At the ?Latin Food Fest! Grand Tasting Village, Latin culinary aficionados Richard Sandoval, Roberto Alcocer, and Javier Plascencia join with restaurants, distillers, artisan food makers, brewers, and winemakers for the annual Latin food grand tasting event in California. Guests rub elbows with the likes of TV host chef George Duran, or share a wave with Baja culinary icon and Misi?n 19 owner Javier Plascencia. Throughout the festival, dedicated pavilions focus on specific topics, ranging from the Wine Tasting Tent and Beer Cabana to the ?Taste Baja! Pavilion and the Craft Spirits Expo & Awards, where distillers and mixologists hold tastings. In addition to the tastings, the festival holds competitions for Top Chef, Best Restaurant, and Best Dish to showcase local culinary excellence. Other senses are delighted by live music from Latin sensation QUATTRO and an art show, and a silent auction of culinary supplies and memorabilia will benefit non-profit partner Feeding America.
Though ballerinas float across the stage with grace and seemingly little effort during performances, their strength comes from years of stretching and strengthening at the barre. At Cardio Barre, instructors lead students through classes that combine ballet-inspired workouts and light weights to help students achieve long and lean muscles. The toning and resistance exercises are designed to sculpt muscles primarily in the butt, legs, torso, and arms, while also preparing students for the new crosswalk signs that read “Stop,” “Walk,” and “Grand Jeté.”
What makes it great: Personal fitness evaluations inform workout routines that might incorporate everything from Water Power rowing machines to group boot-camp classes. While guests workout, first-aid-trained daycare staff supervise kids in the on-site play center, while visions of a post-workout facial at the adjoining Camelia’s Skin Care & Massage keep them motivated.
When twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi decided to pursue a career that combined their passion for surfing and their love of the ocean, their calling came in the form of starting Surf Diva. Before long, they were on course to becoming a lauded school for coed surfers in California and Costa Rica. Augmenting the pair's teachings is their team of certified instructors, all graduates of their school's intensive training program and certified in CPR and first aid. Committed to their expertise in surfing, many of the instructors also hold down careers as firefighters, paramedics, and snowboarders, granting them the combined know-how to put out beach bonfires with a casual backflip.
The team's instruction ranges from coed group lessons and competitive coaching sessions to two- or five-day women?s weekend surf clinics. When they're not teaching surfing, crew members commit themselves to alternative teaching programs in yoga and standup paddleboarding, helping surfers to conquer the water with their bodies as well as with their very buoyant hearts. The twins' Costa Rica program also helps women and families hone boarding skills abroad while becoming fully immersed in the Costa Rican culture.
Long-time La Jolla residents Gerhard Gessner and Alexandra Oehmigen-Gessner founded Prana Yoga Center in 2001 as a way to share their mutual passion for the ancient practice with fellow certified instructors, yogis undergoing teacher training, and students of all experience levels. Fluent in the styles of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar, Gerhard puts his 28 years of practice and training to use, leading challenging yet accessible classes, adopting an integrated, nondogmatic approach to the form. Known for his signature all-level Vinyasa Flow course, he is no stranger to tailoring course regimens to suit the diverse needs of his students. Gerhard and Alexandra, along with a massive team of 19 other instructors, also fill their robust class schedule with gentler Hatha yoga and specialty classes, such as prenatal yoga for mothers-to-be, teen yoga for girls, and kids yoga for little ones and overly stressed teddy bears.
In a heated, 4,000-square-foot facility, Bikram Yoga La Jolla’s instructors guide students in a body-bending curriculum that aims to cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace. These pliable pros help students hone the body and the mind by leading them through a flowing regimen of 26 poses. The classes are performed on clean, non-absorbent Lonseal floors situated in heated rooms that foster greater muscle fluidity and faster metabolic functioning. Other benefits of yoga may include stress reduction, improved concentration, pain relief, and increased self-esteem. After they are cooled down with ice cold lavender towels at class's end, students can head to the remodeled changing facilities, including an expanded women's room. The facilities provide cubbies for storing possessions and showers to sluice away sweat and caked-on pranas.