At The Learning Kitchen, highly trained instructors will help chop-happy visitors pick up handy tips for deft cuisine preparation. Grub-crafting students will slice, dice, and nibble-ize tongue-luring fare amid a sleek kitchen classroom. Top-notch boiling, frying, searing, and particle-accelerating equipment is on hand at 12 cooking stations as participants learn to wield quality knives and shurikens with nimble-handed dexterity. Chefs not only provide step-by-step instruction, but also teach useful chopping and sautéing techniques. A wide range of hands-on cooking classes is available, including a gnocchi workshop, neighborhood barbecue, vegetarian proteins, sushi rolling, and Thai. When dinner is done, students will sample their scrumptiously prepared meals in a sit-down dining area. Before they leave, students will receive recipe copies, saving them the trouble of scrubbing their hands free of ditto-machine wax.
Flavors Eatery's menu of colorful Cali cuisine is crammed to the bursting point with soups, organic salads, gourmet pizzas, and smoothies. Flavors Eatery boasts healthy low-carb and gluten-free options, as well as a play area for kids that is free of trans fats. Ten gourmet pizzas, such as the teriyaki chicken ($7.95+), flatten out appetites with ease, and the nine sandwiches and pitas, such as the garden veggie-burger pita ($7.95), can be served hot like a cup of steaming milk or cold like delicious, delicious revenge. Diners can select from six quesadillas, such as the roasted red-pepper and chicken ($7.95), or the nachos, stacked high with veggies and cheeses for a West Coast twist on a stadium classic ($7.95).
Helmed by the highly decorated Chef Peng S. Looi, Asiatique Bistro and Lounge synthesizes a flavorful menu characterized by Asian inspirations and diverse cooking styles in a sleek, contemporary setting. Oceanic appetites can embark on an edible vacation with the triple-crusted ahi-tuna salad ($7) snuggled beneath a ginger-soy-vinaigrette blanket or a crabmeat-and-goat-cheese spring roll ($6.50) paired with a miso aioli. Inspired by a recipe found carved into a stone in sunken Atlantis, the wok-seared salmon tempts taste buds from a sea of spicy tomato concasse ($18.50), and slow-roasted short ribs sit alongside baby carrots in a traditional Indochine preparation ($18.50). Spice-craving appetences can pair a tannin-enriched glass from the bistro’s extensive wine list with the chinois salt and pink peppercorn shrimp ($15.50) and a vegetarian-tested order of stir-fried Sichuan-style in hot chili oil ($8.50). The lunch menu showcases meals calibrated to sit exactly halfway between breakfast and dinner, such as spicy, woked shrimp and scallops ($9) or chicken simmered in a fragrant black-bean sauce ($8).