to tapas. Enjoy the geometric perfection of a Creole Roll with crab, veggies, and seared Cajun tuna ($15) or the insistent adoration of the Loveulongtime Roll, which unites shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, masago and tobiko with a duo of eel and dynamite sauces ($15). If you've chosen to don your "Me and My Sushi and Sashimi – No Two Ways About It" custom tee-shirt, head straight into a carefully orchestrated array of blue fin tuna Maguro, octopus Tako, Hawaiian white tuna Ono, Japanese Red Snapper Carpaccio ($15), and the Kobe Beef Tataki with green onions, garlic chips and crispy red onions ($25). For even smaller eats, peruse the tapas menu for calamari, monkey balls (tempura style mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese, spicy tuna, and avocado), and edamame. You can complement your meal with specialty drinks, sake, wine, and beer.
According to Tricia Hetherington, founder of The Pretty Kitty, the perfect Brazilian wax requires a specific technique that she's developed herself. That's why she personally trains each one of her aestheticians—no simple task, considering that she operates locations in California, Nevada, Texas, and New Jersey—to remove hair using soft wax formulated for sensitive skin. The process takes fewer than 15 minutes, and frees clients to wear the skimpiest of swimsuits and lingerie.
A chandelier casts a glow over the pink-toned interior of the newly opened Montclair location, where a wall stencil depicts a feline casting a sidelong glance. Within treatment rooms, aestheticians wax men's and women's bodies, leaving behind smooth, clean expanses of skin. Hygiene is of the utmost importance to The Pretty Kitty's specialists, who never double dip waxing sticks, reuse wax, or procure it from Madame Tussaud's castoff sculptures.
Bento Shop distributes freshly wrapped fishes to scores of seafood supporters, offering a menu full of sushi, sashimi, and rice-bound repasts that make great meals or during-sleep snacks. Today’s deal lets you choose from dine-in, carryout, or delivery, and since Bento Shop is a cozy spot with only four tables, you can browse the menu online before assembling your order. Sushi rolls such as the avocado-y spicy shrimp tempura roll ($9.95) or tuna-and-spicy-mayo-laden Sunshine roll ($8.95) offer healthy, filling fuel for after-work lawnmower races. Bento Boxes, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., can combine teriyaki, sushi, and your choice of shumai, gyoza, or vegetable gyoza ($8.95–$10.95).
The deft chefs at Johnny Roll House roll fresh ingredients into cylindrical eats, purveying a menu of innovative sushi and Japanese entrees. Six steamed shrimp dumplings ribbon dance across tongues with an order of shumai ($5), making way for the deep-fried spring rolls of a harumaki starter ($5). Capped with a homemade sauce, the Johnny Roll ($13) layers crispy shrimp tempura and avocado atop tuna and salmon. Use sweet-heat to blast dust-bunnies out of sinus cavities with the Super Fire roll’s ($13) triumvirate of yellowtail, jalapeño, and scallion topped with seared tuna and spicy mayo. The salmon teriyaki entree ($15) girds muscles with protein and, unlike divorce papers, comes served with miso soup and salad. With vibrant rosaceous walls to complement its tasty fare, Johnny Roll House rouses sensory systems without Pavlovian reinforcement.
Whether seated at the open-air patio or in the half-circles of the corner booths, whose backs rise up like thrones over the hardwood floor, Hashi's guests find themselves surrounded by comfort. Once seated, they can browse through the eclectic Asian-fusion menu. Sushi comes in both roll and pizza form, with fresh fish mingled with soybean paper or kiwi sauce or served atop a crunchy crust. Diners can also pick out such homey delicacies as bento boxes, which channel the Japanese version of a brown-bag lunch with teriyaki meats, flavor-enhancing sides, and an intricate serving box with a note from the chef reminding you that you're special.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play & Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children’s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.