Director and owner Michelle Bolong, a former Cirque du Soleil performer and tae kwon do champion, leads a band of professional aerialist instructors who help students gracefully tone bodies while gaining inner strength and discipline. Classes combine elements such as martial arts, pilates, and acrobatic conditioning using static trapeze and cirque-style fabrics for adults and children ages five and up. The 2,800-square-foot training facility features a state-of-the-art professional sprung floor, also known as a floating floor or Mr. Bouncy Ground, to provide a high level of shock absorption.
At Bonaventura Gelato Lounge, Alessandro Bonaventura uses his experience from Bologna, Italy's Gelato University to craft aesthetically pleasing treats for his young and young-at-heart customers. Each day, he and his wife, Stephanie, handcraft gelato from all-natural ingredients?imported from Italy or sourced locally?and arrange scoops into the shape of caterpillars or whales. Instead being lumped into a bowl, sundaes are placed in souvenir pirate ships or vintage cars to be played with after the last spoonful is gone. For toddlers, staff will dole out miniature servings so they get their own little cup rather than sharing.
So-called adults are also charmed by the duo's icy creations, whether it's plain silky-smooth gelato (also available in fat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free versions) or a more elaborate creation. A German gelato treat called spaghetti eis, for example, convincingly mimics pasta with vanilla gelato noodles, housemade strawberry sauce, and white-chocolate sprinkles. For a new take on the ice-cream sandwich, the GelaDough encases scoops between donuts or sweet brioche buns. Another trompe l'oeil confection is the pizza gelato, specifically made with gelato and fruit for Ninja Turtles with a sweet tooth.
During his childhood in West Africa, Amen Iseghohi learned life lessons from two main sources: his grandmother and the tires in his backyard. His grandmother taught him that the spiritual and physical are intertwined, and his workouts with tires supported her theory. By persevering when their weight exhausted him, he learned the importance of soldiering on even when a task seemed impossible, a lesson that has stayed with him through his workouts and beyond.
Nowadays, at his Phoenix and Manhattan Beach fitness studios, Amen imparts these same lessons to Americans with minimalist workouts that are accessorized only by his childhood nemesis: tires. These particular tires, which are meticulously cleaned, build strength, speed, flexibility, and balance, as well as teach the most important skill of all?the ability to defend yourself against on out-of-control tire swing. Amenzone Fitness also offers the opportunity for fitness fans to join the Training Tour for LIfe, hitting cities across Southwest including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, and Chandler. The Training for LIfe tour hosts fitness events featuring DJ-spun music, back-to-the-basics workouts, and opportunities to give to the Amenzone Foundation, supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
Though you can certainly get your burrito with beans and ground beef, the menu at Cantina Real Manhattan Beach encourages a little experimenting. Beyond the bounds of familiar Mexican dishes, it offers the chili verde burrito, a tortilla packed with tender chunks of pork simmered in a tomatillo sauce. There's also the enchiladas jaiba?enchiladas filled with crabmeat and cheese, covered in ranchero sauce?and the mahi mahi burger, topped with grilled onions and pineapple.
After dark, the restaurant serves up an inviting spread of top-shelf tequilas. Bartenders pour them as shots or mix them into cucumber-mint margaritas by hand, instead of using the traditional repurposed cement mixer.
An oasis in downtown Manhattan Beach, Guru?s Gate Yoga fosters an environment of health and wellness through yoga and fitness classes, therapies, and specialty workshops focused on strengthening and stretching the mind, body, and spirit. With classes in a variety of styles including Kundalini, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Prenatal yoga, the staff encourages students to find their own "gurus". Clients can also take advantage of Gurus Gate's beauty services, which include organic spray tan, waxing, and skin care. A retail boutique featuring yoga clothes and accessories as well as great gifts is also on offer.
One day, Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight was having lunch with his friend, experienced surfer Robbie Yrigoyen. He casually mentioned an idea he'd long had for his surf apparel company, which was to host their own surf camps. Robbie, who was managing nightclubs in Los Angeles at the time, jumped at the chance to helm the school, and Perfect Day Surf Camp began.
Today, she leads a team of instructors who teach budding surfers?toddlers through adults?basic surfing techniques, along with ocean safety, surfer etiquette, and oceanography. The CPR- and First Aid-certified teachers hold classes at a 1:1 ratio with beginners and no more than a 5:1 ratio for more advanced surfers.