Dining at a Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill is a different experience in every city. While every location shares the same Guadalajara based menu—with plates of authentic enchiladas, fajita burgers, and flautas covered in ranchero cheese—the decor of their dining rooms varies from location to location. In Spencer, Massachusetts, diners gaze at warm-toned desert paintings and statues of running horses, whereas the Ware, Massachusetts, location treats the eyes to views of blue-tiled divides and potted plants. In Holden, Massachusetts, a look around the dining area gives customers views of brightly painted walls on which ponchos and hats are hung, simultaneously providing colorful scenery and ideas for repurposing their old swimming trunks at home.
Transformational coach and certified hypnotist Carol M. Recchion has spent more than 23 years instigating positive change in her clients' lives. Her counseling services assist patients with periods of upheaval, both positive and grief-related, whereas her hypnotherapy sessions seek to discourage bad habits and chronic anxieties. By tapping into the subconscious mind, she addresses problems that run the gamut from writer's block to smoking addiction and overeating.
The racket-wielding teachers at Worcester County Afterschool Tennis help players develop proper fundamental technique so they can deliver smashing forehand volleys, blistering backhand returns, and a reliable serve. Lessons match up to six players with one of the outfit's 30 instructors, which allows for ample personal attention and the chance to learn to return five serves at once. Lessons occur Monday through Thursday, with kids' lessons scheduled all day in accordance with demand and adult lessons scheduled in the evenings.
Instructing riders on a lush 22-acre farm, Woodgate Farm's retinue of experienced instructors coaxes the equestrian spirit out of beginning riders with two private horseback-riding lessons. Like the quality of tomato-throwing at opera performances, the one-hour lessons vary depending on skill level, with novices learning the basics of prepping, mounting and walking their four-legged vessel. More advanced riders can spend their session cantering through the indoor or outdoor arena or practicing gravity-besmirching tricks over the full set of jumps. Seasoned horse whisperers pair each rider with one of the eight mellow horses and ponies, offering jaunts calm enough to put the Energizer bunny to sleep. After mastering the primary pony skill sets, saddleriders learn how to give back to their equine friend with a lesson in grooming. Doting hands brush manes and pelts, clean feet, and learn the step-by-step process to prevent galloping pals from rusting.
Using recipes forged by a registered dietitian and family physician duo, Dream Dinners provides cuisine crafters with the ingredients and directions necessary to assemble healthy, palate-pleasing meals in less than an hour. From the nine recipes on the ever-rotating sampler menu, taste technicians select six meals of three servings each to dazzle dining-room tables with a gourmet assemblage of ingredients (a $75 value). The large family meal (six servings) also included in this deal offers the choice of a beef, chicken, or steak main course (up to a $25 value).
An olive branch painting adorns the dining room wall at Oli's Italian Eatery, but it's likely those nearby are already feeling pretty peaceful. Or at the very least, content over a meal. The menu packs in everything from specialty pizzas and pastas to seafood and burgers made in the open kitchen for lunch and dinner. The drink list offers specialty cocktails like watermelon martinis and sangria, along with draft beers and glasses of wine.