Welcoming studios awash in natural light enfold booty sculptors as they dip, bend, and fold through The Bar Method, a one-hour workout blending the fat burning of interval training and the muscle-lengthening effects of ballet-barre conditioning. The pair of studios shares a single schedule of multilevel classes held every day of the week, not unlike the sun's favorite pet. Classes begin with a limb-limbering warm-up before moving onto free-weight exercises and pushups, finishing up with a set of intense seat work on the bar and an ab-crunching finale on the mat. Every exercise treats muscles to gentle warm-up and cool-down stretches to facilitate the transition between the studio and one's everyday life atop a music box.
Netting toothsome hauls from both land and sea, Mickie Finnz's menu pairs fishy fare with farm-fed favorites and serves them up in a fun, beach-bungalow-themed atmosphere. Practice face-first dives into platters piled with undersea edibles, such as Baja-style fish tacos ($2.75 each), a yellow-fin ahi burger with fresh chips and salsa ($10.75), or a bucket of fried, breaded whitefish ($9.95). Landlocked lunchers can sate sea-fearing stomachs with a variety of earthbound eats, such as barbecue-chicken pizza ($9.95), or bid a fond farewell to hunger with the Aloha burger, topped with grilled pineapple, teriyaki, and grilled onions ($8.75).
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Though Avenue "A" Bar & Grill is an upscale sports bar, it feels more like a stadium. The vaulted ceilings are obscured by exposed steel rafters, and the dining area is perpetually aglow with light from 15 big-screen TVs broadcasting games. The aromas of gourmet pub fare float from the kitchens, where the staff transforms familiar bar staples into 10-ounce skirt steaks, grilled chicken with mushrooms in champagne vinaigrette, and vegetable lasagna. Meanwhile, the bar keeps pace with 12 local craft beers on tap and eclectic cocktails made with ingredients such as house-infused spirits and muddled fruits. One look around the bar and it's evident that the bar's three owners have combined their expertise in food and sports. Beginning March 24, Avenue "A" Bar & Grill will also offer lunch on the weekdays.
The chefs at Chaba Thai Bay Grill rely on healthy, fresh herbs and fruits to flavor their dishes instead of excess oil, salt, and sugar. The menu of classic Thai cuisine includes stir-fried veggies or noodles with a choice of meat, spicy curries, and grilled seafood. Bartenders shake up tropical cocktails with colorful names such as the Emerald, the Topaz, and the Ruby, and pour beers imported from Thailand, Japan, and St. Louis. Hanging tapestries and Thai artwork decorate Chaba's warm-colored dining room, and the outdoor patio encourages post-meal lounging with its cushioned chairs and colorful flowers.
The motto of Naja's Place reads "Fear No Beer," and it's sound advice for anyone intimidated by the bar's 88 taps. According to Easy Reader, owner Jim Trevillyan strives to do right by the regular crowd and Naja herself—the bar's founder—by preserving the 30-year-old tavern's quaintly ramshackle interior.