In the Old World, castles were places to live, govern, and seek shelter. Today, there are still places designed to keep the outside world at bay, but rather than standing as bastions of military defense, they serve as oases of relaxation, fitness, and fun. Riviera Country Club and Sports Center is one such getaway. There, members can explore a vast campus of athletic and recreation amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, a full gym, and a spa. Though the club’s organizers leave plenty of time for individuals to play in each space, they also host organized events, including regular group fitness classes such as boot camp, kickboxing, and Latin dance. They maintain a vast array of sports courts, as well, allowing members to feed their competitive sides in basketball, tennis, and racquetball arenas. As adults young and old sweat during their chosen forms of play, staffers help tykes explore their creativity in a play space known as the Sandbox, which combines education, arts and crafts, and computers to produce a secret army of glitter robots.
At La Riviera Family Pizza, chefs slather homemade sourdough crust with marinara, artichoke, or pesto sauce before piling on toppings such as whole-milk mozzarella cheese, salami, and sundried tomatoes. Gourmet toppings also fill calzones, which ooze with a blend of melted mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta cheeses. Other Italian specialties include homemade pasta dishes such as lasagna and ravioli and sandwiches such as meatball subs and roast beef au jus.
Whipping up a variety of grandiose and impeccably presented dishes, Johannes Restaurant infuses its fare with only the highest-quality components. Diners can savor each mouthwatering bite with a clear conscience knowing that the top-notch cuisine is prepared with sustainable ingredients that are never frozen or stored in a bear cave. The menu is eclectic, and includes vegetarian and vegan options as well.
Manhattan's fresh-made deli delicacies speak savorily of New York cooking styles with heaping sandwiches and homemade desserts. Snag a classic corned-beef sandwich served on rye ($10.95), or snarf the Manhattan chili cheese dog, a foot-long 'furter with American cheese, homemade chili, chopped red onion, and cheddar ($10.95). Ten-inch gourmet pizzas come in pre-made editions such as Hawaiian, whose tasty circularity is peppered with mozzarella, Canadian bacon, and pineapple ($11.95). You can also build your own pie with a bevy of topping options and edible Quikrete. Breakfast hungerers can dine anytime on egg-bread french toast ($5.95) or potato latkas with sour cream and applesauce ($9.50).
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill's menu bursts with authentic Mexican fare, prepared fresh daily by Sinaloa, Mexico native and executive chef Ernesto Gastelum. Famished patrons can begin their feasting fiesta with chilis gueritos (yellow peppers) stuffed with shrimp, garlic, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, and accompanied by a creamy soy sauce ($12.95). Tableside guacamole, a mashup of avocados, tomatoes, and onions in a deep-fried tortilla shell, comes kissed with lime juice under an aromatic sprig of cilantro mistletoe ($8.95).