Moti Mahal's cooks craft an eclectic menu of Indian specialties, reminding diners that Indian cuisine is more than just curries. Here, Punjabi spices season garbanzo beans, housemade yogurt smothers boneless goat, and simmering lamb soaks up hints of ginger and garlic. They can then compliment these dishes with naan breads stuffed with cheese or garnished with mint. Of course, the chefs whip up their fair share of curries, too, including the chicken goa curry, in which they stir tender chicken into creamy coconut sauce and fresh onion.
Whether they're preparing one of these curries or a seafood delicacy, they spice dishes to individual specifications. They can make adjustments for every type of diner, from those who prefer more mild heat to those who crave a good sweat after missing their daily jog inside a volcano. After meals, guests can cool off their tongues with desserts such as housemade mango ice cream.
Now in its 53rd year, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's festival once more celebrates the rich history and culture of Greece with live dance, traditional food, and Hellenistic arts and crafts. Visitors can watch displays of traditional dancing as troupes of costumed performers whirl and leap to folk tunes. Open-mouthed onlookers can snack on souvlaki, gyros, and baked pastitsio or shout out traditional Greek exclamations such as "Opa!", "Yassou!", and "Don't drop that Olympic torch!"
Church tours introduce festivalgoers to the stunning gilded iconography of Annunciation's sanctuary, and also give them a brief lesson on the symbolism, teaching, and history of the Greek Orthodox Church. Outside, kids get their faces painted, play games, and bounce inside a moonwalk, while adults stroll through the gift shop area, which attempts to tempt them with colorful wares imported from Greece, including fisherman's hats, gold jewelry, and worry beads.
The nuptial experts at Mr. & Mrs. take a serious approach toward matching couples with their ideal wedding planner, using a brief quiz to gauge clients’ preferences and personalities before they even walk through the door. Once seated in one of Mr. & Mrs. consultation suites, couples glean wedding-day wisdom from the team’s experts, including Ashley Hotka, a detail-minded floral designer, and Jen Fyffe, a wedding coordinator who hails from California. Combining a professional touch with a stress-free attitude, each consultant walks pairs through the vendor selection process and helps them to set up meetings and make decisions about everything from the catering menu to the music. Mr. & Mrs. also opens up its brightly colored studio space for DIY workshops, where couples gather to learn wedding day dances or timing tricks to ensure the reception flows smoothly between the best man’s speech and pickle-throwing contests.
For seasoned traveler Eliza, organization has been a necessity—there's no room for clutter when you're living out of a suitcase. But she realizes that most people have an entire home to clutter up as they please, and that's why she founded Simplicana, LLC. As the company's sole certified-professional organizer, she helps clients organize rooms, businesses, or storage units and keep items in order during moves. She also works one-on-one with teens and kids to help arrange their space in a way that allows for distraction-free studying.