When they’re not competing in the World Salsa Championships on ESPN and placing in the top 10, Sergio Jasso and Gabriela Equiz-Jasso lead the team of pro instructors at Alma Latina Dance Company. There, they specialize in instruction for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether during private lessons or group classes, the instructors can expertly impart skills in styles such as ballet, mambo, salsa, cumbia, bachata, and rhythm and technique.
Lei Lounge serves up a roster of rich, savory dishes, culling inspiration from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Roll up with a group of peckish pals and dig into a shareable meal, such as the loaded nachos, adorned with chili-spiced beef or chicken, black olives, black beans, guacamole, jalapeño peppers, and cheese ($12). The Kobe beef hotdog sliders pair tubular meats with a trio of mustard dipping sauces that complement each other better than a bikini with a matching monocle.
The cooks at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill draw primarily from the traditions of Creole and Cajun cuisine, but they also work in culinary styles found throughout the South. They sizzle up dishes ranging from gumbo, jambalaya and alligator, to their House Specialty southern fried chicken. Throughout the afternoon and evening, bartenders sling wines and Southern-style cocktails. The large-screen TVs bathe guests in the light of nail-biting gridiron matches, and the sounds of karaoke fill patrons’ ears Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until close or as long as they can stomach operatic renditions of “Crocodile Rock.”
As they grip the microphone and pace before the red curtain, The Comedy Palace's standups execute quips, rants, and anecdotes they've honed on such outlets as Comedy Central and late-night television. Viewers can munch on finger foods, burgers, rib-eye steak, Atlantic salmon and pages from a full menu of cuisine while watching a national headliner's set.
The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.
Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Lestat's Coffee House curates a menu of café favorites, from sandwiches and salads to coffee, tea, and smoothies. Brave baristas concoct the espresso latte ($2.50–$3.75) and the cappuccino ($2.25–$3.60) using Diedrich coffee. A special menu of house hot drinks soothes the senses with combinations including caramel and Mexican chocolate in the Dulcé Mexican mocha ($3.50–$4.75) and peppermint, chocolate, and a disarmingly attractive sense of sarcasm in the Peppermint Patty ($3.50-$4.75). On the chillier side, fruit smoothies, such as the pineapple-, mango-, and banana-packed Hawaiian Vacation ($4.50), set apart surf-ready stomachs, or sustenance seekers can fill the hungry stomach inside their regular stomach with a succinct menu of sandwiches ($4.50-$7.95), house-made soups ($4.25–$5.75), and salads ($4–$6.50).