Drawing on as many local and sustainable ingredients as they can find, Harmoni Market's chefs create Mediterranean-inspired lunch and dinner menus that take taste buds on an island tour of the wine-dark sea. At the sound of the city's unnerving dinner siren, preface your feast with a heaping plate of Mediterranean nachos, which swap the tortilla chips with crispy pita and buries them in red-pepper hummus, spicy tzatziki, Harmoni salsa, kalamata olives, and feta ($10). Market mussels swimming in white-wine garlic butter sauce ($12) will similarly prepare you to follow the meat rainbow to pots of diverse flavors, such as pan-seared scallops with roasted tomato couscous ($18) or flat-iron steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and a fig balsamic ($16.50). Lunchers, on the other hand, can forget the office's acidic coffee and nudity-filled PowerPoints over a caprese panini made with mozzarella, basil, and locally grown tomatoes ($8.50) or the salty and sweet Harmoni Signature, which loads figs, bacon, tomato, and blue cheese onto a fresh-baked flatbread ($9).
Employing a powerful mix of body-weight resistance, weightlifting, and cardio training, PTrefined Personal Training crafts hardcore workouts that build muscle and stamina. Six is the magic number of students in each personal-training session. It allows for individualized attention and gives everyone a partner with whom to perform certain exercises, such as medicine-ball toss back. It's also preferred because small-group members tend to feed off one other's energy, which leads to greater success rates. Besides tailoring workouts to all involved, PTrefined rounds out regimens with healthy-eating advice.
Signature service: Self storage
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: Not Applicable
Pro Tip: Live in on-site manager, gated access, camera surveillance, climate controlled, and drive-up units.
Tracing the trail blazed by postpunk baker Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Blissfully Vegan’s team equates baking with activism, strongly believing that the easiest route to social change is through the stomach. That’s why its chief concern is taste, though its cakes and cookies are also fair-trade and cruelty-free. To that end, bakers blend fresh batters in small batches with gourmet flourishes such as coconut oil and organic strawberries. They also frost exotic combinations such as pistachio rosewater and almond apricot, and can happily customize orders for birthdays, baby showers, and court-arraignment anniversaries.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.