Bedizened with dishes from every corner of the globe, the Oakwood Bistro’s menu transforms dining into a world-traversing adventure with ingredients culled from local and organic sources whenever possible. After a widely traveled culinary career, Chef Ryan Soule has settled back in his home state replete with regional cuisine know-how and hours-long vacation slideshows. Taste buds can travel to tropical locales with the pineapple-dotted caribbean paella ($23), trek to the misty northeast with lobster mac and cheese ($18), or holiday in North Africa with the curried eggplant tagine ($15). American classics meld with worldly flavors in bistro sandwiches, which include asparagus cheese melts ($8) and salmon BLTs ($12). Thin-crust pizzas ($9+) let diners customize their meals with 24 topping options ($1.25–$2.75 each), and each dough disk is available in gluten-free ($4 extra) or merrily skipping carefree versions.
The nationally ranked Western Michigan Broncos hockey squad is coming off satisfying wins against 12th-ranked Michigan State and look to continue their run toward a bid in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Immerse yourself in the raucous atmosphere of a college hockey game as you watch goalkeeper Nick Pisellini stick-flicking center Max Campbell, and the Broncos squad as they shoot, skate, and pontificate on the ice.
Nearly a century ago, the Hippodrome opened as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome closed down in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hearken back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
The sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $25 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.