Beauty & the Bistro Café & Catering's uniformed staff add friendly elbow grease to their catered social and corporate events. Expectant mothers round up posses of up to 30 guests for a two-hour takeover of the bistro's party room, where a sign-in and gift table greet guests and assign code names written in baby talk. Load up on human fuel from a buffet spread, filling antique china, glasses, and silverware with comestibles including seasonal fruits, parmesan pasta salad, and sliced croissant sandwiches stuffed with generous portions of chicken salad. As light dinner music plays over excited conversations and debates on the origin of the rattle, the staff quiets wailing sweet teeth with slices of guest-provided cake.
Atop the unspoiled beaches of Port Aransas, the design-and-planning team at Port A Weddings lends besotted couples the tools and support to join their lots in intimate ceremonies or 150-guest celebrations. Beach, chapel, and yacht weddings imbue matrimonial proceedings with romantic mystique, and à la carte rentals allow couples to customize their ceremonies down to the chair sashes and whoopee cushions. Beach-party packages facilitate fireside revelry among friends without the solemn supervision of an officiant.
Takeaway Gourmet facilitates healthy eating habits by portioning out meals into servings of 500 calories or less. Gourmet breakfasts such as apple-cinnamon waffles and dinners such as chicken tacos come packaged with nutrition information that includes calories, fat, and sodium content. Takeaway Gourmet offers delivery, or customers can pick up their healthy feasts, then run home with their Toyota Corolla strapped to their back.
Kicking off the 2012 season, both the men's and women's teams at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi storm lanes and drain buckets as they face off against the rest of the Southland Conference. Head Coach Robert Robinson plans to help his women's squad rebound from last year's setbacks and return them to 2010's deep run to the conference-tournament final. Junior guard Jessica Jammer paces her sneakered mates by dropping points that frequently total double digits, helping expand both the dreams and counting skills of aspiring athletes in the stands.
For five years, the chefs of Miss K Bistro and Catering have sliced seasonal fruits, wrapped meats in flavored tortillas, and baked light quiches for their menu of healthy American fare. Their daily offerings eschew fried foods and rotate to include broccoli-and-cheddar quiches and sweet-potato bisques. The team can supply patrons with fresh wraps and baked goods served at charming red and black café tables, or wrap everything in ready-to-cook foil pans for quick catered entrees, perfect for parties, business lunches, and tea parties with imaginary friends.
Diamante Azul Day Spa & Salon’s owner Kathleen built a menu of services designed to help clients forget about their worries. She and her fellow massage therapists unravel knots, sometimes with the help of oils and heated stones, and even alleviate pain resulting from such medical conditions as fibromyalgia and migraines. Many clients choose to end their sessions with a soak in a jetted tub enhanced by aromatherapy.
In another area of the spa, nail technicians massage hands and feet before prepping nails for an application of polish and optional artistic details, which can range from polka dots to seasonal, sugar-free candy canes. The full-service salon's beauty experts further spruce up clients with haircuts and color, facials, and spray tans.