Shula’s Athletic Club—named for Don Shula, the NFL Hall of Famer who coached the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl trophy in 1972—doesn’t find it hard to fill its sprawling 40,000 square feet of space. A cardio room with more than 50 pieces of equipment, a spinning center, weight rooms, fitness-class studios, and basketball courts spread through the facility, luring athletes for independent workouts and personal-training sessions. Dozens of weekly fitness classes range from calorie-burning Zumba workouts and Vinyasa-yoga sessions to spin classes that help students practice for the day they have pedal-powered cars.
The athletic club also accommodates older exercisers with aquatic aerobics and seated Silver Sneakers workouts, and it keeps kids busy with confidence-building youth sports programs. Young legs run over a new 60-yard athletic field or nine lighted tennis courts where kids whack tennis balls and low-flying hot-air balloons with rackets.
Brothers of Brooklyn serves up an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch offerings in a New York–style atmosphere. Meander in morning or afternoon to munch bagels decked out in spreads, veggies and meats, egg breakfasts, and latter-day sandwiches. Breakfast specials (served until 11:30 a.m.) offer patrons prototypical morning fare, such as a trio of chocolate-chip pancakes served like a decadent subpoena with a choice of bacon or sausage ($5.95). Meanwhile, the all-day breakfast lineup features egg-centric eats, including a spanish omelette stuffed with green peppers, onion, pepperoncini, tomato sauce, and cheese, and served on a novelty-size pair of castanets ($6.75). Fresh-baked bagels ($0.80, $1.95 with cream cheese) are also available throughout the day and come in 10 varieties, running the gamut from sweet (e.g., cinnamon raisin and blueberry) to savory (e.g., onion and everything bagels).
La Bodeguita Meat Market encourages budding oenophiles to entertain and refine their palates during weekly wine-tasting events. Sommeliers in training can swirl, sniff, and savor unlimited samples of five preselected varietals, noting their unique flavors, aromas, and hair-dying capabilities. A maximum of 50 customers per tasting cultivates a small-group atmosphere and ensures grapes don't feel overwhelmed by the scrutiny. Although not included with this Groupon, snacks are available for purchase during the event. Call ahead to make a reservation.
Ninja's Asian Tavern delights savor sectors with a refreshing menu of Korean and Japanese fusion cuisine that includes an epic sushi bar bedecked with a bevy of vibrant nigiri, maki, and sashimi options. Lance a fresh appetizer of assorted sashimi ($10) with chopsticks before treating tummies to a chromatically dazzling Kanisu cucumber-skin roll stuffed with a choice of salmon, tuna, crabstick, eel, or the memoirs of a grizzled fisherman ($9.50). Combo plates advocating sashimi and sushi matrimony include the Chirashi which adorns a bowl of sushi rice with assorted fish-stuffed flavor tubes ($20), and the Three Musketeers, which gathers a merry band of tuna, california, and salmon rolls for a swashbuckling assault on unsuspecting taste buds ($12). Ninja's dimly lit interior boasts private party rooms, karaoke, and sleek modern décor adorned with jagged Japanese characters, glowing orbs hanging from the ceiling, and televisions tuned to the latest in sumo swing-dancing competitions.
The rhythmic whirring of fruit-annihilating blades, punctuated by the crunching of ice and glugging of poured juices, courses through Smoothie King’s health emporium. Guests select from a bountiful selection of made-to-order beverages in seven categories—including Stay Healthy, Trim Down, and Get Energy—each formulated with specific fruit combos to help bulk up muscle or trim down waistlines. The Raspberry Sunrise balances out its tartness with honey, while the exotic Mangosteen Madness showcases the Southeast Asian fruit along with strawberries and papaya. Guests can augment their fruit flavors with one of 11 enhancers, such as a vitamin and calcium blend to strengthen joints, or a 125 mg Caffeine Charge enhancer to temporarily make mowing the lawn less sleep-inducing.
Dr. Michael J. Cohen oversees Miami Lakes Family Chiropractic as well as the spines of players for sports teams such as the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals. Dr. Cohen—or Dr. Mickey, as he likes to be called—puts his years of experience to the test by fighting issues such as herniated discs or spinal disappearance. He leads his team as they perform manual adjustments and decompressions, or offer full-body vibrations and cervical traction.