To the chefs at El Nuevo Tondero, every clean plate in their kitchen is a blank canvas waiting to be dressed in the bright colors and distinctive flavors of Peruvian cuisine. The culinary team specializes in fresh fish, ladling whole fillets with creamy hot pepper sauce, mixing lime juice into seven styles of ceviche, and even juicing these ceviche ingredients into a soupy beverage of lime and brine called leche de tigre. They spend just as much time perfecting presentation as flavor, as evidenced by artfully placed shrimp resting on nests of fettuccine and steamed seafood rice arranged into the shape of Whistler's mother.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
The riches of Colombia reveal themselves in Miami's 2013 Colombia Trade Expo. There will be arts and crafts: from Guajira to the Amazon come hand-woven baskets, traditional hammocks, one-of-a-kind wood carvings, and accessories made of seeds and coconuts. There will be jewelry: the country's mountain mines are rich with emeralds, gold, bronze, silver, and platinum. There will be health and beauty products: clinicians, cosmetic surgeons, spa workers, stylists, and makeup professionals all show off their rejuvenating arts. And there will be technology: Colombia's scientific leaders display new innovations in telephone and video communication and surveillance technology.
“The Pantheon is the place where you test everything you’ve got. You come to perform.” That’s Pantheon Games co-founder Ronny Lindsay talking about the inspiration for his annual competition. Based on the Pantheon from ancient Greece, the Pantheon Games challenge champions from all over the world to compete in CrossFit-themed bouts of physical strength and fitness. Or in Lindsay's words, to “test their immortality amongst the gods."
In true CrossFit style, the events are kept secret—even from the athletes—until just before the competition, making participants “train for the unknown and the unknowable.” The first year of the competition included everything from Olympic sports to the 40-foot dash, and to keep the athletes guessing, the founders post hints online for upcoming events. Once the games begin, the crowds go nuts as athletes complete challenges such as the long jump and test their muscles to the breaking point.
The events occur in two separate arenas—Olympia and Palaestra—to recreate the setting of ancient Greek athletic competitions. Spectators can also visit vendors, attend a workshop on the benefits of supplements, or investigate how much it would cost to put a working pair of wings on their shoes.
It's never too early for music. Crescendo Music Center gets kids started with their introduction to music class which teaches youngsters aged 3–5 the basics of reading notes, melodies, and time notation. Kids with a little more music under their belt can refine their skills in private lessons or during ensemble jams. To make sure students get the chance to hone their performance skills as well, the center holds regular recitals. These concerts give kids the chance to perform for mom and dad and to practice lighting their instrument on fire after the encore.
This year's Supercon packs more power than a dam built out of wind turbines with more than 100 comic-book guests, including Batman artist Bill Sienkiewicz and The Incredible Hulk artist Ariel Olivetti, and more than 50 celebrity guests ranging from Richard "Shaft" Roundtree to the president of Troma Entertainment Film Studios, Lloyd Kaufman. On Friday night at 10 p.m., catch headliners Less Than Jake light up the main stage, then stick around for a late-night dance party filled with costumes, comic lovers, and romantic encounters that unfold cell by cell.